Study and Formation

Both ordained and lay ministers teach programs ranging from children’s interactive Godly Play (preschool – 4th grade), Living the Good News (5th – 12th grade), and Vacation Bible School. Pohick Church has a large and active EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) and Confirmation Class. We also have Adult Christian Formation offerings. These include a lively Education for Ministry (EfM) three-year program, Sunday Bible and Book studies, other small group studies, and Inquirer’s (Newcomers) Classes.

Watch Rev. Lynn discuss Christian formation at Pohick Church and the virtual courses offered at Pohick Church this Fall.

Alpha: Three separate DVD and discussion-based courses address the Christian faith, marriage, and parenting. The Christian faith and parenting courses involve facilitated group discussions. The marriage course involves a candlelight dinner and time for private individual couple discussions. Begun at Holy Trinity Brompton in London, these courses have spread around the world. You can watch an Alpha promotional video by clicking here. Bruce and Beth Baird, coordinators; Rev. Alex Allain, Glenn and Cristy Larkin

Watch Rev. Alex talk about the Alpha course starting in October.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew: The Pohick chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew is among the nation’s largest and most active groups. Its members are participating in a wide range of activities, both within the parish and beyond to bring men and youth to Christ. Our vision is to inspire, share, empower, and equip men and youth to fulfill the Great Commission. The Brotherhood endeavors to accomplish our mission through the threefold disciplines of Prayer, Study, and Service. The Brotherhood meets every Saturday morning, 8:00 am – 9:00 am, for breakfast, devotions, and Bible study. Rodger Jones, Director; John Pionzio, Deputy DirectorClick here for more information about the Brotherhood of St. Andrew!

Watch Rodger Jones and John Pionzio talk about the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.

Christian Education, Adult: Adult Christian Education is offered during the Sunday School hour as well as other Bible studies, adult forums, spirituality book studies, etc. Rev. Lynn Ronaldi oversees Adult Christian Education, with Rev. Alex Allain and Marleen McCabe assisting.

Watch Rev. Alex talk about an upcoming course called COVID-19 Spiritual Survival Kit.

Christian Education, Children and Youth: Sunday School is offered at Pohick for children and youth three years of age through high school. Classes are held September – May. Vacation Bible School and confirmation classes are also offered. Click here for more information about Virtual Sunday School being offered this fall! Frances Sessums, Director of Christian Education, Children and Youth

Watch Frances Sessums talk about all the virtual classes being offered to the youth.

Education for Ministry (EfM): Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that ministry. During the Service of Confirmation we ask God to “Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them.” EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service. More information about EfM can be found clicking here. Contact Denise McHugh, 410-300-9867 or Hank Foresman, 540-529-2592, if you are interested. 

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC): EYC is a youth program for students in grades 5-12. They participate in weekly meetings focusing on building healthy Christian relationships and nurturing their spiritual life. Additionally, the youth participate in service projects, trips, retreats, and other various local and national community projects. The usual meeting time is on Sunday evenings in the Parish House, but during the pandemic, their meetings are virtual. Rusty Booth, Youth MinisterClick here for more information about EYC!

Watch a slide show featuring past EYC events!

Pohick’s Holy Land Pilgrimage: Trip centers around a course given by St. George’s College called Palestine of Jesus. Events include experiencing Biblical history in its original setting, and walking the footsteps of Jesus and His disciples from birth and ministry to death and resurrection. Rev. Lynn Ronaldi 

Stewardship: This committee, also a commission under the Vestry, plans and executes communications encouraging parishioners’ stewardship of time, talent, and treasure. Stewardship involves Annual Giving, Activities Fair (also part of Invite • Welcome • Connect), Capital Campaigns, and a new Heritage Society. Fuzzy Thurston, Chair

Watch Fuzzy and Jane Thurston discuss Stewardship and the Activities Fair.