(From April, 1999 Nativity newsletter)
An unusual addition to our Holy Week observance will be Thursday, April 1, often referred to as Maundy Thursday. At 6:00 PM, join us for the traditional "Last Supper" which was a Passover Seder dinner. After dinner, at 7:00 PM there will be a service commemorating the first Holy Communion and foot washing in the sanctuary.
Thanks go to Lois Johnson for conducting some recent Lay Minister training sessions. Lois' Lectors had training February 21, and the Chalicists had their meeting February 28.
MIC (membership, inquirers and confirmation) classes continue weekly on Mondays, beginning at 7:00 PM. Confirmation and Reaffirmation of Faith for our Manasota Deanery will be at Bradenton's Christ Church on April 18, beginning at 4:00 PM.
Father Jim says the next class will be in the Fall unless there is enough interest to justify a summer series.
Women's Bible study, which was held in the Vicar's home for most of March will resume in Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, April 7, starting at 7:00 PM.
A new men's Bible study will start April 7 also at 7:00 PM, but will meet at Villa Vicar, also known as Murphy's Manse. The men will begin with a study of faith with concentration on the Book of Hebrews.
SCHOOL OF MINISTRY
Two of our members are participating in the diocesan school for ministry, which will end in May.
Nancy John Langdon is in her second year, which meets at St. Wilfred's, and Ros Hall is in her first year, which gathers at St. Boniface. There are about 200 people from around the diocese involved in the school that meets about one Saturday per month, September through May.
Year one deals with foundations and the second year covers history, according to Nancy John who has found the program very rewarding. The hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
"While I was on the vestry, my commission was Christian Formation, and I wanted more information," Nancy John said. "This school has certainly provided it."
This is also an opportunity to learn more about yourself, your particular calling, the Gospel of Christ and the Anglican path of the Christian experience.
The approximate cost is $300 to $400, including registration, books, selected speakers' fees and lunches. If you might be interested in next year's sessions, please contact either Nancy John or Ros.
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