There are many opportunities at the Cathedral for Christian Education. The programs are run by our Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Kit Ilardi, and by the Cathedral's clergy. All of programs involve small group discussion and in many cases we meet in fellowship over breakfast or a light meal.
At the Cathedral we believe in the importance of children in worship. We believe it is important for them, and for the community of faith as a whole. Therefore, children are encouraged to attend worship with their families. A special children’s bulletin is available at the information desk in the gallery for them to use during the service. The Cathedral also runs a Vacation Bible School every summer for a week in August. It is open to both cathedral children and children from the local community. There is no charge for Vacation Bible School; the Cathedral does it as a gift to the community.
The Cathedral Youth Group meets every Sunday after the 11:00 service until approximately 2:30 pm. The group is open to young people in grades 6 through 12. The program consists of fun and games, food and conversation, Christian education and worship. Every week the group has lunch together and checks in to see what is new with each member of the group. The group has a different theme for each meeting. These range from our relationship with God to our relationships with family, friends and others. The group discussions are always lively and insightful. Some weeks the group just has fun either bowling together, going on field trips to lcoal museums, playing games or acting in skits. The Youth Group participates in service projects such as an underwear drive for the homeless, collecting shoes for Soles 4 Souls, and the Souper Bowl of Caring to collect money for food aid locally and worldwide. Members of the group also assist with the running of the Cathedral’s Vacation Bible School, the Cathedral's Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Members of the group also participate in events sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan including a mission trip and Nightwatch, an overnight event at the Cathedral. Through these activities the Cathedral youth develop a lasting relationship with each other and with the church.
Young Adult and Campus Ministry
Young Adult and Campus Ministry: The Cathedral has an ongoing relationship with the local campus community and students. Several Wayne State and College for Creative Studies students regularly attend the services at the Cathedral. They are integrated into the regular parish life of the Cathedral as well as having some special perks such as regular “care packages” and lunches with members of the Cathedral clergy, staff and parishioners. In addition, the Cathedral hands out special gifts to students walking in the area. These gifts many include a bottle of water on a hot day, candy for Valentines day and Halloween and a “finals emergency kit” consisting of pens, pencils, candy, gum and a prayer for exams as well as contact information for the Cathedral and an invitation to come to the Cathedral for quiet reflection. Events are also planned for local college students including picnics and dinners at the homes of members of the Cathedral.
Our parish students who are in college either locally or out of the area also receive regular messages and “care packages” from the Cathedral.
There are several Adult Christian Education programs run by Cathedral staff and clergy. The Diocese of Michigan also offers Christian Education courses through it's Whitaker Institute.
Our "Growing in Faith" series takes place Sunday Mornings between the 8:15 and 11:00 services
Sunday Morning Video Class for Adults: Every Sunday as part of the Breakfast Ministry there is a Class for Adults run by our Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Kit Ilardi. The class usually starts with a 20 to 30 minute video on some topic of Christianity. Then there is a 15 to 20 minute discussion of the video that the class has just seen or the topic is expanded on by the instructor. Topics usually last for three to six weeks. The class has studied such diverse topics as Angels, the Early Church, origins of the Bible and Episcopal and Anglican history, as well as many others.
Sunday Morning Bible Study: Led by Father Alltop, usually the study involves an examination of the Gospel reading for the day.
The Dean's class takes place in the Crowley room. During Lent the Dean runs a class for those new or curious about Christianity and the Episcopal tradition. Other courses this year have included Nurturing our Christian Faith and The Advent of Advent.
Tuesday Night Dinner and Class: On most Tuesday evenings during the School Year there is a Bible study class that usually has contemporary culture as a background. This class, led by our Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Kit Ilardi, looks at God in various ways: through recent movies, through poetry and literature, through TV shows, and through music. This class may also explore at other topics such as world religions, types of prayer, Biblical Archeology, and morality in the church to name a few. The class starts at 6:00 PM with a free will donation dinner and then gets into the main class at 6:30 PM. The class ends about 8:30 PM.
Whitaker Institute is a partner in ministry with the Diocese of Michigan. The school provides continued theological education and formation for lay and ordained persons and offers: Workshops on Sexual Misconduct, Eliminate Racism Training, a diaconal training program, a year long discernment program, a Leadership Development Program and much more. Visit the Whitaker site HERE