The Pilgrim’s Way is an integrated and comprehensive attempt to give students a grounded, comprehensive faith formation experience that comes from relationship with each other and through Jesus Christ.
A “graduate” of the Pilgrim’s way is prepared to engage the work of building an adult life that glorifies God, is a blessing to others, and brings joy to the self. They are prepared to build a community, minister authentically, and show confidence in their Christian mandate to “go and do likewise.
Elementary Years (3rd, 4th, 5th Grade)
Cycle 1: Heroes of Hebrew Scripture
Cycle 2: The Life of Jesus
Cycle 3: Heroes of Christian Scripture
Middle School Years (6th, 7th, 8th Grade)
Cycle 4: Foundations. The Covenants, Commandments, and nature
of our relationship with God
Cycle 5: Beliefs. The core teaching of Jesus guided by the
Beatitudes and parables.
Cycle 6. Episcopal Belief and Practice. Learning and using the
Book of Common Prayer.
High School Years (9th, 10th, 11th Grade)
Cycle 7. Discipleship. Lessons taught by Jesus to his disciples from
the Sermon on the Mount
Cycle 8. Self Care. Tending the Soul and developing personal faith
practices to establish a moral compass
Cycle 9. Christian Responses. Using biblical literacy, mentors, and
Christian beliefs to respond to modern day issues
Cycle 10. To send. Lessons from the early church that inform
strategies for living into our Apostleship in the world.
for students in grades 6-12:
Cycle 4: Foundations
During this cycle, student explore the foundation of beliefs upon which Jesus’ teaching is built. We begin with the story of Human Nature and the ever continuing drama of Sin, Judgment, and Redemption.
We continue with the covenants God has made with humanity and how they define our relationship to God.
A deep exploration of the Ten Commandments as Rule of Life follows.
Cycle 5: Beliefs
This year begins with a study of the Beatitudes as guidance to the Disciple as they follow Jesus.
Then we explore the nature and lessons held within major parables, and how Jesus used storytelling to teach.
We end the year by studying the Nicene Creed line by line in order to better understand our personal and corporate beliefs.
Cycle 6: Episcopal Belief and Practice
This year is a thorough exploration of the Book of Common Prayer with the knowledge that “what we pray is what believe.” The guiding curriculum for this study is Practicing our Faith by Forward Movement Publishing. From their website:
“Take a journey through The Book of Common Prayer, the Christian life, and basic beliefs of our faith in this 26-session curriculum. Practicing Our Faith walks us through the liturgical year, the sacraments of the church, habits of daily prayer, and the teachings of Anglican Christianity. See how our prayer shapes our belief and our lives and how our beliefs lead us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Cycle 7: Discipleship
Biblical Literacy, Ethical Decision Making, History & Practices, Christian Belief
A year of intensive study into the Gospel of Matthew, beginning with the calling of the Disciples, through the Sermon on the Mount, and end with the Sending of the 12.
Each Sunday, we hear scripture, walk through an understanding of it with our teachers, engage in an activity to experience the lesson it teaches, and discuss it’s implications on our every day lives.
Cycle 8: Self Care
Tending the Soul, Ethical Decision Making, Personal Faith Practices
We know that today’s teens face a myriad of stresses and that many face considerable challenges in their homes, neighborhoods, and at school. [This curriculum] has been created to help young people see how all areas of their lives are interconnected, have a safe place to talk about life, and to empower them to make healthy choices, choices that might make a big difference in how the beginning of their adult life will look.
Cycle 9: Christian Responses
Biblical Literacy, Ethical Decision Making, Christian Belief
“A topics based experience. In week 1, students choose an issue or challenge faced by teens today. Then in week 2, we invite therapists/psychologists to Didache to pull apart the issue for its mental health ramifications. In week 3, we invite clergy to walk teens through scripture guidance that responds to the work of the previous two weeks. And finally in week 4, we prioritize and organize all the info so that it can be designed into a deliverable.” -Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation
Outline & introductory lesson plans
Cycle 10: We send you forth into the world
Biblical Literacy, History & Practices, Christian Belief
“Each week, participants read a section of the Acts of the Apostles, and develop strategies for how ot live into their own apostleship at home, school, and beyond.