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WHAT IS FIRST THIRD?
First Third is an umbrella portfolio that encompasses the first chronological third of a person’s life, ie: approximately birth to early 30s.
It encompasses ministry to babies, children, youth, young adults and young families.
Ideally, spiritual growth and faith development occurs along a continuum, each stage or phase of our spiritual lives building on what has preceded. First Third Ministry is a way of ensuring that the continuum is not interrupted and that our spiritual education keeps step with stages of faith development.
WHAT DOES FIRST THIRD ENCOMPASS?
The First Third portfolio encompasses the following ministries:
ASPECTS OF FAITH DEVELOPMENT
There are many aspects to faith development across a person’s lifetime, all of which combine to enable a person to holistically experience a relationship with God and live out their baptismal covenant as a follower of Christ. Being part of a worshipping community is part of that holistic spiritual journey and so we are mindful of providing opportunities for people to grow faithfully in all areas.
The seven aspects of faith development and spiritual growth are outlined below.
The over-riding imperative for us as we seek to nurture and encourage our young people in their faith and spiritual development is to assure them of God’s love for them, and of their preciousness in his sight.
YOUNG ADULT HOME GROUP
The St Anselm’s Young Adult Home Group meets on Sunday evenings in the home of Bruce and Mandy Herriman from 6.30pm.
The Home Group arose from a desire for the young adults who had ‘graduated’ from the Youth Group, to meet in a place where their common life experiences would form the basis of their faith sharing.
The Young Adult Home Group seeks to facilitate the deepening of faith while exploring the questions and/or doubts that are often companions on our spiritual journey. It offers a regular opportunity for our young adults to share thoughts, opinions, experiences and insights of their faith journey in an environment that encourages conversation and debate while maintaining respectful relationships.
To that end, we utilise a variety of means by which to gain a greater understanding of our own personal relationship with God and our relationships with each other as the Body of Christ. We use Bible Studies of thematic or lectionary based themes, videos, ‘current affairs’ conversations, etc. When appropriate, and we have candidates for Confirmation, we study the Catechumenate Guide.
Our time together also includes a shared meal where the more social imperatives are explored.
As a group, we occasionally attend Evensong in the Cathedral for significant events or other events as they occur on Sunday evenings.
The Young Adult Home Group is always open to any young Adult aged between 17 and 30 years who would like to join us.
Any queries about the above groups can be directed to: The Ven Mandy Herriman 9409 1387 or firstname.lastname@example.org