christian education

2017 - 2018 Session


Mysteries at the . . .


On the Travel Channel show Mysteries at the Museum, host Don Wildman shares artifacts that shed light on various aspects of historical events, sensational crimes, heroes, bizarre encounters, and hidden treasures. Wildman has provided insight into intriguing topics such as Columbus and the Mermaid, the Night Disco Exploded, Dippy the Dinosaur, and Planet X. 


Following Wildman’s lead, this year’s Christian Education season will shed light on various aspects of historical events, sensational crimes, heroes, bizarre encounters, and hidden treasures. Rather than looking at artifacts in a museum, we’ll look at Scripture and Tradition. The Christian Ed classes may not deal with mermaids, disco, dinosaurs or rogue planets but we will tackle questions that are not only intriguing, but important for our spiritual growth. [Editor’s note: We reserve the right to deal with mermaids, disco, dinosaurs, rogue planets, or any other topic that might surprise those who attend Christian Ed classes.]


What mysteries will be explored in the Christian Ed classes? There’s only one way to find out and that’s to join in the fun and learning. Unlike the Mysteries at the Museum, the Mysteries at the Christian Education classes will help us to better understand our faith and deepen our relationships with God.


The Sunday Church School

9:10am – 10:10am

an attended nursery is provided for children up to age 4


Our Sunday Church School begins promptly at 9:10 am in the adult classrooms of Duncan Hall (a.k.a The Educational Center), where youth and adults gather for prayer and announcements. And then to classes.


Church School for Youth


In the great prayer of Israel, the Shema, we read:

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD; and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise...” – Dt 6:4-7


God charged us with the responsibility of not only evangelizing those who do not know Him, but also, as a community, to bring up our children in His word and light. Indeed, the mission of the Church School is to develop young people into well-formed Christians who are able to articulate their faith, live it out in their own lives, and take it to the rest of the world.


Our classes are highly interactive and engaging, while remaining solidly based in the teachings of the Bible and the Church’s Sacred Tradition. All our courses are designed to help our youth learn to love God, love Church, and to grow into responsible Christian adults.


In the 2018 - 2019 teaching year, we’ll have two classes for the younger children:

1. Level I (ages 4 - 6)

2. Level II (ages 7 - 12)


Our teenagers will attend the adult classes.


At each level, there will be five teaching “blocks.”

Each of us can support the youth Christian Education efforts.


In addition to ensuring that their children faithfully attend Sunday classes, parents should take an active interest in what their young ones are learning by asking questions, discussing the weekly lessons with them, encouraging them to learn more.


All adult members of this Parish can support this important program by getting involved as a teacher or assistant.

All adult members of this Parish should make an effort to get to know the younger members of our Parish -- and what better opportunity for this than in Christian Ed classes?


Church School for Adults


COURSE 1 September 16 - October 28, 2018

Mysteries of the Exodus

Instructor: Donna Wheeler, Parish Catechist


Picture it: plagues, a reluctant leader, a long trek through the desert, a burning bush, a golden calf, and finally a promised land. The story of the exodus is quite an adventure. (The Biblical account is way more exciting than Cecil B. DeMille’s production of “The 10 Commandments.”) The story of the exodus takes us from a people enslaved in a foreign land to a people who find themselves in a Covenant with God. It tells us the high points of the journey – and the low points. It helps us to understand ourselves and our faith. As Peter Kreeft says, “The exodus was the event that, more than any other, forged the identify of the Jewish people…” The exodus, likewise, is critical to our identity as Christians.


In this course we will explore the world in which the exodus took place, the reasons for the exodus, its major events, how Christ is pre-figured in the exodus events, and what it all means for us. We’ll paint the picture of the exodus mainly from the Biblical text, so please bring your Bibles.


COURSE 2 November 4 - December 16, 2018

Mysteries of the Apostolic Age: Part I

Instructor: Father Christopher Cantrell, Rector


What happened during the first hundred years of the Church’s life? What did the apostles do? What were their challenges? It was both high drama and also hard work leading to martyrdom for almost all of them. To learn the answers to such questions, join us. The plan is to spend about twelve weeks exploring these questions. But wait, there's more - This is but part one of a two-part class.



COURSE 3 January 6 - February 17, 2019

Mysteries of Jesus and His Travels

Instructor: Donna Wheeler, Parish Catechist


Let’s face it, if there had been “Frequent Walker Miles” in his time, Jesus would have been Super-plus Platinum level. In this course, we’ll follow Jesus on his travels, from the flight to Egypt, his baptism by John in the river Jordan, and through the Galilean ministry. We’ll focus on how the major events in the life of Jesus connect with the seasons and feasts of the Church. We’ll read relevant pasages from Scripture, so please bring your Bibles.


COURSE 4 February 24 - March 31, 2019

Mysteries of the Apostolic Age: Part II

Instructor: Father Christopher Cantrell, Rector


Picking up where we left off, we will continue the look begun the first part of the class at what happened during the first hundred years of the Church’s life (See Part I above). This is part two of a two-part class.


COURSE 5 April 7 - May 19, 2019

Mysteries of the Mass

Instructor: Father Thomas Hightower, Assisting Priest


The Mysteries of the Mass will briefly consider the origins and growth of some of the symbolism of the Mass and how that will deepen our participation in that great Mystery.


But the learning doesn’t stop at Sundays for adults. A variety of exciting courses are on the slate for Tuesday evenings. Read on!


Tuesday Evening Adult School

7:00 – 8:30pm October 2nd, 2018 - May 7th, 2019


Meeting weekly, with holiday breaks; nursery provided. Courses that will be offered throughout the year: the Rector’s Course on Basic Christianity and the Parish Catechist’s course on The Old Testament.


I Basic Christianity

Instructor: Father Christopher Cantrell, Rector


This course is based on the series of classes developed by Fr. Homer F. Rogers during a ministry of over 35 years, first at St Barnabas’, Denton, and then at St Francis’, Dallas. Fr. Richard A. Cantrell, SSC, (my father) has condensed the original course, and, of course, I have put in a bit as well. Despite all of that, after some changes and additions, these outlines are still to a great extent those of Father Rogers.


Why would you want to come? This course of instruction in basic Christianity is intended for those adults who are preparing for baptism and/or confirmation, for those who wish to refresh or deepen their own understanding of the basics of Christian faith and practice, and for those who are curious about Christianity. That should cover just about all of us, and hopefully some folks we know and love. Can you think of someone you could bring?


II The Old Testament

Instructor: Donna Wheeler, Parish Catechist


The Old Testament is chock full of mysteries from the Bible. Want adventure stories? They’re here. How about tales of love, hate, lust, revenge, heroic deeds, miraculous acts, God smiting His people when they act up? Here. What about angels, demons, witches, prophets, kings, priests? Check. Maybe you want to know about ordinary people being formed by their creator? You betcha the Old Testament has that! And there’s much more to be found in the pages of sacred Scripture.


This course, running for the entire weekday teaching year, is just what you need for a working knowledge of Scripture. We will go into a good deal of depth on each book, allowing time for discussion, contemplation, questions, and fellowship.


In previous teaching years, we’ve covered Genesis through Job. Don’t be put off by that. It will be easy to jump into the narrative and fit right in, beginning with Psalms. And, yes, it will be fun!


The course is appropriate for those who have had little Bible study and for those who have been studying Scripture for many years.

St Matthias' Anglican Church

3460 Forest Lane

Dallas, TX 75234

(214) 358-2585