An ancient process of intentional faith formation for adults who:
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The Basics on BASIC
BASIC is a modern version of the catechumenate. So what the heck is that?
The catechumenate (cat-a-Q-men-it) is an ancient process, dating back to the second century, of becoming one with Christ and his church. Used by some to prepare for baptism and others to recommit to baptismal living, St. Paul’s catechumenate (from the word catechesis, which means teaching) in many ways resembles that period of intentional faith formation which for our youth we call “confirmation.”
Is BASIC an acronym for something?
Why, yes. It stands for Brothers And Sisters In Christ.
What exactly will I be learning?
Over the course of two years, in six units — two longer Fall units and four shorter Winter and Spring units (before and after Lent) — you’ll gain a BASIC competency in the overarching story of the Bible, Lutheranism, Prayer and other faith practices, Christian theology, and go more in depth in one Old Testament book and one New Testament Gospel.
Who will teach these classes?
Pr. Bill Hutchison, together with lay catechists, will facilitate the classes, but just as important is the learning catechumens gain from each other through the friendships that develop.
What if I’m not sure about jumping into a two-year process?
BASIC is designed to be flexible. You can participate in a single unit without having committed to the whole. You can also enter the process at the start of any unit and still get all the BASICs, which are arranged in a two-year rotating cycle.
When does BASIC take place?
Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday mornings at 9:45am. Learners can jump to the other group when schedule conflicts arise, and not miss out on a session.
Are there other things going on at church at the same time for kids or other family members?
Yes. The Sunday BASIC cohort takes place during St. Paul's Education Hour between worship services. Faith formation ministries for all ages take place at this time. The Wednesday night cohort overlaps with St. Paul choir practice.
How much does it cost?
Most units involve at least one coursebook ($15-35). Many of the books may be borrowed from the library at St. Paul. All are encouraged to sponsor a Lutheran Study Bible to "pay forward" the gift Bible they receive. There is also a modest cost for a weekend retreat each year in Lent. Assistance is available for any who have need.
What happens at the end of the BASIC process?
On Pentecost Sunday each year catechumens who have completed the two-year process are given an opportunity to affirm their baptismal calling and be “sent out” equipped to use their God-given gifts to love and serve. Some may become sponsors or catechists for future catechumens.
Can I just drop in sometime to see what this is like?
Yes, of course. There's an open chair waiting.
MORE QUESTIONS? Contact Mina Kerr (MinaHKerr@gmail.com; 630-258-8212) or Pat Pape (PatPape1@sbcglobal.net; 630-668-8710).