Adult Christian Formation

Searching for Meaning

Offering places and moments to explore and to grow in faith in the power that is at the heart of life is the objective of our educational ministries. Providing avenues for discussion and examination of complex issues, learning and interpreting Scripture and the Church’s teaching for our own lives, and providing the building blocks of faith translate to programs, classes, workshops, retreats. Built around the academic year, these opportunities are offered on Sunday mornings and on various Sunday evenings, on weekdays and weekday evenings.

Sunday Morning
We have two offerings for adults on Sunday morning during the Sunday School hour of 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Adult Christian Formation (ACF)
ACF focuses on hospitality and spiritual enrichment that is relevant to answering the question: As a Christian, how am I going to live my life? To view the current ACF schedule click here.

St. Peter’s ACF program seeks to:

  • Foster growth in spirit, mind and body through tradition, scripture and reason.
  • Cultivate a safe environment to challenge and grow in the faith.
  • Know that worship, education and ministry are rooted in discovery.
  • Encourage all to discover their personal talents and ministry

Parents Group
Our new social time and class for parents meets as soon as you drop off your kids in Sunday School or Nursery. The group meets in the Parlor for coffee and conversation as we get to know each other better and explore topics decided by the group.

Other Times During the Week

Education for Ministry (EfM) efmsmA small group of 6 to 12 adults meet weekly on Wednesday nights throughout the school year for theological reflection and conversation. EfM is the premier adult Christian formation program in the Episcopal Church. There are more than 33,000 lay persons who are EfM graduates throughout the Church. Participating in Education for Ministry requires a commitment to regularly attend the weekly meetings, and to read weekly lessons in Biblical studies which helps enrich and deepen the group’s conversations. No prior Biblical study is required. The cost of participation is $350.

Just Faith In 2016-17 St. Peter’s is sponsoring two JustFaith groups. This program encompasses 24 weeks of study and engages participants in experiences that explore issues of social justice in the U.S. and the world, such as poverty.  It is an intensive, small-group process for faithful Christians looking to deepen their commitment to care for vulnerable people and our planet. Through prayer, study, dialogue, immersions, and exposure to the work of local nonprofits, participants form community as they explore critical realities and their implications to their lives and their faith. By transforming hearts and minds, JustFaith leads participants to honor the dignity of all persons by serving “the least among us.” JustFaith is available to churches and other groups throughout the U.S.

newintbiblesmWeekly Bible Study with Fr. Furman Fr. Furman holds a weekly Bible study on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 pm in the parlor. No prior knowledge or experience with the Bible is necessary. Come enjoy the fellowship of a group that enjoys learning together in a “no-pressure” environment as we look closely at what the Scriptures reveal to us about life in the earliest congregations!

 

Discovery Weekend
epsmDiscovery Weekend focuses on hospitality and welcome to newcomers, as well as an opportunity for lifelong Episcopalians, as we take a fresh look at the things we believe about God, about the Bible, about the Church and about ourselves. This class is open to everyone, and no prior experience or knowledge is required. We will use the basic outline of the faith found in the Book of Common Prayer to guide our class. This class will serve as the preparation for adults who would like to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church when our Bishop visits. Call the church (268-7280) for the date of the next Discovery Weekend.