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.
We have three offerings for adults on Sunday morning during the Sunday School hour of 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
The Faith Forum is a year round option for adults to engage in Christian education by offering a diverse range of topics and opportunities to explore faith—in our lives and in the world.
Other Times During the Week
Education for Ministry (EfM) – A 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 $375.
Sacred Ground – Sacred Ground is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race and racism. It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story.
A dialogue circle meets for 10 sessions to engage with the films, videos, written materials, and each other – a study group essentially. If you are interested in participating in a Sacred Ground group please contact the church office.
Discovery 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.