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 two offerings for adults on Sunday morning during the Sunday School hour of 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
The Faith Forum will be one of two weekly opportunities this fall for adults to engage in Christian education. The Faith Forum will offer a diverse range of topics and opportunities to explore faith—in our lives and in the world.
The Family Forum will offer opportunities for attendees to participate in discussions on the various topics of faith practiced as parents and families.
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – Chapel
Join a facilitated discussion about St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans in the Chapel. As with both forums, each week is an independent discussion that does not require previous attendance or an expectation of future attendance.
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 $350.
The JustFaith organization offers several small group programs that will help you to encounter “victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression” in our own community and around the world. You will see who they are and who you are in relation to them. You will learn about mercy, peacemaking, and justice. St. Peter’s has participated in JustFaith‘s signature program, a 24-week series of classes, books, videos, and visits to local non-profits, that examines issues of poverty and injustice. Participants read life-changing books that made them laugh and made them cry, and they met community leaders who showed them how they are addressing the needs of “the least of these” in Greenville. And perhaps most important of all, over the months they spent together sharing their ideas and experiences, they formed deep friendships with other participants in the class.
Also available are two separate eight to twelve-week JustMatters modules, one about hunger and another, called The Church of Second Chances, that examines issues of justice and prison reform.
JustFaith programs don’t offer easy answers. That’s not their purpose. Their aim is to present complicated, multi-faceted issues, encourage respectful dialogue, and promote faithful reflection. What they do is to enlighten and change you.
Weekly 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 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.