Lectionary Bible Study
Sundays at 9:15 am
Lectionary Bible Study is being held in the Library downstairs. Join us each Sunday at 9:15 as we work through the appointed readings for the following Sunday. From beginners through Bible scholars, all are equally sure to gain something from our time together. All are welcome. Bibles will be available or you can bring your own.
Sundays at 10:45 am
Children’s Church starts at the beginning of the 10:45 service and there is no Children’s Message. The children will still return at the Peace. This will give them more time for their lesson and worship. Please take your children ages 5-12 to the Children’s Sunday School room (the former library) before you go to church.
Fit 4 God
Thursdays at 5:30 pm
Fit 4 God is a healthy lifestyle men’s group, based on “The Daniel Plan” by Rick Warren, working together to set and achieve life goals in the areas of: Faith, Food, Fitness and Focus. The group gathers at Deacon Guidry’s home at 5:30 PM each Thursday for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to share progress, study the principles of “The Daniel Plan”, and pray together. All men are welcome to join.
Episcopal Summer School, An Outline of the Faith commonly called the Catechism
Sundays in June and July @ 12:15 pm in the Undercroft
The Book of Common Prayer is a treasury of reference for the faith, worship, and life of Episcopalians. Part of that treasury is a teaching outline of the faith in question and answer format known as ‘the catechism.’ The very early church used such teaching materials to instruct newcomers, seekers, and those to be baptized, and a catechism has been included in the Prayer Book since the first edition in 1549. Many raised in the Episcopal Church learned the Prayer Book catechism as part of their preparation for confirmation. It may be that some have forgotten what the Prayer Book catechism teaches and that others coming to the Episcopal Church as adults have never studied the Episcopal Church’s teachings on questions such as “What is the Church?” “What are sin and redemption?” “What is prayer?” “What is the mission of the church?” and “What is the Christian hope?”
All are welcome. This conversation is facilitated by Fr. Bill.
The Mockingbird Parables
Adult Spiritual Formation has limited book studies during Sunday School for a good reason. Most book studies require regular attendance of 100% or pretty close to it in order for the class material to remain in context and for knowledge and understanding to grow. This means that, especially during the summer months, many people are reluctant to start a book study because they know they will be missing one or two or maybe more classes.
A book study was suggested to the committee and we have investigated it. The book is The Mockingbird Parables by Matt Litton. Using To Kill a Mockingbird as a core for discussion the book has a unique property. Each chapter is a discussion about a character or event in the story of To Kill a Mockingbird. Each chapter is a self-contained story/discussion. The chapters are not long, nor is the style of writing cumbersome to read. Adult Spiritual Formation has devised a program that we hope will include many people in the Sunday School class. On Wednesday evening May 24 at 7:00 pm we will be showing the movie To Kill a Mockingbird, in the Parish Hall. Popcorn and sodas will be available. The plan is to show the movie several times, at different times of the day or maybe on the weekend, whatever works so as many people as want to may see it at their convenience. We also are encouraging people to get out their copies of To Kill a Mockingbird and reread this American classic. The Library has purchased three copies to share. Seeing the movie does NOT mean that you have signed up for the class. Everyone is welcome.
The Adult Spiritual Formation Committee asks that people who wish to attend the Sunday School class see the movie again and/or re-read the book before starting the class.
On Sunday, July 9 at 9:15 a.m. the first chapter of The Mockingbird Parables (The Parable of Boo Radley) will be discussed. This will be a facilitated discussion that we hope you will enjoy. We ask that participants in the class obtain, share, or borrow a copy of the book The Mockingbird Parables by Matt Litton and have the introduction (which explains the power of parables) and the first chapter read. Both books are available through Amazon in new and used editions.
If you have questions or suggestions please contact Kathy Wright.
Praying the Gospel Stories — Mondays in September at 11:00 am.
In this short course, participants will follow and Ignatian prayer practice to enter imaginatively into well-known stories from the Gospels. No prior Bible study nor experience with Ignatian prayer is required. This course is led by Fr. Bill.
Rector’s Brown Bag Book Read –More detail available in the hallway.
Conflict and a Christian Life by Sam Portaro on Tuesday, September 12 at noon
The Celtic Way of Evanglism on Tuesday, November 21 at noon.