Adult Formation is rooted in the vows of our Baptismal Covenant, which encourages us to grow in Christ at every age and in all aspects of our lives.
The Adult Inquirers’ Class, an important part of our overall adult education in this parish, includes both Sunday morning teaching and monthly small groups on Sunday evenings. This series of classes taught by the rector and others on the Episcopal approach to the basics of Christianity is required of adults seeking confirmation and open to anyone who would like a refresher course.
Our Wednesday Bible Studies welcome new members throughout the year. The Women’s Bible Study meets at 9:00 AM in the parlor and is studying the lectionary alongside The Book of Joy . The Parents’ Bible Study meets at 11:00 AM in the nursery and discusses the lectionary through the lens of parenting. Babies and young children are welcome in the Parents’ Group. Contact Boykin Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
The Centering Prayer Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 5:00. Contact Pat Moore and email@example.com for more information
Men’s Breakfast – All men are welcome to breakfast in the Great Hall at 7:30 am on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Enjoy a hot breakfast, fellowship, and a study of the lectionary for the coming Sunday. Contact Russ Cole with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mondays, starting March 6, at 7:30-9:00 PM
A small group study of Teilhard de Chardin’s book, The Divine Millieu. In the author’s words: “This little book….has sought to teach how to see God everywhere, to see him in all that is most hidden, most solid, and most ultimate in the world.” The book is written for “the waverers;” people who struggle to reconcile modern truths with traditional church teachings. The group will gather on Thursday evenings at Nancy Tunnessen’s home. To register or for more information, contact Nancy at email@example.com.
Holy Week Labyrinth
The Chapel of the Cross will be one of the sponsoring congregations of the Holy Week Labyrinth at Binkley Baptist Church. The labyrinth and prayer stations will be open Monday, April 10 – Friday April 14. As a sponsoring congregation, members of our parish will help lay the 40’ X 40’ canvas labyrinth on Sunday evening (April 9), welcome walkers for several hours during the week and fold the canvas Friday afternoon. The hand-painted labyrinth is a replica of the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral and was created by the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, Inc. For more information about the labyrinth, go to http://www.rcwms.org/programs/labyrinth.html. Hours for walking the labyrinth and invitations to a Children’s Walk, Quiet Walk and Workshops will be posted at a later date.
Sunday Morning Formation (10:15 AM)
March 5 – An Introduction to the “5 Marks of Love” This is a self-guided study sponsored by the Society of St. John the Evangelist. Daily videos and resources are available at http://ssje.org/ssje/5marksoflove/ New “Lent in a Bag” devotions will also be available (in limited supply) and will reflect both the weekly Gospel readings and the 5 Marks of Love. Click here for instructions to create a Lenten bag / box / basket at home.
March 12 – Faith and Finance with John Branson
March 19 – Faith and Finance with John Branson
March 26 – Faith and Finance with John Branson
April 2 – “Rough Hewn Green Wooden Cross in illuminated manuscript and stained glass” (Suzanne Sauter, Parlor) and What Does it Mean to be an Episcopalian? (Adult Inquirers, Overlook Room)
April 9 – Palm Sunday “The Old Testament Roots of the Lord’s Prayer” with David Jamieson-Drake. The Lord’s Prayer contains the core ideas of Jesus’s spirituality and how he wanted us to live. Some of those ideas have roots in the Hebrew Bible, and our understanding of his prayer can be enriched by appreciating that background.
April 16, Easter – Reception in the Great Hall between services
April 23 – A Report from Kwasa, the Rev. Sharon Denny
May 7 – Bishop Visitation (Confirmations & Baptisms). Reception with the Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple in the Great Hall between services
May 14 – Outreach Committee Presentation in the Great Hall
May 21 – “The Holiness of Beauty” with Van Quinn