Adult Formation


 

SUNDAY FORUMS

Sunday Forums connect faith to everyday life through informal, yet engaging discussions on a range of topics (e.g., ethics, current events, history, money, spirituality, community concerns, etc.).  All forums begin at 9:10 a.m. Click here to learn more. 

October 15: The Collect for Purity and How to Write Your Own Collect
November 19: Episcopal Jeopardy!
December 10: Savings Plans, Retirement, and Taxes
January 28:  Diocesan Convention Update and Bishop’s Address
February 11: The Good Book Club Kick-Off
March 11: Episcopal Jeopardy!

April 22: Prayers of the People Workshop

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY: Luke and Acts

Kick-Off: Sunday, February 11, 9:15 a.m.

Episcopal Churches across the nation are taking part in a special Lenten and Easter season Bible Study through the entire books of Luke and Acts. St. Paul’s plans to create weekly blog during Lent and Eastertide featuring your questions and reflections. No writing experience is necessary to participate. There will be a How-To Workshop on February 11 at 9:15 a.m. Study guides will be provided.

Visit www.goodbookclub.org for more information.

WINTER STUDY: Faith, Film, and Books-THE SHACK
Mondays, Jan. 22 and 29; Feb. 5 and 12, 7:00-8:15 p.m.

Join us as we discuss how the best-selling novel The Shack informs and challenges commonly held assumptions about the Christian faith. The group conclude with a viewing of the film. Please read the book (or if you’ve read it and it’s been awhile, review the book) prior to the first session. Book can be found on Amazon and at the library. Sign up here.

WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP

Beginning January 24 at 6:30 p.m., women of all ages are invited to join Mother Maria on the 4th Tuesday of every month for a Women’s Spirituality Group. Conversations will be centered around An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. Taylor takes twelve ordinary experiences of human life and invites us to see them as spiritual practices. What if our spirituality was shaped not only by prayer, and worship, and sacraments – but also by getting lost, and paying

attention, and in physical labor? “My hope,” she writes, “is that reading [this book] will help you recognize some of the altars in the world – ordinary-looking places where human beings have met and may continue to meet up with the divine More that they sometimes call God.” Sign up here. Contact Mother Maria with any questions. Book can be purchased on Amazon or checked out from the library.

BOOK CLUB

The St. Paul’s, Piney Book Club meets multiple times per year to engage in conversation about books and novels of all types. Check the bulletin, newsletter, and online calendar for dates, times, and the books to be discussed. All are welcome. For more information contact Cathy Lavender or Kathy Fornadley

LIVING AND DYING WELL

Living and Dying Well is a year-long series on two things we don’t like to talk about but can’t escape: money and death. Through workshops, forums, and films, this program aims to dispel myths, promote ongoing dialogue within families, and cultivate a holistic approach to life and death that fosters hopeful expectation of eternal life. Click here to learn more.

PILGRIM’S PATH (EPISCOPAL CHURCH 101)
This 4-week class is an introduction to the Episcopal Church, the essentials of Christianity, and how to harness one’s gifts and passions for ministry. Attending the class does not obligate you to membership. These classes are open to anyone interested in the Christian faith or St. Paul’s. Classes are held 3x a year. For more information contact Mother Maria.
Sundays, Sep. 17 and 24; Oct. 1 and 8, 9:10-10:00 a.m.
Sunday, March 4, 4:00-6:30 (Dinner will be served)

Sunday, August 11, 4:00-6:30 (Dinner will be served)

MEN’S BREAKFAST

The Men’s Breakfast Group meets the first Saturday of every month at Panera in Waldorf. Conversation during breakfast is lively, touching on sports, travel, music, art, government, tax tips, exercise, politics, and even church developments. For more information contact the church office.

YOGA

Through a series of standing poses, then sitting poses and finally a ten-minute relaxation phase. Some who cannot get down on the mat can remain in a chair and still benefit from stretching and working the muscles and joints. For more information contact Jane Fruh or Sally Lyons.