Adult Christian Formation

Heretics discussion

A typical Sunday morning discussion

Sunday Morning Classes Begin at 9:15 Unless Noted

ADULT FORUM

From the moment of birth until the moment of death, we don’t stop learning!   The Forum is a large, informal group that examines a variety of topics presented by members of the clergy, parishioners, and outside speakers.  Forum is held at 9:15 Sunday mornings in the Parish Hall.  The Adult Forum committee decides what types of programs to present.

RECTOR’S STUDY GROUP

Several times a year, our Rector chooses a book to read and discuss as a group.  Sample titles include “Open Heart, Open Mind” by Thomas Keating, “Tokens of Trust” by Rowan Williams, and “Quest for the Living God,” by Elizabeth Johnson.

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY GROUP

A clergy-led group that meets weekly to study scripture.

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ADVOCACY GROUP

A lively discussion group with an interest in what’s going on in our local, national, and world news from the perspective of our beliefs about what God expects of us.   Various viewpoints and beliefs are expected and welcomed.  Participants are invited to bring topics forward for discussion.  Meets Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. in the parlor.

YOUNG ADULTS/PARENTS (JAVA LOFT)

Small group video series, discussion and Bible study are offered Sunday morning at 9:15 in the Java Loft (Wilcox Building, 2nd floor).  The topics connect Tradition, Scripture, and Reason to the cultural topics of today.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

An all-ages group of women read the Bible as well as group-selected devotionals.   Meets Thursdays at noon, mid-August-May in the Parlor.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY

A men’s group who study the Bible, utilizing critical thinking, insight and a sense of humor.  Doughnuts every meeting! Thursday mornings at 8:30 in the library August- May.

CATECHUMENATE

For those wanting to become more involved at St. Mark’s, for those wishing to be confirmed or baptized, for those wanting to deepen their faith or learn more about the Episcopal tradition. The evening class includes a simple snack and a brief time of fellowship followed by a presentation. Following the presentation, small groups break out for discussion.  Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8, September-mid-December.  Child care is provided.

EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY (EFM)

This four-year program of theological education-at-a-distance comes from the School of Theology of the University of the South.  EFM teaches you how to think theologically, deepens your faith and understanding, and provides you with new confidence to be Christ’s minister.  It covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology.  Call the office for more information.