“Christian Formation” encompasses the education, devotional practices, contemplation and conversation intended to develop spiritual growth and maturity. This can take the form of classes, retreats, prayer, reading, or any other activity that supports “an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to love and to persevere, a spirit to know and love God, and the gift of joy and wonder in all God’s works” (adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, p. 197).
Vestry Liaison: Paul Welty, 404.396.9944
Committee Chair: Shirley Banks, 404.644.4861
Sunday Adult Offerings:
10-11 a.m. (between services)
Note: Jones Hall is the parish hall on the left as you enter the church complex.
“Bible and Theology”: This class will feature the study of sacred texts and traditions. Each session will look at sages who have preceded us in faith, and will have at its heart a yearning to know “Who is Christ?” There will be a series of lessons on Christ and the Torah, and Matthew’s perspective on Christ. Meets in Jones Hall A. Contact: Brennan Breed
“Anglican Prayer”: This class will reflect on Anglican practices of spiritual contemplation. Each week’s class will focus on a different aspect of the Book of Common Prayer, order of worship or other aspect of Anglican tradition. Meets in Classroom 202 (upstairs). Contact Shirley Banks.
“Practical Theology”: This class will be structured as an opening speaker or presenter introducing a topic, followed by small group discussion of theological reflections around that topic. The goal of this class is connecting our everyday lives with our call to live righteously and our identity as Christians. Meets in Jones Hall C. Contact Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers
1-2 p.m. Bible Study in Jones Hall C following the noon service, led by the Rev. Barbara Ryder. Bring your lunch.
6:15-7:15 p.m. Lovingkindness Meditation in Room 202, upstairs from Jones Hall. This is a meditation practice group that includes a short teaching on the Buddhist practice of lovingkindness, meditation, and brief discussion. Contact Shirley Banks
6:30-8 p.m. Bible Study in Jones Hall C, taught by the clergy. This Bible study is based on the lectionary. We read and have a free-ranging discussion about the scripture selections for the upcoming Sunday worship.
Other Spiritual Formation Opportunities
Confirmation Classes: Confirmation is the rite of expressing our commitment to Christ. Classes are for adults and youth who have been baptized, have been instructed in the Christian faith, and are ready to affirm their commitment to Christ. Confirmation classes for 2016 will be held on Sunday afternoons, 1-3 p.m. between September 25 and October 16 (four Sundays). Contact: The Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers
Education for Ministry
A weekly program through the University of the South in which participants can more deeply explore what their faith means to their lives, as well as learn more about the Bible and church history. Enrollment takes place in the fall. Contact Esther Harbert
Retreats and Quiet Days
Short spiritual retreat opportunities (4-6 hours) are offered during periodically throughout the year. These are opportunities to be still with God and include brief instruction in meditation. The next quiet retreat is scheduled for Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 1-5 p.m. Contact Shirley Banks
Spiritual Direction or Companioning is available both in individual and group setting. Spiritual Direction helps discern God’s movement in our lives with the help of a “third ear.” Contact the Rev. Benno Pattison or the Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers
Our parish library is housed in the bookcases in Jones Hall. You may check out any of the books that you find on our shelves for your own enjoyment, enrichment and theological exploration. We welcome donations as well as recommendations for books or journals.
Our Tract Rack is located just inside the red doors of our church. These little booklets are for you to take home. A donation is requested, but if you don’t have the means at the time, please feel free to help yourself. There is a wide variety of well written and thoughtful short booklets. We hope you will use this resource in your daily devotions, spiritual journey, or just to consider questions you’ve always wanted to explore.