Adult Education & Fellowship

Adult Education & Fellowship

We have a variety of educational and fellowship offerings.  We hope you will join us for one or many!

Adult Forums on Sundays at 10:10 a.m.

Join us in the New Parish Hall between Sunday services for series throughout the Church year.

Stewardship Kickoff is this Sunday, September 24! Join us to kickoff our Stewardship Annual Giving Campaign, “A Gift Opens the Way”. Members of the Stewardship Committee will share how we can all open our hearts by giving our time, talent, and treasure to grow opportunities and missions at St. Mary’s and out in the world. Please come to learn about St. Mary’s 2018 goals, what your pledge supports, and how to pledge.

Sunday, October 1, we welcome The Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler as he takes us on a fascinating journey through the all-embracing spirituality of Kahlil Gibran, the early 20th centurey Lebanese-American poet, artisit, and mystic. Paul-Gordon explores how Kahlil Gibran, a supreme East-West figure, can be a much-needed guide in the midst of today’s global challenges, related to peace, harmony, and building bridges between the creeds of the Middle East and West.

Book Studies

Over the summer, St. Mary’s staff and parishioners read Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance. Join Weezie Blanchard and Andrew Moore as they unpack the book and discuss what we can learn about how the Trinity is at work in our daily lives. On Wednesdays, September 13, 20, and 27, at 6:30 p.m. meet with Andrew in the Library or on Thursdays, September 14, 21, and 28, at 10 a.m. meet with Weezie in the Library.

On Sundays in October at 10 a.m. in the Library, Tracy Harvey will lead a book study using Brene Brown’s book, Rising Strong, and her audio book Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice. Brené offers an in-depth exploration of this critical and oft-misunderstood aspect of wholehearted living. Here she defines spirituality as something not reliant on religion, theology, or dogma – rather, it is a belief in our interconnectedness and in a loving force greater than ourselves. Whether you access the sacred through traditional worship, solitary meditation, communion with nature, or creative pursuits, one thing is clear: Rising strong after falling is a spiritual practice that brings a sense of perspective, meaning, and purpose to our lives.

Weekly Bible Study

The Bible Study meets every Wednesday in the Library from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Led by parishioner Frank Eakin, Weinstein-Rosenthal Professor of Jewish and Christian Studies at the University of Richmond, each Bible study session focuses on the Lectionary readings assigned for the succeeding Sunday. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend and participate in this vibrant discussion. Consider bringing a Bible in a translation or version that you enjoy reading. While no prior biblical training is required, an open mind and readiness to learn and share insights are always welcome!

Men’s Spiritual Practice

Led by Bob Hetherington, the gathering is an opportunity to deepen faith and is open to men of all ages. The men’s spiritual practice group meets weekly on Tuesday mornings for a five-week session, ending on Tuesday, October 10, at 7:30 a.m. in the Old Parish Hall. This gathering is an opportunity to deepen faith and is open to men of all ages.

Women’s Spiritual Practice

Women of all ages are invited to join parishioner Brantley Holmes for a six-week women’s spiritual practice on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, September 21. This new opportunity is a 45-minute Bible study centered around that week’s lectionary reading. The practice ends with a peaceful service of Compline in Little St. Mary’s at 8:15 p.m.