Adult Christian Formation

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.

Adult forum is an integral part of Sunday mornings at St. Mary’s. Led by clergy, staff, and other speakers during the 10 a.m. hour, Adult forum provides education, spiritual formation, and fellowship to enrich our faith and our community. This year we will explore themes of faith in our daily lives, in our community, and in the larger world. Formation opportunities happen on Sunday mornings in the Parish Hall between services. Check out other offerings below.

Sunday, February 16“How did we get here? Faith and Life in the Episcopal Tradition.” Pt. 3 led by David May

Sunday, February 23 – Forum with Author Amy Julia Becker on White Picket Fences 

Sundays, March 15 & 22 – “Good Grief” led by Vic Maloy

Eldergarten, St. Mary’s aging ministry, is offering a two-week adult forum series on something we all have in common. They are excited to welcome back Dr. Vic Maloy, who is on the clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, to lead it. He will address the topics of loss and grief because there is no better time than during Lent to explore that part of our humanity that affects so many of us in so many ways. Come hear his unique insights gained from decades of experience in pastoral care and counseling.

 

Lenten Speaker Series on Wednesday Nights

Join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. for St. Mary’s Lenten Speaker Series. Each Wednesday evening begins with a simple meal at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation by one of our guest speakers. The evening concludes by 7 p.m. with our prayers for the evening. This year St. Mary’s invited faith leaders from the Richmond area to share about the redeeming work of Jesus with regard to His key actions – proclaiming, forgiving, healing, and offering compassion.

Wednesday, March 4 – Do this in Remembrance of Me – Proclaim led by The Rev. Whitney Zimmerman Edwards

Whitney Edwards is the Upper School Chaplain at St. Christopher’s. A native Richmonder, she was ordained to the priesthood in 2007 after having served as a missionary in Asia and Central America and prison Chaplain in Northern Virginia. She has served St. James’s here in Richmond as well as congregations in Oregon and Connecticut. She and her husband Chris are raising three young girls.

Wednesday, March 11 – Do this in Remembrance of Me – Offer Compassion led by The Rev. Ben Campbell

Ben Campbell, is a long standing leader in the Richmond community. He is currently serving as a Pastoral Associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and has served three Richmond congregations. He is the founder and long time Pastoral Director of Richmond Hill, a residential Christian community and spiritual retreat center in Church Hill, as well as the Micah Association, which links more than 100 faith communities to 24 inner city elementary schools in Richmond.

Wednesday, March 18 – Do this in Remembrance of Me – Forgive led by The Rev. Deacon Peggy Newman

Peggy Newman is a LCSW at the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, a counseling center in Richmond. She is an ordained vocational Deacon in the Episcopal Church. Her focus in counseling include work with depression, anxiety , trauma history, hospice and substance abuse.

Wednesday, March 25 – Do this in Remembrance of Me – Heal led by Dr. Charles Bryan

Charlie Bryan is a beloved member of our St. Mary’s community. A graduate of VMI, Charlie returned to Virginia in 1988 to serve as the president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Historical Society where he retired in 2008. He has written extensively on the Civil War and is a frequent contributor to the Richmond Times Dispatch.

 

Enneagram Book Study – “Road Back to You”

Were you intrigued by what you learned at the Enneagram workshop in January? Do you want to learn more? Come to a follow-up book study where you can delve deeper into who you are based on where you fall out on the Enneagram scale. The study will be led by Logan Jones, who is a certified Enneagram coach and is passionate about formation and spiritual development. He will be exploring with you The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron. You will get the most out of the class if you have a general idea of your Enneagram number and have at least skimmed the book before the first class begins.  The Book Study begins on Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. and continues for four consecutive Mondays. It costs $10 and space is limited to 12 participants. Please call the Church Office at (804) 784-5678 to reserve your place.

 

Weekly Lectionary Bible Study

The Bible Study meets every Wednesday in the Library from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  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

This 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, beginning on Tuesday, January 7 through Tuesday, May 26 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.