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!

Guest Speaker Amy Julia Becker

St. Mary’s is excited to offer a special weekend with Author Amy Julia Becker. Amy Julia Becker is a writer, teacher, and speaker who invites us to “participate in the larger healing work of love in this world.” During her time at St. Mary’s, she’ll be focusing on the themes in her book, White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege. There will be a number of opportunities throughout the weekend to listen, learn, and engage with Amy Julia including:

Friday, February 21 at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.follow this link to register for the event.

Meet & Greet and Book Signing with Amy Julia, light hors d’ouevres and wine served; Cost $10 and Registration Required.

Saturday, February 22 at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.follow this link to register for the event.

Workshop with Amy Julia, light breakfast and childcare provided; Cost $20 and Registration Required.

Sunday, February 23

Leading the 10 a.m. forum and Guest Preacher at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services

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


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.

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.