Formation Offerings

For the 2016-2017 program year, our Adult Formation theme will be "Let the Same Mind be in You as in Christ Jesus" -- Phillipians 2:5

This year, we have several opportunities to dive more deeply into what it means to have the mind of Christ.

On Sunday mornings, we will have two tracks each week from which you may choose. Track 1 will be the Rector’s Forum, which will feature classes centered specifically around the Mind of Christ theme for the year. These classes will be led by the Rector, assisting clergy, and guests. We will look at the Mind of Christ – in community, in relationships, in action, and in the broader life we share in our city. More details >>

Track 2, called Exploring our Faith Together, is designed to build on the Core Competencies identified at the Children and Youth Formation Summit held earlier this year. This unique formation opportunity ties the programming in our Children’s Ministry into our Adult Formation, allowing families to find common ground. Throughout the year, this track will spend several weeks studying the same Bible stories that the children’s formation classes study, looking at the stories through an adult lens and offering families a chance to explore common themes in age-appropriate settings. While this second track will be geared toward families and parents, all are welcome to attend. Interspersed with the blocks of Bible stories will be topics of particular interest to families, including a look at parenting in the fall and instruction about the Eucharist especially for families in the spring. The class will be facilitated by The Rev. Matt Wise and The Rev. Carol Morehead.

Week Days

During the week, there are several offerings throughout the year which will continue to build on our theme of having the Mind of Christ. Time Out Bible Study will continue on Thursdays; the Gift of Years Book Study will hold sessions in the fall and spring; and the Daughters of the King Book Study will continue on Wednesdays. New additions to this year’s offerings include a weekly time for Centering Prayer each Wednesday at 5.00pm, Education for Ministry, and a Life After Loss class this fall.

In addition to the weekly schedules, we will continue the invitation to follow the rhythm of the liturgical calendar with several offerings. In Advent, Adult Formation will join forces with our Music and Children’s programs to offer inter-generational activities for all. With combined services at 10.00am during Advent and formation at the 9.00am hour, this time will allow all members of the parish to join together in expectation and waiting for the coming Christ. Spring will include Adult Confirmation classes. Both Advent and Lent will have Quiet Days for reflection and retreat. Other offerings may also be added throughout the year.

Time Out Bible Study

Led by The Rev. Dr. John Lewis and The Rev. Carol Morehead
Meeting on Thursday mornings from 10.00am-11.30am in the Youth Suite. Class resumes this fall on September 1 through December 1 and then in 2017 will run from January 12 through May 4. Please join us as we continue our close reading of The Gospel of Luke. No prior participation in the class is required. Childcare available.

Education for Ministry

This year St. Mark’s will begin a new Education for Ministry class. The Education for Ministry (EFM) program provides people with the formation to carry out lay ministry. EFM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service. A unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education that uses seminar groups as its format, EFM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and apply it to their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together. Classes meet for 36 weeks from September through May.

Daughters of the King Book Study

This group of women meet weekly at 5.00pm to study a book. The group decides at their first meeting what to read so that it is a true group discernment. Meetings begin August 24th in Room 305.

Group Centering Prayer

This weekly offering is a time prior to the Wednesday Eucharist during which people can gather in the Dean Richardson Room for quiet reflection as they center in prayer. Prayer time will begin at 5.00pm and last for 20 minutes. Facilitated by The Rev. Beth Knowlton.

Gifted Years Book Study

The Gifted Years Book Study will continue this year. It will meet this spring from March 7th - April 4th from 10.00am to 11.30am in the Dean Richardson Room.

We will continue to discuss Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God by the Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault. According to The Rev. Alan Jones, former dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, “This is a grace - filled book for those who are learning to swim in the deep waters of God’s mercy and love - waters in which we already swim but hardly know it. Cynthia Bourgeault shows us the road to deep and lasting hope.” The group will be led by Lillian Morris and Lou Taylor. Everyone is welcome.