Formation Offerings

For the 2017-2018 program year, our Adult Formation theme will be "The Word of God is Living and Active"

-- Hebrews 4:12a

Formation During the Summer 

Plan to join in our summer Adult Formation offering, With Heart and Soul and Voice:  Poetry and the Life of Faith. Beginning on Sunday, June 10 and continuing through August 19, we will gather in Gish Hall at 9.00am to hear thoughts about how poetry expresses our deepest truths and invites us to explore all aspects of creation and our faith life.  Topics include What Inspires Us?, Metaphor, Faith and Doubt, The Sacred and the Profane, God in Nature, The Sacrament of the Present Moment, Poetry in the Anglican Tradition, Music as Poetry, and several other topics.  We will hear local poets (members of our parish) as well as those with poetic souls in hopes of recognizing the poetic journey of faith we all engage.

June 10 -  Ars Poetica, or What is Poetry? How God Inspires and is Present

June 17 - What Language Shall I Borrow? Metaphor and the Importance of Words

June 24 - Poetic Imagination: The Anglican Tradition of Faith and Poetry

July 1 - Poetry of Faith and Doubt

July 8 - God and Nature

July 15 - Storytelling: How We Know Ourselves Through Our Stories

July 22 - The Poetry of the Bible: Psalms and Other Writings

July 29 - The Sacrament of the Present Moment: Our Lives as Poetry

August 5 - Confessional Poetry

August 12 - The Sacred and the Profane: How Poetry Binds Them into One

August 19 - Lift Every Voice: Music as Poetry

Formation During the Program Year 

Resumes September 16, 2018.

During the program year, 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 Word of God is Living and Active theme for the year. These classes will be led by the Rector, assisting clergy, and guests. 

Track 2, classes, led by The Rev. Carol Morehead and The Rev. Matt Wise, will include: What is the Bible?, Episcopal Basics, Holy Eucharist Instruction for 2nd and 3rd graders and their families, Daring Greatly, and The Bible Challenge, all with an emphasis on conversation and interaction. 

Week Days During the Program Year 

Weekly adult formation offerings will continue, including Daughters of the King book studies on Wednesdays; Centering Prayer on Wednesdays; Time Out Bible Study on Thursday mornings; and Gifted Years book studies in October and March.  EfM classes will continue this year, with one on the weekend and one on a weekday. New additions to this year’s formation will be a Bible Study on Wednesday mornings, a film class that will look at images of the divine in film, and Community of Hope classes.

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 and Youth Confirmation classes. Both Advent and Lent will have Quiet Days for reflection and retreat. Other offerings may also be added throughout the year.

Wednesday morning bible study

Facilitated by The Rev. Beth Knowlton
Meeting on Wednesday mornings from 7.00-8.00am in the Dean Richardson Room. This early morning study will focus on the lectionary texts resumes September 5, 2018. 

Daughters of the King Book Study

This group of women meets weekly at 4.30pm to study a book.  The group chooses at their first meeting what to read so that it is a group discernment.  Meetings begin September 5, 2018 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.

Time Out Bible Study

Facilitated by The Rev. Carol Morehead and The Rev. Matt Wise
Meeting on Thursday mornings from 10.00am-11.30am in the Youth Suite.  Class resumes this fall on September 13, 2018 . Please join us as we continue our close reading of The Gospel of Luke and then begin a study of the Book of Genesis. No prior participation in the class is required. Childcare available.

Images of the divine in Film

Facilitated by The Rev. Carol Morehead at 6.00pm
Resumes in the Fall of 2018
God is often experienced in varied and unusual ways, and we often find images of the Holy in media and film.  This class will be an experiential one in which we will view and discuss films together.  A wide variety of films will be a part of the curriculum, with the emphasis on images and experiences of the Holy.  Films include Stranger than Fiction, The Fifth Element, Tree of Life, and Babbette’s Feast.

Education for Ministry

EfM (Education for Ministry) classes will continue this year at St. Mark’s. 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 then apply it to their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.  Two classes meet for 36 weeks from September through May. For more information about EfM contact The Rev. Carol Morehead. 

Gifted Years Book Study

The Gifted Years Book Study will continue this year. It will meet this fall (dates to come) and the spring (dates to come) from 10.00-11.30am in the Dean Richardson Room.  All are welcome to attend this study that is aimed at anyone interested in reading, discussing as a group, growing spiritually, and connecting with the Unchanging in a rapidly changing world. Check the Announcements and eNews for the different books we will be studying. For more information contact Lillian Morris or Lou Taylor.