Bible Study and Adult Formation
One of the key elements articulated in St. Stephen's vision as a "thirst for life-long spiritual growth and knowledge".
St. Stephen's offers a number of education and spiritual growth opportunities:
Parish Religious Education Program
10:30 Sunday mornings
(after coffee hour in the parish hall)
Starting the first Sunday of January, we will be offering an Inquirers' Class on Sunday mornings after coffee hour for everyone who would like to know more about faith and The Episcopal Church. The book we will be using is Your Faith, Your Life by Jennifer Gamber, revised edition. You are welcome to pick up a copy at church for $20 or order your own copy online. The class is for those who are new to The Episcopal Church, those who've been around for a while but enjoy a refresher, a reminder, or hearing something new, and anyone who would like to deepen their faith and understanding. We will be using the discussion questions in the back of the book.
Our bishop's visit will be the morning of Sunday, February 11th, when Bishop Shannon Johnston will be with us. The Inquirers' Class is good preparation for anyone who is interested in Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation of Faith when the bishop is here. If you are interested in expressing your faith by becoming a member of St. Stephen's and the Episcopal Church, please ask me about that; I'd be delighted to talk to you! Even if you're not intending to do anything at the bishop's visit, we encourage you to attend the class.
The topics we will cover each day are below. Please read the book even if you have to miss a day. We hope to see you there!
Your Faith, Your Life
by Jennifer Gamber and Bill Lewellis
January 7: Your Faith, Your Life Part One and Two (pages 1-31)
January 14: Your Faith, Your Life Part Three (pages 32-77)
January 21: Your Faith, Your Life Part Four (pages 78-95)
January 28: Your Faith, Your Life Part Five and Six (pages 96-141)
February 4: Your Faith, Your Life Part Seven (pages 142-208)
Book Discussion Group
The group meets each month at one of the group member's homes. The group selects an eclectic mix of genres, both secular and religious.
Contact Greg Balchin if you are interested in joining
the book group or being put on the mailing list.