Christian formation is one of the most important things that we do as members of St. Peters. Our formation impacts the way that we worship, pray, and serve our community. Formation gives us the space to learn and ask questions of our faith. It inspires us to take action around local and global concerns. It is an important part of building community within the parish. We are all familiar with our robust programs for children and youth, but I would like to draw your attention to our exciting adult formation opportunities for the next few months.
As we move into the new year, there will be many exciting opportunities for adult formation. Our Sunday mornings will continue to be full! The forum will cover a variety of topics led by clergy, laity, and outside speakers. For Lent, we will read together Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. Sunday mornings will also see our Sunday Morning Book Study continue. This spring, participants will read designated chapters out of The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor. The book study will not meet every week, so please keep an eye on the eNews for the schedule and the designated chapters. Parents Connect will have a robust schedule this spring too. They will continue to gather once a month for formation on Sunday mornings, and also have a number of social events throughout the upcoming months. Rounding out our Sundays, an intentional discernment group will meet with Mtr. Sally Johnston on select Sunday afternoons.
During the week, we have many additional opportunities for adult formation. Our Education for Ministry class will continue to challenge our parishioners through intense study and engaging conversation. The Monday Night Bible Study will begin the year by continuing to work through the Gospel of John, and then pick up with another book (TBD) after John. Our Tuesday Night Book Study will be reading several different books throughout the spring including Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr., Evicted: Poverty and Profit by Matthew Desmond, and The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr. We are in conversation around forming small groups that meet out in the community to engage in formation as well, so stay tuned for more information about those. As always, additional seasonal formation opportunities will be held throughout the year.
Please keep an eye on eNews and your service leaflet for details and specifics for each of these groups, classes, and opportunities. I sincerely hope that you will join us for adult formation in the new year!
The Rev. Amanda C. Stephenson, Associate Rector