Grow & Learn

Grow & Learn

The mission of St. Andrew’s Faith Formation is to provide thoughtful, spiritual education for Christian living grounded in the Episcopal Church’s devotional, theological and literary traditions.

ELF : Exploring Life in Faith

A new offering this fall, look for class offerings in the weekly Fruit of the Tree email.  We begin with Choral Evensong at 5:45 pm and then a simple meal at 6:30 pm. The classes start at 7:00 pm, and the evening ends with sung Compline prayer at 8:30 pm. Child care is provided starting at 6:30 pm.

Lectionary Bible Study

Each Sunday between the Services a group gathers to read and discuss the Bible Lectionary readings for the day. The Readings and some helpful commentary are provided to group members by email during the preceding week. The purpose is to challenge and nurture the minds and hearts of each other, and to prepare for worship that day.

Adult Forum

The Forum meets seasonally on Monday evenings for stimulating presentations, Bible study, topical conversations, or book discussions. These sessions are led by both lay persons and clergy, and also the occasional guest. Learning and formation in Christian faith is life-long. Here is a chance to journey together into the Episcopal Church’s devotional, theological and literary traditions. There is no class currently.

The Catechumenate

Following an ancient practice, the Episcopal Church prepares people for Baptism, Confirmation, Reaffirmation of Faith, or Reception from Orthodox or Roman Catholic Churches. We do this with a nine-month weekly gathering on Thursday evenings. This community of prayer, learning, and fellowship is characterized by open discussion and honest questions, brief teachings, and interactive table talk. Childcare is provided.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Together with the Church of the Holy Redeemer, St. Andrew’s currently hosts one EfM group, which meets Tuesday nights. For more information about EfM at St. Andrew’s, please contact the co-mentors through the Parish Office.

EfM is a distance learning theological education program of the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. EfM is for the laity of the church. Completion of the program takes four years, during which participants study the Bible, church history, and twentieth century theology. Participants commit one year at a time. The purpose of EfM is to teach one how to think theologically, deepen one’s faith and one’s understanding of our Christian heritage, and provide one with a new confidence to be Christ’s minister. Click here for more information about EfM.