Do you have a lot of faith? Do you have little faith? Do you know how to pray, or do you wonder what to say? Do you already believe in God or are you struggling with doubt? Whatever your condition or where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome! And the great thing about our faith, is we don't ask you to check your mind at the door! We believe God created us with a great gift, our human reason, which is integral to our understanding of how God reveals the God-self in the world today! Whether through in-depth studies of books of the Bible, regular adult formation, seeker classes, seasonal programs, guest speakers, quiet-days or retreats, we will help provide the tools you need to grow into a deeper relationship with God.
Small Group Studies of C.S. Lewis - Mere Christianity
Small Group Studies of N.T. Wright's - Simply Christian
Studying the Book, Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World, by Brian McLaren
McLaren argues that Christians can respect other faiths while not diluting their own Christianity. He calls this "strong benevolence," a way of remaining firmly Christian while honoring other religious and non-religious traditions.
If you are interested in hosting a small group (no training or experience is required) just let the office know. The more groups we have the better!
New to the Episcopal Church - Information coming soon
St. Anne's Men Group
For more information contact Tim Pacey.
Women Over 65
The Women over 65 group meets on Tuesday at 10am in the Multi-Purpose Room. For more information contact Judy Partlow.
Education for Ministry
The Education for Ministry program began with a vision of enrolling a few hundred students. Within a few years it developed into a program reaching several thousand students with groups around the globe.
In addition to EfM groups throughout the USA, EfM can be found in Germany, Great Britian, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Bahamas, Hong Kong, Italy, and Switzerland. Over 70,000 persons have participated in the program, and in the United States more than 22,000 have completed the full four years. The 2006 USA enrollment reached more than 8,000. More than eighty dioceses of the Episcopal Church as well as other denominations have contractual arrangements with EfM.
The seminar group is the nucleus of the Education for Ministry program. A group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor who meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. These meetings are usually from two and a half to three hours in length.
Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God's kingdom. This process can be illustrated by a two-rail fence. One rail is the Christian tradition. The other is the collective experience of the group's members. The rails are linked by fence posts which represent the seminar sessions where life and study meet. The fence is grounded in the soil of regular worship which is vital to the life of the group.
Participants are given weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. Students are responsible for setting their own learning goals. They spend between two and four hours in study and preparation each week. In the seminars members have an opportunity to share their insights and discoveries as well as to discuss questions which the study materials raise for them.
Through discussion and guided reflection, the seminars furnish an opportunity to deepen understanding of the reading materials.
More important is the development of skills in theological reflection. The goal is to learn to think theologically. By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. In coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has potential for manifesting the love of Christ, we discover that our ministry is at hand wherever we turn.
The seminar is supported by a life of prayer and regular worship. EfM groups are encouraged to develop a pattern of worship appropriate to their situations. Liturgical materials are furnished with the course materials.
Stay tuned for the next planned dates to begin The Education for Ministry (EfM) program, at St. Anne's. The first year will be a scholarly study of the Old Testament and experience in thinking theologically. Those wishing to continue after the first year will be able continue in subsequent years with studies of the New Testament, Church history, and theology.
Enrollment will be limited to 12 people and four parishioners have already indicated a strong interest in participating. So this is a good time to start thinking about it. Due to the cost of the materials there will be a cost of $340 per year, scholarships are available for those in need.
If you would like more information on our Adult Formation offerings, please contact us here.