Adult Christian Education Classes – Sundays

ALL ADULT SUNDAYS

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On certain Sundays, all Adult Sunday School classes will meet together for a special guest speaker or event, as noted below:

October 17: Jean Becker and Jim McGrath

December 12: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

January 16: The Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Lord George Carey and Lady Eileen Carey

January 30: Annual Parish Meeting

February 13: Outreach Sunday

March 27: Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts

8+
8:55-9:25 a.m.
Chapel Reception Hall

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This 30-minute class is a clergy-led coffee and Bible study following the 8 a.m. service in Christ Chapel. Each class will focus on one of the lectionary readings for the day.

January 9-June 26 (except for dates listed below)

January 16: All Adult Sunday

January 30: Annual Parish Meeting

February 13: Outreach Sunday

March 13: Spring Break

March 27: All Adults Sunday

Theology for Life
10:15-11 a.m.
Bagby Parish Hall

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This class features a series of Biblical, theological and historical topics that engage the mind and heart in worship of God and living a life of faith.

“One Faith Among Many” with Dr. Ben Blackwell
April 24-May 22

Dr. Ben Blackwell, recently co-authored a book on the basics of Christian thought, based around the Nicene Creed, called “Engaging Theology,” but how is Orthodox Christianity different from those of other faiths? We share some things in common and yet, there are  also vast differences in the way we construct our faith. This five-week series will explore  aspects of Christian thought and how they compare to other religious belief systems.

Ben Blackwell, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Early Christianity, Director of Houston Theological Seminary and Chair of the Department of Theology at Houston Baptist University.

April 24: Week 1

May 1: Week 2

May 8: Week 3

May 15: Week 4

May 22: Week 5

The Word Inspires: Clergy Favorites from Genesis to Revelation
10:15-11 a.m.
Bagby Parish Hall

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Bibles studies often dig deeply into specific passages of Scripture, but those studying may never really grasp the message of the whole book. Join us this summer for a dive into 11 of those books in the Bible. St. Martin’s Clergy will walk through different books that they particularly love, giving an overview of the book’s purpose and explaining how it fuels the fire of faith.

June 5: Hosea with the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

June 12: Exodus with the Rev. Sharron L. Cox

June 19: Philemon with the Rev. R. Wesley Arning

June 26: Ezekiel with the Rev. Jane P. Ferguson

July 3: Independence Day Weekend

July 10: Mark with the Rev. Dr. Suse E. McBay, Ph.D.

July 17: Genesis with the Rev. Alex D. Graham III

July 24: Acts with the Rev. Jane P. Ferguson

Aug. 7: John with the Rev. R. Wesley Arning

Aug. 14: Proverbs with the Rev. Alex D. Graham III

Aug. 21: James with the Rev. Dr. Suse E. McBay, Ph.D.

Life in Christ
10:15-11 a.m.
Chapel Reception Hall

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The class will look at what it means to be a disciple of Christ in the present age, from who Christ is to the message He shared and how we might follow Him today.

“Growing in Christ”

March 6: “Prayer” with the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

March 13: “Personal Study of Scripture” with Mr. David Lumpkins

March 20: “Praying with Scripture” with the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

March 27: All Adults Sunday

April 3: “Fasting and Meditation” with Dr. David Peterson

April 10: “Spiritual Guides” with the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., Dr. David Peterson and Mr. David Lumpkins

April 17: Easter

April 24: “Worship” with Dr. David Peterson

“Sharing in Christ”

May 1: “Service” with Mr. David Lumpkins

May 8: “Sabbath, Silence and Rest” with the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.

May 15: “Stewardship” with Mr. David Lumpkins

May 22: “Evangelism” with the Rev. Wesley Arning

Creative Spaces
10:15-11 a.m.
Vestry Conference Room

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This class looks at life, faith and prayer in different ways, examining contemplative spirituality, contemporary life and more.

“Mental Health in the Modern Age” with Dr. Matt Stanford
May 1 and 15

May 1: Dr. Matt Stanford, Chief Executive Officer of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute

May 15: Dr. Peggy Determeyer, Director of Community Bioethics and Aging Center of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute

Family Life Class
10:15-10:45 a.m.
Parish Life Center

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This is a slightly shorter class for parents of young families and that meets after the Family Table service three times a month: twice for class and once for a breakfast social.

January 9: Grace-Centered Parenting

January 16: All Adult Sunday

January 23: Breakfast Club

January 30: Annual Parish Meeting

February 6: Grace-Centered Parenting

February 13: Outreach Sunday

February 20: Breakfast Club

February 27: Grace-Centered Parenting

March 6: Grace-Centered Parenting

March 13: Spring Break

March 20: Grace-Centered Parenting

March 27: All Adults Sunday

April 3: Grace-Centered Parenting: Rest

April 10: Palm Sunday

April 17: Easter Sunday

April 24: How to Study the Bible Part 1: The Big Picture

May 1: How to Study the Bible Part 2: Observation

May 8: How to Study the Bible Part 3: Interpretation

May 15: Breakfast Club

May 22: How to Study the Bible Part 4: Application

Seekers
10:15-11 a.m.
Activity Center, Aerobics Room

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This always popular class is for more senior Parishioners, offering fellowship and lectionary-based Bible study. Join this thriving group today.

January 9-July 31 (except for dates listed below)

January 16: All Adult Sunday

January 30: Annual Parish Meeting

February 13: Outreach Sunday

March 13: Spring Break

March 27: All Adults Sunday

April 10: Palm Sunday

April 17: Easter

Adult Christian Education Classes – Wednesdays

Science and Religion with the Rev. Alister McGrath
Wednesday Self-Study Series

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Oxford University Scholar the Rev. Alister McGrath will lead the self-paced series on science and religion consisting of 27 six- to seven-minute videos, which look into the crossovers between science and religion.

Once an avowed atheist, McGrath’s initial academic work was in the natural sciences and he earned a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics from Oxford in 1977. The Irish native has earned international respect for his work in historical theology, systematic theology, and the relationship between science and religion, as well as his writings on apologetics. In addition to his work at Oxford, McGrath is Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and serves as associate priest in a group of Church of England village parishes in the Cotswolds in southwestern England.