Adult Sunday School Classes
We know that to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ there’s nothing better than scripture. Watch this video to learn about our Christian education classes, from lectionary classes to confirmation. There’s something for everyone at St. Martin’s.
Basic Bible Study
Bagby Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted)
The Gospel Regained: The Reformation from Wycliffe to Cranmer
With the Rev. R-J Heijmen and the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr.
Sundays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Bagby Parish Hall
Five hundred years ago this October 31, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saint’s Church in Wittenberg, Germany, thus kicking off one of the most exciting and tumultuous periods in Christian History: the Protestant Reformation. Join us as we delve into the before, during and after of this momentous time, which carries lasting implications for Christians throughout the ages.
The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving
With the Rev. Alex Large and Will Kulseth
Sundays, October 15, 22 and 29
Payne Education Center, Room 202/204
Join the Rev. Large and Will Kulseth, Executive Director of Student Ministries, as they lead a series on parenting a child’s spiritual journey that is based on the ground-breaking book The Spiritual Child by Lisa Miller. Using a large group/small group format, the sessions will focus on fostering the individual spirituality of your child from pre-adolescence through adolescence.
With the Rev. Suse McBay
Sundays, November 5, 12 and 19
The word “apocalyptic” brings all kinds of things to mind, including end-of-the-world movies that often include alien invasions! But what does it mean in relation to the Bible? And Jesus? Join the Rev. McBay as she shares from her PhD research as to just what this “apocalyptic” thing is all about and what the implications are for faith and discipleship.
Christianity 101: A Verse-by-Verse Journey Through Romans
With Rev. Dr. Jim Jackson, Jr.
Sundays, December 3, 10 and 17, and January 7, 14 and 21
Paul’s letter to the church at Rome is one of the most consequential books in the Bible. Many church renewals, led by faith heroes like Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther, John Wesley and Karl Barth, began with a rediscovery of this first century epistle. The goals of this verse-by-verse study will be to give participants a foundational understanding of Christian theology and offer tools for personal spiritual renewal.
Praying with the Apostle Paul
With Dr. David A. Peterson
Sundays, February 4, 11 and 18
It is said that everyone prays and yet praying is one of the most mysterious things we do. The prayers of the Apostle Paul offer lessons on how to pray.
Repentance: More Than Just a Lenten Discipline?
With Jackson Wisdom and the Rev. Suse McBay
Sundays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Repentance is a word that can be loaded with an overwhelming sense of judgment. So how can we reframe it as something useful, beneficial and even transformative in the Christian life? Join Ecclesia elder Jack Wisdom and the Rev. Suse McBay for a four-week look at what it means to live a life rooted in repentance. Suse will lead two classes on what we can learn from the book of Amos and then Jack will share from his recently published book Breaking Good: Repentance as a Way of Life.
With Deniece Christ-Rice and Jeffrey Rice
Sundays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25
Payne Education Center, Room 210/212
Married life is one of the most special, unique and treasured relationships we can have. This class is a great opportunity for couples, both new and more “mature,” to take some time to invest in these God-given relationships. Deniece Christ-Rice and Jeffrey Rice, both licensed counselors who specialize in marriage (and are married to each other) will share from their knowledge and experience about fundamental habits to a stronger, healthier and happier marriage. However long you’ve been married, there’ll be something here for you.
Survey of the Writing of C.S. Lewis
With David Lumpkins
Sundays, April 8 and 15
C.S. Lewis is the best-selling Christian author of the last 100 years. His books continue to sell briskly, and inform and inspire Christian readers more than 50 years after his death. We will explore selected works of this enigmatic British writer and learn what makes him so vital for Christians seeking to live faithfully today.
With the Rt. Rev. Mike Hill
Sundays, April 22 and 29, and May 6 and 13
You could say that the healthy aspiration of every believer would be to want more of God in their lives. It’s easy to forget that God also wants more of us. These four sessions will bring these two basic concepts together with the intent that your relationship with God will grow deeper. This really is soul food. Attendees may spiritually benefit from these teachings so they can make steps toward becoming the person God wants them to be. The Rt. Rev. Hill, 55th Bishop of Bristol and Bishop in Residence, will discuss “More…of God, Grace, Growth and Holy Spirit” with classes focusing on verses from the first five chapters of Ephesians.
Pentecost: A Conversation on the Holy Spirit
With St. Martin’s Clergy
Sunday, May 20
Join St. Martin’s Clergy this Pentecost for a roundtable discussion of perhaps the least well-understood member of the Trinity: the Holy Spirit. Come with your questions and we will (hope) to have some answers!
Seekers (60s and up)
10:15 – 11 a.m.
Activity Center, Aerobics Room
Clergy Liaisons: The Rev. Nick Dyke and the Rev. Robert Wareing
Seekers is a great place for couples and singles to meet and study the Gospel and other readings, and then branch off into Church history, liturgy, sacraments and other related areas. We just have fun learning! Please come and join our group.
St. Martin’s 20s & 30s
Clergy Liaisons: The Rev. Alex Large and the Rev. Suse McBay
St. Martin’s 20s & 30s meet on Wednesdays throughout the year at various locations. You are always welcome to join one of the other Sunday morning peer groups.
In February 2015 the spiritual Faith Alive weekend attracted almost 1,000 parishioners, allowing them to connect with each other in large and small group settings. When the sessions ended on Sunday, attendees were asked for their feedback so that the feelings of fellowship, camaraderie and learning could continue. Overwhelmingly, attendees expressed a desire to continue the small group setting they experienced during Faith Alive. As a result of these findings, St. Martin’s will launch Covenant Groups (small groups) beginning this fall. Comprised of 10 – 12 persons, the plan is for each of these groups to meet in a parishioner’s home, allowing the group to forge closer relationships with other members of the group while enriching their spiritual life. In the months ahead, more information will appear in The Star and on our website enabling you to sign up and participate. For more information, contact Kathy Johnson at 713-985-3834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday School for Adults Will Not Be Offered on the Following Dates
|November 26||Thanksgiving weekend|
|December 31||New Year’s|
|January 28||Annual Parish Meeting|
|February 25||Outreach Sunday|
|April 1||Easter Day|
|May 27||Memorial Day weekend|
|July 1||Fourth of July weekend|
Adult Confirmation Classes
Join the Rev. Chad Martin and the Rev. R-J Heijmen to learn how the Episcopal Church is like other Christian churches and what makes our Anglican heritage unique. Time will be spent discussing The Book of Common Prayer, the Sacraments, and the Church’s history and polity. Adults have the opportunity to be prepared for confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church by attending confirmation class.
Sundays, October 1 – November 5
10:15 – 11 a.m.
Activity Center, Upper Hall
Sunday, December 3
With the Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison, Ninth Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas