Adult Sunday School Classes
This year in Adult Sunday School we want education to equip us in our faith however new or seasoned we are, so we might grow in maturity and “to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:13) Part of that involves making sure we’re not just reading the parts of the Bible with which we’re comfortable. This also means learning from those who have gone before us, such as stories of the Church since the New Testament and how the faith has been passed down, and learning about what discipleship looks like in practice! So, starting this year, you’ll find classes in Basic Bible Study on books of the Old and New Testaments that we haven’t taught before, topics that engage with church history and theology, apologetic sessions that deal with current issues Christians disagree about and some food for thought on discipleship. In addition, we’re introducing a series of electives. These will be three- to four-week smaller, themed classes that will focus on a specific subject. The themes this fall include Basics of Faith, Parenting and Marriage.
Basic Bible Study and Electives
BASIC BIBLE STUDY–Walk This Way: Living a Jesus-shaped Life in a Challenging World
With St. Martin’s Clergy
Sundays, April 19, 26, May 3, 10 and 17
Bagby Parish Hall
Jesus said to his disciples, “Come, follow me.” Yet, what does following Jesus look like? How can we follow Him and navigate our way through this world? What does it mean to think like Christ? To follow Him at home or in the workplace? To show Christ’s gentleness but not be a pushover? To not live by the power of God, yet know our part? To love sacrificially but not self destructively? As John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) This series will touch on elements of what life should be like as a Christian with practical advice as to how we can grow in Jesus.
April 19: The Mind of Christ with the Rev. Chad T. Martin
April 26: The Power of Christ with the Rev. Alex D. Graham III
May 3: The Gentleness of Christ with the Rev. Lisa R. Neilson
May 10: The Love of Christ with the Rev. Jane P. Ferguson
May 17: The Peace of Christ the Rev. Martin J. Bastian
BASIC BIBLE STUDY–Roundtable: Where is God When It Hurts?
With the Rt. Rev. Mike Hill and various St. Martin’s Clergy
Sunday, May 31
Bagby Parish Hall
Job 30:20 says, “I cry to you and you do not answer me; I stand, and you merely look at me.” Sometimes we are not just stressed out by life, but are fully broken. Something happens that brings us face to face with the age-old question of God and suffering. How can God be good when the world is full of such tragedy? How can we know God when that tragedy appears in our own lives? How do we begin to pray at such moments? This roundtable will reflect on different clergy’s experiences around the subject as well as time for discussion and question and answer.
Seekers (60s and up)
10:15 – 11 a.m.
Clergy Liaisons: The Rev. Lisa R. Neilson, 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 D. Graham III
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. Click here for more information.
Sunday School for Adults Will Not Be Offered on the Following Dates
|August 25||Coming Attractions Sunday|
|September 1||Labor Day weekend|
|December 1||Thanksgiving weekend|
|December 29||Christmas break|
Adult Confirmation Classes
Sundays, September 22 – October 20
10:15 – 11 a.m.
Activity Center, Upper Hall
Join the Rev. Chad Martin 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.
Sunday, November 10
With the Rt. Rev. Jeff W. Fisher, Bishop Suffragan, East Region