Programs for All Adults

Education for Ministry
Tuesdays, August 28–May 21*
6:30–8:30 p.m.

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of theological education at St. Martin’s that has been developed and administered throughout the Episcopal Church by the University of the South School of Theology. Participants are guided by trained mentors through the study and discussion of scripture, church history, liturgy and theology. No more than 12 students can be enrolled in the program at one time. Tuition is $350 per year. Tuition assistance is available. The registration deadline is Monday, August 20. *The class will not meet Tuesdays, November 20, December 18 and 25, January 1, March 5, and April 16 and 23. For information about upcoming classes, please contact Katwana Coleman at 713-830-4110 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Faith in Literature
Day Group
Second Wednesday of the month (except March)
September 12–June 12

12:30–2 p.m.
The Island, Room 207

Evening Group
Third Tuesday of the month (except November)
September 18–June 18
7–8:30 p.m.
Payne Education Center, Room 217

The Faith in Literature group explores, discusses and makes relevant connections between faith and works of fiction, past and present. While operating within the framework of Christian theology, we seek to ascertain in our reading how all good literature, if even by its omission, deals with and reflects themes of faith. For more information, contact Katwana Coleman at 713-830-4110 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The Gathering
Fourth Monday of each month
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Bagby Parish Hall
The Gathering endeavors to use its time and gifts to serve Church members and others in our community who suffer with memory loss. The program provides a safe and loving environment filled with creative and stimulating activities for care partners, and allows their care givers respite from the day-to-day care and often difficult support required by care partners. The Gathering’s activities are centered around the timeless connection of music – singing favorite songs together, enjoying the camaraderie of games, reminiscing with friends who can relate to their experiences, making new friends while participating in fun craft projects and sharing the fellowship of a good meal. For more information, contact Kathy Tellepsen at 713-301-4786 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

O.P.U.S. (Older/Outstanding People Up to Something)
O.P.U.S. is a thriving group of senior citizens who meet weekly for Bible study and lunch. They have an active program of travel to special events and locations throughout the year. The group is led by the Rev. Nick Dyke and the Rev. Robert Wareing. For more information, contact Katwana Coleman at 713-830-4110 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

St. Martin’s Bell Choir
5:30–6:30 p.m.,
The Island
The St. Martin’s Bell Choir is welcoming new ringers. The ability to read music is encouraged. The love and enthusiasm for music is strongly nurtured in this group. The art of handbell ringing is an outgrowth of the ancient art of change ringing in English cathedrals.  For more information, contact Dr. David Henning at 713-985-3820 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

St. Martin’s Parish Choir
7–9 p.m., Rehearsals
The Island
St. Martin’s Choir is a rewarding place of service to the Lord and our congregation. Click here for more information.

OSL Healing Ministry Study Group
Wednesdays, September through July
–6 p.m.
Payne Education Center, Room 207/209
St. Martin’s OSL Healing Community is part of an international organization that is dedicated to the Christian healing ministry. This year we will be working through School of Healing Prayer, materials from Christian Healing Ministries. Guests are welcome to attend for prayer and study, or if they are simply interested in knowing more about OSL and its mission. Click here for more information.

Saintly Stitchers
10 a.m.

Payne Education Center, Room 210/212
The men and women of Saintly Stitchers are filling St. Martin’s with beautiful needlepointed pew kneelers, prie-dieu cushion for the Patron’s Chapel, and acolyte pew kneelers. Click here for more information.

St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild
Noon–3 p.m.
Fourth Sunday of the month
1–4 p.m.
Payne Education Center, Room 210/212
St. Clare’s Needlepoint Guild has undertaken an ambitious project to the Chancel area that is designed as a lasting gift of seat cushions and kneelers for clergy, lay Eucharist ministers, chalice bearers, and lay readers to enjoy during services. Click here for more information.