Programs for All Adults

Cursillo and In Step
Programs offered through the Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Cursillo roosterCursillo is a Spanish word meaning “short course.” A Cursillo Thursday – Sunday program is a short course in Christian living that offers great experience in “how” to live guided daily by Christ’s love. More than 9,000 Episcopalians in the Diocese of Texas have found their time at Camp Allen to be a joy-filled experience, while learning the Cursillo method and meeting people from across the Diocese. You will return to join the Cursillo community at St. Martin’s, now totaling more than 100 parishioners.

In Step is an introductory short course (Friday – Sunday) to Cursillo that provides an easier way into missional rhythm of life and a shorter path into a reunion group. It helps attendees create a Christ-centered rule of life and connect with God. The course is not intended to replace Cursillo, but instead encourage people to learn more about what it means to be a Christian and what God is calling them to do. The next In Step course is offered October 7 – 9 at Camp Allen. For information and/or an application, contact Deb Tisch at 713-985-3817 or email hidden; JavaScript is required

Education for Ministry
Tuesdays, September 6 – May 20
6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Class 1
The Parlor
– or –
6:30 – 8 p.m., Class 2
Payne Education Center, Room 202/204
This 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. Click here for more information.

Faith in Literature
Day Group
Second Wednesday of the month, September 9 – June 8
12:30 – 2 p.m.
The Island, Room 207

Evening Group
Third Tuesday of the month, September 15 – June 21 (except March)
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 Deb Tisch at 713-985-3817 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

The Gathering
The Gathering
Fourth Monday of each month
10 a.m. – 1:30 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 Cyndy Ensign at 713-985-3808 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

St. Martin’s Bell Choir
Thursday rehearsals, September 15 – May 25
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Founders’ Hall
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 Choir
Thursdays rehearsals
7 – 9:15 p.m.
Choir Hall
St. Martin’s Choir is a rewarding place of service to the Lord and our congregation. Click here for more information.

Order of St. Luke the Physician
osl-logo-largestcircleWednesdays, September through May, 5 – 6 p.m.
Payne Education Center, Room 207/209
The St. Martin’s chapter of the Order of St. Luke (OSL) the Physician is part of an international organization that is dedicated to the Christian healing ministry. The group is currently studying the book Healing by Francis MacNutt that includes the basis of the healing ministry, kinds of healing and the connections between sacraments and healing. OSL invites those interested in know more about Jesus’ healing today to “come and see” the Wednesday class. For more information, email email hidden; JavaScript is required or contact the Rev. Suse McBay at 713-985-3823 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Healing Mission – Made in God’s Image
A Time to Be Restored, Renewed and Remade
Friday, March 31
6 p.m.,
Registration and reception
7 – 9 p.m.,
Saturday, April 1
8:30 a.m.,
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,
Bagby Parish Hall

This OSL special program is led by the Rev. Josh Acton, Executive Director of Desert Call Ministries and Senior Pastor at Rancho Vineyard Church in Poway, California. He also is founder and former Executive Director of the Center for Christian Healing, a ministry to the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. The cost to attend the program is $15 per person or $20 per couple. Meals are provided for program participants. Child care is available for infants – pre-K children with advance reservations ($10 per child for two days; parent to provide food for their child/children).  This event is co-sponsored by St. John the Divine Episcopal Church.

Click here to register. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 16.

For more information, contact Jennifer DiMichele at 713-985-3845 oremail hidden; JavaScript is required.

Saintly Stitchers
Mondays, 10 a.m.
Activity Center, Upper Hall East
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.
Activity Center, Upper Hall East
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.