Adult Formation Classes

In-person classes are suspended indefinitely. Online formation opportunities are posted below. 

    The Rector's Forum

    April 18 - May 16 at 11 a.m. on Zoom

    with Fr. Sammy Wood

    The Rector's Forum returns with "Notes on Building the Barque." Come, learn, discuss, and reflect on the vision, Fr Sammy has painted for St. Bartholomew's through the Barque. 


    The Rector's Forum 

    Meeting ID: 885 3416 3700
    Passcode: 4800

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    Watch Session 1, The Overview of the Barque >>>here

    Watch Session 2, The Hull: Community >>>here

    Watch Session 3, The First Sail: Share the Gospel >>>here

    Centering Prayer

    April 18 - May 16, Sundays at 11 a.m. on Zoom
    facilitated by Rick Wood


    Craving some peace and quiet? This historic, contemplative prayer style has been at the heart of Christian Formation for centuries. The class is open to everyone including newcomers and experienced contemplatives alike. 


    Centering prayer broadens our knowledge and experience of God's love, deepening our relationship with Jesus. We start with a brief reading and comments on Scripture or a work of spiritual interest, then we spend time in silence, usually for about 20 minutes, during which we "enter our inner room and close the door," shutting out distractions and anxieties of the world, surrendering our hearts and wills to God. This is a gift of the Church that's never been more needed in our modern world.


    Centering Prayer lasts for about 30 minutes. It will begin on Zoom, but may move in-person depending on the interest.


    Centering Prayer 

    Meeting ID: 839 6992 8491 
    Passcode: 4800

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    Till We Have Faces

    April 18 - May 16, 11 a.m. on Zoom
    with Dr. Ginny Lamothe


    This formation class will be examining the work C.S. Lewis considered his greatest achievement, Till We Have Faces. This novel brilliantly reimagines the ancient Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche. In reading and discussing Till We Have Faces we will examine what it means to experience envy, betrayal, loss, blame, grief, and guilt. In doing so, we will come to see how Lewis reminds us of our own fallibility to love others and ourselves and come to know the unfailing and unconditional love of God.


    The book is available in the Gallery. Email Allison to reserve a copy. 


    Till We Have Faces

    Meeting ID: 863 7952 1861 
    Passcode: 4800

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    Theology on Tap

    Originally created for younger adults, Theology on Tap invites people of all ages to connection, conversation, drinks, and theology in a casual atmosphere around the city. Drinks and conversation at 7 p.m. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. During COVIDtide, Theology on Tap has moved to Zoom. 


    Theology on Tap presents

    The Joker and the Problem of Chaos 

    with Matt Chambers-Rhea and the Rev. Dixon Kinser


    Meeting ID: 876 0303 2402

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    Women's Bible Study

    Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. (during COVID, Thursday evenings 8-9pm)


    Thursdays beginning January 7, the women’s Bible study will begin a low-key study of Martin Luther’s booklet A Simple Way to Pray, which is a modern translation of Luther’s practical take on the Lord’s prayer and other important texts. A few books are available in the gallery or can be acquired on Amazon for Kindle ($3) or paperback ($4). 


    Our new mantra is “Barely something is better than nothing!” so please drop in regardless of the amount of preparation you’re able to put in or how long you’re able to stay. This multigenerational gathering is open to all women of any walk of life and at any point of the faith journey. We’ll reflect, discuss, and pray for each other and the world. 


    We meet through Zoom on Thursday evenings, 8-9 pm, through May. For more information, contact Gretchen Abernathy at Gretchen.abernathy@gmail.com.

    Life Groups

    Would you like to be more connected to your St. B’s family?  If yes, then we'd love for you to consider the two new Life Groups that Rev. Serena will be forming this Easter season. These are committed, intentional micro-communities of parishioners exploring God in their lives. There will be a women’s group and a co-ed group, which will meet from the end of April through mid-June. Groups meet for 1.5 hours each week for 8 weeks, with an option to continue, and you need to be able to make at least 6 of the 8 sessions. 


    We seek to form intergenerational groups, with a mix of ages and experiences with church and matters of faith. Each group will have a convener determined after the group forms. 

     

    Rev. Serena will run a logistics meeting for each group for 20 minutes on Sunday, April 18 during the formation hour at 11. Each group will pick its regular meeting time at that brief logistics meeting and the first group meetings will be the week of April 25. Rev. Serena will attend the first group sessions. The groups will meet at St. B's, either outside or in the gym if it rains, and will follow our COVID safety protocols. We hope you will email Rev. Serena at ssides@stbs.net to receive our FAQ sheet, express your interest in joining one of the groups, and see if there is a spot for you!