Faith Formation

Sunday Morning Faith Formation Offerings

Sunday morning faith formation classes enable churchgoers to ask the difficult questions and dig deeper into their faith. We take these opportunities to consider scripture from a variety of angles and discuss a range of topics relating to the church and God’s impact in our world.

Faith formation is held from 9:00 to 9:50 am each Sunday and is open to all. We invite you to come engage in these discussions as we grow in faith together.

General Timeline for Sunday morning Formation offerings:

9:00 a.m. Forum and Contemplative Prayer/Meditation both begin
9:45 a.m. Forum and Contemplative Prayer/Meditation both end

Contemplative Prayer/Meditation: 9 a.m. on Sundays (Palmore Room)

This fall, we are offering contemplative prayer/meditation as a faith formation offering in the Palmore Room on the second floor. Meditation is an ancient spiritual practice where we let go—we quiet our minds to rest in God’s presence. Sunday morning meditation is open to everyone- regardless of one’s experience with this spiritual practice. Led by a facilitator and an assistant, each gathering includes a short reading, a guided chant, and silent group meditation. There is an optional opportunity to share your experience or thoughts. No meditating experience is required; feel free to join us whenever you’d like.

Faith Formation Forum: 9 a.m. on Sundays (Norwood Room)

-NO Forum on Sunday, November 24th
-NO Forum on Sunday, December 29th

Advent Forum Series: “Arts and Advent: Meditations Through Scripture, Poetry, Music, and Art”

(December 8th, 15th, and 22nd @ 9:00 a.m. in the Norwood Room)

Advent 2 (December 8): The Peaceable Kingdom, led by Rainey Dankel and Keli Shipley Cooper
The prophet Isaiah describes the natural world at peace, and John the Baptist calls us to repent. How do these messages help us think about peace in our world and especially our role in environmental justice?

Advent 3 (December 15): Healing and Renewal, led by Rainey Dankel
The prophet Isaiah predicts the healing ministries that Jesus undertakes. How does Advent help us find healing in our personal and communal relationships?

Advent 4 (December 22): Miraculous Birth, led by Charlie Dupree
Angels tell both Mary and Joseph of the birth of a baby, news that is both joyous and upsetting. What do we learn from the experiences of the Holy Family that help us understand our obligations to all kinds of families?

Education for Ministry

The St. Paul’s Education for Ministry Group will be meeting on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. from September through June.

If you have questions or thoughts regarding faith formation, please reach out to Minister for Faith Formation Keli Cooper.