Faith Formation

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)

We offer 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.

Creeds and Scriptures in the Medium of Time, led by Bishop John Shelby Spong (Sundays at 9 a.m., March 1 – April 5)

We invite you to join us for a six-week study on “Creeds and Scripture in the Medium of Time” led by Bishop John Shelby “Jack” Spong. We will gather on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in Scott Hall for a discussion that delves into the Scripture, various creeds, and our understanding of these stories and writings today. Topics include the mystery of time, exploring the meaning of the Bible, the birth narratives, and a variety of other topics. Each week will offer new insights as well as moments for reflection.

For audio of the first session, please click here.
Audio from the second session coming soon!

Biography: Bishop John Shelby Spong is a widely known spokesperson for an open, scholarly, and inclusive Christianity. He served for twenty years as a priest in Episcopal churches in both Virginia and North Carolina, including here at St. Paul’s from 1969 to 1976. He also served for twenty-four years as the Bishop of Newark (Northern New Jersey). He has taught and lectured all over the world, being at the forefront of progressive theological thought. He currently resides in Richmond with his wife, Christine Mary Spong, and participates regularly in the life of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

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.