Adult Formation Opportunities in the New Year

One of the vows we take at baptism and when we renew our baptismal vows is that “We will continue in the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers.”  The first part of this vow has to do with formation or Christian Education, learning what the Apostles and Prophets wrote in the Scriptures and how the Church has understood those writings.  There are at least three opportunities for formation connected with St. Paul’s in the New Year.

Wednesday Night Bible Study will return onJanuary 4, 2017 with a study of the Prophet Isaiah.  We will look at this foundational Old Testament book over seven Wednesdays beginning with a conversation about the general purpose of biblical prophecy.  We will then study selections from the writings of Isaiah, concluding with a discussion of passages from Isaiah that have most influenced the New Testament and Christianity.

The Sermon on the Mount will be the topic of Adult Sunday School beginning January 29th, 2017.  Portions from the 5th chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew will serve as the gospel lesson in worship in late January and February.  Chapter 5 is the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, one of the best known summaries of Jesus teaching.  We will take this opportunity to study all of the Sermon on the Mount on Sunday Mornings.

Marking the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  Five hundred years ago this fall Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door.  In an effort to better understand the Reformation and how it has influenced the Episcopal Church a series of talks is being organized by clergy in Hanover County.  Our first speaker is Dr. David Holmes, Emeritus Professor of Religious History at William and Mary.  The series begins on Thursday February 23, 2017 at 7pm at Fork Church, Doswell.  There will be a monthly speaker through the Spring, taking a summer break and resuming in the fall.  Be on the lookout for a complete schedule in the February 2017 edition The Epistle of St. Paul’s.  

Adult Christian Education