At Saint Mark’s, we seek to provide a variety of opportunities for seekers to deepen in relationship with God and to encounter God’s liberating love through community and attention to Holy Scripture, tradition, and reason. At Saint Mark’s, we refer broadly to these offerings as “Faith Formation.” If you’re new to Saint Mark’s, you may wish to check out opportunities especially for newcomers, on the I’m New Here page, or any of the opportunities below.
Jonah: Setting His Story Free
Saturday, May 5 & Saturday, May 12, 6 p.m., Bloedel Hall
Local Episcopalian, therapist, and innovator Doug Wheeler brings this biblical story to new life through the intersection of music, visual arts, and exegetical storytelling. Jonah’s story indicates an identity crisis deeply influenced by family, God, and false self and takes the listener into fresh possibilities of true self, community justice, and love for neighbor. The series will take place over two consecutive Saturday evenings. Questions? Contact Doug Wheeler.
Inquirer’s and Confirmation Class
Sundays, February 25 – March 18, 2018
12:30 – 2:00 in Bloedel Hall (light lunch included)
All are welcome to come to these classes, which cover the basics of the Christian faith through the Episcopal/Anglican lens. Following these classes, many decide they want to become an Episcopalian through confirmation or reception into the church. Some who attend are experiencing a revival of the soul and may desire to reaffirm their baptismal vows. Interested? Contact The Rev. Cristi Chapman.
Childcare provided 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Cathedral Commons: Wednesday evening formation
A variety of formation opportunities are offered on Wednesday nights at Saint Mark’s, also known as “Cathedral Commons.” A catered dinner is offered in Bloedel Hall from 6-7 p.m. (dinner served 6-6:30 p.m.) This is a time for fellowship, good food, and informal conversation. (Adults $7, Children $5, Max Family $20.) Then, from 7-8 p.m., an Adult Forum is held, on a variety of topics. View the Wednesday formation schedule here.
Check out the schedule of topics for the Sunday Forum, held on Sundays at 10:10 a.m. in Bloedel Hall.
Weekly Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesdays, lunch at 11:30 a.m., study 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Bloedel Hall
Interested in learning more about the upcoming Sunday’s Scripture readings? Each week a discussion is facilitated and lively discussions ensue as people share their thoughts about the lessons. Feel free to bring your lunch with you and join the conversation. For more information, contact The Rev. Cristi Chapman.
The Wisdom School
Looking to go deeper? The Wisdom School offers a balanced path for spiritual transformation grounded in prayer and practice, drawing on the Christian contemplative tradition while respecting the diversity of experiences born from contemplative practices of other traditions. Read more here.
Listening for the Holy Spirit
Select Sundays, 12:15-1:30 p.m., in Leffler House Living Room Trying to listen for and to deeper dimensions in your life? This group uses a reflection model saturated with silence and the compassionate stream of God’s love. If you’d like to be a part of this holy listening group, contact The Rev. Nancy Ross.
Education for Ministry
Mondays, September 18 – June 4, Carriage House
The Episcopal Church’s most in-depth adult Christian education course is EfM—Education for Ministry. Study the Bible, history, theology, and connect faith and life experiences through theological reflection. EfM is a program of The School of Theology at Sewanee, and admission requires a solid commitment to attend the weekly seminars and spend between two and four hours in study and preparation weekly during the academic year (September-June), in either the Monday morning group or Monday evening group. It is a four-year program, but students commit to one year at a time. EfM is also available online for students who are not able to attend the weekly seminars. Interested in EfM? Contact: Tom Hayton.