Formation

Adult Formation at St. Paul’s: September 2016 through June 2017

Formation

Adult formation at St. Paul’s is open to everyone: visitors, newcomers, long-timers, and anyone who wants to connect with others, understand the Christian way of life, and nurture practices which enrich their lives in the world.

Here are some things you can plan on throughout each year:

  • In the fall and again in Lent, a class or program on Wednesday evenings.
  • Three Saturday Quiet Mornings: the first Saturday October, the first Saturday of Advent, and the first Saturday of Lent.
  • Enquirers’ classes on two consecutive Saturdays in the fall and in the spring for people wanting to learn more about St. Paul’s and the Episcopal Church, especially anyone preparing for baptismal renewal (confirmation, reaffirmation of baptismal vows, or reception into the Episcopal Church).
  • Special annual or semi-annual events such as “Tapping the BCP”.

On Sunday mornings throughout the year, we hope you’ll take advantage of the following periodic offerings:

  • Parish Book Conversations: Are you reading the annual Parish Book on your own? In a book group but want to learn more about others’ experiences? Gather with others on occasional Sunday mornings to check in.
  • New Church Year, New Gospel: As we prepare to say goodbye to one version of the Gospel and begin hearing another, you can prepare with this two-part introduction.
  • Spiritual Practices for the New Year: For some, Advent is a season to reflect on one’s own spiritual practice and perhaps to take on a new practice. Learn about various forms of spiritual practice and share what has worked for you.

Sunday gatherings begin at 10:20 in the Gallery, the open space up a few steps from the kitchen, just south of the Parish Hall. When higher attendance is anticipated, gatherings will locate in the parish hall.

All are welcome to neighborhood book groups that meet regularly at various times throughout the month in neighborhoods all over Seattle. In 2016 we have been reading The Way of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century by Sr. Joan Chittister. A new book will be introduced in Advent. Neighborhood groups are always open; you can join any time, via our web page, www.stpaulseattle.org.

2016-2017 formation events:

Lector Training

February 11, 10-12
How do we proclaim the word? How do others hear us? This training is an opportunity to practice reading in church, to practice listening to holy scripture, and to deepen skills in both.

Parish Book Conversation
February 19, 10:20
Are you reading the 2017 Parish Book on your own? Or in a group but curious what other groups are talking about? Or do you still have things to say about the 2016 parish book? Gather with other parishioners in the Gallery for informal conversation on the subject.

Lent Quiet Morning
March 4, 9-noon
Prepare for the season of Lent with this time of quiet to meditate on the journey we take with Jesus to the Cross and beyond.

Lent Program: Fasting and Feasting
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, March 8 through March 29
Both fellowship and a “program,” prepare for Easter by experiencing Stations of the Cross and an offering from our Lenten Artist-in-Residence and then joining fellow parishioners for dinner at a local restaurant for conversation in which we reflect on the ways that the season calls us to go deeper in faith and practice.

Parish Book Conversation
March 19, April 30, May 28 at 10:20
A time to visit with others who are reading the 2017 Parish Book. An opportunity for anyone who is reading the book on their own, has not yet joined a group, or is in a group but curious about others’ experiences.

Easter Enquirers’ Class
April 29 & May 6, 10-2
An introduction to the Episcopal expression of the Christian faith: our history, spiritual practices, and community engagement. Essential for anyone considering confirmation, reaffirmation of baptismal vows, or reception into the Episcopal Church, but all are welcome. A great way for newcomers to get to know a handful of parish leaders who teach this class.