Adult Education

Adult Education Committee

The Adult Education committee is responsible for planning the topics that will be used at Sunday morning Adult Forums throughout the year. Committee members take turns creating and leading the lessons and/or finding outside speakers.

If you would like to be a part of the committee come to one of our meetings; everyone is welcome! Bring your ideas about what you would like to see discussed or topics that you want to know more about. Teaching experience is helpful but certainly not necessary. We invite people to come and talk about their personal journeys in work, faith, family and interests. If you are well-educated in a certain area or have a particular passion that you would like to share with the parish, let us know and we will pencil you in.

The Adult Education Committee meets twice a year to plan the schedule. We meet in August to plan the topics for the Fall and we meet in December to plan the topics for the Spring. If you are leading an Adult Forum then you may need to meet with the Director of Faith Formation to make sure that everything is ready for you to lead.

Adult Forum

The Adult Forum is held on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. in the Parish Hall. The coffee is always brewing! The forum is discussion based and centers on a particular topic each Sunday.

Often members of the parish serve as presenters based on their area of expertise. We also invite outside speakers to come and share about some ministry that is taking place in the local community and the world.

The Adult Forum seeks to engage adults in open and honest conversation while providing educational and diverse subjects. This year topics include: the Christian’s response to politics, history of churches in Montgomery County, a discussion on violence, and the Story of St. Nick.

Book Studies

Reading a book can be helpful in living our lives. Reading a book along with others in a book study amplifies the pleasure and concentrates the time and effort needed in our busy lives to make the experience more worthwhile. Come talk to others about what you have read in a safe, respectful setting; hear others’ responses; enlarge your thinking; understand more; realize different points of view other than your own; engage in a brief worship service; maintain contact with a small community of folks who share this experience. It all makes the book come to life. Try it and see for yourself.

Watch for news of upcoming book studies in our parish communications. Studies are often held as a series of weeknights during Advent or Lent, but can be held at other times. Bring friends; you don’t have to be a member of St. Peter’s to participate. Just be curious, commit to attending most or all of the sessions, and make time to read each week (or most weeks) of the study.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out their ministry. An extension of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, EfM reaches students around the globe including over 80 parishes in the Episcopal Church. Seminar groups (ranging from 6 to 12 participants) work under the leadership of trained mentors. St. Peter’s Church has a long history of EfM classes, graduates, and mentors.

EfM classes meet weekly from September through May. Students sign up one year at a time for this four-year program, which covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and ancient and modern theologians. EfM is much more than bible study; students learn to reflect theologically on their own lives and the world around them, using many sources. Seminar groups study, discuss, worship, and pray together, carrying on the journey of spiritual formation as a community.

At St. Peter’s, EfM classes are formed as a sufficient number of people express an interest in embarking on this life-changing journey and as mentors are available. If you are interested, please contact The Rev. Emily Richards at 215-887-1765.

Here’s a link to the official EfM website: http://www.sewanee.edu/EFM/.

Lectionary Bible Study

Each week, we read and hear three lessons from the Bible. The Lectionary is the schedule for these readings, shared ecumenically by many Christian denominations. What we do in this Bible study is discuss the readings for each day, gathering in the library after the service with our coffee and snacks for about an hour. The discussion is always lively and we leave with a better understanding of the readings, how they connect with each other, and how we might live them out during the week.

Bring to this class your curiosity, interest in the Bible as you hear it during the liturgy, and willingness to ask questions and listen to each other.

We meet most Sundays from September through May, after the 10 a.m. service, from about 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Listening Circle

The Listening Circle is a small group that offers a place of safety and trust where participants are better able to connect with the place of inner wisdom, or the God within. Our goals are to deepen our relationships with each other, be able to identify and connect with the place of God/Truth within us, learn to listen more deeply, and to be nourished and strengthened within ourselves and also in our relationships with others.

While this group is open to anyone interested in deepening relationships, its size is limited to provide more generous time for each person’s participation.

Each person brings to the Listening Circle a desire to experience and practice deep listening and a willingness to attend as many sessions as possible so as to build trust within the group. We meet monthly in the evening.