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All Adults

Connections and formation 

At St. Bart's we are adults of all ages and stages of life. We seek fellowship and connections in small groups and parish events. We challenge ourselves to grow in our faith with the variety of classes and learning opportunities throughout the year. We are called to be disciples of Christ serving our community and neighbors across the world.

WHAT IS FORMATION?

St. Bart's will challenge you to ask questions, seek answers, find your spiritual path, and grow together in a supporting, loving, and accepting community.

Christian formation is the ongoing process of growing in relationship with God, self, others, and all of creation. More than learning only, this process binds us together on a path of transformation that profoundly impacts both individuals and our greater society.

You are invited to participate in a wide range of programs, including discussion groups, workshops, and other special events. Throughout the year we begin new classes and programs, and you are welcome to drop in once or come to every class.

Small Groups at St. Bart's

Joining small groups and affinity groups is a great way to make new friends in a large church like St. Bart's. These friendships become valued relationships with shared experiences connecting our lives in the transformative love of Jesus Christ.

 

There are offerings every day of the week such as book groups, men's and women's groups, prayer groups, fellowship groups and more. Check out the list here to find small groups that are of interest and a match for you!

WHAT IS FORMATION?

St. Bart's will challenge you to ask questions, seek answers, find your spiritual path, and grow together in a supporting, loving, and accepting community.

Christian formation is the ongoing process of growing in relationship with God, self, others, and all of creation. More than learning only, this process binds us together on a path of transformation that profoundly impacts both individuals and our greater society.

You are invited to participate in a wide range of programs, including discussion groups, workshops, and other special events. Throughout the year we begin new classes and programs, and you are welcome to drop in once or come to every class.

The purpose of Adult Formation at St. Bart's is to invite the Holy Spirit's transformation in our lives and the world.

SUNDAY ADULT FORUMS

St. Bart's parishioners gather in the MPR each Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. to hear weekly educational forums about the parish, theology, and many other broad topics. Grab a coffee between the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. services and join new and old friends as we explore historical and contemporary topics.

Children and Youth have separate programming (Godly Play and Youth Forum) during this time in the Education building.

Check the
Calendar for the upcoming forum listings!

Formation

BIBLE HISTORY

Led by Deacon Bill Zettinger and Bob Capettini, these Zoom classes include detailed notes with each session. The current topic is The Crusades, and the curriculum includes 36 videos and eight additional supplements. 

In 2023 the class covered Islam and the Qur'an, The Triune God & Nicene Creed, and Searching for Historical Jesus.

Participants in these Zoom classes include members of St. Bart's and other parishes in the diocese, one participant from Chicago, and former St, Bart's members now living in England and Washington State.

Classes are every Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

 

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join this group. Sign up below to learn more and to get on the email list for new topics coming soon.

SACRED GROUND

Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. These classes take place over Zoom, led by St. Bart's facilitators.

The 11-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

 

Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.  This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people.  Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day--all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.

Click the button below to learn more and sign up for the next session of Sacred Ground.

EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY (EfM)

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of the School of Theology, University of the South in Tennessee that is offered in Episcopal Churches around the country. Offered in a small group setting with a Mentor, the complete course covers four school year schedules, from September to June each year. Registration is for a one-year commitment, and the class meets on Monday at 6:00 p.m.  Coursework is reading and discussing the bible as a living set of documents with messages of love and peace for today. Contact Bill Doehr for more information.

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