Formation Class Schedule

Devices and Desires: The Book of Common Prayer and its Literary Legacy
(adults and youth ages 16+)

Begins Sunday, October 2 at 11:15 a.m.

Facilitators: Bruce Redford & Fr. Christopher+

In person and on Zoom

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Meeting ID: 898 5908 8145, Passcode: teach

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is the cornerstone of Anglican devotional practice.  Its principal architect, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, aspired to create a liturgy that would both inform and exalt, “stirring the people to more devotion” by distilling their own language into uncommonly common forms of worship.  Cranmer’s handiwork is also, as historian Brian Cummings observes, “a book of ritual—a book to live, love, and die to.”   By means of its ceremonial patterns, the fundamentals of human life are given dignity, beauty, and purpose.


In the first three meetings of this six-part series, we will focus on the structure and style of the BCP, paying special attention to the Collects, Evensong, and the Great Litany.  In the second half of the series, we will explore the profound literary impact of three services: Baptism, Marriage, and the Burial of the Dead.  Our goal throughout will be, in the words of Cranmer's collect, to "read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest" the distinctive features of this enduring masterpiece.

Join St. Mark’s member Bruce Redford as we “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” the distinctive features of this enduring masterpiece. Contact us here with questions

 

Drop-ins welcome. 

Game of Thrones Meets The Crown: Sacred & Sordid Tales of Kings & Queens
Biblical Storytelling (adults and youth ages 12+)

Begins Sunday, October 2nd at 11:15 a.m.

Facilitators: Harriet Cole & Fr. Christopher+

Join St. Mark’s member Harriet Cole for this eight-session introduction to the art of learning, telling, and listening to sacred stories.  Sessions 1 and 2 will provide an introduction to the art of oral storytelling. In Sessions 3-8 we’ll tell and hear six fascinating tales of Kings & Queens in the Hebrew Scriptures. Contact us here with questions.  Registration encouraged.

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  • 10/2 Session 1: General introduction to oral storytelling and several “learn-a-story-quickly” activities.

  • 10/9 Session 2: How to turn a “reading” into a story. 

  • 10/16 Session 3: Give us a King – The Early days of the Monarchy 2 Sam 5 – 12

  • 10/23 NO CLASS (Bishop’s Visit)

  • 10/30 NO CLASS (Pancake Breakfast)

  • 11/6 Session 4: Transfer of Power – David to Solomon 1 Kings 1 - 2

  • 11/13 Session 5: Wisdom, Work and Wealth: The Reign of Solomon 1 Kings 3 10

  • 11/20 Session 6 Wives, Warriors, and Warnings: The Ruin of Solomon

  • 11/27 Session 7: The queen of Sheba 1 Kings 10 1 – 13

  • 12/4 Session 8 The Kingdom Divides: Rehoboam and Jeroboam crowned 1 Kings 12

Drop-ins welcome.

"Catechesis”: Baptism, Confirmation, and Introduction to the Episcopal Church

Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Zoom (virtual offering only)

Begins Wednesday, September 7th

Facilitators: Fr. Christopher+ & Mo. Sylvia+

Join us on Zoom here

Meeting ID 853 2044 0539, Passcode: Alyx

This Fall we will offer a series of 12 online small group sessions for those interested in preparing for Baptism or Confirmation, as well as those simply seeking to deepen their understanding of some foundational aspects of Christian Life & Practice in the Episcopal Tradition. In addition to attending the  scheduled zoom sessions (you are welcome to attend all sessions, or simply select those sessions most appropriate to your personal schedule and interests), participants are strongly encouraged to attend in person opening and closing group gatherings with other “catechumens”, and to schedule an individual meeting with a member of the clergy for further discussion and support in late August or early September. Registration encouraged. Questions?  Contact us here.  

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  • Wed 9/7: The Episcopal Tradition (Fr. Christopher) 

  • Mon 9/12: Intro to Baptism in The Episcopal Church (Mo. Sylvia)

  • Wed 9/14: NO CLASS 

  • Mon 9/19: Preparing for Adult Baptism (Mo. Sylvia)

  • Wed 9/21: Introducing Episcopal Worship (Fr. Christopher)

  • Mon 9/26: Preparing for Infant/Child Baptism (Mo. Sylvia)

  • Wed 9/28: Instructed Eucharist for Groups (Fr. Christopher)

  • Mon 10/3: Preparing for Godparenting (Mo. Sylvia)

  • Wed 10/5: The Sacramental Journey (Fr. Christopher)

  • Mon 10/10: Marking Time (Mo. Sylvia)

  • Wed 10/12: Basic Beliefs (Fr. Christopher)

  • Mon 10/17: The Church (Mo. Sylvia)

  • Wed 10/19: The Trinitarian Life (Fr. Christopher)

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Holy Troublemakers (ages ~11+)

Begins Sunday, September 18th at 11:15 a.m.

Facilitators: Rachel Ribeiro & Deacon David Martin+

We’ll study the lives of a variety of people from different faiths and backgrounds who have worked tirelessly to bring God’s love to all people.  Sometimes, their efforts are met with skepticism and derision for not following the norm.  We’ll learn to be Holy Troublemakers, too. Contact us for more details or questions.  Registration encouraged.

 

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Drop-ins welcome.

Stories of the Hebrew Bible (ages ~8+)

Begins Sunday, September 18th at 11:15 a.m.

Facilitators: Heather Gaume & Deacon David Martin+

We will dive into the Hebrew scriptures and learn about God’s faithful people – how they listened to God’s word and did their best to follow God’s laws.  We’ll listen, talk, play and create to make the stories come alive. Contact us with questions.  Registration encouraged.

 

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Drop-ins welcome.

Godly Play (ages ~3+)

Begins Sunday, September 18th at 11:15 a.m.

Facilitator: Mother Sylvia Miller-Mutia+

Join us for a wonder-filled and wonderful hour of storytelling, wondering, and independent exploration &  creative response. Godly Play is  a Montessori-based approach to supporting the spiritual growth of children that is spacious, contemplative, and open-ended, while grounded in the Sacred Stories of the Christian Tradition. Contact us here with questions.  Registration encouraged.

 

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Drop-ins welcome.

Thursday Bible Study

Thursdays at Noon - Hybrid (in person and virtual)

Ongoing

Facilitator: Sylvia Miller-Mutia+

 

Join an open-minded, open-hearted group of spiritual seekers on Thursdays at Noon (in St. Mark’s Chapel and on Zoom).  In the fall, we will continue our “deep dive” exploration of the Beatitudes.  In the winter, we’ll turn our focus to the Gospel of Matthew.  Contact us with questions.

Drop-ins welcome.