Adult Christian Formation

Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. Every experience in our lives can provide us with the opportunity to express our faith; the challenge we face is recognizing these opportunities and learning ways to live a sometimes counter-cultural life in a secular world. Whether you are new to the Christian journey or looking to go deeper in your walk with Christ, there are many opportunities for adults to begin or deepen their spiritual journeys at St. Barnabas. A good first place to begin is with the Adult Forum on Sunday morning.  This class which is led by Mother Meredith and other parishioners from time to time covers a variety of seasonal and topical themes.  The class meets weekly in Barnabas Hall from 9:00-9:45 AM. Mid-week opportunities are places where you can go deeper into your journey and strengthen your relationship with God and learn more about the Bible and the tradition and heritage of our Church. During Lent, a special series on Wednesday evenings will be held with a light supper served. In addition to our weekly classes and Lenten study St. Barnabas offers quiet days during the seasons of Advent and Lent and educational events are offered from time to time to provide opportunities to explore our Christian vocations, helping us discern what God is calling us to do and how to use our various gifts and talents in our witnesses to the Gospel. Adult Forum Schedule 2016-2017 September 18th- Episcopal 101: Origins in Europe September 25th- Episcopal 101: The Church of England in the Colonies October 2nd- Episcopal 101: The Episcopal Church in the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries October 9th- Episcopal 101: The History and Making of the Book of Common Prayer October 16th- Episcopal 101; The Theology and Spirituality of the Book of Common Prayer October 23rd- Break; Mother Meredith away October 30th- Episcopal 101: Why We Do What We Do- The Meaning Behind the Gestures and Rituals (including vestments, vessels and other liturgical items and why we use them) November 6th- Finding Us in the Christian Family: Heritage- Orthodox and Catholic November 13th- Finding Us in the Christian Family: Western Reaction- Lutheran, Presbyterian, Anabaptist traditions November 20th- Finding Us in the Christian Family: Modern Emergence- Methodist, Pentecostal, Non-denominational November 27th- Mary and Why She is Important December 4th- Mary and Why She is Important December 11th-  Mary and Why She is Important December 18th- Mary and Why She is Important December 25th- January 1st: Christmas Break January 8th- Book Study January 15th- Book Study January 22nd- Book Study January 29th- Book Study February 5th- Book Study February 12th- Book Study February 19th- Book Study February 26th- Book Study March 5th- Lenten Study: What Wondrous Love is This March 12th- Lenten Study: What Wondrous Love is This March 19th- Lenten Study: What Wondrous Love is This March 26th- Lenten Study: What Wondrous Love is This April 2nd- Lenten Study: What Wondrous Love is This April 9th- Palm Sunday- No Adult Forum April 16th- Easter Sunday- No Adult Forum April 23rd- Easter Break April 30th- Celtic Spirituality and the Iona Community May 7th- Celtic Spirituality and the Iona Community May 14th- Celtic Spirituality and the Iona Community May 21st- Celtic Spirituality and the Iona Community May28th- Celtic Spirituality and the Iona Community   Other Events Advent Quiet Day Saturday December 3, 2016 Lenten Wednesday evening program February-April 2017