In the Episcopal Church, we believe that Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation.
To grow in our relationship with God, we strive to have a firm understanding of Scripture. So each week, our clergy preach and teach the Gospel message from the pulpit, and encourage parishioners to read and study Scripture. Weekly Scripture readings from both the Old and New Testaments are read during the Rite I and Rite II Services. In addition, an Outline of the Faith, commonly called the Catechism, is found in The Book of Common Prayer (pp 845-862) and is a commentary on the creeds in our liturgy, and provides a brief summary of the Church’s teachings. The combination of Scripture and liturgy and teaching can be found in our weekly services.
In addition to our weekly worship teachings, we have other opportunities for Adult Formation:
Adult Education Forums: (9:15 – 10:00AM; periodically scheduled on Sunday mornings between services.) are led by the clergy, parishioners and occasional guests. Topics have included: Learning about our worship; Christian living; the church and the environment; and contemporary parish interests. Currently on hiatus due to Covid.
Education for Ministry Groups (EfM): Have you ever wondered what journey God has planned for your life and whether you are on the right path? This is the question that Education for Ministry (EfM) is meant to assist in answering. Each year there is reading on a piece of our tradition, i.e. the Old Testament, the New Testament; Church History & the Church Today. EfM also brings people together in Christian community and love. Biblical principles are brought into our lives and culture today, and through Reflection, our past, present and future as God’s Children are examined. St. Mary Anne’s EfM group’s are formed every September. For questions, please contact Carol Weisel.
Bible Study: Recent Zoom online studies explored Apostle Paul’s letters to the Ephesians and Philippians. Classes are scheduled periodically throughout the year.
Confirmation: According to our faith we believe that in the course of Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith. Also, to make a commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism. This affirmation and commitment is made in front of the bishop; during which, they receive a laying on of hands. Many young adults participate in Confirmation, but adults of any age are also encouraged to participate. For additional information about Confirmation instruction, please see the clergy.
Seasonal Book Clubs: Throughout the year, we occasionally have special book clubs that meet for a few sessions or during a church season, such as Lent. An in depth book discussion, and often an accompanying video, give us the opportunity to delve deep into important theological study, such as Tim Keller’s A Reason for God, or give us vital life application such as Resolving Everyday Conflict by Peacemaker Ministries.