We offer numerous opportunities for adults to strengthen their spiritual journey. You can read about them at this link: spiritual-journey-brochure (PDF).
Sunday Adult Forum
On Sundays from September-May we offer at least one adult class each week. Topics include current issues, Bible study, classes for parents, theology and church history, and much more!
Christian Formation for Palm Sunday
Christian Formation on Sunday, April 9, Palm Sunday, is an inter-generational walking of the Stations of the Cross. Particularly appropriate for families with children, this annual event provides opportunity for prayer, story-telling, and hands-on-activities. It is offered at 10:00 a.m.
April 12: Noon – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Learn
Come for a light lunch during the Wednesday of Holy Week at noon, then we’ll walk to VCU’s Cabell Library for the “pop-up” art exhibit of Art 180’s Performing Statistics. This art exhibit is created and will be staffed by current and formerly incarcerated youth, discussing their lives, identities and experiences.
This Lunch and Learn is offered in connection with our reading of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. The 2016-17 VCU Common Read book examines the redeeming potential of mercy, lived out in our life and actions. Stevenson was a young attorney when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, dedicated to defending the poor, wrongly condemned, and those trapped in the furthest reaches of our criminal justice system. This book is a collection of stories and reflections on his experience.
Please RSVP to Sarah Price (email@example.com) by Sunday, April 9th (Palm Sunday) so enough lunch can be prepared.
Spiritual Sisters Having Soup, Salad, and Spirits
This women’s group meets monthly for soup, salad, spirits, and good conversation Please join us! To learn more please contact Carolyn Chilton. Our next gathering will be April 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Mid-Week, Early Morning Class
Bo Millner will be leading a class on theology in the Fall of 2016. Currently the class is full, but if you want to be put on a waiting list, in the event someone drops out, please e-mail Bo today. The group will meet on the second Thursday of the month from 7:45 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. beginning on September 8. A light breakfast will be served and the group will meet at the church. The topic of conversation will be on “The Faith of Christians”, a series of nine lectures given by the Rev. Dr. Albert T. Mollegen at the Lay School of Theology in Washington, DC. These lectures, given in the middle of the last century, provide a systematic theology of the faith and an engaging presentation of classical Christianity. The readings will be sent out via e-mail as a PDF (Portable Document Format).
Wednesday morning Bible study group.
Contact Carolyn Chilton for information. This group meets at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 520 N. Boulevard.
Lean In Circle: The GHTC Monday Night Book Group read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead , and some members have now formed a Lean In Circle. The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at various homes. You are invited to join this group, to enjoy libations and to share strategies for getting the most from your career, while maintaining the work/life balance that you desire. Please contact Katherine Kelly or Suzanne Davenport if you are interested. If you want to know more about Lean In Circles, read Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, or watch one of her videos.
Adult Confirmation, Reception, & Reaffirmation
Confirmation is always set in the context of the Baptism which the Episcopal Church understands to be full and complete initiation into the Body of Christ. In the sacramental rite of Confirmation, one publicly affirms one’s faith in Christ, commitment to the Church, and acceptance of responsibilities of the Baptismal Covenant. Through the laying on of hands by the Bishop, the confirmand’s continued baptized life and ministry is put in relationship with the ministry of Christ’s apostles. The Church expects those who are baptized at an early age to make this public and mature affirmation and renewal. In order to assist those who intend to do so, the Church expects that confirmands will be prepared for this rite through a course of study.
Additionally, the Episcopal Church acknowledges our lives and faith change over time. Those who come to the Episcopal Church having been confirmed in other traditions are “Received” into the Episcopal Church following the same preparation and in the same worship setting. Those who are going through a transition in their life or ministry within the church may choose this time of preparation to renew their commitment to Christ and his church through “Reaffirmation” of their Baptismal Covenant.