Education & Discipleship

St. David’s is committed to providing Christian Education for all ages. We begin with the nurturing of the smallest members of our church family in our childcare program and continue through the years of early childhood, middle school and high school through an engaging and instructive curriculum on Sunday mornings. We also offer evening opportunities for growth and fellowship in our StDYG youth group program.

Discipleship is a very important part of life at St. David’s and includes Sunday morning, evening, and early morning opportunities for growth through small groups, lectures, and Bible studies.

Childcare is often provided for adult programs throughout the week. Check with specific programs for more details.

Sunday Offerings

This year, a new curriculum based on our theme The Christian Life is being offered. Here is the schedule for the Sunday Morning programs throughout the year.

ALPHA

Tuesday, September 24th-Tuesday, December 3rd

If you have ever asked yourself, is there more to life than this? Do I have a purpose? What am I doing here? If you answered yes, then ALPHA may be your answer.

What is ALPHA?

ALPHA is a series of sessions exploring the Christian Faith. We start with a delicious dinner, a DVD presentation by Nicky Gumbel, a priest of the Church or England, and end with a discussion in friendly small groups. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.

Who is ALPHA for?

ALPHA is for everyone – people attend from all backgrounds, religions, and viewpoints. They come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus, and more. Some people want to get beyond religion and find a relationship with God that really changes life. Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the ALPHA course.

Many guests have never been to church, others may have attended church occasionally but never really understood the basics of the Christian faith. Some are from St. David’s, some from other churches, and many who have no church. Everyone is welcome.

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Bible Studies

Come enjoy lively conversation and spiritual growth as we study the Bible together. These groups include people familiar with the Bible and those new to Holy Scriptures. All are welcome, including newcomers!

Rector’s Bible Study

Tuesdays
} 6:30am
Undercroft
The Rev. Frank Allen
fallen@stdavidschurch.org
610-688-7947

The Rev. W. Frank Allen leads this study which meets year round.

Wednesday Bible Study

Wednesdays
} 12:00pm
Conference Room 1
The Rev. Elizabeth Colton
lcolton@stdavidschurch.org
610-688-7947

Come join us for lunch (bring your own brown-bag lunch) and learning as we tour the Holy Scriptures of the Bible. This group welcomes all who would like to know more about the Bible and study God’s Word together – those new to scripture and those veteran readers! All are welcome to join at any time.

Women’s Bible Study

Thursdays
} 9:00am
Conference Room 1
The Rev. Amanda Eiman
aeiman@stdavidschurch.org
610-688-7947

All women are invited to join this group as we grow in our relationship with God, and deepen our relationships with one another.

Men’s Bible Study

Fridays
} 6:45am
Harrison Room
Tom Petro
tpetro@1867capital.com
610-688-7947

The Friday Morning Men’s Fellowship Bible Study provides a small group setting as a catalyst for spiritual growth and fellowship among the men of St David’s. Our goal is to promote an environment where both lifelong Christians and brand new Christians can ask questions, get answers, make friends and increase in their knowledge and love of Christ.

CORE Bible Study (Grades 9-12)

2nd & 4th Friday
} 6:00am
Minella’s Diner
Sarah Champlin
schamplin@stdavidschurch.org
610-688-7947

Come meet us for breakfast at Minella’s Diner for Bible chat and fellowship. Start your weekend off right!

Lectionary Bible Study

Sundays
} 10:30am
Quiet Room
Craig Laird
claird_2@hotmail.com
610-688-7947

All are welcome as we consider more deeply the lectionary passages assigned this Sunday.

Children & Youth Education

Childcare (Infant – 4 Years Old)

Childcare is provided during worship and during other events that will benefit parents, including: fellowship activities, community groups, and other special events. On Sunday mornings, childcare is available from 8:45 am to 12:15 pm. Drop off and pick up is in the Childcare Nursery (Chapel lower level), where you will receive a beeper in the case contact is necessary.

Primary Education (Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1)

Join us Sunday mornings in the Undercroft (Chapel Lower-level) from 9:00am to 11:15am (with an early pick up at 10:40am for those not staying for Adult Education hour) as we rotate through the following classes: Godly Play (a Montessori-based Sunday School curriculum), Arts & Crafts, Park Play and story time, with snacks and a music lesson with Dr. Elaine Sonnenberg. Drop off and pick up in Undercroft C.

Children’s Sermon (Grades 5 and Younger)

From September through May, during the 9:15 am service, children join one of our priests as they present a child-friendly sermon, music time, and prayers using the daily Gospel as inspiration. The children will be led out to the Choir Room and then returned to the Chapel.

Elementary Education (Grades 2-5)

After the 9:15 am service, children in grades two through five gather in the St. David’s Hallway to be led to one of our Sunday School classrooms. Each month one Bible story is explored through a variety of multimedia workshops. Pickup is in the main reception area at 11:15 am.

Middle School Education (Grades 6-7)

After the 9:15 am service in the Chapel, children in grades six and seven meet in the St. David’s Hallway to be led to their Sunday School classroom. The Sunday School program for this age engages Biblical narrative using storytelling (video), creative reflection and communal conversation. They will have a personal journal to capture their interpretation of the lesson through writing or drawing. Children will return to the reception area at 11:15 am.

Confirmation (Grade 8)

Confirmation is the beginning of the spiritual journey to adult membership for youth in the Episcopal Church. At St. David’s, it is a time marked by deep exploration of the faith and how they can personally live into the mission.

The Confirmation journey consists of five components that occur throughout the year:

  1. Instruction: After the 9:15 am worship, confirmands will meet in the Undercroft for education.
  2. Worship: Confirmands will attend worship and participate in Family Ministries Sunday.
  3. Rule of Life: Confirmands will prepare a Rule of Life. More information to follow.
  4. Outreach: Confirmands will have the opportunity to work cooperatively on a local outreach project.
  5. Mentors: Each student selects a mentor to be their companion for the journey.

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High School Education (Grades 9-12)

Our High School youth meet in the Youth Lounge each Sunday morning at 10:30 am over coffee and doughnuts to discuss how their faith helps them interpret the Biblical readings of the day as well as the front-page news of the week.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Mondays
} 6:30pm
Conference Room 1
Thursdays
} 10:30am
Conference Room 1

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.

We have two class options available, which run from January-December with a break in the summer:

Contact: Rev. Ed Shiley | eshiley@stdavidschurch.org

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