Education & Discipleship

“One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.”

Galatians 6:6

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 St. David’s Youth Group program.

Discipleship is a very important part of life at St. David’s and includes Sunday morning, weekday 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

Adult Forum & Coffee Hour:
A Journey through the Book of Acts

Sundays, beginning June 13
} 10:30am
Harrison Room & Zoom

The Book of Acts is a recounting on the creation of the Church. The Rev. Maurice Dyer would like to invite you to read the Book of Acts, and then join him for a discussion on selected themes and events. This Coffee Hour will be held both on Zoom and in-person in the Harrison Room.

JOIN HERE

Lectionary Bible Study

Sundays
} 11:15am
Quiet Room

Join for a small group in-depth study and discussion on the passages of the day. No preparation necessary and you do not have to commit for the whole year.
JOIN HERE

Meeting ID: 947 7780 4874

Bible Studies

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

Rector’s Bible Study

The Rev. Frank Allen
Tuesdays
} 6:20am

On Tuesday mornings, beginning at 6:30 am, our Rector, The Rev. Frank Allen, leads a Bible study for faith. We read straight through the books and letters of the Bible with teaching, conversation, answers to questions and applications for growing in our faith and walking the Way of Love with Christ. All are welcome to participate and finish promptly at 7:30 am. Come, join us.

JOIN HERE

Meeting ID: 501 627 107
Password: frank

Bible for Everyone: New Evening Bible Study

Tuesdays
} 7:00pm

Interested in studying the Bible but don’t know where to start? Afraid you don’t know enough? Wondering if the Bible applies to your daily life? This practical, application-focused study will be parishioner-led and for those who need an evening study. The study will start with the short, very practical letters of John that reveal how God’s love is at work in our own day. For questions or for more information or to let them know of your interest, contact Vincent Dixon or Jane Cannon.

JOIN HERE

Wednesday Bible Study

Wednesdays
} 12:30pm

This group welcomes all who would like to know more about the Bible from a historical critical perspective – those new to scripture study and those who are veteran readers! The study itself begins at 12:30 and runs for an hour. Contact The Rev. Elizabeth Colton at lcolton@stdavidschurch.org for more information.

Women’s Bible Study

Online: Wednesdays
} 9:30am

Paused for the Summer
All women are invited to join this group as we continue the study of the Gospel of Luke together, grow in our relationship with God and one another, and support one another through prayer and community.
JOIN HERE

Men’s Bible Study

Fridays
} 7:00am
Zoom & Harrison Room

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.
JOIN HERE

Meeting ID: 970-622-059
Password: proverbs

CORE Bible Study (Grades 9-12)

2nd & 4th Friday
} 6:00am
Minella’s Diner

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

Small Groups

Come enjoy lively conversation and spiritual growth as we study together. All are welcome, including newcomers!

Mindfulness Meditation

Laurie Robinson
Tuesdays
} 9:00am
Clayton Platt
Fridays
} 9:00am

Mindfulness Meditation is a path to building awareness of ourselves as well as our communities and the world around us. Our sessions are suitable for all levels of experience with meditation practice, and include a short talk followed by a guided meditation and a period of sharing among those present.

Our sessions include teaching and meditations on such subjects as finding focus through Mindfulness of the Breath and the Body, Mindfulness of Emotions, Gratitude, LovingKindness, Self-Compassion and Compassion for others, and Forgiveness. Our virtual sangha is a safe, supportive, and inclusive community – your presence is welcome as often as you choose to show up. We meet Tuesdays & Fridays at 9am for 30-45 minutes (depending on the time spent in group discussion). Please join us!

Join on Zoom (Tuesdays): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81405205550
Join on Zoom (Fridays): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88556467503

1 St. David’s, 2 Books, 3 Summer Book Chats

4th Wednesdays in Summer
} 7:00-8:00pm
Outside Chapel

Join Rev. Emily on the 4th Wednesdays of the summer for 3 summer casual conversations about books, life, and faith. Bring-your-own-everything–chair, book, drink, bug spray, brilliant insights–and St. David’s will provide the space for a great time of fellowship, fun, and learning from one another.

  • June 23th: Book exchange! Bring a book to share, take a new book home. Hear what people have been reading and what is on their summer book list. Meet new friends and connect with old ones.
  • July 28: Waking Up White discussion (St. David’s Summer Book)
  • August 25: Love is the Way discussion (St. David’s Summer Book)

(For those not available during the week, July 25 and Aug. 1 will also be Adult Forum discussion on Zoom and in Harrison Room on Waking up White and Aug. 8 and 15 discussion on Love is the Way.)

Rain location: St. David’s porch

C.S. Lewis Book Group

Third Tuesdays
} 6:00pm

C.S. Lewis is one of most well-known and prolific Christian writers of the 20th century. He considered himself a hardcore atheist and ended up “the most reluctant convert in all England.” His writings have impacted generations of Christians as they ponder how to make faith understandable to themselves and others. This group will read some of Lewis’ famous works, including Mere Christianity and discuss their application in the modern era.

The current reading is The Problem of Pain.
JOIN HERE

Centering Prayer

Mondays
} 7:00pm
Wednesdays
} 8:15am

All are invited to explore Centering Prayer at either or both of our weekly gatherings. The facilitator is happy to offer instruction to anyone. We start with a short opening reading, share 20 minutes of the silence of centering prayer and close by saying the Lord’s Prayer together. We meet at 7:00pm on Monday evenings on Zoom (and one day again in the Church) and on Wednesday mornings at 8:15 am on Zoom (and one day again in the Quiet Room). We hope you will join us!

MONDAY, 7:00pm
Meeting ID: 817 2768 9648
Passcode: 015753

WEDNESDAY, 8:15am
Meeting ID: 940 0643 9521
Passcode: 153011

Children & Youth Education

September-April | Contact: Maria Leal

Childcare (Infant – 4 Years Old)

Sundays
} 8:45am-12:15pm
Childcare Nursery (Chapel Lower Level)

Temporarily suspended during the pandemic.
Childcare is provided during worship and 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 you need to be reached.

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

Wednesdays
} 4:30pm
Online

Join us Sunday mornings for a prerecorded Godly Play Lesson. Visit the Livestream Service to find the link to view during or after the service. Education is Wednesdays at 4:30 PM over Zoom, offered jointly with the Children’s Choir Programs. Registration is required in order to have the necessary materials to participate fully. Materials are being given out in September.

Children’s Sermon (Grades 5 and Younger)

Sundays
} 9:15am
Online or Front Lawn (In-Person)

Beginning Sunday, June 6th, we will be resuming the Children’s Sermon for children in 5th Grade and younger. As before, they will leave during the Gospel hymn, and return at the Peace. We’ll be taking them outside to a tent erected by the undercroft so they can have a mask break! Although we don’t usually offer this in the summer, we’ve been apart for a long time and want to give the children a chance to gather and worship in a safe setting now that our diocesan protocols allow us to.

*** Please note that the Children’s Sermon will continue to be online as well ***

Elementary Education (Grades 2-5)

Wednesdays
} 4:30pm
Online

Wednesdays at 4:30 PM over Zoom, offered jointly with the Children’s Choir Programs. Please click here to register. Registration is required in order to have the necessary materials to participate fully. Materials are being given out in September.

Middle School Education (Grades 6-7)

Sundays
} 10:30am-11:15am
Online

Sundays at 10:30 AM over Zoom. Registration is strongly encouraged.The Sunday School program for this age engages Biblical narrative using storytelling (video), creative reflection and communal conversation.

High School Education (Grades 9-12)

High School Education has been suspended during the time of COVID. Check back for more information on what may be possible in 2021-2022.

Confirmation (Grade 8)

Confirmation is currenty paused until further notice.
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 will be assigned a mentor to be their companion for the journey.

LEARN MORE

Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith

*Coming this Fall*

TAKE SURVEY HERE

Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race and American history, grounded in faith. The 10-part series is geared towards small groups and includes an online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.

St. David’s Church and St. Peter’s in the Great Valley are partnering together to offer this program starting in September 2021. We envision the small groups will be comprised of members of both parishes and will be led by two table leaders, one from each parish, for community, connection, and deeper dialogue.

At this point we are planning to offer two different times to meet, Tuesdays (12:00-1:30pm) or Wednesdays (7:00-8:30pm) with options for in-person and virtual.

The Program will begin and end with an Opening Service for all participants and then groups (of 8-12 individuals) will meet every two weeks beginning in late September, take a break for Advent/Christmas and finish by the start of Lent (March 2).

In order to gauge interest in the program, please complete the following survey. This is not the final sign-up, but just an interest survey to help St. Peter’s and St. David’s determine the number of groups and which days and times people are interested in.

TAKE SURVEY HERE

Overview of the Series

Contact Information:
Kate Farrow kate.farrow001@gmail.com (St. David’s)
Betsy Aikens bgaikens@gmail.com (St. David’s)
Trudi Graves gertrude.graves@villanova.edu (St. Peter’s)

I’m not sure I knew what awaited me when I started the Sacred Ground Course. My only expectation was that I would be learning about racism and I hoped that it would aid in my own discernment about taking action against it. What it did was help me delve so much deeper into the topic and examine what has been going on for decades, for generations, how Jesus would have us live and treat each other, and consider how racism and our faith intersect. And, it reinforced my belief that telling the story is one of the basic needs of human beings, up there with food and shelter. We learn so much from and about each other when we open up, tell and learn the truth … We all learned together – trusting each other and the process, considering all of our views, derived from our personal beliefs and experiences, feeling confident to speak even those truths we may not be proud of.

Sacred Ground raised my awareness of how my religious beliefs connect with my everyday actions – or not – and of how I have a responsibility to determine my role in shaping the present and the future, reaching toward equality for all, and living in the Way of Love.

Betsy Aikens

Previous Sacred Ground Student

Sacred Ground was confronting but not in a way that was obnoxious or demeaning; it opened up a lot of the history of the US that I was not taught in school. As we worked through the videos and reading materials and then met to discuss, I also had the privilege of getting to know a new group of people.  Everyone was respectful of different peoples’ views and took the time to listen to each other.  My goal is to use the information I learned to make informed decisions about all areas of my life.  God calls us to “work for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being” (BCP Baptismal Covenant).  The more we learn, the better we will be at fulfilling our vows.

Rachael Stube

Previous Sacred Ground Student

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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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