“One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.”
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.
Adult Forum & Parish-Wide Events:
Adult Education & Online Coffee Hour
The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus through 7 practices: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. Each month we’ll find ways to seek love in all we do and to know God’s love, to love and to be loved by others, and to love ourselves. As 1 Corinthians 16:14 says, “Let all that you do be done in love.”
Experiencing the Way of Love
For the 6 Sundays in Lent, the Center for Spiritual Growth and the Discipleship Commission will be partnering to offer “Experiencing the Way of Love,” a series of interactive and contemplative classes during the Adult Forum and Online Coffee Hour. This series will include classes led by the Theologian-in-Residence Dr. Ilia Delio, spiritual directors Gillian Waldron and Buff Barnes, mindfulness teachers Clayton Platt and Laurie Robinson, the Rev. Emily Zimbrick-Rogers, and labyrinth guide Louise Haley. These interactive and contemplative offerings are based on the success of the series “Praying in the Way of Love” with spiritual director Amy Nobles Dolan, which were held in Advent.
- Feb. 21: St. Therese of Lisieux and Love with Spiritual Director Gillian Waldron
- Feb. 28: “God, Evolution, and the Power of Love” with Theologian-in-Residence Dr. Ilia Delio
- March 7: Lectio Divina with Spiritual Director Buff Barnes
- March 14: Visio Divina with The Rev. Emily Zimbrick-Rogers
- March 21: Mindfulness Experiencing Love with Mindfulness Teachers Clayton Platt and Laurie Robinson
- March 28 (Palm Sunday): Outdoor Labyrinth opportunity/and-or spiral of palms experience/Home Labyrinth (TBD) with Labyrinth Guide Louise Haley
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
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.
Meeting ID: 501 627 107
Bible for Everyone: New Evening Bible Study
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.
Wednesday Bible Study
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Men’s Bible Study
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.
Meeting ID: 970-622-059
CORE Bible Study (Grades 9-12)
Come meet us for breakfast at Minella’s Diner for Bible chat and fellowship. Start your weekend off right!
Meeting ID: 637-366-456
CORE Bible Study is paused.
Come enjoy lively conversation and spiritual growth as we study together. All are welcome, including newcomers!
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!
Way of Love Wednesdays
For the 7 Wednesdays in Lent, Discipleship will offer two classes running during the 7:30-8:30 pm hour:
- Domenica Rafferty, a psychotherapist, pastoral counselor, and parishioner, will lead a book discussion and conversations based on Joyce Rupp’s book Your Sorrow is My Sorrow: Hope and Strength in Times of Suffering.
- The Rev. Emily Zimbrick-Rogers will lead a book discussion and video-based program for discussion and reflection using interviews, music, poetry, prayer, and the book Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity by Norman Wirzba.
To register for either class, please click the link below.
C.S. Lewis Book Group
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.
Beyond the Book: Women’s Book Club
All women of St. David’s are invited to join other women for support, spiritual discussion, prayer, and fellowship in this once-a-month reading and discussion group. The 2020-21 theme for the year is The Way of Love, so Beyond the Book will read Love Heals, by Becca Stevens.
The reading assignments are as follows:
- January: Chapters 7, 8, and 9
- February: Chapters 10, 12, 12
- March: Chapters 13 & 14
Women can join this group at any time.
Childcare (Infant – 4 Years Old)
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)
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)
From September through May, during the 9:15 am service, children may access the prerecorded Children’s Sermon. Visit the Livestream Service to find the link.
Elementary Education (Grades 2-5)
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 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 will begin in January 2021, and small gatherings in Fall 2020 will be held as guidelines permit.
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:
- Instruction: After the 9:15 am worship, confirmands will meet in the Undercroft for education.
- Worship: Confirmands will attend worship and participate in Family Ministries Sunday.
- Rule of Life: Confirmands will prepare a Rule of Life. More information to follow.
- Outreach: Confirmands will have the opportunity to work cooperatively on a local outreach project.
- Mentors: Each student will be assigned a mentor to be their companion for the journey.
ALPHA has been suspended due to COVID. Please check back for more information.
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.
Who was this person Jesus, anyway, and what does he mean to me and to the world? What is this relationship with the Father that he calls us to, and where does the Holy Spirit fit into all this? Alpha provides a refreshing opportunity to hear what Jesus had to say about these things, and to stop and consider the “hard questions” in an open, considerate, and non‐judgmental environment during our table discussions. I looked forward to doing so each week, and was sad to see the program come to an end.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
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 | email@example.com
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