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 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

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 on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94777804874
Meeting ID: 947 7780 4874

Adult Forum & Parish-Wide Events:
The Way of Love Adult Forum & Coffee Hour

Sundays
} 10:30am

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.”

Sunday mornings after the 9.15 service, join us on Zoom from 10.30-11.15 am for lectures, discussions, and small group conversations on the Way of Love. Stay on for Lectionary Bible Study which begins at 11.15, or just join the Zoom link at 11.15 for the Lectionary Study.

JOIN HERE

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
Undercroft

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

Join: https://zoom.us/j/501627107
Meeting ID: 501 627 107
Password: frank

Wednesday Bible Study

Wednesdays
} 12:30pm
Choir Room

Come join us for lunch at noon (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 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 Rev.Elizabeth Colton
lcolton@stdavidschurch.org for more information.

Women’s Bible Study

In Person: Wednesdays
} 9:00am
Outside Chapel
Online: Wednesdays
} 10:30am

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. Two options available for women to join: in-person (outside in the Outdoor Chapel or in inclement weather in the Harrison Room) or on Zoom. You don’t have to commit to one of the times–and can switch between them as needed–but please let the Rev. Emily know of your interest to join the in-person group for planning purposes.
Join on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94074786905
Meeting ID: 940 7478 6905
Password: Welcome1!

Men’s Bible Study

Fridays
} 7:00am

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 on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/970622059
Meeting ID: 970-622-059
Password: proverbs

CORE Bible Study (Grades 9-12)

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

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

Join: https://zoom.us/j/637366456
Meeting ID: 637-366-456
Password: stdyg
CORE Bible Study is paused.

Small Groups

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

Mindfulness Meditation

Laurie Robinson
Tuesdays
} 11:00am
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 at 11am and 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/2032535369

Love is the Way: Conversations on Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times

Wednesdays
} 7:30pm

Led by the Rev. Frank Allen and the Rev. Emily Zimbrick-Rogers

Join us for an 8-week series Discipleship Series on Zoom as we walk the path of love with one of the warmest, most beloved spiritual leaders of our time, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and learn how to put faith into action. We will watch some short videos, break into small groups, sing together, listen to Scripture, and pray together. We’ll discover through talks on faith and racial justice and Bp. Curry’s new book, Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times, how the way of love is essential for addressing the seemingly insurmountable challenges facing the world today.
The book is being released Sept. 22 and is available through the St. David’s Gift Shop, or as an e-book or audiobook.

Register: https://stdavidschurch.org/event/love-is-the-way

Beyond the Book: Women’s Book Club

In-Person: Saturdays (10/17, 11/21, 12/19)
} 10:30am
Harrison Room
Online: Mondays (10/5, 11/9, 12/7)
} 7:00pm

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 book is available in The Gift Shop. To purchase, contact giftshop@stdavidschurch.org or 484-580-8486. Questions? Email the Rev. Emily at ezimbrick-rogers@stdavidschurch.org.

Join on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96856853106

C.S. Lewis Book Group

Tuesdays, beginning October 27th
} 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.

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

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
} 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
St. David’s Hallway

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 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:

  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

High School Education (Grades 9-12)

Meets weekly in the Knewstub Parking Lot at noon on Sundays, weather permitting. Bring your own chair! Breakfast provided.

ALPHA

Class for 2019-2020 has ended. Please check back for new dates.

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.

Jim Stuber

Alpha Class, 2017

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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