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

Living Out the Way of Love Adult Forum & Coffee Hour

Sundays
} 10:30am
Zoom

For 3 weeks in May, Adult Forum and Coffee Hour will feature 3 of St. David’s Outreach partners. This series will include engaging conversations with Latinx ministry, Episcopal Community Services, and the Interfaith Hospitality Network and how St. David’s is living out and blessing others in the Way of Love.

Join Adult Forum and Coffee Hour at 10:30 am on Zoom to learn more about how St. David’s is partnering with local ministries and organizations.

Schedule:

  • May 9th – Partnerships with the Church of the Crucifixion and Latinx communities with the Rev. Jessie Alejandro
  • May 16th – Episcopal Community Services with the Rev. David Anderson
  • May 23rd – Interfaith Hospitality Network with Allegra Cressman

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

Christianity 101: New Member’s Class

Sundays through May 16th
} 3:00pm
Zoom

St. David’s is offering a 5-week Zoom class on the Basics of Christian Faith for anyone who is interested. This class will provide both teaching and discussion in a small group setting, led by Rector Frank Allen and Associate Rector Emily Zimbrick-Rogers.

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

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

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

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

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
} 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

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

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
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 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.

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ALPHA

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.

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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