Formation & 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 Formation 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.

Adult Formation/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

Sundays
} 10:30am
Chapel & Livestream

Adult Forum offers engaging dialogue and interactive teaching on Why Faith Matters today. A seven-week series on Discovering Our Faith runs September 19-October 31. All adults, both experienced Christians and newcomers, are welcome. Offered both live-streamed and in-person in the Chapel. Those watching the worship livestream may stay on the same page to continue into the forum. Questions will be taken at formationquestions@stdavidschurch.org.

JOIN HERE 

Lectionary Bible Study

Sundays
} 11:15am
Conference Room and Zoom

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

Tuesdays
} 6:30am

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

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 is currently focused on Genesis. For questions or for more information or to let them know of your interest, contact Vincent Dixon or Jane Cannon.
JOIN HERE

Women’s Bible Study

Online: Wednesdays
} 9:30am

All women are invited to join this group as we continue the study of the Acts of the Apostles together, grow in our relationship with God and one another, and support one another through prayer and community.
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.

Space is currently limited. Please contact The Rev. Elizabeth W. Colton for more information.

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

Lectionary Bible Study

Sundays
} 11:15am
Conference Room and Zoom

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

Small Groups

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

Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesdays
} 9:00am
Zoom
Fridays
} 9:00am
Zoom

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) Join on Zoom (Fridays)

 

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
Zoom
Wednesdays
} 8:15am
Zoom & Harrison Room

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 and on Wednesday mornings at 8:15 am. 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 Formation

September-April

Please Register!

Contacts:

Maria Leal, Children | Camryn Corbin, Youth

Childcare (3 Months – 4 Years Old)

Sundays
} 8:30am-12:00pm
Childcare Nursery (Chapel Lower Level)

A bright and airy play space is available during worship and select events. Childcare providers are trained and have completed background checks. Drop off and pick up is in the Childcare Nursery, where you will receive a beeper in the case you need to be reached.

Children’s Sermon (Grades 5 and Younger)

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

Children are invited to gather with a member of the clergy for a sermon, singing, and prayers. Children rejoin worship at the announcements. A prerecorded sermon is also available online each week. Find them on our YouTube channel.

Primary Formation: Godly Play (Pre-K – Grade 1)

Sundays
} 10:30-11:15am
Godly Play Room 2, Chapel Lower Level

Godly Play (a Montessori-based curriculum) nurtures the spiritual lives of children through storytelling, wonder, and exploration of our sacred stories.

Elementary Formation: SPARK! (Grades 2-5)

Sundays
} 10:30-11:15am
Undercroft A and C, Chapel Lower Level

SPARK! is a curriculum crafted to explore the Bible and spark faith through hands-on and engaging activities, lessons, and prayers. 

Middle & High School Formation: Common Ground
(Grades 6-12)

Sundays
} 10:30am-11:15am
Youth Lounge, Chapel Lower Level

A discussion time for youth to explore real life experiences of their week in relationship to the Bible and popular culture.

At-Home Formation and Formation through Music

At-home formation options available, upon request, for all ages. Please contact Emily Given.

For opportunities for formation through music, see the music page.

Confirmation (Grades 8 & 9)

Confirmation is a virtual program presented in five monthly sessions, each offered twice during the week. Its aim is faith formation in the family, and so parents are involved along with their children. It begins in September with an in-person gathering and ends in March with a bonfire and meal. Fellowship among participants will take place in the Middle and High School Youth Groups.

LEARN MORE

Registration is closed. Contact The Rev. Elizabeth W. Colton with any questions.

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

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.

Thanks to the excellent interest, St. David’s and St. Peter’s in the Great Valley are pleased to offer eight groups, some meeting in-person and others virtual.

The program will begin in late September, take a break for Advent/Christmas and finish by the start of Lent (March 2).

Registration is now closed.

Overview of the Series

Contact Information:

Kate Farrow (St. David’s)
Betsy Aikens (St. David’s)
Trudi Graves (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 and Zoom
Wednesdays
} 6:30pm
Conference Room 1 and Zoom

 

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.

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