“One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.”
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.
Adult Forum offers engaging dialogue and interactive teaching on Why Faith Matters today. We start a seven-week series on Discovering Our Faith on September 19. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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
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!
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.
The current reading is The Problem of Pain.
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!
Meeting ID: 817 2768 9648
Meeting ID: 940 0643 9521
Childcare (Infant – 4 Years Old)
Returns Sunday, September 12.
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 Formation (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)
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.
Elementary Formation (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 Formation (Grades 6-7)
Sundays at 10:30am over Zoom. Registration is strongly encouraged. The Sunday program for this age engages Biblical narrative using storytelling (video), creative reflection, and communal conversation.
High School Formation (Grades 9-12)
High School Formation has been suspended during the time of COVID. Check back for more information on what may be possible in 2021-2022.
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 Upper School Youth Groups. LEARN MORE
The kickoff event will be on September 25.
Registration is closed. Contact Emily Given 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
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.
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.
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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