Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Join us on Tuesdays at 11:00am in the Parish Hall, to read, study, and reflect upon the scripture passages designated for the upcoming Sunday.
Participants may want to bring their own Bibles for reference. Curriculum materials from Feasting on the Word will be provided.
Bring your lunch, or snacks as we study together. Want more information? See Father Skip Steiner 410-326-4948
You may preview the scripture readings for any Sunday by visiting www.lectionarypage.net
All are invited and encouraged to join the study group at any time you are able.
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Coffee and Conversation is the program for adults during the Sunday School period - Sunday mornings from when the middle service ends - usually between 10:15 and 10:30 to 11:00 am. The timing allows adults, young and old, to attend any of the three Sunday Services and make it to or from their regular worship.
Coffee and conversation takes the current Sunday's Bible reading and guides a conversation about how it impacts our current life. Of course, coffee and munchies are provided at the beginning. Everyone is welcome to join in the conversation, but doesn't have to. You certainly don't have to be a Bible scholar to be part of the conversation. Materials are provided for you to read ahead, but you really don't need to do that either. All are welcome.
Mentors this year are Dr. Charles Bennett, Hugh Davies, and Claude Martin.
EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY
Every Thursday Evening @ 7:00 PM
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out that lay ministry through a four-year program of study meeting one day a week. During the Service of Confirmation we ask God to “Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at Baptism. Send them forth in the power of the Spirit to perform the service you set before them.” EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.
The seminar group is the nucleus of the Education for Ministry program. A group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor who meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. These meetings are usually from two and a half to three hours in length.
Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom. This process can be illustrated by a two-rail fence. One rail is the Christian tradition. The other is the collective experience of the group’s members. The rails are linked by fence posts which represent the seminar sessions where life and study meet. The fence is grounded in the soil of regular worship which is vital to the life of the group.
Participants are given weekly assignments to study with the help of resource guides. Students are responsible for setting their own learning goals. They spend between two and four hours in study and preparation each week. In the seminars members have an opportunity to share their insights and discoveries as well as to discuss questions which the study materials raise for them.
Through discussion and guided reflection, the seminars furnish an opportunity to deepen understanding of the reading materials.
More important is the development of skills in theological reflection. The goal is to learn to think theologically. By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. In coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has potential for manifesting the love of Christ, we discover that our ministry is at hand wherever we turn.
The seminar is supported by a life of prayer and regular worship. EfM groups are encouraged to develop a pattern of worship appropriate to their situations. Liturgical materials are furnished with the course materials.
Consider this program next fall in 2017.
ASBURY-SOLOMONS EPISCOPAL FELLOWSHIP
At Noon, Every Third Monday
Lunch and theological conversation await you and your friends at Asbury Solomons' monthly Episcopal Fellowship. At Noon on the third Monday of the month all are welcome to the dining room at Asbury Solomons Island. Lunch is $11, and it's open to residents and non-residents. Please respond to Russ Horton by the Thursday prior to the event, @ (410) 394-3216, Asbury-Solomons is a continuing care retirement facility located at 11100 Asbury Circle in Solomons, MD 20688.
WEDNESDAY EVENING PROGRAMS
Optional Pot Luck starts at 6:15, Programs begin at 7:00.
Please check back for more details on these programs and also on our Facebook page closer to the event dates.
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Questions? Contact Rev. Sarah Akes-Cardwell