Sunday Adult Christian Formation
Adult Formation normally occurs at the conclusion of the 9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Bank Barn, from 10:20 to 11:05 a.m. Christian faith formation is lifelong growth in knowledge, service, and Love of God as followers of Christ and is informed by Scripture, Tradition and Reason. For more information on Adult Formation, please contact email@example.com. A new listing of our programs for the fall will be posted at the end of the summer. Below you can see recent topics discussed this past spring.
*During COVID restrictions, Adult Formation is offered after the 10:00 a.m. livestream services on Facebook and Youtube.
April 11 – a discussion on “Dismantling Racism”
Earlier this year, the diocese held a series of “Dismantling Racism” workshops for youth. Through six different modules (“Creating Covenant,” “God the Artist,” “History of Racism in America: How we Got Here,” “White Privilege,” “Internalized Oppression and Repentance,” “Healing and Reconciliation”) local young people explored many aspects of the racial divide that exists in the United States. One goal of this series is to educate ourselves in how to dismantle the systems that divide us, learning to have educational conversation with those around us.” We will hear from Chris, one of the coordinators of the program, and Cathryn Cheetham, a St. Peter’s youth attendee.
April 18 – “Our Food and Climate Change”
You can be one of God’s green stewards with the choices you make. Our environmental series will pick up from where it was cut off last March and continue a hopeful approach to make positive environmental changes individually and collectively. We will explore the impacts of our food choices with tips for improving those and reducing our waste.
April 25 – “Hopeful Strategies for Tackling the Climate Crisis”
Guided conversation with our Green Stewards will be, based partly on the research featured in the book Project Drawdown and the film “Kiss the Ground.” Additional insights to help create more life-sustaining society will be drawn from Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. This book has led to workshops around the world to help individuals gain the personal tools to face challenges and to become more resilient. Additional resources also are offered by the national church at https://www.episcopalchurch.org/ministries/creation-care/ and our local Facebook page Christian Care for the Environment.
We will hear from Marnie Melvin, the program director of Citizen Advocacy of Chester County, a non-profit that has been in Phoenixville since 1980. “Our mission is to initiate and support a variety of long-term intentional relationships that provide advocacy for opportunity, protection from harm, sponsorship into community life, friendship, and justice for isolated people living with a disability … We are built upon the belief in the power and competence of the ordinary citizen to care and connect to others and to make a lifelong commitment to stand by, for, and with another person, through good times and through challenging ones.”
Our friends David Kasievich and The Rev. Andrew Kellner from St. James School will first serve as guest preachers and afterward host a conversation about this very unusual school year for their North Philadelphia students.
Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study
During COVID, this will take place via Zoom or conference call. If you wish to participate, please email our Assistant Rector Chris Exley for information regarding start time and other pertinent details.
Morning prayer and Bible study normally takes place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Historic Church. The morning begins with the Office of Morning Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer, followed by an informal conversation on the Scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday. All are welcome. For more information, please contact The Rev. Abigail Crozier Nestlehutt.