St. Paul’s offers a wide range of adult formation (adult education and spiritual growth) opportunities for adults. The list below gives ongoing adult formation offerings. Please refer to a post on the home page for weekly adult formation offerings.
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46)
The psalmist describes both the method and the goal of Centering Prayer: a silent consent to the presence of God in our hearts, in our lives. A combined St. Paul’s/Cary Presbyterian Centering Prayer group meets in the Parlor on the main floor of Cary Presbyterian Church at 9:00 AM on Fridays. Cary Presbyterian Church is just around the corner – or through the woods – from St Paul’s. Centering Prayer practitioners sit in silence for 20 minutes with the intention to open their hearts and minds to God, to rest in God, to deepen their relationship with God. After the Centering time, the group participates in Lectio Divina, book study or discussions of videos for 30-45 minutes. Come and join us!
Contact: Martha Waters, Martha.email@example.com
Cursillo is a three-day weekend of Christian refreshment and renewal, sometimes called a short course in Christian living or “Christian Boot Camp.” Bishop Curry said, “Through the Cursillo experience and community countless men and women have come to know our Lord more deeply and profoundly. Through the ministry of the Cursillo community lives have been transformed and disciples of Jesus both formed and renewed. This is a sacred and holy ministry for which I truly give God thanks and praise.”
The next Cursillo weekend is scheduled for:
June 8, 9, 10, 11, 2017
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,
The North Carolina Cursillo website is www.nccursillo.org.
Contact: The Rev. Candy Snively, Candy.Snively@att.net
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry (EFM) is a four-year course of Bible study that offers readings, discussions, worship, and development in theological reflection. The seminar group consists of 6-10 students and one or more trained mentors. There is a fee for the seminar and materials. St Paul’s does not currently have an EFM group.
This small group gathers on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month (9:15 AM in the “Cry Room”, main church building) for contemplative prayer and the study of Julian of Norwich. Julian’s book, The Revelations of Divine Love is often acknowledged as one of the world’s great spiritual classics. Extra copies of the book are available at each meeting. Newcomers are welcome to join the group at any time.
Who was Julian of Norwich? She was a 14th century mystic and author of The Revelations of Divine Love, considered one of the great spiritual classics.
What does a 14th century mystic have to say to 21st century Christians? Her message of God’s enduring, ever-present love continues to offer a timeless message of hope and comfort. Julian’s insights serve as a catalyst for discussions on prayer, faith, gratitude, and other spiritual topics.
Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS)
MOMS is a seven-week series for women who would like to devote time to their spiritual development. Caught in the busy, hectic period of raising children and nurturing the family, women often do not pause to care for themselves and their spirituality. This peer-led ministry offers mothers with children of all ages a place to share the stresses, concerns, and positive experiences that influence spiritual growth. St. Paul’s offers at least one series of MOMS each year, as well as a session of MOMS TNT (for moms of Teens and ‘Tweens.) The series may be weekday mornings or evening hours, according to demand. Child care is provided! The cost of the course is $30 ($35 for MOMS TNT), which includes a copy of MOMS: A Personal Journal, by Paula Hagen and Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett.
Past participants have described MOMS as a unique experience, a place to discover the depth of their spirituality, often buried beneath life’s daily worries. This course is open to St. Paul’s members and friends. Everyone is encouraged to share in this journey, so bring a friend or a neighbor with you. Announcements will be made in St. Paul’s media of upcoming MOMS offerings. Join us for our next series!
MOMS Course Frequently Asked Questions
When does the course meet?
The group meets for 2 hours each week for 7 consecutive weeks. The final meeting is a dinner celebration of current and past MOMS gathered together.
Is childcare provided?
Childcare is provided at no additional cost. We would like every woman to have the same care-free 2 hours each week.
Is there a cost for taking the course?
A fee of $30 per person (or $35 for MOMS TNT) covers the cost of course materials. There is an additional cost (approximately $20) for the catered Celebration Dinner, which is during week seven.
Do I have to belong to St. Paul’s Church?
No; in fact, we encourage women who are searching for a church home or for a spiritual direction to take the course. There is no requirement for Bible study or for knowing about the Episcopal Church. This course is simply for women who thirst for a few minutes to think about where they are going in life and what they might need for the journey.
How many women take the course?
An ideal number is 8-10 women, plus 2 or 3 facilitators who have already taken the course. We have had approximately 100 women participate over the past 15 years.
The comment we hear most often from women who participate in this course is that they did not realize how much they were missing having a deeper connection with other women.
Women’s Study Group
The Women’s Study Group is open to women who are interested in reading and discussing literature. We alternate reading fiction and non-fiction each month. Many, but not all, of our selections have spiritual/religious themes. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 12:00 noon to 1:30 in the Bride’s Room. Child care is provided upon request.
Contact: Leah Dail, firstname.lastname@example.org