Adult Formation

St. Paul’s offers a wide range of opportunities for adult formation (adult education and spiritual growth). Our current Sunday morning and Wednesday evening offerings are shown below. Please refer to the home page for additional offerings and activities.

Sundays at 10:15 a.m. in the Chapel

Join us this Easter season for a new Adult Formation series, Spiritual Practices in Daily Life. 

  • Sacred Listening in Relationships, the Rev. J. Carr Holland (4/22)
  • Sacred Listening in the Public Sphere, the Rev. Javier Almendárez Bautista (4/29)
  • Confession: The Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Rev. George Adamik (5/6)
  • The Lord’s Prayer, the Rev. Javier Almendárez Bautista (5/13)
  • Ignatian Practices of Meditation, the Rev. George Adamik (5/20)

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Wing

Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say
 
The Adult Formation Committee invites you to a new five-part video and discussion series. The video, by Methodist pastor and author Adam Hamilton, questions the Biblical basis for five common statements and why each statement contains only partial truth.
  • “Everything Happens for a Reason” (4/18)
  • “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves” (4/25)
  • “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle” (5/2)
  • “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It” (5/9)
  • “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” (5/16)
Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer

“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.wtrs@gmail.com

Cursillo

Cursillo

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,
Cary, NC

The North Carolina Cursillo website is www.nccursillo.org.

Contact: The Rev. Candy Snively, Candy.Snively@att.net

Education for Ministry

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.

Contact: Martha Waters, martha.wtrs@gmail.com or Georgie Gracie, ggracie11@gmail.com.

Julian Gathering

Julian Gathering

julian-of-norwich73x120This 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.

Contact: Lanny Wase, lannywase@mac.com, 919-466-9050.

People of all Colors and Cultures Together

People of All Colors and Cultures Together

People of All Colors and Cultures Together (PACCT), meets on first Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room. We will continue our discussion on race relations, and diversity in our community and America. Please join us!

Contact: Andrea Johnson at 919-348-9599

Women's Study Group

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, leahdail@gmail.com