Adult Formation

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

 



 

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

Great Cloud of Witnesses: History of the Episcopal Church in North Carolina

March 10 – The Episcopal Church in NC during the Civil War and Reconstruction Era, with the Rev. Dr. Brooks Graebner, Rector Emeritus of St. Matthew’s (Hillsborough, NC) and Diocesan Historiographer.

March 17 – The Episcopal Church in NC during the Civil Rights Era, with the the Rev. Dr. Brooks Graebner.

March 24 – Saints Among Us: Pauli Murray, with Barbara Lau, Director of the Pauli Murray Project (Durham, NC).

March 31 – The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry, with Lariza Garzon, Executive Director of the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry (Sampson County, NC).

Wednesday Eucharist and Conversation

Wednesdays at noon and 7 p.m. in the chapel 
March 13, 20, and 27; April 3 and 10

In seasons of preparation in the church, it is customary, not simply to fast from things which may distract us but also to take up practices which will help us focus on the meaning behind our worship and prayers. On Wednesdays in Lent, you are invited to delve deeper into our Sunday readings alongside other members of St. Paul’s. The mid-week Eucharist services will be meditative and include an opportunity for reflection and conversation.

— The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista

 

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