Sunday mornings for adults
On Sunday mornings, adults, like children and youth, are invited to take part in education and formation offerings between the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services (roughly 10:10 a.m.-11 a.m.). Unless otherwise noted, these opportunities do not require registration and they are open to all. You do not have to be a "member" of St. Stephen's to take part.
The Sunday Forum
A weekly speakers series featuring teaching and presentations by the rector, the Rev. Gary Jones, as well as other clergy and lay staff, and outstanding guest speakers. The forum takes place in the Large Fellowship Hall. The schedule of speakers and topics is here.
Sunday morning Bible study
Christians generally believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. Many Christians also feel that they have not really learned how to read the Bible for themselves. Some have tried to start at the beginning and then got stuck at all the “begats.” Others learned stories in Sunday school but feel that, now that they are adults, there is more to be learned from the Scriptures. Still others just want to know more about what the Bible says and what it has to do with our lives. If any of these characterizations apply to you, come and join a new Sunday morning Bible study class during the Sunday school hour every week beginning September 18. The Rev. Penny Nash is offering this class to help us all become more biblically literate and confident in our knowledge and ability to engage Scripture, to give us a road map for our own study. The group will not be reading every book line by line, but study it with an eye toward the story arc as well as the themes and motifs that run through the individual books and also connect with other books – and with our lives.
In the fall, the group will begin with an overview of the Old Testament prophetic literature, looking at the historical situation, images, motifs and stories that will be carried forward to the Gospels. Then, we will move into the Gospels, studying each one individually. There is no homework assigned, and you do not need to sign up or commit to weekly attendance (although regular attendance has its benefits). Come to this interactive study and reflect on how the Scriptures inform our world today, inform how we relate to God, to ourselves, and to others. How does the Bible help you make decisions, form opinions, inspire actions?
Many Parents, One Vine
Many parents find themselves seeking opportunities to meet other parents for conversation and reflection on their lives from a spiritual perspective, as well as make new friends or share some collective wisdom on the joy and challenges of being a parent. “Many Parents, One Vine” is a space to grow in faith and connect with other parents in mutual affirmation. We believe that raising children is a cooperative, not competitive, enterprise. Together, connected to the vine, we are stronger parents. Come for coffee and fellowship, a brief summary of the suggested (not required) reading, and ample time for peer-facilitated small group discussion. This group meets in Room 14 (top floor of the parish house). More details are here.