Groups and Classes
St. Stephen’s offers a wide variety of Bible studies, small groups, and classes. Some groups meet year-round, some for 10-week "covenant periods," some for other periods of time. Groups for the fall covenant period are listed below.
If you want to learn about Emmaus Groups, a particular kind of small group, please follow this link.
Wellness classes and contemplative practice groups are also offered.
We have several "guilds" at St. Stephen's Church, as well. Read about them here.
Madeleine L'Engle book group: Walking on Water | led by Claudia Merritt | Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. | beginning January 8
Faith is growing to know God more intimately. We can nurture our relationship through God through music, art, story, and poetry. These doorways to our faith open us to subtler ways God may be working in us and revealing God's self to us. The late Madeleine L'Engle wrote about the place of the arts in our spiritual life in her book Walking on Water. This is not a new book, but it is timely as we try to engage our faith more deeply and in fresh ways. On five Mondays this winter -- January 8, 22, 29 and February 5 and 12 -- Claudia Merritt will lead a group, 7-8:30 p.m., to read and ponder L'Engle's book. Register here.
Education for Ministry | Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Every baptized person is called to ministry. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides lay people with theological education to support their ministry. Dig deeper into the Christian faith, studying the Bible, church history, and theology. Reflect with the group on your life and how daily experience relates to your faith.
This four-year distance learning program was founded at the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) in 1975, and groups take part in in churches around the world, including St. Stephen’s. Space is limited, and annual tuition is required. To learn more, contact Richard Clary.
Inquirers Class led by Steve McGehee | Sundays, 10:10 a.m. | beginning January 28, 2018 | email Janet Allen to register
This class includes the basics of what it means to be an Episcopalian. It’s the class new members take, especially if they wish to be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church, but it’s also an interesting refresher course for lifelong Episcopalians. Questions are not only welcome, they form the basis for this class. The class concludes with an instructed Eucharist led by the rector. The spring class will meet Wednesday evenings beginning April 4, 2018.
Book Group led by Wilda Ferguson | 10:30 a.m. | first Thursday of the month
This monthly book group selects books to read and discuss based on group interest. The books will have relevant faith components and may indeed challenge us in our faith. The group will begin the fall session on September 7 with a presentation by Becky Lehman of St. Stephen’s staff about her recent trip to New Zealand. The group will also decide on books to read for the rest of the year. Come with suggestions.
Please call the parish office at 804.288.2867 if you have questions.