Adult education

Saint Peter's offers a wide variety of opportunities for deepening your faith and spiritual exploration


To be a Christian is to walk a grace filled journey of living out and into our baptism. Baptism initiates us into a lifelong venture of knowing, loving and living Jesus Christ. The faith community at St. Peter’s walks together toward all that Christ calls us to be. We pray, socialize and serve with one another.  Each of these activities is an essential component of our life in Christ along with the ongoing formation of mind and heart. For that purpose, we offer a variety of opportunities at St. Peter’s. Jeff, Mark, Carlyle, Ray, Ted and other members of the congregation have offered programs on a wide variety of topics including Christian Spirituality, prayer practices, individual books of the Bible, etc. Please consider joining any or all of the offerings.  There are other ongoing and special events to nourish our minds, hearts and souls.  Please check the bulletin for these opportunities.


To find out more, feel free to call the office or speak to any one of the clergy.


If there are any topics or programs which you would like to suggest for future events, please send Fr. Ted an Email or Call


ADULT FORMATION SCHEDULE


  • Lenten Study

    Lenten Study
    This Lent, St. Peter's is offering a study of Amy-Jill Levine's book, “Entering the Passion of Jesus.”  It is a six-week study beginning on Thursday, March 3 through April 7 at 6pm. Those who participated in the Advent study using Amy-Jill's book, “Light of the World” know what new perspectives and insights she brings to our study of the biblical stories. The sessions will be offered by Zoom.  For information of how to join the zoom contact the Office

  • Men's Spiritualtiy

    A Spiritual and Personal Growth Discussion Group for Men.  

    The group meets  the second and fourth Monday of each month.
    As a starting point for discussion, we’ll consider ideas from Chapters Four and Five of Brian McLaren’s book, “The Great Spiritual Migration – How the World’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian.” The book is available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook formats, although reading is not necessary for participation in the group.



  • CENTERING PRAYER               

    Deepening Your Spiritual Journey: Centering Prayer and Spiritual Reading

     

    A group interested in deepening spiritual understanding and engagement at St. Peter’s is meeting on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Carlyle Gill as moderator.  Participants can attend remotely via Zoom Group members have the option of attending either or both of two 45-minute sessions as interest and schedules permit. The first session, from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m., is devoted to Centering Prayer, cultivating ways to be closer to God amid our busy lives. We start by reverently reading a Psalm using a time-honored spiritual practice called Lectio Divina. We then allow ourselves to be open to God’s presence by simply sitting quietly together – no special training or experience is needed. The second session, from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m., focuses on readings that may lead us to greater wisdom and understanding.  We are currently reading “Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church” by Barbara Holmes, which can be ordered from Browse about Books in Rehoboth or from Amazon.  All are welcome to join us for open and thoughtful discussion; reading is not necessary for participation in the group.


    Contact the office to get login information or  Subscribe to our Weekly E-blast


  • BIBLE STUDY - WEEKLY

    St. Peter’s is offering two Bible study classes each week. On Wednesday and Thursday.


    New Wednesday Night Bible Study group:  The Wednesday Night Bible Study group is reading The Book of Genesis, (the book of beginnings). We meet at 7 PM for an hour.  Mark Harris and Ray Michener, priests in the parish, are guiding the conversation in our efforts to respond to this incredibly evocative material. Everyone in the group is a contributor, everyone a learner.  
    We are fed by the Scriptures, and the Book of Genesis is a real feast. This is a chance to bite into some of its most tasty offerings. 
    Come and join in the discussions! Contact the office for the Zoom links. 

    The Thursday morning 9:30 am group picks a book of the Bible and does an in-depth study of it. This study follows the hybrid model: in-person for those who are comfortable gathering together, or via Zoom for those who either need or want to join from home. This group has lively and informative discussions about the text they are studying together. There is always room for more participants if you are interested.

  • Saint peter's readers

    St Peter’s Readers will be meeting in-person and on Zoom on the third Sunday of the month at 4 p.m.  The in-person meeting will be in the new conference room in the lower level of the church. We will adhere to all the Covid protocols that are in place at the time of the meeting. We also offer the meeting via Zoom for members who cannot attend in person. 


    UPDATE:

    The Readers will meet on Sunday April, 24 at 5 p.m. (Please note the date and time change.) We changed the meeting date because April 17 (our regular meeting date) is Easter. We will meet in person in the conference room in the church basement and also on Zoom. Carole will send  emails to those on our mailing list explaining our meeting format and Zoom link. April is Poetry Month. In honor of our founder Betsy Farlow, a poet, teacher, and nurse, readers share a favorite poet, poem, or a poem of their own. Our May meeting returns to the third Sunday, May 15. Our book is non-fiction, The Warmth of Other Suns, The Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. If you would like to be added to or deleted from St Peter’s Readers email list, please contact Roberta Williams Lindsay or Carole Somers

  • sunday adult forum

    The Sunday Adult Forum will follow the 10:00AM Service and will be held in the church.  Please consider staying for about an hour and exploring topics which we hope you will find to be interesting and helpful to your life in Christ.  The weekly topics will be published below,  in the parish bulletin, and on Facebook so that you may plan accordingly.

    For more information email  Fr. Ted.


    Join us for the Adult Forum this coming Sunday at 11:30 am in the Sanctuary


         Upcoming Topics include:

         October 31 – Grief with The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Kaeton

         November 7 – Ethical Decision Making – Part 1 by the Rev. Rita Nelson

         November 14 – Annual Meeting Everyone is encouraged to attend

         November 21 – Ethical Decision Making – Part 2 by the Rev. Rita Nelson

         December 5 – Keeping Advent at home by the Rev. Deacon Chris Miller-Marcin/ Event Cancelled

         December 12 – The Liturgical Year by the Rev. Jeffery Ross

         December 19 – The Nativity Narrative and Characters by the Rev. Ted Olson


    Click on the Buttons below to see the handouts.

    Becoming Beloved Community

    How to be an active listener in Candid Conversations

    Identity Molecule Graphic Organizer




  • An Introduction to Anglican Spirituality


    Have you ever wanted to know more about our heritage as Christians in the Anglican tradition? To explore some of the mystics and visionaries who have nurtured the spiritual side of our common life? Beginning on Tuesday, November 9 at 10am, a new class will be starting which will explore the writing of 29 significant thinkers, including folks like George Herbert, Thomas Cranmer, Dorothy Sayers, and Desmond Tutu. The class will last about 12-15 sessions and be available on zoom. This class is especially appropriate for folks who have completed EfM, but that is NOT required. Our text will be Glorious Companions: Five Centuries of Anglican Spirituality by the Rev. Richard Schmidt. It can be ordered on Amazon or through the Church Office when you call to sign up. Any questions, please feel free to speak to Fr. Ross

education for ministry

Tuesday at 5pm, September thru May.

Thoughtful people are asking….What is EfM and why should I consider joining?


Short answer: EfM is the acronym for Education for Ministry, a distance learning program of the Episcopal Seminary in Sewanee, TN. 

It is a four year program of study, group reflection/discussion, worship, Christian community and spiritual friendship. More details available at www.efm.sewanee.edu


Why should I consider joining? Have you ever read a book that really engaged you and made you think? Or, watched a movie or heard a talk show or had a conversation that seemed to challenge your view of life or your faith? Have you ever opened the Holy Bible but found it too difficult to understand how it could relate to questions raised by life’s big and little questions? Do the current political issues within the church frustrate you and cause you to wonder if the church has ever before gone through such turmoil? Did you come to the Episcopal church from another Christian denomination or another faith and wonder what the Episcopal church “thinks” about this or that? Do you sometimes think that you are the only one who struggles to understand your faith? Do you love the thoughtful sermons preached every Sunday at St. Peter’s but wish the conversation could continue? If you find yourself answering yes to any of these questions you might be a good candidate for EfM.  More


EfM is one of the best educational bargains around. Contact Jacqueline Ferris and Ray Michener.