Adult Faith Formation
We believe that it is never too soon, nor too late, to learn in order to grow closer to our Loving God.
Ongoing Adult Opportunities
Spiritual formation can sound like a big idea, but it is really the name for all the things we do to grow deeper in our faith. What "forms" you as a person growing in the love and knowledge of God? Below are some resources for important pieces of spiritual formation.
This retreat is held every year, with a different theme and location. These retreats offer a great time for self-reflection and deepening the bonds between women of the parish. Please contact the rector for more information.
We meet most Tuesday evenings throughout the year to explore the Scriptures and to understand what God is saying to each of us in this time and place. All voices and viewpoints are welcome. As Episcopalians, we are open to - and respectful of - many different interpretations of our inherited Sacred Scriptures. We simply enjoy learning from one another as we engage with the texts.
LENTEN AND OTHER ADULT ED OPPORTUNITIES
Throughout the year, we engage in “all-parish reads” of timely books and/or Lunches and Conversations about various topics that relate to our spiritual growth. Examples include Study of the Book of Common Prayer, a series about Judaism, Christianity and Islam, a Lent-long program about Spirit-filled Women of the Bible, and highlights from our rector’s various pilgrimages. Sometimes our series are practical such as Preparing Advance Health Care Directives or learning about Hospice Care.
The clergy offer Episcopal Church Welcome series (aka “Episcopal 101”) and also offer programs to help adults and/or families with children prepare for baptism or confirmation .
Prayer is conversation with God. Like any good conversation, sometimes we need to just listen. Other times, it's our turn to tell our story, and yet others, for conversation. Below are some resources you can find on the web.
links On the web:
Daily Office Online
Morning and Evening Prayer, as well as great Q & A section about prayer in Anglican tradition. dailyoffice.org
Mission St. Claire
Morning Prayer, as well as a place to “light" a candle as you say a prayer, and other resources. missionstclare.com/english/index.html
The labyrinth is an ancient tool for meditation–usually for walking prayer. At this site, you can "walk" from your desk or join us on our Outdoor Labyrinth. gracecathedral.org/labyrinth/interactions/index.shtml#
(select the purple box that says “launch online interactive labyrinth")
Anglican Rosary (praying with beads)
The Anglican Rosary offers a tactile way to use our hands, mind and heart in prayer.
The sites below each offer some history and suggested models for prayer.