Religious Education for Adults

Adult religious education takes many forms and is led by parishioners, clergy and guest speakers. Highly participatory in nature, it may entail a worship service, meditative prayer, lectures and discussions, or a Bible study exploring topics relevant to today’s life. 
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Growing in Spirit: An Adult Forum

From September through May, we invite you to join us for our adult version of Sunday School, which takes place between services from 10:10 AM to 11:15 AM. 

Beginning at baptism and continuing throughout our lives, spiritual growth is central to what we mean in the Episcopal church by "Christian Formation." It is a process of discovery and understanding that's aimed toward the divine image God intends for us.

These stimulating talks include an array of subjects such as photographic depictions of the messages of Jesus and their relevance to our modern world; land conservation ethics in the Hebrew Scriptures and today; spirituality and gardens; and an introduction to labyrinths.

Watch for specific program dates, descriptions, and topics on the St. Philip’s Facebook page

Daughters of the King

Daughters of the King is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the historic episcopate but not in communion with it. Members undertake a Rule of Life and pledge themselves to a lifelong program of prayer, service, and evangelism dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of the parish. At St. Philip’s, the St. Monica chapter has sponsored such activities as half-day retreats for the parish and Back to School prayer events in the fall.

If you're interested in becoming a Daughter, please feel free to attend our meeting on the first Monday of each month

 

 
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Coffee & Conversation

From September through May, we invite you to join us for our adult version of Sunday School, which takes place between services from 10:10 AM to 11:15 AM. 

Adults of all ages meet to discuss relevant issues from a biblical perspective. Plus there's great coffee and a delicious breakfast.


St. Philip’s offers a place for my daughter and me to be at peace in a world that lacks the needed peace and calm for a healthy, balanced life. It also provides a sacred emotional space. Calm, peace, and the sacred – the main elements missing in a contemporary life are reintroduced through the St. Philip’s experience.
— Tina Holland

Men's Discussion Group

We invite you to join us on Thursdays from 11:00 AM to noon for our Men's Discussion Group.

Managing to be both serious and lighthearted, our discussion group for men considers a new topic every week, which encompasses different theological and philosophical perspectives. During our lively exchange of opinions and experiences, we generally do not reach a consensus on anything, except by accident! 

We get to know each other quite well, and we experience acceptance and God's grace.  No one is allowed to monopolize the discussion, and men of all faiths are welcome. Free coffee, of course.


For my wife and me, St. Philip’s means continuity, tranquility, and worship with friends
— Parishioner

Morning Prayer

Come and worship with us weekday mornings at 8:30 AM.

In keeping with our centuries-old traditions, morning prayer is celebrated equally by clergy and laity, so that the first person to arrive, whether clergy or lay, is invited to take the lead as celebrant.

What a wonderful thing it can be to look back at the end of the year and realize that our worship space was alive and thriving not just on Sundays, but throughout the week. After all, isn't that how churches should do church?

 

Centering Prayer

Silence is God’s first language. Contemplation is resting in God. The practice of Centering Prayer is simply sitting in silence, open to God’s love and your love for God. This type of prayer requires no words. Centering Prayer can bring your relationship with God to a deeper level than conversation, into pure communion. 

A Centering Prayer Group becomes a small community with others who have experienced God in the silence and the desire to go deeper. Though each group develops according to the needs of its members, all groups generally include three elements: centering prayer together (about 20 minutes); some form of input (reading a book, viewing a video, or listening to an audio tape, for example); and faith sharing. These are our weekly Centering Prayer groups:

 

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

A lectionary-based discussion group following the Wednesday morning Holy Eucharist and healing service, the focus of this Bible study is on applying Scripture in our lives and service to others. Philosophy, ethics, and spiritual matters are among the many topics we ponder. Join us and expand your understanding of the Bible.

Tuesdays at 4:30 PM
Wednesdays at 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM

For further information, please contact Martha Mayberry.

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:1

Religious Education for Youth

Our religious education for young people is carefully designed to be age-appropriate and to nurture children at different developmental levels. All programs are open to youth in the age/grade ranges indicated, and we encourage young people to bring a friend!
 

Youth Sunday School (for middle school & high school)

During the school year (September through May), our team-taught curriculum guides middle school students The Rite Way, by providing opportunities to explore questions of self, spirituality, service, and faith in an engaging, interactive environment.  

How do we identify with others while celebrating our uniqueness? How can we serve others who are in need? How do we disconnect from the technological world to find connections to the earth and to others? These kinds of questions are central to our Sunday morning discussion forum for youth.

High schoolers work with an adult mentor to learn leadership skills as they, in turn, help guide their younger middle school counterparts in discussion, games, and other activities.

Lively and intellectually stimulating, our Sunday School is aimed at building an engaged, caring, and thoughtful corps of youngsters.

Join us Sundays at 10:10 AM.

Godly Play (For children ages 4 through fifth grade)

Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play approach helps youngsters to explore faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play.

We meet in two beautiful classrooms at 10:10 AM on Sunday mornings from September through May.

Wednesday "Sunrise" Bible Study

Bright and early at 7:00 AM every Wednesday during the school year, young people in grades 6 through 12 meet for food and fellowship at Sunrise CafeA hot breakfast, moments of spiritual reflection, and fellowship with friends is a perfect mid-week way to re-center before heading off to school.