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Adult Formation: Bible Study
Sundays, 9:00 am
In Person & Zoom
Join in a weekly Bible Study led by Colleen Mathews! Please contact the A&HT office for more information and the Zoom meeting ID & password.
Adult Formation: Book Discussion
Sundays, 11:30 am
In Person & Zoom
Join in a weekly discussion led by Fr. Eric! The current discussion series is on the book The Church Cracked Open by Stephanie Spellers. The book can be purchased at Amazon and Church Publishing. Please contact the A&HT office for more information and the Zoom meeting ID & password.
Guided Meditation Ministry
Thursdays, 7:30 pm
In Person & Zoom
Join in a weekly Guided Meditation group session led by Anne Brack! Please contact Anne Brack for more information and the Zoom meeting ID & password.
Stewardship: Christian Formation
A&HT has a rich tradition of adult Christian Formation offerings which are usually presented on Sunday mornings, but also as occasional series in Advent or Lent. These are most often conducted by parishioners or our own clergy. To this point, historically, this parish has been blessed with outstandingly talented and dedicated leaders.
Participation in these Christian Formation opportunities is a cornerstone of my spiritual life at A&HT and a building block on my faith journey. Apart from the obvious content learning, the collegiality of my fellow parishioners, with arising questions and discussions, helps to clarify my understanding of lifelong beliefs. This in turn deepens my worship and daily life experiences by focusing on being open to new perspectives. During the current challenges and changes occurring during the pandemic, I find that the weekly promise of spiritual nourishment provided by this time of reflection and education truly feeds my soul.
One of my very favorite passages from the Book of Common Prayer, one that makes me proud to be an Episcopalian, comes from the Baptism service. When praying over the newly baptized person, the priest asks that they be given “an inquiring and discerning heart.” It’s one of the very first gifts the priest asks God to bestow, and it is meant to be an integral part of our faith journey. In the Episcopal church, not only is it okay to ask questions about our spirituality and faith – we’re expected to ask them! And in my experience, the Christian Formation ministries at AHT are a wonderful place to do this.
As a parish, we have come to recognize how very important diversity is, and the fact that A&HT is so diverse theologically is a precious gift. Christian Formation participants have learned so much from our gifted and articulate teacher, Colleen Matthews, and from the other discussion leaders as we’ve walked this journey together. We have also learned from each other. For me, these gatherings have always been a safe place to say what is in my heart, to risk asking hard questions, to try to listen with an open heart. And as I’ve gotten to know my fellow seekers through our sharing, I’ve begun to see that even those I may differ most from theologically are my dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Especially during this time of the pandemic, the formation groups have provided a warm haven of fellowship when ordinary in-person meetings weren’t possible. Whether it’s Colleen’s Bible study, one of the book discussion groups, or some other offering, I warmly encourage you to participate in A&HT’s Christian Formation programs.