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Church of the Holy Spirit
Episcopal Church

Faith Formation

Holy Scripture encourages each disciple of Jesus Christ to be formed more and more into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus. In our tradition, we believe that this type of formation happens across our entire lives, with every moment and every encounter with another person serving as an opportunity to be transformed into the perfect image of Christ. 

We also believe that this type of formation takes intention. To that end, Church of the Holy Spirit provides ample opportunities to engage in Faith Formation for all ages.

 

Holy Spirit Book Club

The Holy Spirit Book Club is a small group of Church of the Holy Spirit that meets to read and discuss books and build deeper relationships with one another and with Christ. In the past we’ve read Inspired by Rachel Held Evans and Being Christian by Rowan Williams. Everyone is invited and welcomed to be a part this ministry. We just wrapped up our most recent book, Love is thy Way by our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry. Please reach out to our priest, Father Marcus Halley (e-mail: mhalley@episcopalct.org) for more information.

The book for the next round is From Daughters to Disciples: Women's Stories from the New Testament by Lynn Japinga. 

"For too long the women of the Bible have been depicted in one-dimensional terms. On one side are saints, such as Mary, while on the other are "bad girls," such as Eve and Jezebel. Just as often, the female characters of the Bible are simply ignored. However, the women of the Bible are complex, multidimensional individuals whose lives are inspiring, funny, and tragic in ways too many of us never hear. In this second of two volumes, Lynn Japinga acquaints readers with the women of the New Testament. From faithful forerunners like Anna and Elizabeth to female disciples like the sisters Mary, Martha, and Mary Magdalene to first-generation followers like Lydia and Dorcas, readers will encounter a wealth of foremothers in the faith in all their messy, yet redeemable, humanity. This book introduces and retells every female character who contributes to one or more New Testament stories, diving deeply into what each woman's story means for us today with questions for reflection and discussion."

Meeting Dates & Times:

TBD

 

Sunday Faith Formation Forum - The Creeds

The classic creeds of the Church (Apostles' Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athanasian Creed) hold its most fundamental beliefs. The core beliefs - or doctrines - help us to share the story of Jesus accurately with others and provide us with a solid foundation to support our spiritual journey with Christ.

The Creeds are also challenging. What does it mean to believe in God in an increasingly secular and religiously plural world? What are we to do with miracles like the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection? What does the Church mean when we say that Jesus will "come again?" 

Over the series of 14-weeks (7, bi-weekly classes) we will explore what the Church is attempting to communicate by way of these Creeds. As part of our exploration, we will discover how these Creeds have not only stood the test of time, but have provided the faithful across the generations with the theological and spiritual fortitude to live in challenging times.

Our first information session will take place on February 7, at 10:15 am. Classes will take place every-other-week thereafter until May 16. If you are interested in this class, please sign up HERE.

 

I Will, With God's Help: Baptismal & Baptismal Renewal Classes (Classes for Confirmation and Reaffirmation)

Holy Baptism is the sacrament that makes us part of the Church, the Body of Christ. In it, and by God's grace, we put on the divine life of Christ that gives us the authority to act on God’s behalf in the world.

In the course of our lives, times arise when it makes sense for us to deepen or reengage that relationship. That may be due to age (commonly practiced by way of the Sacrament of Confirmation) or in response to particular life events (Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows).

We are currently recruiting for our Baptismal Renewal Classes that will culminate in Baptism, Confirmation, and/or Reaffirmation as is appropriate for each individual. This class is open to individuals and families of all ages. We are planning to begin classes in Lent once we have gathered a community of interested individuals. If you are interested in this opportunity or have questions, please fill out the form HERE.