Spiritual Learning

Scripture and Links
 

Adult Education

Bible Study and adult forums are held throughout the year. During Lent, St. Mary's provides a light supper followed by an educational program, or video study, reading and discussion. Programs have included "Episcopalian 101" and an exploration of the Book of Common Prayer. This year we offered something different for our Lenten program. Fr. Ken Gorman and our organist David Condo invited us to join them on the Wednesdays of Lent from 12 noon to 1 pm for a brief program of Lenten Music and study, "Giving Up Something Bad," followed by a light lunch.

 

Adult Forum is held Sunday mornings between the services from 9 to 9:45 am in the chapel.  The Rev. Dr. W. Kenneth Gorman is the facilitator. If you would like to reach Fr. Gorman, his e-mail is: k-gorman@comcast.net.   Fr. Gorman invites you to join him for Adult Forum and Worship all year long! 

Study:  "Loving the Questions" by Marianne Micks, facilitated by Fr. Gorman.
            August 5  "What Is our Future?" chapter 9     
            August 12  "What difference does it make?" chapter 10
            August 19  St. Mary's Day (no Adult Forum)  We will do a parish craft after the 8 and 10 am services.

New study begins August 26:  "Fierce Women of the Bible"  by Alice Conner, facilitated by Fr. Gorman
                 
The handout for Sunday, August 12th may be
downloaded here.
 

New to St. Mary's is conTEXTS. Beginning on Wednesday, May 16th, conTEXTS will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 pm during the summer months (earlier during the winter months).  conTEXTS is held in St. Mary's parish hall.

What is conTEXTS? What that word means - The content of the news meets the texts of our faith. Church folks often bring up some current event that has caught their attention and want to discuss it as a faith issue. Up until now, we haven't had a place or time to do that.  That has changed. We are offering this weekly gathering of parishioners and friends to discuss a current event alongside resources of our faith (e.g., biblical, church resources). How does conTEXTS differ from Adult Forum? Click here to read Fr. Gorman's outline of the two programs.

A copy of the handout for August 1st may be
downloaded here.  This meeting will be held in the parish hall.


Church School

Church School sessions begin in October and end in May.  After a blessing, the children proceed into the chapel for Children's Chapel or the parish hall for a craft. They rejoin the service at the Peace.


Although small in number, our Church School participates in their own outreach programs. They annually provide a coffee hour of soup & bread on "Souper Bowl of Caring" Sunday, collect donations of food for St. Barnabas Cares Food Pantry and choose a charity for monetary donations. They put together gift packages for children overseas at Christmas, and sponsored a stud for Habitat for Humanity painted with blessings and artwork for a home in Whitesboro. They have packed bag lunches for the homeless, hosted lunch at The Branches, collected personal toiletries and other necessities and packaged them for the homeless, learned about and collected donations for Nets for Life and the New Jersey Nature Center in Dennis Township. This past winter, they collected vitamins for children in the Philippines for Barnabite Heart to Heart Ministry. At Christmas and Easter, they reach out to the homebound with care notes.