Spiritual Learning

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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 will offer something different for our Lenten program. Fr. Ken Gorman and our organist David Condo invite you to join them on the Wednesdays of Lent beginning February 21, 2018
from 12 noon to 1 pm for a brief program of Lenten Music and study, "Giving Up Something Bad," followed by a light lunch. All are welcome to join them.


Giving Up Something Bad for Lent   There is room in all of our lives to say goodbye to a limiting habit and adopt a new and healthier one. Yet making and keeping a commitment can be challenging. Stepping up to the plate to create real change takes more than just courage. It takes realism, openness to discovery, and a willingness to explore the underlying issues. No one can  expect that in an hour program (even with some music and discussion) we will be able to rid ourselves of some unhealthy habits, but we will at least pin point a few and see what our faith has to say about them. Starting on Wednesday, February 21 and the next five Wednesdays (12 noon-1 o'clock) that will be our Lenten theme.  Unless you don't have any bad habits, you might like to join us.  

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.

The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem by Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan is the title of the book for study during Lent.

Top Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan join together to reveal a radical and little-known Jesus. As both authors reacted to and responded to questions about Mel Gibson's blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, they discovered that many Christians are unclear on the details of events during the week leading up to Jesus's crucifixion.

Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus's final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church's traditional teachings.

The Last Week depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice and to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor. In this vein, at the end of the week Jesus marches up Calvary, offering himself as a model for others to do the same when they are confronted by similar issues. Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.

Calendar for the study:
Feb. 18  - Chapter 1 & 2  "Palm Sunday, Monday"
Feb. 25  - Chapter 3 & 4  "Tuesday/Wednesday"
March 4  -  Chaper 5   "Thursday (Maundy)"
March 11  - Chapter 6  "Friday (Good)"
March 18  - Chapter 7  "Saturday (Holy)"
March 25  - Chapter 8  "Easter Day"

A copy of the week's handout may be downloaded here. 
Fr. Gorman invites you to join him for Adult Forum and Worship all year long!


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.