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! 

"Fierce Women of the Bible"  by Alice Conner, facilitated by Fr. Gorman began August 26th. The schedule for this study is:
    Sept. 2    "Rehab and Bathsheba" page 21
    Sept. 9    "Ruth" page 31
    Sept. 16   "Mary Theotokos" page 41
    Sept. 23   "Asherah" page 55
    Sept. 30   "Eve" page 65 
    The handout for Sunday, September 23 may be
downloaded here.

New to St. Mary's is conTEXTS.  conTEXTS meets 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 September 5th may be
downloaded here.  conTEXTS meets 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.