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Growing in Faith

At St. Margaret's, people of all ages are encouraged to continue to learn and grow in faith.  Research shows that there are a few tried-and-true pathways that help Christians grow and abide in God.  They are: 1) Reading the Bible, 2) Understanding our Faith, and 3) Incorporating Spiritual Practices in Daily Life.  If you'd like to go deeper in your life with God (and we hope you do!) choose from the classes below to help you take the next steps in your spiritual journey.
 

Bible Studies 


Exploring the Bible
Sunday Mornings at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.

There are two opportunities to join in a Bible Study class on Sunday mornings, which you can choose based on at what time you like to attend worship.  In these classes we'll read and study together various books of the Old and New Testaments, exploring each one deeply - approximately 10-weeks of study per book.  Plans for this year include reading the books of Daniel, Ruth, Matthew, Romans, and more.

Bible and Breakfast
Tuesday Mornings at 7:30 (on Zoom)

What better way to start the day than with a good breakfast and the Good Book?  Join us anytime on Tuesday mornings for a small group discusision on the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday.  Our Tuesday preparations make Sundays even more meaningful.

This ONLINE group meets from 7:30 - 8:30 on Tuesday mornings.  From your computer at home or in the office, you can join us on Zoom.  Please email the church office to get the link. 

 

Understanding our Faith

 

Practicing our Faith
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

With the Rev. Mary Vano, take a survey of the basic beliefs and practices of the Episcopal Church.  These beliefs and practices remind us that we are the inheritors of the immeasurable greatness of God's power that transforms each of us and strengthens us to serve the world in Christ's name.  In practicing our faith, we learn how to live as disciples not merely one day a week, but every day of the week.

Education for Ministry
Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Education for Ministry, or EfM, is an international program from The University of the South (Sewanee) designed to train and encourage faithful people.  EfM is a wonderful small group experience, in which participants meet on a weekly basis during the course of the nine-month school year.  Group members get to know one another through sharing of spiritual autobiographies, and confidentiality and intimacy are established as requirements of the group.  Group members commit to one year at a time for the four-year curriculum.

There are readings assigned for each week: Year One studies the Old Testament, Year Two the New Testament, Year Three church history, and Year Four is theology.  Through discussion and guided reflection, the weekly seminars furnish an opportunity to deepen understanding of the reading materials.

 

Spiritual Practices

 

Spiritual Literacy: Recognizing the Sacred in Everyday Life
Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Grow in your spiritual literacy with the Rev. Michaelene Miller as we explore how to practice and embody a different quality of the heart and mind each week (Attention, Beauty, Compassion, and on through to Zeal).  Based on the Spiritual Alphabet developed by Frederic and Mary Brussat, this course will explore spiritual practices that cultivate our ability to see the sacred in our midst.


Yoga and Compline
Second Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Yoga is a spiritual practice of the body, while Compline is the short prayer service that ends the day.  On the second Monday of each month, join us for a peaceful evening that combines them both. The yoga portion consists of gentle stretching and deep breathing, preparing us to conclude our evening together in prayer.  The practice will be on our mats, though modifications can be made for those who would rather practice in a chair.  Please bring your own mats and other props such as a blanket or cushion to sit on during Compline.