Spiritual Growth

in community and individually.

…one of his disciples said to him, "Lord teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial." Luke 11:1–4

Episcopalians are always seeking to grow spiritually.  One of the main ways we do this is through our worship.  Guided by the Book of Common Prayer, a document we share with Anglicans throughout the world, we are formed by worship each Sunday morning in a Eucharistic (Communion) service with a sermon.  The Book of Common Prayer is also available for individual devotion through the Daily Office, a collection of daily prayers and Bible study.

 

Our parish also offers educational opportunities to expand one's knowledge and understanding of scripture, prayer, and service to God and the Church. Various small groups have been formed to assist each other in spiritual growth and affirming that the Christian walk is meant to be in community. Helping, nurturing, serving, teaching, and reaching each other in Agape love is found most readily within these groups.

  • OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

    Bishop Wolfe and newly confirmed, received and renewed Episcopalians.
  • Education for Ministry (EfM)

    EFM is theological education by extension administered by the School of Theology at the University of the South. It is a four-year program of study that takes students through Old Testament and New Testament studies, church history—of both the larger church and the Episcopal Church, and an overview of contemporary theologies. EFM groups meet once a week and are led by a trained mentor, who guides the group in discussing the material, and leading theological reflections which help students look at and understand scripture from different points of view. Although EFM is a four-year program, a particular group may have, at a time, students who have completed one, two or three years of the program. The purpose of EFM is to educate dedicated lay people, so that they may fully live into their Baptismal Covenant. The EFM program is preparation for the ministry to which we all are called. It is that vocation for which we pray at the end of the Eucharist: "And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord." For more information about EFM talk with Deacon Sandy Horton-Smith.

    Contact: Deacon Sandy Horton-Smith

  • Daughters of the King

    Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters of the King® is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others, and to become reflections of God’s love throughout the world.

    The Order of the Daughters of the King® (DOK) is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of Prayer, Service and Evangelism. We have made a commitment to Jesus as our Savior, and we follow Him as Lord of our lives. We are an Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate.

    Saint Paul's Order of the Daughters of the King meets once a month on the third Saturday. For more information about DOK, contact any member. Members can be identified by the cross that they commit to wear always.

    Contact: Fr. Funston

  • Adult Christian Education

    St. Paul's is honored to have an excellent Adult Christian Education Program.  We gather each week between the services from 9:45am-10:30am during the school year.

     

    September 25 – November 20: (Seven-Week Session) The Churches the Apostles Left Behind by Raymond Brown.

    Fr. Patrick will begin the year with a major educational opportunity answering the question: “What can we understand about the early church based on the post-apostolic writings of the New Testament?”  Together, we’ll topically cover each of the early communities in their post-apostle state and discuss what their struggles can teach us today.  (Breaks on October 23 for a one-off class by Deacon Greg Doll and November 6 for All Saints’ Day baptisms.)

     

    November 27 – December 18:  ADVENT! (Four-Week Session) Celebrating Incarnational Ministry in Manhattan!  The Season of Advent is about preparing for the coming of the Lord and is a celebration of the Incarnation of Christ.  This year we will be welcoming guests each week who do incarnational work in Manhattan through their service organizations:  Shepherd’s Crossing, The Emergency Shelter, and the Crisis Center.  Come and join us to learn about these incarnational leaders and learn how we can partner with them!

     

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  • Christian Education for Children

    This Fall join your teachers as they journey through the award-winning Weaving God’s Promises curriculum!  This year will be focused on “Weaving Our Faith” and will include lessons on the story of our salvation: from the Fall of humanity to our redemption in Jesus Christ.  Children will learn that God stays with us, no matter what!

     

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  • Christian Formation

    At least once a year we have a class—called Inquirers' Classes— for those who are interested in knowing more about the Episcopal Church and how we go about being faithful Christians. We cover such topics as how we worship, how we read the bible, our history, customs, who ministers, our organization, and even why do we do the things we do. In order to join an Inquirer’s class look for these sessions on our calendar of events and just show up. If you don’t see any classes being scheduled, talk to Father Funston. Just before Bishop Wolfe makes his visit to Saint Paul’s we usually have make up sessions for those who would like to be Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church.

    Contact: Father Funston 776-9427

  • Bishop Wolfe and newly confirmed, received and renewed Episcopalians.

  • Bishop Wolfe and newly confirmed, received and renewed Episcopalians.

  • Bishop Wolfe and newly confirmed, received and renewed Episcopalians.