Like you, we at St. James’s seek lifelong growth in Jesus Christ. And one of the most rewarding, inspiring, fascinating and (sometimes) challenging ways we do that is through Adult Learning.
Around here, Adult Learning happens in so many ways, including adult classes, Bible studies, pilgrimages offered here at St. James’s and other locations (which are currently on hold), lay-led Sunday Small Groups and House Churches, retreats and intentional spirituality groups, major events like WomanKind, plus weekly Bible and book studies.
Some Adult Programs are scheduled on Sundays, others throughout the week, so you can find the program that fits your needs and your schedule.
Whichever path you follow, parishioners here find our Adult Learning options strengthen their connection to (and understanding of ) God, nourish their souls, challenge long-held beliefs, crystalize ideas that have been hard to hold, support holy habits and practices, and ultimately (and perhaps most importantly), guide their feet in the ways of Jesus Christ.
It’s also safe to say that many friendships have begun and been sustained in our Adult Learning programs.
Are you longing to connect but not sure where to start? Are you discerning where the Holy Spirit is calling you? Want to serve on the Adult Formation Ministry team? The Rev. Hilary Streever and any of our AFM Team would love to meet with you over coffee (firstname.lastname@example.org; 355-1779, ext. 319).
Adult Formation Ministry Team:
Grey Ligon, Chair
Click on the image for a summary of all of the adult programs starting this fall!
Wednesday Night Series
This year our Wednesday Night gatherings will be broken into three parts, with all events on Zoom.
You can join fellow parishioners online for Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm, followed at 6 pm. by our study topic and continued conversation at 7 pm You can choose to come for all or part of our evening together.
Register in advance for these meetings here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This link will be emailed each Wednesday to all registered attendees. Contact for Zoom link: Donna Horizon, 355-1779 or email@example.com Contact for Technical Support: Michael Smith (804) 840-2689 or firstname.lastname@example.org Contact for Worship: Mary Brown 355-1779, ext. 313 or email@example.com Contact for Study: Hilary Streever, 355-1779 ext. 319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
After worship at 5:30 pm, we’ll continue simply with fellowship to catch up with each other since the summer.
September 22 to October 13
Arts and Theology
Don’t let the word ‘theology’ scare you off! Come to hear a variety of Christian leaders wax eloquently about the important role the arts play in our Christian faith and religion: from visual arts, to poetry, to music.
October 20 to November 24
Becoming Beloved Community History Project: 1865-1900
Last fall, a group of Doers began researching the history of St. James’s through the lens of race, a few decades at a time. This time, they are asking questions like, what was the parish’s involvement in Reconstruction? This series will also include presentations from local and church historians, as well as viewings of the recent PBS documentary How the Monuments Came Down (https://vpm.org/how-the-monuments-came-down-0)
December 1 to December 15
Embodying the Incarnation
Our Advent series will be led by St. Jameser Sarah Eck, licensed yoga instructor and leader of St. James’s Community Yoga, and the Rev. Hilary Streever. We will explore traditional and new ways to pray with and through our bodies as we encounter again the story of the mystery of the Incarnation.