Category Archives: Christian Formation

Rector’s Forum: Searching for a Script

Throughout Lent, the Rector’s Forum will explore Searching for a Script: The Ethics of Living a Christian Faith. Classes led by the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser and Matthew Phillips will meet in Colhoun A at 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. on Sundays, February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Christian ethics is the way we do worship beyond any constraints of time and place. While it might be tempting to see worship as a rehearsal and life as the “real thing,” the opposite is true: a life lived ethically is the way we prepare to worship.

This Lent, we will explore the aspects of prayer, penitence and reconciliation, intercession, offering and witness as they are expressed in the worship service, and see what connections we might make to how we live ethically in the world. Sessions will build on the work of Stanley Hauerwas and the Rev. Samuel Wells. Books by both authors are in the St. Paul’s library and St. Paul’s Bookshop.

Know Thyself: The Enneagram

Know Thyself: The Enneagram as a Path of Grace and Mercy will be offered Sunday February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m., in Colhoun B and C. Class leaders will be the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser, Nancy Dunn and Julie Smith.

Building on the winter Enneagram seminar, this class will explore the nine personality types of the Enneagram model of the human psyche. Each type experiences change, stress, love and community differently, and we will learn not only about the intricacies of our individual types, but our relationships to other types around the circle. The class schedule is as follows:

February 18 – One: The Perfectionist
February 25 – Two: The Helper
March 4 – Three: The Achiever
March 11 – Four: The Individualist
March 18 – Five: The Thinker
April 8 – Six: The Loyalist
April 15 – Seven: The Adventurer
April 29 – Eight: The Challenger
May 6 – Nine: The Peacemaker

Episcopal 101

What’s a thurible? Why do we read so many Scripture lessons in church? What is the Episcopal Church doing to offer aid in the war in Syria? These and many other Episcopal questions are being addressed during our winter-spring 2018 session of Episcopal 101 on Sunday mornings between January 14 and April 15. Confirmation Sunday will be April 22.

Teachers are the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser, the Rev. Darby O. Everhard, the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves, the Rev. John E. Shields and Nick Vanhorn.

Class Topics

  • January 14: The Anglican Ethos
  • January 21: Holy Baptism class notes (recording unavailable)
  • January 28: Signs and Symbols
  • February 4: Annual Meeting
  • February 11: Stop Hunger Now food packaging event
  • February 18: Church History
  • February 25: Anglican History
  • March 4: Scripture
  • March 11: The Book of Common Prayer
  • March 18: The Book of Common Prayer Practical Uses
  • March 21: Instructed Eucharist
  • March 25: Stewardship
  • April 1: Easter Day
  • April 8: Polity
  • April 15: Recap (or snow make-up day)

The classes are open to all members of St. Paul’s—newcomers and old-timers alike.

The Daily Office

Morning Prayer

All are welcome to meet for Morning Prayer in the chancel area of the nave weekdays at 8:15 a.m. to start the day in prayer and community.

Parishioners are encouraged to volunteer to lead the services. Contact the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves at (336) 723-4391, ext. 1211, or sardrey-graves@stpauls-ws.org if you would like to serve.

Evening Prayer

Weekdays, Monday, February 19 through Friday, March 23, 4:30 p.m. in the nave

Compline

Sundays, February 18 through March 18, 6:15 p.m. in the nave, March 25, 6:15 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday Sermon-Wednesday Supper Series

This year’s Lenten Sunday Sermon-Wednesday Supper Series explores the theme, A Promise is a Promise: God’s Unfailing Love for Deal-Breakers Like Us.

The sermon series will be preached on Sundays, February 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18. The supper series will be Wednesdays, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Colhoun A, led by the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser and the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves.

Throughout the stories of the Old Testament, the people are called into covenant life with God. A promise of trust is established between God and all of creation. But over and over again, the people change their minds and break their promises. What doesn’t change, though, is God’s unfailing love for these imperfect deal breakers. This Lent, we will engage with the Scripture lessons and see what we might learn about ourselves and about God from Old Testament covenant teaching. The Wednesday night Bible study themes will be reflected in the following Sunday morning sermon.

  • February 18 – Promise of All Promises
  • February 21 and 25 – Promise of Family
  • February 28 and March 4 – Promise of Law
  • March 7 and 11 – Promise of Life
  • March 14 and 18 – Promise of Belonging

All Wednesday night parish gatherings include supper for the whole family from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Programs will be presented from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. The cost for supper will be $7 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12, with a maximum cost per family of $20. After supper, child care for children three years old and younger will be available in room 107 off the Preschool hallway. A program exploring the A Promise is a Promise theme will be offered for Pre-K students through fifth graders in the chapel.

Faith & Justice February Program

The Faith & Justice Committee Lunch and Speaker Series, In My Backyard: Faith and Current Events, will continue Thursday, February 22 at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A. The program, titled “Immigration: Separating Fact from Fiction,” will be presented by parishioner Penni Bradshaw, a partner with Constangy Brooks & Smith and a Board-Certified Specialist in Immigration Law.

Has the U.S. become less welcoming to immigrants? Is it harder to immigrate to the U.S. from some countries than others? Penni will offer a brief history of immigration in this country and explore recent developments in immigration enforcement and policy.

Following the program, there will be a screening of an hour-long video recording of a recent Trinity Institute presentation by Jose Antonio Vargas, undocumented immigrant, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and founder of Define America.

Bring your own lunch. Beverages will be provided. All are welcome.

Interactive and Instructed Eucharist

The Gifts of God for the People of God: An Interactive and Instructed Eucharist will be offered on March 21, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Colhoun A. This final program in this year’s supper series will be led by the Rev. Darby O. Everhard, the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves and Nick VanHorn.

Why do we pray such a long prayer on Sundays before communion? What is really happening to the bread and the wine? The Holy Eucharist is saturated with words, symbols and gestures that point to deeper meaning. Ever wonder what that deeper meaning is? In an interactive set-up that encourages questions and engagement, we will participate in an Instructed Eucharist at the close of our Wednesday night supper series. As we prepare for Holy Week and Easter, let’s draw closer to one of the chief expressions of our worship of Jesus Christ, the Holy Eucharist.

This Wednesday night parish gathering will include supper for the whole family from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. The program will be presented from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. The cost for supper will be $7 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12, with a maximum cost per family of $20. After supper, child care for children three years old and younger will be available in room 107 off the Preschool hallway.