Category Archives: Christian Formation

Rector’s Forum Lenten Adult Formation Series

On Sundays in Lent, March 12, through April 9, at 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. in Colhoun A, St. Paul’s Clergy will present So What? The Governance of God, Part 2.

American society was built on the principle that all people should have access to things like education and opportunity in order to secure a bright future for themselves. But we know all too well that our country has fallen short of these ideals in recent years. Education, family life, community and income are all caught in the flux of politics, and American children are paying the price.

Christian churches, however, have the power to effect positive change on this grim reality. In the Kingdom of God, we are called by God to care for the “least of these,” and that includes not only caring for individual children and adults, but working to change the broken systems of education, income and community that promote situations of poverty.

How might we renew our commitment to this vision at St. Paul’s? How are we called to live differently as a result of our faith and work for change in our communities?

This Lent, join us for our second adult forum series on the Governance of God. Using the text Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam, the clergy of St. Paul’s will lead a series of discussions about how we might dedicate ourselves to a new future for the most vulnerable people of our society.

  • March 12: “American Dream: Myths and Realities,”
    led by the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser
  • March 19: “American Families,”
    led by the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves
  • March 26: “American Income and Jobs,”
    led by the Rev. John E. Shields
  • April 2: “American Education,”
    led by the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves
  • April 9: “American Community,”
    led by the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser

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 will be addressed during our winter-spring session of Episcopal 101 on Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m.

Class Topics

  • March 26: Signs and Symbols
  • April 2: Outreach

The class is open to all members of St. Paul’s—newcomers and old-timers alike. Youth confirmands and mentors must attend all sessions to be confirmed on April 30.

Adults being confirmed or received into the church should also attend. Adult confirmands’ forms are due March 31.

Classes will meet in the chapel.

Teachers will be the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser, the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves, the Rev. John E. Shields and Nick Vanhorn.

Parish Weekend at Kanuga

St. Paul’s Parish Weekend at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville will be Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7.

The weekend will be a wonderful time to leave behind the stresses of daily life and connect with God and other members of our parish family. Weekend activities include s’mores by the campfire, Saturday evening dinner, nature walks, worship by the lake and much more! Additional information, including rates, is available on the registration form.

A registration table will be set up outside the Colhoun Room during the Wednesday Supper Series, March 22 and 29 and on Sunday, March 26 and April 2. All registrations are due by Sunday, April 2.

Register online

Contact Donna Hennessey at hennessey.d@gmail.com or (336) 414-9749.

April Faith and Justice Program

The Faith & Justice Committee Lunch and Speaker Series, In My Backyard: Faith and Current Events, will continue Thursday, April 20, at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A.

The program, titled “The Hope of Healthy Futures: Bridges to Healing and Restoration for Children and Families,” will feature Brandon Cathey, Senior Advancement Officer at Crossnore School and Children’s Home and Linda Devine, District Administrator for the Forsyth County Guardian Ad Litem Program.

Providing support, care and guidance to children and families facing challenges requires us to meet them where they are and offer paths to wholeness. Cathey and Devine will discuss how their organizations offer opportunities for healing and change in the midst of personal challenges.

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