Adult Christian Education
Weekly Bible Study is held in the library on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 pm. All are welcome. This group typically reads and discusses the scripture that will be read at the upcoming Sunday services. Those readings can be found here on The Lectionary Page . You are welcome to bring a Bible or use one of ours. There is no need to read the scripture before you attend. Come as you are. This group is currently lay led and often includes access to the candy bowl.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
If you’ve passed by the St. Michael’s church library on any given Monday morning, you might wonder why you’re hearing gales of laughter, or a song, the rustle of mugs and plates, or even a prayer.
It’s the weekly meeting of the Education for Ministry group, which you are welcome to join!
Education for Ministry (EfM) is based on the premise that all baptized Christians are called to be ministers, and that each of us has a unique ministry in the world. In short: you don’t have to be ordained to be a minister.
Most of us have questions about our faith, and find it challenging to get answers. EfM was created by the School of Theology in Sewanee, TN to provide a framework to work through those questions. A trained mentor leads the group in connecting faith to our daily lives through reading and discussion in a multi-year program that encompasses scripture, church history, theology, ethics and interfaith encounters.
In EfM sessions we learn how to articulate our faith and how to shape our faith into action. We learn to think theologically, to reflect faithfully, and to appreciate differences of beliefs and principles in the spirit of true comity – something we can all appreciate in today’s world.
Over 100,000 people have participated in EfM throughout the Episcopal church since the program was founded in 1976.
Here at St. Michael’s, the next EfM program year will begin in September, 2022. For further information, just ask Michele Veseskis, Steve McGrath, Peg Sullivan, Ann McKinney, or Melissa Kneuer. You can also take a look at the program website, http://efm.sewanee.edu/.
Children’s Christian Education
Every Sunday the Children’s Chapel on the south side of the church is available for any young people that would like to color, play or read during the church service. Each week the Children’s Chapel is stocked with copies of The Sunday Paper (age 9 and up) and The Sunday Paper Junior (ages 3 to 10). The Sunday Paper is lectionary based, meaning it is based on the scripture we are ready each Sunday during service. If you miss service on Sunday, please stop in a bring home a copy of The Sunday Paper