Adult Forum takes place on most Sundays during the academic year at 10am in Miles Hall. A committee of ten come together several times a year to plan interesting, formative and sometimes controversial programs to engage the congregation. Making use of many resources (outside speakers, the talents and passions of various parishioners, ministry leaders, and video and audio presentations), the committee makes every effort to challenge and meet the needs of the congregations. It is the hope of the committee to empower, equip, encourage and support individuals and households at each stage of life to integrate Christian practices into everyday life, so that they become an integral way of life for our parishioners in today’s world.
CHRISTIAN ADULT FORMATION ON OTHER DAYS OF THE WEEK
* Monday: At Noon on Mondays a Benedictine Group meets in the church. The participants then adjourn to Miles Hall and have lunch together. This offering is open to all.
* Tuesday: From 1:30pm to 4:00pm an Education for Ministry (EfM) seminar group meets in Miles Hall. EfM is a Episcopal-seminar sanctioned course with no papers to write and no grading system. It depends on the adult style of learning where each takes responsibility for what they learn and what they contribute and receive from the seminar group. It is adult learning at its best and is specifically for laity of any denomination. It's main focus is training in Theological Reflection, which studying Old Testament, New Testament, Church Testament and various Theologies over a 4-yeasr period.
* Wednesday: At 6:30am on Wednesday mornings a group meets in the church to practice Benedictine discipline. (please see Monday above).
* Thursday: At 6pm the Education for Ministry seminar group meets in the choir room. This four year course sponsored by the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, covers Old and New Testaments, church history and theology. There is a fee and only one time during the year that one can join. Please call the office for details.
* Friday: Meeting in the Library at noon on Fridays this group studies the lectionary readings* for the upcoming Sunday.
Education for Ministry
Tuesday & Thursday: These groups begins each year in September (Tuesdays from 1:30 to 4:00pm in Miles Hall and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:30pm) in the Choir Room. The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to carry out whatever individual ministry to which a person is called. Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s Kingdom. Participants dig deeper into the Christian faith, studying the Bible, church history and theological ideas and reflect on connecting faith with life experiences.
The Rule of St. Benedict
Mondays & Wednesdays: In January of 2010, a small group of parishioners at St. Martin’s joined together in morning prayer and reflection on the Rule of St. Benedict. In the Benedictine tradition, daily prayers include readings from the Psalms. This group also began reading Joan Chittester’s book of daily reflections entitled “The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages.” There are two groups and they meet at noon on Mondays and 6:30am on Wednesday mornings in the church.
*St. Martin’s uses the Common Lectionary which is a schedule of Bible readings that are used in worship throughout the year. The intent is that the passages appointed for the day are to be read to the congregation and that the sermon is to be based upon them. The purpose of a lectionary is to assure that all parts of the bible are used in proportion to their relative importance, and at the right time of the year (that is, resurrection stories at Easter, nativity stories at Christmas, and so forth.).