Adult Christian Formation

Conversations That Matter

Sundays at 9am, Stormes Hall Common Room

Conversations That Matter is a Sunday morning discussion group (September through May) led by various guests and parishioners of St. Paul’s by-the-Sea. The goal of the class is to gain a better understanding of issues and how they involve us as parishioners at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea. We welcome and encourage you to share any suggestions or ideas for future Conversations.

Upcoming Topics of Conversations That Matter
January 8, 15, and 22.  How much do you know about our prayer book? Rev. Louanne begins a 3-week series:  A Gallop Through the Book of Common Prayer. This is a great opportunity for newcomers and anyone interested in confirmation or reception.

February 5 & 12: Race Relations-Here and Now, facilitated by Rev. Loch, Tom Farmer, and Jim Stuck.  We’ll start by looking at the inherent elements of an Anglo-Saxon Christian society that pose barriers to true equality, and then move to what we at SPBTS must do to address the very serious issue of racial inequality.  All points of view are welcome; come and share yours.

Feb 19: No meeting due to Annual Parish Meeting

Feb 26-April 2: What Wondrous Love – Holy Week in Word and Art. During Lent, we will experience the beautiful artwork by John August Swanson via this DVD series. The series present the powerful story of Holy Week as told in the four gospels. Each passage of scripture is illustrated by Mr. Swanson’s stunning artwork. With the beauty and powers of art and sacred text, these presentations will act as a catalyst of our journeys of faith during the coming season of Lent. Many of us were moved by this artist’s portrayal of scripture during Advent 2015. Please join us for this moving series.

April 9 & 16: No meeting due to Palm Sunday and Easter Day

April 23: Deacon Bill Carroll discuses Operation New Hope

April 30: Bev Stuck review’s Barbara Crafton’s Courage to Grow Old.


Discover the Bible

Sundays at 9am, Christopher Conference Room

Discover the Bible is an adult Bible class that meets every Sunday from 9-9:45am. We meet in the Christopher Conference Room. This group discusses the designated readings (lessons and gospel) for each Sunday. It is a lively group that welcomes everyone from seekers to scholars.

Education for Ministry

Thursdays at 6pm, Christopher Conference Room

Education for Ministry, affectionately known as EfM, is a program of theological education-at-a-distance of the School of Theology of the University of the South. Students sign up one year at a time for this four-year program. It covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology. Students meet regularly, usually once a week, in seminars under the guidance of trained mentors. The program grants a certificate at the completion of the four years and 18 Continuing Education Units for each year’s work. For more information on EfM, click here to visit their website.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Wednesdays at 9am, Christopher Conference Room

This informal study works through a selected book of the Bible, or topic of scripture.