We nurture community and spiritual growth by offering adult formation classes for adults on Sunday mornings, Wednesday mornings and occasionally on weekday evenings. Organized by the Adult Formation committee, the current classes offer something for everyone. Each Sunday class begins at 10:20 a.m., ending at 11:05 p.m. so participants can still attend the 11:15 a.m. worship service. Walton Smith [link: firstname.lastname@example.org] is the vestry liaison for Adult Formation.
Sunday Adult Forum – Saving Jesus from the Church
Leaders: Mike Short, Walton Smith, Ed Taylor and volunteers from within the class
Where: Family Room in the Parish Office Building across the street from the church
When: Beginning Sunday, August 7 – 10:20 a.m.
What: During the 2016-2017 year, the Adult Forum will provide a safe, rich environment for church and community members to explore, share, and entertain the idea of “applied Christianity.” The fall sessions between August 7 and December 18 will draw on Robin Meyers’ book Saving Jesus from the Church – How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus. You can find more information about Robin at www.mayflowerucc.org. We will take two sessions to cover each chapter, starting on August 14 with chapter 1. We’ll skip Labor Day and Thanksgiving Weekend.
The Spring Session is currently scheduled to meet from January 8 through May 21. It will be devoted to a more open discussion of how Grace-Calvary can take communal action to follow Jesus.
The Creeds: Mindlessly Boring or Subversively Exciting?
Leader: Rev. Peter Gorday
Where: St. Julian Hall
When: Beginning Sunday, August 14 — 10:20 a.m.
What: Open discussion of the Apostles and Nicene Creeds. We will explore the meaning of the creeds, in order to decide whether these community statements of belief are antiquated and retrograde, as progressive critics claim — or whether they can be once again exciting and powerful, even radical, statements of Christian conviction as well as effective calls to action. Books by former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and Candler-Emory Professor of New Testament, Luke Timothy Johnson, will help our thinking along the way. Please bring your thoughts, doubts and confusions to this class! We may even decide to re-write the Creeds (just slightly, anyway).
Theological Reflections–Weekday Adult Bible Study
Leader: Fr. Sam Buice
Where: St. Julian Hall
When: Beginning Wednesday, September 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
What: Lively exploration of the book of Exodus to see how we can use it today. The group also begins and ends with prayer for participants’ special concerns. For more information and to be added to the group’s email and phone list, contact Harriet Beech.
Note that the weekly Healing Eucharist follows shortly afterward at noon.
Education for Ministry (EFM)
Mentor: Eddy Ariail, 706-499-2907
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four year seminary level program that covers topics such as New Testament, Old Testament, Church History, Theology, and Ethics. It teaches people how to use this foundation in everyday reflection and decision making. The outcome is that people are equipped for lay ministry.
The program is in one-year segments and meets on a calendar year schedule. The current Grace-Calvary class meets on Sunday afternoons. Admission to the program requires an interview, and is only open at certain starting points. Partial scholarships are usually available.
Special Adult Formation Offerings
In addition to Sunday classes and an array of spiritual aids, we often offer special adult formation experiences. These are often based on the Church Calendar: this past Lent, we focused on exploring race and white privilege. In the past we’ve celebrated a Passover meal together, had a weekly series on aging gracefully, and have watched movies such as Chocolat.