Adult Education

"Name that Reformer!"  A discussion of the Reformation, Sun., Nov. 4 & 11 at 11:15 a.m. in the Vestry Room

Throughout the year, St. Matthew’s offers a wide variety of Adult Education opportunities. 

Following the 10 a.m. service, there are adult education lectures held in the Conference Room of the Parish Hall or in the Vestry Room. These lectures explore themes related to Christianity, Spirituality and Faith. Recently we have explored topics such as, Sin and the Human Condition, Spiritual Autobiography and Life, Death and Resurrection.  Follow The KEY, our monthly newsletter, and our weekly parish news for upcoming lecture series.

This fall for six Sundays, parishioner Bill Fagan led a discussion based on Michael Reeve’s “The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation."  The class discussed what happened five centuries ago, on October 31, 1517, in Wittenberg, Germany, when an obscure monk and university professor named Martin Luther posted an invitation to scholarly debate of the church and the Bible.  With breathtaking speed his ideas snowballed into an upstoppable religious revolt known as the Protestant Reformation.  The origins of our own denomination cannot be understood apart from Luther and his revolutionary ideas.

During Lent and beginning on Wed., Feb. 7 at 10:45 a.m. during Bible Study, we will be offering a six-week series on the life and writing of Thomas Merton, one of the greatest Christian mystics of the 20th century.  We will read together and discuss excerpts from his much-admired book, "New Seeds of Contemplation."

We also offer an Adult Inquirer’s class. This program is designed for people who would like to learn more about the Episcopal Church. From these classes, many choose to be confirmed, to reaffirm their confirmation vows, or to be received into the Episcopal Church during the bishop’s annual visit.

We have several active small groups including a Saturday Men's Breakfast which meets the third Saturday of each month at 7:30 a.m. and every Saturday in Lent.  Additionally, a Bible study and prayer group meets on Wednesdays after the 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist service.

All these educational opportunities welcome new members. For more information regarding these and other special educational offerings, check the church calendar or call the church office.

Bible Study