Sunday School classes are offered from Rally Day in September through Pentecost. Parishioners, guests, and especially young people are invited to join us.
Faith Formation recognizes that our entire life’s journey is one in which we discover, bit by bit, that we have indeed been created in the image of God and redeemed by the love of God in Christ – that we are, in essence, formed in Christ. We want to join you and foster that journey of discovery: helping all to discover the glory of the gospel as it is made manifest in our lives. We offer a variety of classes, small groups, and worship experiences that are designed to bring the gospel to you and to bring you to the gospel.
At the present, two adult classes are offered Sunday mornings. The Spiritual Formation Sunday class is a place to grow in the discipline of listening, sharing and praying with a group who desire to enhance their walk with Jesus. The class meets in the St. Joseph Room (9:15am-10:15am) and studies/discusses various genres of spiritual books from formation to theology and social issues. All are welcome to join this spiritual formation class.
The St. Thomas Book Group reads and discusses books relating to personal spiritual development and growth. We are modeled after a book group rather than as a class with a teacher. We decide how much we will read each week and discuss that reading the following week. We have read books covering a wide range of topics and a variety of authors, including Thomas Tillich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Elaine Pagels, Karen Armstrong and Joseph Campbell. We love to have visitors and people who can't commit to being in attendance every week. We meet all year long, including the summer months. The St. Thomas group meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the St. Francis Room. Contact Sharon Fugate
For newcomers, new Episcopalians and those who are seeking, we have a Catechumenate class which meets from Advent through Easter. St. Andrew’s has been a leader in the diocese in developing and providing a program for the spiritual growth and formation of new and prospective members. Most who participate agree that this time is crucial in their understanding of their faith and their integration into our community.
The catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to religious formation for children aged 3 to 10. Grounded in the educational principles of Maria Montessori, it is based on the Bible and on the liturgy. We began using this program in September 2009 and have found it effective for the children of our parish. At St. Andrew’s, children gather in two classrooms designed specifically for the program, where they interact with simple, meaningful materials to draw close to God. Each classroom includes a child- size altar, and the children construct various things to enhance their worship.
Cursillo, or “short course,” is used to describe a weekend retreat led by clergy and laity several times a year. The weekend provides an opportunity to experience Christian teaching, fellowship, and relaxed worship, with an emphasis on living out the Christian life.
Our Cursillo community is active in the parish, sponsoring various events and gathering regularly for Ultreyas and other purposes. If you are a Cursillo veteran or simply curious about this extraordinary program to develop and energize lay leadership, please ask our office for more information.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service. By examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith, participants can learn what it means to be effective ministers in the world. In coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has potential for manifesting the love of Christ, we discover that our ministry is at hand wherever we turn. Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. (St Joseph’s Room) Contact: Gerald Wildes
Monday Bible Study
Bible studies are held on Monday evenings at 6:00. The group is open to any who may be interested. Please contact the parish office for more information.
Monday Centering Prayer
Centering prayer, a type of silent meditation, can be practiced alone or in community. At this gathering, we read the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday Eucharist, meditate for 20 minutes and then discuss the reading. All are welcome; if requested, a brief introduction to centering prayer will be given before the reading. The group meets at 5:30 P.M.
For children ages 6 weeks–3 years
The nursery provides a safe, caring environment for children to play interactively, read stories and work with developmentally appropriate activities. Nursery care is available for children ages six weeks through three years. Care is provided by nursery staff and volunteers. We ask that you bring a snack, bottle or sippy cup with your drink of choice, diapers, wipes and an extra change of clothes that are all clearly labeled.
Please register your child at the nursery. You may either pick up your child before communion so they may take part in the service or at the conclusion of Eucharist.
Visitors are always welcome.
The Nursery is located in the Christian Education wing, which may be reached by going through the parking lot door of the Parish Hall and turning left into the classroom hallway. If you enter the through the Parish Hall door of the church to the right of the Altar, go down the steps, turn left and then right into the hallway.
When is the nursery open?
Sunday Morning: 9:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
For more information about our nursery program, please contact Emily Davis.
Red Door Arts Guild
The Red Door Arts Guild encourages God’s creative spirit in parishioners and friends through Third Thursday art workshops, lectures, and performances, through a concert series, through a sometimes annual Creativity Weekend, and through other special events throughout the year. We took a break in 2017 to regroup, but look for a full schedule of concerts and workshops starting in the fall of 2018. Please contact Barbara if you would like to join this group. We would love to have you!
Wednesday Bible Study
Meeting in the Parish Hall conference room on Wednesdays, at 11:30, for lunch and Bible study. This group has also sponsored several outreach efforts. This is an ongoing outreach ministry for our parish. Please try to remember to bring at least one nonperishable food item each Sunday to assist Greater Birmingham Ministries in feeding the hungry of our community. The Wednesday Bible study group is always looking for new ways to reach out and serve our community, and we would welcome ideas from our fellow parishioners at any time.