Education is an essential component of our faith. Anglicans have long believed that reason is one of the essential and authoritative aspects of our relationship with God.
Our Christian Education programs provide members and visitors with the depth that they need to make their faith as informed as it is meaningful. Visitors are encouraged to attend the "E is for Episcopalian" class to learn more about the Episcopal Church, its form of worship, and how our parish fits into the larger Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.
Our youth and children's programming offer age-appropriate exploration of our Christian faith using interactive, hands-on activities; while the Adult Forum explores topics ranging from the origins of Holy Scripture, Prayer, Church History, and Biblical Interpretation.
Sunday Adult Forum
Coffee and bagels followed by a rotating schedule of topics. Come as you are to learn and grow together as a community. There's something for everyone!
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
"Under New Management"
Fr. John Ohmer and Rev. Cathy Tibbetts
"Everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!" What did Paul mean by that? And what difference do Paul's words to the church in Corinth -- that we are to "live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and was raised for us" -- mean in our daily lives? Can Easter be more than a day to us, but a way of life?
Weekly Bible Studies
Diocesan Bible Challenge Group
Wednesdays; 6:30-8:00 p.m.; Board Room
A light supper is served at 6:30, followed by a bible study led by Bob and Peggy McCan. This study follows the Bible Challenge, which reads the entire Bible in one year. Newcomers are welcome at any time. More information on the Bible Challenge is available at www.thediocese.net/biblechallenge.
Monday Bible Study
Mondays; 7:00-8:00 p.m.; Parlor
This bible study group selects a theme or a section of the bible on which to focus for 2-3 months at a time. Topics and themes are suggested by the participants. Mike Lockaby is the primary leader, with assistance from the participants.
Between May 6-June 24, the group is focusing on the time period between the Exile to Babylon (600 B.C.E.) to the time of Jesus and the early Christians (about 150 C.E.). Our study will be supplemented with comparisons and analysis of other books, translations, and interpretations of the events during these centuries, which set the stage for the ministry of Jesus and the development of the Chirstian and Jewish religions as we know them today. Newcomers are welcome. Contact Mike Lockaby for details.
Wednesday Morning Men's Group
Wednesdays; 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Members of TFCE and other area churches meet most Wednesdays of the year. The discussion ends promptly at 8:00 a.m. to allow participants to leave for work.
From its origin, this has been a discussion group in which all members share their thoughts, as well as a place for members to support each other on our spiritual journeys. The leadership is shared, with all members taking turns each week to open and close the meeting with prayer, lead the discussion, and act as host (preparing coffee as well as providing light snacks). If you would like to join the discussion or receive more information, contact Mike Snyder or Barry New.
Life Changes Discussion and Prayer Group
10:00-10:50 a.m.; Room 116; First Sunday of Each Month
At some point, all of us find ourselves wrestling with new or unexpected challenges: challenges such as job uncertainty; death or illness of a family member or close friend; recurring family complications; a restless prayer life, etc. How do we persevere during these times? Where can we find God in the midst of the chaos?
Join Fr. Michael Hinson for discussion and prayer on the first Sunday of each month, beginning April 7, as he explores transitions in his personal life and his experience with others as a chaplain. Feel free to bring something to eat and a cup of coffee.
Programs for Youth
Our youth group programming is designed for young people in grades 5-12. We meet in Nicolson Hall from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. each Sunday evening. Parents and clergy guide an activity and discussion about sightings of God in the very midst of our everyday lives. Films are used along with games and discussion to deepen relationships with God and with one another. For information, please contact Cathy Tibbetts or Robin Gardner.
Programs for Children
Sunday School for children in grades pre-K through 6 will begin on Sunday, September 9, from 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Clases for pre-K and K meet in Room 140
Grades 1-3 meet in Room 145
Grades 4-6 meet in Room 224
We continue to welcome new registrations.