in-reachWe’re not just learning together on Sundays. There’s a lot going on at St. Thomas during the week, as well. Check out these offerings:

Bible Study with Paul
(Pradat, that is) gathers at 9:30 AM each Wednesday to discern the message of the Bible and to share in Christian community. Reading and reflecting on biblical passages is approached in a systematic fashion. In addition, these weekly gatherings form community around theological issues, pastoral care needs, and interfaith pursuits, including visits to places of discussion. We gather in the Conference Room.

Brown Bag Bible Study

This lunchtime Bible Study meets Wednesdays at 12:10 PM in the conference room. Bring your lunch and your Bible and join us for a wonderful time of learning and fellowship.

Men’s Spirituality Group meets every Thursday at 7:00 PM in the Crossroads Room. Different conversation starters are used to direct the time together, such as podcasts and “The Wired Word” curriculum, which examines current events in light of the Gospel message. Please join us.

Abrahamic Prayers is a group that meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM from September to May. This offering is an interfaith worship and discussion group formed in response to Cursillo (“and You shall renew the face of the earth”). As though insulating an electrical current, we surround a hot topic with opening and closing prayers, songs, and worshipful silence. This group meets in the Parlor.

The Book Club gathers the first Monday of each month at 10:00 AM in the Parlor. The gathering includes many lively discussions, as participants offer various interpretations of the current book’s texts. We welcome new folks to join us.

A few Christian Formation opportunities within our parish can be considered special offerings because they require an application process and/or a term commitment. Some of them are described below. We’d love to help you get involved!

The Living Compass is a small group program consisting of five to eight individuals that meet for six weeks. Each person takes a self-assessment and then identifies a personal achievable weekly goal in an area of mind, heart, soul or strength. Each weekly session lasts about 75 minutes.

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a weekly seminar format that offers opportunities to discover—through study and theological reflections—how to respond to the call to Christian service. All those willing to grow in baptized ministry and interested in thorough biblical, theological, interfaith, and historical studies are encouraged to inquire. This is a four-year program that requires an application process and the payment of fees for books and materials. A nine-month commitment is required, and a certificate from Sewanee is granted to those who graduate. The group meets on Tuesday nights in the conference room.

Community of Hope is a program that forms lay pastoral caregivers through 14 weeks of training followed by ongoing monthly Circle of Care meetings. With an emphasis on Benedictine Spirituality, this program will be offered once a year.

Metagem Institute Spiritual Direction Training Program
Metagem Institute is a ministry of St. Thomas that offers a two-year certification program for the formation of spiritual directors in the Christian tradition and for our time. For more information: www.metageminstitute.org.