There are multiple outlets for Church of the Atonement parishioners - young and old - to learn and grow spiritually:
Adult Educational Series
The Adult Formation Committee works to offer a new look at adult formation by offering an Adult Education Series following the 9:00am mass and prior to the 11:00am mass. In the past, there have been panel discussions, multi-media presentations, and interactive forums on Art, Music, and Prayer followed by group discussions. The committee conintues to work to identify relevant topics, such as Holy Week Liturgies, The Prayer Book, What it Means to be an Episcopalian and a member of an Anglo-Catholic parish, and Dismissal: Going Forth with Christ. These enriching programs are offered to allow our parish members and visitors to grow in the knowledge and love of God in Christ. Any suggestions for topics or presentations are welcome. Please email here.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a religious formation program which strives to nurture a young child's relationship with God through the use of Holy Scripture, prayer, and experiences of Liturgy. Hands-on material and curriculum support exploration and personal expression of faith.
Saving Wisdom is a religious formation program that helps the school age child to become familiar with the New Testament, the Old Testament, and the Sacraments. Hand made materials as well as fine art and music help the children explore who God is and what our relationship is to him and all creation.
The Parent Group meets during the education hour to discuss the same topic as the Saving Wisdom class. It is an informal gathering which allows the parents to get to know one another and to explore scripture and the Sacraments.
For more information, email here.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year program in theological education based on small-group study and practice. It helps faithful adults encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.. Founded in 1975 and sponsored by the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, (efm.sewanee.edu) this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service.
At Church of the Atonement, EfM meets weekly on Monday evenings from mid-September through mid-June. Registration deadline for the class beginning in September 2017 is August 1. If you are interested in more information, please email here.