St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Adult Formation Programs

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St. Columba’s offers a number of formal opportunities for adult formation and spiritual growth.

Sunday Forum (10:15 to 11:05 am)

Join us in the Great Hall on most Sundays during the program year, for presentations that stimulate our imagination about living the Christian life in this community, in today’s changing world. Presentations by the rector and lay leaders are formative for our life as active members of the parish, and we also invite distinguished outside speakers to challenge us on a wide range of current issues. Forums include time for discussion. Click here for upcoming Sunday Forum topics or for past Sunday Forum presentations.

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Preparation for Adult Baptism or Commitment

Our annual Commitment and Faith class is designed for anyone over 16 who wants to prepare for baptism or confirmation, to be formally received into the Episcopal Church, or desires to reaffirm their Christian commitment as adults. The program explores the basics of Christian belief and practice, and the worship, traditions and values of the Episcopal Church.

Contact: Pattie Ames

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Courses of Faith and Spirit: Adult Formation Classes

Join us on weekday evenings for Courses of Faith and Spirit, offering a wide range of thought-provoking topics. The Fall I and II, Winter, Lent and Spring sessions last five weeks, and offer participants a choice of at least three classes. Classes explore such topics as scripture, church history, worship, interfaith dialogue, spirituality, the arts, and religion and social Issues. Click here for upcoming class descriptions and registration.

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Annual Parish Contemplative Retreat

Fall 2016

Fri., Nov. 11-Sun., Nov. 13
Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY

This year's retreat at Holy Cross will be the weekend of November 11-13, and the theme is "Praying with the Psalms."

Join Br. Peter, a former member of St. Columba's, in a silent weekend of prayer and reflection with the Psalms. We will read slowly and prayerfully through one or two Psalms, listening closely for how God's word speaks to us through these ancient words. The joy, pain, and desire of our Hebrew forebears are ours, too.

If you have not experienced a silent retreat before, the prospect of not talking from Friday night through the Eucharist on Sunday morning can be daunting. But many people have found that the silence is quite full--with the liturgy during five services a day; and internally, with reflection unimpeded by chit-chat. It can be remarkably restful and enriching.

The cost for the weekend (room, board, and retreat director) is $215.00, due no later than Fri., Nov. 4. Make checks payable to St. Columba's and put "Holy Cross Retreat 2016" in the memo line.

Space is limited, so sign up soon! Register at the Welcome table in the Common, and please indicate if you are able to provide transportation for participants, whether you need a ride, or whether you're taking the train.

For more information and/or to register, contact Marjorie Swett (Tele: 301-656-3148).

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Days of Reflection

Join us at St. C’s on a Saturday in early Advent, and again in Lent, for a day of quiet reflection and prayer. Lasting from 9 am to mid-afternoon, these days include several addresses by one of the clergy or a visiting leader, designed to help us pray and enter into the spirit of the season. Silence is maintained in the building so that participants can use this opportunity to focus quietly on the presence and love of God. All are welcome and we encourage you to invite your friends. A simple lunch is provided.

Advent Day of Reflection

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Lent Day of Reflection

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