Adult Christian Formation and Spiritual Exploration
St. Michael’s Christian Formation and Spiritual Exploration (CFSE) program formalizes the many wonderful education and exploration opportunities available in the Parish.
Christian formation refers to acquiring more information about our God, our faith, and our Church. This includes study of the Bible, the theologies of the Church, and specific training in our Episcopal faith.
Spiritual exploration, the other key part of growing as a Christian, is about allowing the Holy Spirit to move us in our daily lives: through prayer, our activities and hobbies, our volunteer activities, and the journeys we each take through life. Spirituality takes many different forms for different people, and identifying and sharing those many ways to feel closer to God creates a joyous pilgrimage for us as a parish family.
The CFSE program combines annual offerings that track the church liturgical calendar with the ongoing small group adult education opportunities that have been a hallmark of St. Michael’s life. Our annual offerings generally take place on Wednesday evenings, from 7:30-8:45pm, and our ongoing small groups meet both during the day and in the evenings, many days of the week.
We look forward to an exciting, challenging, and meaningful journey together as we explore and grow in our Christian faith and spirituality!
Ongoing Adult Education Opportunities
Adult education at St. Michael's consists of a variety of programs and events throughout the year which give our adult members opportunities for greater understanding of the Christian faith and for learning about ways we can enrich our own lives and those of others through faith. Many Sundays we hold an Adult Forum following the 10:00 a.m. service. As noted above, adult programs are also periodically scheduled on weekday evenings or even over a weekend.
2017 Easter & Pentecost Forum An essential of our Christian faith is our gathering as disciples each week. It is my hope that this Easter and Pentecost we will realize that our time of worship, our time in the presence of God, our time reflecting on God's Word is time that matters and has positive consequences for our lives. Worship is that time when we open our hearts to God's grace and love. What happens in our time of worship transforms what happens in all the other moments, activities and relationships in our lives. I invite you to read The Very Rev. Ian Markham's book,Liturgical Life Principles: How Episcopal Worship Can Lead to Healthy and Authentic Living, and join me for a series of discussions after our 10 AM serviceon May 7, May 21 and May 28. — Rev. Canon Rosemari Sullivan
Monday Mugs with St. Mike's Join parishioners from St. Michael’s on the fourth Monday of every month from 7-8 PM atTwo Chef's Pizza, 5019 Wilson Blvd. near George Mason Dr., for good food, deep thoughts, and great conversation. Open to anyone thirsty for an argument or a good discussion, Monday Mugs offers an opportunity to talk faith and more with terrific people. Learn more
Monday and Wednesday Book Groups The St. Michael's Book Groups are a small, informally organized groups of parishioners who meet monthly to discuss books selected by each group based on common interests. We currently have two groups - one that meets in the evening on the first Monday of each month, and one that meets at noon on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Read more about the Book Groups.
Bible Challenge…and Beyond(ers)! The BCB's Meet Fridays at 3:00 PM Originally begun in early 2013 as a discussion group for parishioners who accepted the Diocesan-wide challenge to read the Bible in one year, the BCB's have expanded their focus to address interests in the history, relevance, and implications of the Bible. Those looking for a support group while undertaking the Bible Challenge — or interested in wide-ranging discussions on “anything Bible (and God)” — are very welcome to participate in the BCB's discussions, which take place on Friday afternoons at 3:00 PM in the Library. Learn more about the BCBs
Women of Wisdom (WoW) Meeting every second Monday of the month at 7 PM at the Library, Women of Wisdom participants discuss various abstract topics of their choosing. The group is open to all, including Men of Wisdom and people who are not members of St. Michael’s. Politics, religion and family are not discussed — just abstract topics, please!
Shrine Mont Parish Retreats Set at the foot of the Great North Mountain in the Shenandoah Valley, Shrine Mont is a site for St. Michael's annual parish retreat weekend each September, as well as the St. George's summer youth camp. (In 2017, our parish weekend at Shrine Mont is Sep. 15-17.) Learn more
Also see our FAQs page for more on Christian Education at St. Michael's.
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