Adult Education

At St. Paul’s, we understand that “walking the walk” is a lifelong journey of exploration and discovery. Worship lies at the core of feeding and supporting us in that journey. Additionally, the opportunity to learn and share in a supportive, prayerful environment with the companionship and guidance of one another is a critical component. The centerpiece of St. Paul’s Adult Education is the Sunday morning series, augmented by seasonal retreats, bible discussions, book studies and an exploration of Christianity leading to Adult Confirmation or Reception in the Episcopal Church. We hope you’ll find something to whet your curiosity and journey in faith.  For further information on any of the opportunities listed here, please contact the Reverend Peter ThompsonAssistant Rector.

Summer Evening Forum – Tuesday Evenings in June & July*
Assistant Rector, Peter Thompson leads a summer series entitled The Great Conversation on Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm in the air-conditioned Guild Room.  Beginning on Tuesday, June 14, the first session includes an overview of How to read the Bible.  Subsequent sessions will delve more deeply into the Book of Proverbs. Each session will stand alone for those unable to commit to a weekly schedule and will tie together to form a more complete picture for those desiring more regular engagement. The series begins on Sunday, June 12 and concludes on Tuesday, July 26  *(with no class meeting on July 5th).

Theology on Tap
The Young Adults of St. Paul’s gather at Sedona Taphouse in the Norwalk Waypointe district on the third Monday of each month at 7 pm. Sedona offers 500 varieties of craft beers as well as cocktails, wine, non-alcoholic options and food. Each gathering features a casual conversation about a theological topic as well as time to get to know one another better. The first beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) is always on St. Paul’s.

Theology on Tap Upcoming calendar:
Monday, June 20: Summer Reading — The day before summer officially begins, we’ll share our recommendations with each other for ways to spend our time this summer. What books (or movies or TV shows, etc.) have you enjoyed recently? How have they inspired, excited and/or challenged you?

Monday, July 18: O Beautiful for Spacious Skies – -A few weeks after the 4th of July, and as election season continues, we’ll examine the benefits and challenges to being patriotic in 2016. What do the Bible and the Christian tradition say about the relationship we should have to the State? What are the best ways for us to love our country and the important ways in which we need to criticize it? Should be an enlightening and lively discussion!

Monday, August 15: Welcoming Jake Street — August is Jake’s first month as a full-time staff member of St. Paul’s and so we will gather not only to welcome him as our new Director of Music but also to welcome him as a new Norwalk resident and Young Adult at St. Paul’s. Come with your recommendations as Jake settles in and your questions for him about music and the future of it at St. Paul’s.

Sunday Adult Forum Series
Held weekly between morning worship, the Adult Forum series convenes at 10:10am on Sundays in the St. Hilda Room.  The focus of the Fall 2016 series is Opportunities for God’s Mission in a Changing World and features staff and outside speakers involved in a wide array of venues.  The 30 – 40 minutes sessions are designed to offer some brief overview and presentation of each topic and followed with lively discussion among those in attendance. Spring 2017 will be devoted to The Church throughout History and include topics such as early Christian thinkers, medieval monasticism, the Reformation, American Christianity, Global Christianity and the like.  Each week stands alone and links together to provide a broad, thematic view.

Mini-Retreat Days
Held at or near the start of Advent and Lent, half-day retreats invite participants into some space in which to reflect in community on themes of the seasons. Guest retreat leaders will be announced as each season approaches.

Evening Adult Education Opportunities
During Advent following the seasonal Tuesday evening celebrations of Holy Eucharist, a book study group meets to discuss relevant, recently published books. Themes of the season, such as expectation and longing will be explored and discussed. In Lent, another evening series focuses on the Exploration of Christianity convenes following the Tuesday evening seasonal services of Holy Eucharist.  This series mirrors the Confirmation Exploration themes of our youth and serve as preparation for those adults who may wish to prepare for Adult Baptism, Confirmation or Reception.  The series is designed to serve as enrichment for those who have already participated in these rites and who seek an opportunity to renew or refresh their journey in faith.