Education and Formation

The mission of the St. Paul’s Formation Ministry Team is to provide leadership for developing excellent spiritual formation for all ages at St. Paul’s. The team consists of two co-chairs and other members who broadly represent parishioner interests. Anyone with ideas for formation programs for all ages are encouraged to share them with Fr. Paul Carling. 

The team accomplishes its mission through the following strategies:

(1) gathering information from parishioners about programs and experiences they desire;

(2) serving as an ongoing clearinghouse for new ideas for formation;

(3) pulling together and prioritizing ideas for formation programs that integrate well with the variety of other existing worship and programs offered by St. Paul’s;

(4) securing approval for programs from the Rector and Vestry for programs to be offered;

(5) serve as leaders of the programs offered, while recruiting other parishioners to support offering these programs.

Recent Events and Programs:

Lent 2024
Lenten Series – Soup and Spiritual Practices will be this year’s Lenten series.

A community-led, 5-week formation gathering, meeting Tuesday nights, from 6-8pm during Lent (Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 5, March 12, and March 19). During this time, we will be contemplating how we pray daily, and learning from each other about strategies for enriching our spiritual lives. Join us for a delicious simple dinner, some readings and deep discussion, and a candlelit prayer service in the church.

Celebrating Black History Month
Click HERE for details and links to Sunday Forums

Advent 2023
Advent Community & Quiet: Resetting Your Advent Clock – Tuesday, December 12,  6:00 pm

Gather in the Parish Hall for an evening of reflection, scripture, poetry, music, and prayer, as a way to “re-set“ our spirits and move toward the miracle of Christmas with intention and joy. The evening will begin with a light supper and conclude with a brief candlelight service, RSVP’s are not necessary, but are helpful in planning. Use this LINK to sign up. 

Lent and Holy Week

March 19, 2023 – Holy Week Explainer 

Celebrating Black History Month
February 26, 2023 – Steve Mullins – President of the Southern Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians

Winter 2023 – The Episcopal Experience at St. Paul’s

February 5, 2023 – Music in Worship
February 13, 2023 – Sunday Liturgy

Fall 2022 – A Study of Matthew

What might impress or surprise you about the Gospel of Matthew?  How do Matthew’s stories connect with modern literature?  Beginning October 2, St. Paul’s will offer a six week discussion-based series on this Gospel, which is designated in the Lectionary for the coming year.  This will be an opportunity to share ideas and understandings with others between services on Sunday morning during coffee hour. Gather each Sunday in the St. Hilda Room (behind the Parish Hall kitchen) at 10:05 am.

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Missed a session? Catch up here:

October 2, 2022 – Introduction, The Rev. Paul Carling

October 9, 2022 – James McNutt, Matthew’s Jesus: Fulfillment of Jewish Prophecies

October 16, 2022 – Ginny Balser,  Matthew’s Jesus: Son of God

October 23, 2022 – Serafino Carri. Matthew’s Jesus: Healer

October 30, 2022 –  Dinushka De Silva.  Matthew’s Jesus: Preacher/Teacher

November 6, 2022 –  Madeleine Harris.  Matthew’s Jesus:  Rule/Norm Giver


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