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Faith formation classes are offered on Sunday mornings following the 10 a.m. worship service and on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. during Koinonia. All adult classes are open to the adult community as a whole. This openness allows people to choose classes rather than be placed in them.

Sunday Mornings

June 3-July 8 in Crook Auditorium

New to the Episcopal Church—or just want a refresher on what happens around here? Bring your questions and curiosity to this class led by the Rev. Amber Carswell for an introduction to our faith as Episcopalians.

Parents’ Group
June 3-August 5 in Classroom 208

Looking for a way to connect with others on the parenting journey? Join us on Sunday mornings this summer for conversations with friends in various stages of parenting. Facilitated by Ardelle Walters, this is not a “how-to” as there are very few if any parenting rules that apply to everyone. It is, however, a time to reflect with others about life on the parenting journey. Hope to see you there!

Bible Study
June 3-August 5 in Emison

Calvary offers a Bible study in a seminar-style format. During the summer, we will focus our discussion on the parables of Jesus. Participants are invited but not required to read along in Amy-Jill Levine's book, Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. Amy-Jill is professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt and has been a speaker at our Lenten Preaching Series. Each session stands alone, so you may join the Bible study at any time.

Awful Good Coffee in the Great Hall
Every week after the 10 a.m. worship service, we’ll use the Great Hall as a space for simple, unprogrammed fellowship. Gather around tables with a few snacks, nestle in the corner with a Sunday paper, or take some time to get to know someone you see every week at church but whose name escapes you. We’ll be offering some awful good coffee sourced from local roasters, too.

General Convention Update: July 15
The General Convention of the Episcopal Church, our governing body, meets every three years. This July, delegate Episcopalians from around the globe will gather in Austin in continuing to shape the policy and identity of our church. Join the Rev. Amber Carswell for a special forum to learn about church governance and to recap some of the issues and decisions facing this triennial meeting.

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Wednesday Evenings: Koinonia  

Wednesday evening classes will resume September 5, 2018.


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Small Groups

Small groups at Calvary provide an opportunity to connect with others in a more personal setting than Sunday mornings typically allow. There are three types of groups: study, sanctuary, and ministry. Study groups read and reflect on the Bible or other theological texts, or follow various academic curricula. Sanctuary groups meet primarily for fellowship, although the presence of God in members' lives is often a topic of conversation. Ministry groups gather around a particular service opportunity. These groups are facilitated by a member of the parish and meet weekly in various locations around the community. For more information about participating in one of these groups, contact Ebet Peeples.

Calvary Book Group
This lay-led group is open to all members and friends of Calvary. The group meets on the last Tuesday of the month from January through October to discern and discuss theological themes in contemporary fiction and non-fiction. Recent books have included Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller and the first book/movie combination – Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosay. To learn more about the group or suggest a book, please contact Molly Polatty. The Calvary Book Group meets at a Calvary parishioner’s home, last Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.

Men's Bible Study: La Baguette Bible Brothers – Time 7:30-8:30 a.m. 
Every Thursday morning, a few good men – Calvary men – gather at La Baguette on Poplar Ave. for coffee, prayer, Bible study, terrible jokes, and perhaps a gooey pastry breakfast.  It's a "Pre-Game Show", as they study the Gospel lesson for the upcoming Sunday service. At the very least, it makes them pay attention to the sermons. It is now in its 20th year, so the jokes must not be that bad. A great class with open book exams – join us! Contact Hal Crenshaw or Bill Haltom to learn more.

Women's Bible Study: Coffee with the Curate – Time 10:30-11:30 a.m.
On Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Curate Neil Raman leads a weekly women’s New Testament Bible study group in the Crook Auditorium. The group is studying the parables of Jesus and the Gospel of John, combining a look at the scripture with the study of William Brosend’s book Conversations with Scripture: The Parables. Each week, the group walks with one another through Scripture, uncovering the deep truths that still speak to us today, and growing in friendships along the way. Contact Neil Raman if you are interested in joining this group.

Women's Bible Study: Thursday Theological Thinkers – Time 12:15-12:45 p.m. 
Women of various ages and stages of life gather on Thursdays in the library at St. George's Episcopal Church in Germantown for a brief discussion of the upcoming Sunday Gospel lesson. These Thursday Theological Thinkers enjoy applying the text to their lives and supporting one another in their efforts to make a positive and loving difference in the world around them. Praying the weekly collect both before and after the Gospel discussion is always an enlightening moment and highlight for those gathered. Contact Laura Trott to learn more.

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