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Adult Formation Classes

Sunday Mornings

Faith formation classes are offered for adults, children, and youth on Sunday mornings, following the 10 a.m. worship service.

The Adult Christian Formation Committee (ACF) is a lay-led group that seeks to nurture the faith and spiritual growth of the Calvary community through inspirational and challenging formation offerings for adults. The ACF plans classes for adults for both Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings at Calvary. Classes are led by clergy, lay volunteers, and guest speakers from local colleges, seminaries, churches, synagogues, and non-profit organizations. All adult classes are open to the adult community as a whole.

See children and youth classes.

June 2–July 28
Lenten Preaching Series’ Greatest Hits

We will visit some of the great speakers of Lenten Preaching Series gone by. Join us for listening and an ensuing discussion of sermons from Marcus Borg, Phyllis Tickle, and more.

June 16–July 28
Calvary Parents’ Group: Summer Series

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. Different people will lead discussions on a variety of topics including reading aloud as a spiritual practice; self-care; blended families; staying grounded on the go; technology and kids and us; and marriage care with kids. We will meet in Room 208 during Christian formation (11:30 – 12:15). Questions? Contact Ardelle Walters.

June 23-Aug. 4
Adult Confirmation Class

Calvary clergy will lead six weeks of conversation about where the Episcopal Church comes from, where it might be going, what the Book of Common Prayer is, how Episcopalians read the Bible, pray, worship, approach ethics, and more. Confirmation Class serves as preparation for those who desire to be confirmed, received, or reaffirmed in the Episcopal Church (the difference between these also will be explored). But anyone curious about our shared expression of Christianity is invited to contribute to these conversations. We will meet in the parish library.

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Wednesday Evenings

Calvary’s Wednesday evening program of dinner, worship, classes, and choir rehearsals is offered during the fall, winter, and spring. Check the calendar for updates and come and enjoy these Wednesday evening offerings:

 5:15–6:15 p.m. Dinner/Mural Room
 5:30–7:30 p.m. Childcare for children ages 0–5/Orgill Room
 6:15–8:30 p.m. Education for Ministry (EfM)
 6:15–7:00 p.m. St. Cecilia Choir (Grades K–2) and
Boys and Girls Choir (Grades 3 and up)
 6:15–7:30 p.m. EpiscoPals (Grades K–5)
 6:30–7:30 p.m. Wed. Night EYC (Grades 6–12)
 6:30–7:30 p.m. Adult Classes
 6:30–7:30 p.m. Calvary Ringers (handbells)
 7:00–9:00 p.m. Calvary Choir
Adult Formation Offering: Musing with Merton
Emison Room: 6:30–7:30 p.m., May 1, 8, 15

Musing with Merton – Diving deep in his Life and Writings
Mystic, monastic, Buddhist-leaning Catholic Thomas Merton was one of the great sages of the 20th century. This three-week class will explore Thomas Merton’s life and his prolific writings on spirituality, wisdom, love, and other life-giving themes. Led by the Rev. Amber Carswell and Bill Craddock.

Parent Quiet Hour
Room 208: 6:15–7:30 p.m.

Join other parents for quiet conversation or bring your book or laptop and enjoy a space to read or work.

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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. 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
Fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in a 
group member’s home

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.  The Calvary Book Group meets at a Calvary parishioner’s home on the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Education for Ministry
Tuesday or Wednesday Evenings, 6:15–8:30 at Calvary

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of theological education-at-a-distance of the School of Theology of the University of the South. Students sign up one year at a time for this four-year program. It covers the basics of theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology. There are EfM classes on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Calvary from 6:15 to 8:30 during the months of September through May.

Men’s Bible Study: La Baguette Bible Brothers
Thursdays, 7:30–8:30 a.m. at La Baguette 

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!

Women’s Bible Study
Thursdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m. at Calvary

The Thursday morning women’s Bible meets in the Emison Room at Calvary every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Led by the Rev. Amber Carswell, this group is currently studying Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible by Debbie Blue. From the well-known image of the dove to the rooster that announced Peter’s betrayal, birds play a dynamic part in lore. We’ll take a look at this edgy, scholarly, and shocking take on these winged messengers and discover some profound truths about humanity, faith, and God’s mysterious grace along the way.

Women’s Bible Study: Thursday Theological Thinkers
Thursdays, 
12:15–12:45 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church

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.

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