Here is a list of our many educational opportunities for adults. Please check back often as we will continue to add classes throughout the year!
Adult Forum: Through the Lens of Christianity
Adult Forum explores how Christianity is viewed through the lens of different traditions. We will learn about Romans, Missionaries, the Church in England, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia, and even American Christianity. Each week will be a different lens with several speakers lending their expertise.
Day and Time: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sundays
Location: Zoom. The Zoom link is posted in the eTower. All people are welcome!
Leader(s): Mother Dawn Frankfurt, Dr. Phil Speary, Chelsea Whipple and special guest speakers
Questions? Contact Chelsea at email@example.com
This is an announcement aimed especially for those who have been newcomers to St. James Church or who have been attending for a while and would now like to be confirmed. Basic A (A stands for Anglican) is a course open to anyone who would like to learn more about the Episcopal Church. It is especially good for people who are new to St. James and would like to know more about what we believe and what our history is. This course should make you able to discern if this is the church you should join and in which you should become an active part.
Please call the church at 316-683-5686 to let us know you’d like to be in the group, or email Mother Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have to hear from you because we will provide you with information needed to get into our Zoom groups online. Anyone who completes this course becomes eligible to be confirmed (or received)* in the Episcopal Church at St. James. When we are scheduling visits from the Bishop again, we will set a date, and the next time Bishop Bascom is at St. James, you can be confirmed at a Sunday morning worship service if you so desire. In our tradition, the sacrament of baptism comes before confirmation (often when children are very young). Later, confirmation is considered the adult affirmation of faith.
*(If you are already confirmed in a church in the apostolic succession, you will be received, instead of confirmed.)
Time and Day: 6 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 15 to Oct. 27
Leader: Mother Dawn Frankfurt
Bible Study Group
Wednesday evening Bible study meets, well you guessed it, on Wednesdays starting at 6 p.m. It will begin on September 16 via Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted in the eTower. We will discuss the topic at our first meeting. Everyone is welcome to join this enriching discussion. The Wednesday evening Bible study is a relaxed discussion of the relevance of Biblical topics to our contemporary lives.
Time and Day: 6 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 16
Leader: Dr. Phil Speary
Contemplation Prayer Group
The Contemplative Prayer Group continues to meet on Monday evenings via Zoom. We start at 5:30 p.m. for a book discussion, which is presently Cynthia Bourgeault’s “The Wisdom Way of Knowing: Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart.”
You do not need to have read the book to benefit from a rich discussion. You are welcome to jump in and join us at any time. From 6:10 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., we have a silent period of contemplation or “centering prayer.” Please call 316-210-5699 or email email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to join. She will be happy to walk you through the mechanics of Zoom and Centering Prayer ahead of time.
Time and Day: Mondays, book study begins at 5:30 p.m. and group starts at 6:15 p.m.
Leader: Mary Kay Chavez
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Invitation to Join EfM for the 2020-2021 Program Year
“And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.” The Book of Common Prayer
St. James is fortunate to offer the seminar Education for Ministry which offers laypersons the opportunity to learn the Bible, the history of Christianity and the Church. Through a program developed by the University of the South, we follow a curriculum, developed over many years, which is rich in readings, thought and reflection.
We meet once a week during the academic year. Until further notice, we meet virtually, through Zoom. If you are interested or have questions about joining us, please contact Paul Rillema – firstname.lastname@example.org – by email or phone 316-634-6945, or Deb Bagby – email@example.com by email or 316-612-0628.
The program helps to develop an informed and knowledgeable laity. We, as baptized Christians, are called to be participants in the church’s total ministry: worship, service to others and the proclamation of God’s Word to all people. In coming to terms with the notion that everything we do has potential for manifesting the love of Christ, we discover that our ministry is at hand wherever we turn.
EFM Fine Print
EfM covers Old and New Testaments, 2000 years of church history, and the thoughts of religious scholars. We meet as a “one-room school house” with Year 1 focusing on OT readings, Year 2 on NT readings, Year 3 on Church history readings and Year 4 on theology understandings of our interactions in the world. This program is administered by the University of the South, and you receive a certificate upon completion of the program. The cost is $350 per year which includes books of study for each year enrolled in the program. Scholarships and other financial support is available.
Time and Day: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 10
Leaders: Dr. Paul Rillema and Deb Bagby
If you have finished the standard EfM course and want to continue in study and fellowship, please consider Graduate EfM. Each year we pick a course of study, usually using a series of taped lectures from The Teaching Company. We augment this with reading, discussion, guest speakers and field trips. The EfM pattern of learning, praying, and sharing treats and the joys and cares of our lives is continued in our group.
Time and Day: 7 p.m. Mondays
Leaders: Deacon Jeff Roper and Louise Brinegar
Restoration Project (TRP)
The Restoration Project is a national movement within the Episcopal Church calling our people back to the basic practices of the church by following the 12 steps of humility of St. Benedict within the framework of the small group. The members of each small group within TRP commit to seven vows to work toward lives with regular prayer, worship, service to the poor, generosity, learning, discerning of call and commitment to the discipleship group’s members.
* This group is on hiatus. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more.
Young Family Fellowship (YFF)
Young Family Fellowship (YFF) is currently on hiatus but will meet in the Lounge starting at 9:30 a.m and continue on the first Sunday of the month.
What is Young Family Fellowship? Young Family Fellowship is for parents, parents-to-be and parents-in-waiting of young children and youth. We gather together every Sunday that Sunday school is in session from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. for refreshments and fellowship time. There is no agenda — just a time for us to gather together, tell funny stories, support each other, and generally have fun.
We’d love for you to join us and help our group grow! We are currently looking for a leader for this group. Please contact Chelsea Whipple if you are interested.
If you’d like more information about our adult ministries, please contact Chelsea Whipple, Director of Programs.
Previous Bible Studies:
- Summer Speaker Series Recap: 2019
- The Universal Christ Retreat
- Funeral Planning Workshop
- Savoring the F.R.U.I.T. of the Spirit
- Discerning Our Spiritual Gifts
- What is the Bible? by Rob Bell
- Half-Truths by Adam Hamilton
- The Theology of John Shelby Spong: Modern Intellect Meets Traditional Christianity
- What have they done with my church? Examining last 50 years in the Episcopal Church
- Spiritual Companions Group
- Introduction to Christian Meditation
- Heart of Christianity, by Marcus Borg.
- Accidental Saints, by Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber.
- Wednesday Evening Bible Study: Forgiveness in the Gospels, Examples of faith from Hebrews 11, The Miracles of Jesus, Palestine during the time of Jesus.
- Thursday Morning Bible Study: God’s Spirit-ed People: Prophecy, Dreams and Visions in the Hebrew Bible; Saving Salvation; Traveling the Birth Narrative from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
- Adult Forum: The Way of Love, Nicene Creed, Beatitudes