Lifelong Formation

The Episcopal Church deeply values the continued formation and education of her members. We value our God-given gift of reason, we value doubt and incertitude, and we appreciate the struggle with Tradition and Scripture that invites the Holy Spirit to move among us. We encourage community study and shared conversations about anything that has to do with God and the Church.

St. Anne’s offers opportunities for spiritual growth all year round. Classes, talks and small groups abound.

Scroll down to see the Adult Christian Formation Schedule and The MESS.

WOMEN’S SMALL GROUP BOOK STUDY, TWO TUESDAY EVENINGS A MONTH:

Parishioner Katy Boortz hosts a small women’s study group comprised of women in her neighborhood–Virginia Highland/Morningside–and women of St. Anne’s. The group meets at Katy’s home twice a month on Tuesday evenings to discuss a Christian-inspired book and relate it to Scripture. Melissa Baugher will help lead group discussions. If you are interested, please contact Katy at katyboortz@gmail.com or 404.234.9195 for more information and directions.

The current Book selection: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp This book chronicles the writer’s journey of finding joy in the daily duties of life and “invites you to wake up to God’s everyday blessings.” After dealing with the tragic loss of her baby sister, the writer explores how to live a life of gratitude in the midst of suffering and darkness. She shares how this has transformed her life, and also gives you a glimpse into how she incorporates gratitude and thanksgiving into her daily life as a mother to six children. She describes the discovery she outlines in this book: “in giving thanks for the life she already had, she found the life she’d always wanted.” See more here.

Meeting Dates
We will have social time from 7 to 7:30, then meet from 7:30 to 8:30. Feel free to come between 7 and 7:30—whatever works best with your schedule.
October 24th (Chapters 4-5)
November 14th (Chapters 6-7)
November 28th (Chapters 8-9)
December 12th (Chapters 10-11)
December 19th (Cookie Swap Party)

ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION SCHEDULE, SUNDAYS @ 9:15 a.m.:
October 15 – The Lutheran Reformation and the Anglican Reformation
October 22 – Eschatology
October 29 – Eschatology
November 5 – Seeking and Serving Christ in Others – a special guest speaker from Second Helpings Atlanta, a group fighting food waste and food insecurity in Atlanta, will talk about food reclamation.  Second Helpings germinated from an idea at Temple Sinai.
November 12 – The Spirituality of Aging
November 19 – TBD
November 26 – Thanksgiving
December 3 – The Spirituality of Aging
December 10 – From the Heart Parish-wide Service Day
December 17 – The Incarnation
December 24 – Christmas Eve
December 31 – New Year’s Eve
January 7 – Seeking and Serving Christ in Others
January 14 – St Anne’s Budget Discussion
January 21 – Parish Annual Meeting
January 28 – Spirituality series: The Spirituality of St. Francis
February 4 – Spirituality series: The Spirituality of St. Francis
February 11 – Social Justice in this day and age
February 18 – The theology of Holy week
February 25 – The Drama of Palm Sunday
March 4 – About Maundy Thursday
March 11 – What’s good about Good Friday?
March 18 – The meaning of The Great Vigil of Easter
March 25 – Palm Sunday
April 1 – Easter
April 8 – Spirituality series: The Spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola
April 15 – Spirituality series: The Spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola

THE MEN’S EPISCOPAL SUNDAY SCHOOL (THE MESS), SUNDAYS @ 9:15 a.m.:

The Men’s Episcopal Sunday School, or MESS, meets Sunday mornings,9:15 a.m. in the conference room.

This year we have three different programming tracks:
#1 – we’ll continue to discuss topics of interest to the group;
#2 – we’ll discuss lectionary selections that challenge our beliefs in search of deeper understanding; and
#3 – we’ll join the Adult Forum on occasion when their programs are just too good to resist.

Questions? Contact John Wyle at 404.403.7873