Adult Education and Programs
Adult Education and Programs are important aspects of our ministries. We carefully balance opportunities to learn and grow in Christ with activities dedicated primarily to fellowship and fun (and some with a little of both mixed together).
Classes are offered Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. Adult Faith Formation covers topics such as the Bible, the Episcopal Church and being an Episcopalian, church history, theology, interfaith dialogues, and other topics. In addition to topics related to religion and spirituality, we also offer education sessions on various topics of interest to the congregation.
Our book club meets in the library the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. We are always looking for discussion leaders. Feel welcome to join us anytime, whether you've read the book or not. Please go to our home page to see this month's selection.
dinner groups
There is no better way to get to know your fellow parishioners than by gathering around a dinner table and sharing a meal. Each fall we form multiple small dinner groups with each member being responsible for hosting a dinner on a rotating basis. Dinners are typically hosted in the parishioners’ homes, but groups have been known to go to restaurants, have outdoor picnics and BBQs at swim clubs. Food preparation is typically shared, with the host responsible for the main dish and everyone else bringing a side dish or other contribution to the meal. There are also family dinner groups for families with children. If you are new to St. Francis or looking to build deeper relationships with fellow parishioners, signing up for a dinner group is a great recommendation. If you are looking to join a group, please contact the office.
We are privileged to have an extremely well stocked and well organized library on site. Not only are there many books focusing on theology, the Bible, and spirituality, but there are also a lot of history resources and a nice collection of fiction. There is a self check-out system. The library is open to all parishioners.
We are fortunate to have several registered nurses who offer various health screenings and education throughout the year.
During the season of Lent we share a simple soup supper on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. and have a program (with a separate program for the younger children). Programs in the past have included a focus on the liturgies of Holy Week, a whirlwind overview of the Bible, and a look at some of the first apostles.
We have a permanent outdoor labyrinth painted on the patio which is open to all. The labyrinth has a single path that leads you into the center and back out again. Walking the labyrinth is symbolic of a pilgrimage or other spiritual journey and is usually done in prayer or meditation. We plan occasional events focusing on the labyrinth.