Adult Formation and Programs

Classes are offered for adults throughout the program year (September – May). Classes are occasionally offered during the summer months as well. All Sunday classes welcome newcomers and drop-is at any time.

Sunday Morning Formation

Interesting Characters of the Bible

There is no piece of literature that has more interesting characters in it than the Holy Bible. This sacred book has given us stories of God’s people: some good, some not so good, but all very entertaining. In this class we will take a deep dive into some of the people who make up God’s story and how we can relate to them. Interesting characters of the Bible will be held each Sunday during Christian Formation. Each week a a new character will be studied, lead, and facilitated by St. Paul’s clergy as well as some very special guests. So bring an inquiring mind, an open heart, and a friend.

When: Sundays, 10:00 – 10:50 am
Where: Otey Parish Hall

Other Programs For Adults

Richard Rohr Class

This small group explores a passage from the Universal Christ. We draw from personal experience to see the Universal Christ in our lives and in the world around us.

When: Fridays 3:30 pm
Where: Zoom
Contact: Susan Nance at susan.nance@comcast.net

The Hospitality of God: A Reading of the Gospel of Luke

The word hospitality invites us to think of guests, visitors, putting on meals, providing lodging, and making strangers feel at home in our homes and in our church. Throughout the Gospel of Luke, significant events and exchanges take place in the context of meals and the offering (or refusal) of hospitality. Hospitality provides a frame for Jesus’ ministry throughout Luke, who sees Jesus’ whole life as a visitation on God’s part to Israel and to the world. This fall, we will look at Luke’s Gospel as a whole, approaching it through the interpretive lens of hospitality. Please join seminarian Adam Dawkins and friends at St. Paul’s as we read and study Luke’s Gospel together.

When: Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Zoom
Contact: Adam Dawkins,  adam.l.dawkins@sewaneee.edu

Lectionary Bible Study

The Lectionary Bible Study meets weekly throughout the year. The study and discussion focuses on the upcoming Sunday Scriptures readings. No preparation necessary. Join us any week you are able.

When: Tuesdays, 10:30 am – Noon
Where: Zoom
Contact: Charlie Crumptom at 615-790-1233, ctcrumpton@yahoo.com

The Coffee Club: A Men’s Bible Study

The men of the church gather to discuss the Bible at 6:45 am each Wednesday morning in the conference room in Barnabas. This is a great way to start your day as we talk about Holy Scripture and how it relates to our lives today. We hope to see you and remember, bring a friend!

When: Wednesdays, 6:45 am
Where: Barnabas Conference Room
Facilitated by Rev. Rusty McCown, Will Boggs, Sam Barcus and others

WITS

WITS (Women in Theological Study) is a women’s group that meets on Thursday mornings. We study books of the Bible, other books of interest, and engage in conversation and prayer with one another. WITS is for all women to attend whenever you can. There is always hot coffee and usually something to eat!

When: Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Where Barnabas Center
Contact: Monna Mayhall 615-790-0527 or monna@stpaulsfranklin.com

Contemplative Prayer

There are two options for gathering for Contemplative Prayer. One group meets in person and the other via Zoom. These groups gather for Centering Prayer, a contemplative prayer practice and Lectio Divina, a method of meditation on the scriptures.

When: Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Damascus
Contact: Scott Faulkner 615-595-1072, scottlfaulkner@comcast.net
or
When: Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Where: Zoom
Contact: Gerald Hancock, 615-604-9635, gwlwhancock@comcast.net

Monday Morning Group Prayer and Daily Office

This group meets for one hour on Monday mornings at 8:00 am via Zoom. Anyone is welcome. Commitment is to be present and to join in this spiritual discipline of reading the Daily Office from the Mission St. Clare and praying together.

When: Mondays, 8:00 – 9:00 am
Where: Zoom
Contact: Gerald Hancock , 615-604-9635, gwlwhancock@comcast.net

Programs Requiring Registration/Commitment

Education for Ministry (EfM)

St. Paul’s has an active Education for Ministry (EfM) group that meets weekly, from September through May, on Tuesday evenings. We study the bible, church history, and Christian theology in a small group setting. EfM is an adult Christian formation program administered by the University of the South.

More about EfM

Contact:

Jean Larson, 847-987-6949, jam.larson@gmail.com or

Kelly Pitsenberger at 615-598-6695, pitz@bellsouth.net

DOK – Daughters of the King

DOK or Daughters of the King is a national order for women and girls who desire a closer walk with the Lord. Daughters are Christian women who are strengthened through the discipline of a Rule of Life, and we are supported through the companionship of one another. After an initial 3-month discernment period, Daughters take vows to uphold a 2-fold Rule of Life, which include a Rule of Service and Rule of Prayer. All Daughters are at different stages of their Christian journey, but no matter where members are on their sacred journeys, the primary goals is always the same – to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known to others.

Contact:

Mindy Boggs at boggs.mindy@gmail.com