Adult Learning & Christian Formation
St. Alban’s offers a number of learning opportunities designed to help you in your spiritual journey. New programs are being designed and added regularly, and we welcome your suggestions and feedback. Please contact us for more information.
Sundays at 9:15am, join us for Adult Forum, a series of structured programs and discussions exploring Christian principles and how they can be applied to everyday life. Be sure to keep up with the latest program topics through our weekly e-newsletter. (If you don’t receive our emails, please contact us and ask to be added to our list.)
Wednesday Evenings in Lent
Each year we host a series of special talks on Wednesday evenings during Lent. Past years have featured professors from Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) and other guest speakers.
Every Tuesday at 10am, we host a Bible Study at the church in the Lawlor Library. The discussion is based on the scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday service.
In addition, each year we typically schedule an evening Kerygma Bible Study, spanning several weeks and covering a particular Biblical book or topic in-depth. These are typically held Wednesday evenings. Stay tuned to our monthly newsletters for information about scheduling, or contact us.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
EfM is an international certificate program of theological education for laypeople. (That’s right; in the Episcopal Church we are all “ministers,” so do not let the name of the program fool you into thinking it is for clergy.)
Course materials are provided by the School of Theology of the University of the South (“Sewanee”). Classes are led by mentors who are trained and accredited by Sewanee. Through study, prayer, and theological reflection in small groups, and guided by trained mentors, EfM helps you find and use your gifts for ministry where you live and work.
The four-year program — committed to only one year at a time! — covers the Old Testament (Year 1), New Testament (Year 2), Church History (Year 3), and Theology, Ethics, and Inter-faith Relations (Year 4). Tuition is $375 per year, and scholarship assistance is available for St Alban’s members.
Our “academic year” runs from January to November, with a break from mid-June to Labor Day. St. Alban’s offers two EfM groups: Wednesdays from 9 to 11:30 AM, and Saturdays from 10 AM to 12:30 PM.
For more information about EfM, please contact us.
St. Alban’s Youth
Our youth are a vital part of the St. Alban’s parish. We host a variety of activities for youth from 6th through 12th grade. Typically, we have two major events, meetings, or outreach activities per month.
Children & Youth Sunday School
Sunday School happens on Sunday at 9:15am. This time is set aside so that we can connect and journey with each other in our walk with Christ. Registration is ongoing, all year long. Any child is welcome whether previously registered or not. (We do need parent contact information for all children.)
Pre-K and Kindergarten (ages 3 – 6):
Teachers use Bible stories, songs, and crafts to engage our younger children in a gentle relaxed environment. Songs are designed to be fun and accompanied with hand gestures.
1st thru 3rd Grade (ages 6 – 9):
Our children enjoy Godly Play, a curriculum that teaches treasured Biblical Stories using props and visuals to tell as story, followed by discussion and activities. For more information about the Godly Play curriculum, click here.
4th thru 6th Grade (ages 9 – 12):
Beginning in 2022, our pre-teens learn through Weaving God’s Promises for Children curriculum. This comprehensive, three-year curriculum developed extensively for Episcopal children through the 6th grade. This curriculum provides an easy-to-understand Bible Study and activities. Each class ends with time for prayer and reflection. For more information about Weaving God’s Promises for Children, click here.
Youth (ages 12 – 18):
Beginning in 2022, our teens will experience Weaving God’s Promises for Youth curriculum. Just like our pre-teens, this three-year curriculum focuses on discipleship, Scripture, and how it relates to our Episcopal tradition. For more information about Weaving God’s Promises for Youth, click here.
For more information about Children and Youth Sunday School, please contact us at [email protected].