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.
Sunday Forum & “The Wired Word”
Most Sundays at 9:15am, we meet for a group conversation about matters of faith in contemporary society. Using the day’s news as a springboard, we wrestle with issues and discuss ways in which we can better follow Christ in our day-to-day lives. Click here to download Wired Word discussion materials.
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. Typically the evening begins with Stations of the Cross at 6:00pm, followed by a soup and salad dinner at 6:30pm, and the program begins at 7:00pm.
For 2019, we featured a series of programs on historical highlights in the Anglican and Episcopal churches, led by Dr. Hannah Matis, Assistant Professor of Church History at VTS.
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.
Vacation Bible School
For decades, St. Alban’s has offered a summer program to introduce children to the Bible and Christian concepts. We use stories, crafts, songs, and activities to explore the ways in which God relates to all of us. Enjoy picnics, singing our hearts out, and making new friends!
Sunday School happens every week at 9:15am, and 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 K teachers use Bible stories, songs and crafts to engage and interest the younger children.
First & Second Graders will enjoy Godly Play. It’s a concept and curriculum that teaches treasured Biblical stories and Theological concepts by using props and visuals to tell a story, followed by discussion with the children. Activities and crafts are incorporated to round out the learning sessions.
Third, Fourth & Fifth Graders are combined in a class that uses the WHIRL curriculum (Welcome, Hear, Respond, Launch). The weekly lessons coincide with the Church Calendar Gospel readings, and there is flexibility to augment the lessons with crafts, games and discussion to thoroughly engage the children of each grade.
Middle & High School students use a curriculum called re:form which explores Old and New Testament teachings, ancestors and theologies. This year we will use the re:form CORE which covers topics such as the Bible, the Creeds, Discipleship, and “tough questions.” There is flexibility within the curriculum for the leaders to augment the lessons in order to meet the educational needs of this group.
For more information about Sunday School, please contact us or stop by the Parish Hall on Sunday.