There are three opportunities for adults to participate in Christian Education at St. James’.
The first offering is on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. In this session we are exploring the Old Testament using the Great Courses video series taught by Professor Amy-Jill Levine from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. The course consists of 24 lectures each approximately 35 – 40 minutes in length followed by a review and question and answer session. We end every session with prayer. This class is being conducted in the church. Although we study the texts in chronological order, each class is independent of each other and you need not fear of missing any class. This class begins on Wednesday September 13, 2017 and runs until Wednesday May 16, 2018.
The second offering is entitled "Christ and Coffee" and meets in Platts Hall on Thursday mornings starting at 11:00 am and ending at noon. The Bible study is centered on the Old Testament lesson, the psalm and the Epistle readings prescribed for the up-coming Sunday worship. The class always begins with the praying of the collect for the up-coming Sunday and a discussion as to the theme that tie the readings together. We discuss the history and pertinent cultural references that help us to understand the readings; and additionally discuss how the scriptures pertain to what is happening in our culture and world today.
Lastly, there will be certain times during the year when a special Adult Forum or class will be announced. An example was the family forum Fr. Mike led on how to use the Advent meditation books. We will be offering confirmation classes beginning on January 14th of 2018 and running for six weeks ending on Feb 18th of 2018. There will be a make-up class on Sunday Feb. 25, 2018 for those who miss one of the meetings. The classes are 40 minutes each and will be held in Platt’s Hall. Our Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Daniel G.P. Gutierrez will be with us at the 10:00 am service on March 4th for the rite of Confirmation.