Throughout the year, with an open heart and an open mind, we are nourished and strengthened in our Christian journey through participation in a variety of formation and education opportunities. All are welcome!
Every week, 12-15 participants meet for Biblical Studies in order to familiarize themselves with the various traditions and sources that contribute to the understanding of scripture. Four books have been read and discussed this year. Some of the books this group has read: Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels; Paul and Jesus by James D. Tabor; No god by God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan.
This group was established in 2016 by the Decker Fund Committee for those over 60 years of age, per the bequest’s guidelines. In the nine months since its inception, seven written works were discussed relevant to this age with an average of 15 to 30 in attendance. Dicussion books have included: The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister; The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion; Can’t we talk about something more pleasant by Roz Chast; What I Know Now by Ellyn Spragins; In the Slender Margin by Eve Joseph, A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman.
The Mary Brewster Fund was established with the purpose of enhancing the personal and spiritual growth of women at St. Stephen’s parish. The fund organizes tours, speaking-engagements, and retreats. Events are held throughout the year to cultivate fellowship, aiding the spirituality of women parishioners and educating the parish regarding women’s experiences.
Many religions use prayer beads as a prayer tool for focus and memory. See the link below for how to use Anglican Prayer Beads.