Formation

St. Mary’s offers many excellent programs to learn about the Episcopal Church, our community, and ourselves; to increase in spiritual knowledge and wisdom; and to deepen our Christian faith. Christian Formation programs are available for all age groups. We welcome and cherish the input and experience of visitors and newcomers.

 

Current Offerings

Introduction to Centering Prayer Series

This seven week series is designed to learn and establish a Centering Prayer practice. During this program we will examine how Centering Prayer will deepen our relationship with God, with others and with ourselves. We will be introduced to the theological background of Centering Prayer, what Centering Prayer is and is not, and how through the practice of Centering Prayer, the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, love, joy, peace, gentleness, self-control, long-suffering, and patience, will be manifested in our daily lives.

Dates
Sunday, April 18, 1–5 pm – Introduction to Centering Prayer

Thursday, April 22, 7–8:30 pm – The Prayer in Secret
Thursday, April 29, 7–8:30 pm – The Discipline of Centering Prayer
Thursday, May 6, 7–8:30 pm – What Centering Prayer Is and Is Not
Thursday, May 13, 7–8:30 pm – The Basic Principles of Centering Prayer
Thursday, May 20, 7–8:30 pm – The Method of Centering Prayer I

Thursday, May 27, 7–8:30 pm – The Method of Centering Prayer II

Location
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Community Life Center, Great Hall

Presenter: Diane Popalis, Commissioned Centering Prayer Presenter for Contemplative Outreach, chapter coordinator for Contemplative Outreach of Central North Carolina, and co-director for the Center for Prayer and Spirituality.

Intro to the Old Testament

After receiving feedback from an earlier poll, we are excited to offer a four-week series, “Intro to the Old Testament.” Led by Fr. Gus, we will meet in-person on Wednesdays in May from 7–8 pm, in the Nave. For those that want to tune in later, we will be recording these sessions to add to our YouTube channel. 

5 May: Old Testament or Hebrew Scriptures?
12 May: Torah (Law)
19 May: Nevi’im (Prophets)
26 May: Ketuvim (Writings)

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