Christian Formation

As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Christian formation is a lifelong journey of growth and enrichment that all Christians are called to undertake. Becoming a deeply formed Christian takes time and commitment.  The process begins at our baptism and continues throughout all stages of our Christian growth.  As Episcopalians we draw on a variety of sources as we reflect on our faith and spirituality which includes study of the Old and New Testaments, traditions of the Church and sharing our individual experiences.  St. Mary’s uses many adult formation materials from the International Order of St. Luke [OSL].

Christian Formation Programs

Children and Youth Ministry
Children and Youth director
Weekly Sundays 10:00am
Christian Book Group
Led by Clergy
Weekly Mondays 12 noon
Bible Study: Weekly Lectionary
Led by clergy
Weekly Wednesdays  10:30 am
Centering Prayer:
Led by laity
Weekly Thursdays   8:30-9:00 am
OSL Growing Deeper Cont. Ed.
for Order of St. Luke trained leaders
Facilitated by clergy and OSL Leaders
Weekly Thursdays 10-11:30 am
OSL Seekers – 14 week Course
Led by Clergy
Weekly Thurs.  2-4 pm, Nov-March
OSL New Beginnings
5-week “A Healing Season”
Led by Clergy or OSL Leaders
Weekly Offered to ALL St. Mary attendees
Winter and Summer – Zoom
Seasonal Quiet Days
Varied leaders
December (Advent)
February or March (Lent)
Cursillo: 3-day retreat
Ultreya: “Grouping” celebration
Grouping: [3-6 people]
Twice Annually
Monthly [Cancelled] Weekly
Long Weekends
Monday Evening   6-9pm
Groups decide time and place[Piety, study, action]
Library: Self Study
offers various teachings
Open during office hours and Sundays
Offered periodically: ie. How to walk the Labyrinth
Supports all  ministries
Monthly book offerings relative to “season”
Offers materials in Narthex for every season
OSL Prayer and Healing Conference Periodically at St. Mary’s Church
OSL members are encouraged to attend Prayer & Healing Conferences at other churches or conference centers annually.