Adult Education 2022-07-25T12:46:37-04:00

ADULT EDUCATION

  Education for Ministry (EFM)
Education for Ministry (EFM) will be offered beginning this fall to interested parishioners through the Diocese of Bethlehem. EFM is an educational program for lay people that spans four years of study and sharing, whose aim is “a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity.” Participants read, reflect upon, and share the impact of course material on their lives and together explore how God is present in the world. EFM strives to “shape faith into action” and prepare each student to discern and refine personal ministry in the community.
Year 1 is devoted to Hebrew scripture; Year 2 is to New Testament studies; Year3 to Christian history; and Year 4 to theologies. Founded in 1975 at Sewanee University, the Episcopal “University of the South,” EFM is regionally facilitated through the Episcopal Church in small lay-led groups that meet weekly for two to three hours. EFM groups meet and learn in diocese around the globe. Each program year is a 36-week stand-alone unit of study, costing $325, with advanced learning scholarships of 50% from the Episcopal Church Women (ECW).  There is an additional charge for textbooks.
At the completion of the four-year program of study, students are awarded a certificate of completion.
For further information, contact Cathy Bailey at (610) 442-1189 or cathybaileynnp@gmail.com.
 You may view the EFM website at http://theology.sewanee.edu/education for ministry.

At Christ Episcopal Church, we believe that spiritual education is lifelong, and that an individual’s walk with God is enriched through reading widely and the sharing of ideas in community.

Sunday Forum

An informal gathering and discussion, open to the public each Sunday morning from 9:10 to 10:00 and is led by members of the congregation as well as speakers from outside the church on a wide range of topics.

Contact: Michele Uhrich (micheleandbill621@gmail.com; (610-763-4339)

Library

A lending library open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00, during and after worship services, and by appointment (Call or text 610-763-4339.). We have an array of Bible translations and editions of the Book of Common Prayer, as well as books on theology, women’s spiritual studies, world religion, prayer, music and the arts, church history, contemplation, centering prayer and meditation, mysticism, Native American spirituality, Celtic Christianity, and many other topics. In addition, we have a small collection of lovely children’s books, a collection of poetry from ancient to contemporary, including sacred poetry from the Christian and other faith traditions, audio books, and music cd’s.

Contact: Michele Uhrich (micheleandbill621@gmail.com; (610-763-4339)

Book Club

Offered seasonally throughout the liturgical year and at other times – whenever an exciting new book is found to be shared.

Contact: Michele Uhrich (micheleandbill621@gmail.com; (610-763-4339)

Wednesday Breakfast and Bible Study

7:15 to 8:45 am at the Wyomissing Family Restaurant, 1245 Penn Ave., Wyomissing – Every Wednesday morning bright and early at the Wyomissing Family Restaurant you will find a large corner table in the back with a group of folks engaged in lively conversation. Along with the most recent travel photos, family news, and the breakfast buffet, they share a reading and discussion of the collect, Gospel, and other scripture for the coming Sunday. The group has been meeting for over ten years, and more chairs are being added regularly as the curious and those hungry for some enlightening talk and good fellowship join in. ALL are welcome!

Contact: Fr. John Francis: johnrfrancis@rdgchristchurch.org