Sunday School Programs
We have an active Sunday School program. Please click on the link to the left for details.
The mission of the Adult Education Committee is to provide adults at St. Mary's the opportunity “to extend our knowledge and deepen our faith.” We work to create a balance of topics dealing with Biblical teaching, Spirituality in everyday living, Episcopal tradition, and Social Justice issues.
Each year the Adult Education Committee puts together spiritual education programs for adults. We strongly believe that our faith and our intellect are both essential to who we are as people of Christ and as a community of faith. Our adult education program begins in the fall, with special events and programs in Advent and Lent. Unique panels, symposiums, lectures, one-time events, and field trips continue throughout the year. We strive to cover a variety of topics from biblical studies to application of the Christian faith in our daily lives.
Understanding Spiritual Pain
Thursdays 7:00-9:00 PM
Starting March 6th
For our Lenten study offering this year Dan and Linda Martin will facilitate a program from the Sacred Art of Living Center titled Understanding Spiritual Pain. This will be a six-week course meeting Thursday evenings, March 6th through April 10th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The cost will be $30*, to cover the cost of printing a booklet, which includes slides and reference material for the course.
The source of much suffering is spiritual pain that resides within us. Often this pain is buried deep inside, and we are not aware of it. Come to this course to explore the dimensions of spiritual pain and how to begin to transform it into spiritual health. You will receive tools to help you identify spiritual pain and ways to respond to it. By recognizing and working on our own spiritual pain we can remain open to the spiritual pain of others with whom we are in relationship.
The tools you will learn will give you a creative way to know yourself better and grow in your personal, work, ministry and volunteer roles. Our time together will include some small group discussion, experiential exercises as well as some teaching.
(541) 521-5676 if you have questions.
Since the booklets need to be ordered ahead of time, please register for the course by February 18th
with checks made out to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Write “Understanding Spiritual Pain” in the memo line of the check. There will be a sign-up sheet on the sign-up table under the glass display case outside the Guild Room. Child care will be provided if needed. Please check the box on the sign-up sheet if you need child care. We will have light refreshments.
*Scholarships are available. Please contact Bingham+.
Brown Bag Bible Study
Brown Bag Bible Study is held each Tuesday, with a brown-bag lunch from 12:00-12:15. Bible study starts promptly at 12:15 and concludes no later than 1:00 PM. We invite you to bring your own resources to contribute to the gathering. We use a mixture of hard copy and electronic resources.
Episcopal Campus Ministry
The Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) serves Episcopal college students in the Eugene-Springfield area. For more information about this ministry and its activities, check out the ECM website: www.uoecm.org
. The interim campus chaplain is the Rev. Doug Hale.
Itty Bitty Bible Study (formerly Bible Study for Parents of Young Children)
(pre-school age & younger)
Join us for Bible Study on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:00 AM. We talk about Scripture and faith and parenting young kids. We will meet in the nursery so that we can meet while our children play. This is a great opportunity for education and fellowship. Questions? Contact Christy Forrest or Bingham+.
Lectionary Study: A Scripture Study Group
Each Friday morning at 10:17 AM, a small group meets in the Guild Room to study the scripture lessons for the coming Sunday.
Deacon Nancy Muhlheim coordinates this group, which is self-led. We read the lessons for the coming Sunday and discuss their meaning to us in our lives today. We consult commentaries and read the footnotes in different translations of Holy Scripture when necessary to enhance our understanding of the intention of the original writers, however our focus is making the scripture come alive for us today.
The group is open to everyone and there is no advance preparation or homework. Spontaneity is emphasized and no prior knowledge of scripture or theology is expected or necessary.
The Rector's Bible Study
This Bible Study grew out of the session at a Confirmation class. Journey through the Bible with Bingham+ on first Thursdays, beginning in October until June. In January, the study will be on the second Thursday. The group meets from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Guild Room.