Adult Christian Education

Adult Christian Education opportunities vary throughout the year including a Rector's Forum to discuss timely issues as well as ongoing issues within the church.  Nan Bush facilitates a Bible Study Group every Wednesday at 10:00 AM as well as a "Seekers Group" held the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 2:00 PM.  Check the upcoming events for future offerings in this area.

Each Sunday morning (except the first Sunday of the month) Father Reggie and Canon Jim will conduct an Adult Christian Education Class in the Parish Hall from 9-10 AM. This will be a most important forum because, in addition to covering much material about the Episcopal Church, we also will be discussing the various parts of the process which will eventually lead to the calling of a Search Committee for a new Rector.  Topics will cover the history and liturgy of the Episcopal Church as well las how the Church is organized and the various structures and processes that make churches both grow in size AND in faithfulness.  

We have chosen the time between the services so that people who attend either will not have to make a special trip back to church.  Each Sunday's presentation will build on things discussed in prior weeks, so it is important to make an effort to be present Sunday by Sunday.

The upcoming weeks will provide a background for understanding why we do what we do.  Topics for the next few weeks are:

February 26 - The Diocese and how we do things

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March 12 - How an Episcopal Parish is Organized

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March 19 - The National Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion

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March 26 - The History of the Oxford Movement

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April 2 – No meeting (breakfast is served!)


April 9 – No meeting (Palm Sunday)


April 16 – No meeting (Easter)


April 23 – Hallmarks of Health for a Congregation**

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April 30 - How the Bible was Canonized (PowerPoint Slides)

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May 7 - No Meeting  (Brunswick Town) 


May 14 - No Meeting (Mother's Day Breakfast)


May 21 - Analysis of Hallmarks of Health Survey; Why is there a St. Philip's 

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May 28 - No Meeting (Sunday School Ends)


June 11 - Now that Fr. Reggie is leaving...

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 July 9 - Characteristics of a Family-size Congregation

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July 30- The Characteristics of a Pastoral-size Congregation


August 13 - The Characteristics of a Program-size Congregation


August 27 - To Be Announced


September 17 - Return Weekly Adult Education - Topics to be Announced


** On April 23, all attendees will be able to “grade” St. Philips in eight categories which have been described as essential for a healthy congregation.  This “grading” will be shared with the Vestry and Strategic Planning Committee and is available on the homepage of this website.

We will publicize topics for the following weeks as we continue to lead us through the processes that will result in both restructing and criteria for our Rector Search.You can watch video recordings of this series by clicking on the links above.