faith forum

sundays @ 9 am in the chapel

september 2017
the book of common prayer

One of the results of our recent parish Spiritual Inventory is data indicating that few Good Shepherd parishoners use the Book of Common Prayer in their daily or weekly devotions and few parishioners understand why the Book of Common Prayer is a valuable resource for spiritual growth. Although our Sunday morning worship service is taken directly from the Prayer Book and we use the Prayer Book for funerals, weddings and special days, like Good Friday and Ash Wednesday, many Episcopalians, especially those who didn't grow up in the Episcopal Church, have little experience with this treasure-trove of spiritual resources.

 

Adult Faith Forum for September will explore the Book of Common Prayer and features discussions of how this book can be help us grow in our spiritual lives. 

Join us for this thought-provoking and inspirational discussion. 

September 3                              What's in the Prayer Book: Psalms

September 10
What's in the Prayer Book: Daily Office, Devotions and Prayers

September 17
What's in the Prayer Book: The Christian Calendar

September 24
How Can the Prayer Book Be a Resource for Spiritual Growth?

Searching for God in all the Right Places

We all yearn to have a closer relationship with our Creator, and each of us is on our own spiritual journey to go deeper with God. Sometimes life gets in the way of this process, or we simply feel ready to take the next step to grow in our faith. And that's where Good Shepherd's Adult Education Program comes in. We offer a variety of programs designed to help you re-connect to God, learn more about the Bible, the Christian faith, and to explore how faith can help you understand world events and navigate all the complexities of life. You'll build community and grow intellectually as well as emotionally and spiritually. Here is a sampling of some of the classes we offer throughout the year.

New Approach to Small Groups/Adult Education at Good Shepherd In 2017-2018

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We will be taking a different approach to small groups and adult education at Good Shepherd in 2017 and 2018. Instead of offering “one-off” programs – either Sunday morning Faith Forum programs or week-night small group programs – we will be offering two six-week series – one in the fall and one in Lent – that will intentionally focus on the question – “What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?” The first series, beginning October 1 is called, “Discipleship: Explore Your Life With God,” and it will feature a six-week video program called “Hazardous Saints” led by C.K. Robertson, an Episcopal priest and professor at General Seminary in New York. This program is intended for anyone who is curious to learn what it means to grow in a relationship with God and to be a disciple of Jesus, regardless of their background or previous experience with adult education.

The video program focuses on six ancient and modern “saints”. Each of these six men and women exemplify what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Like Jesus, each of the six featured leaders were change agents in their times:

•    St. Barnabas, the Apostle
•    St. Francis of Assisi
•    Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (who wrote the first Book of Common Prayer)
•    Sojourner Truth, abolitionist and social activist
•    Dorothy Day, social activist and founder of the Catholic Worker Movement
•    Archbishop Oscar Romero, the martyred bishop of San Salvador

This series will be offered on Sunday mornings during the Faith Forum time, on week-days and on week-nights, depending on how many people sign up. The format for each 90 minute program consists of a 15 minute video led by C.K. Robertson, followed by discussion.

Sign-up will be on the church web site and in the church hallway, beginning September 10. There will also be a sign-up and information table at the Ministry Fair on September 17 and 24.

 

Adult faith forum

On Sunday mornings we offer a 50-minute program of adult education titled Adult "Faith Forum." The Faith Forum meets at 9:00 am in the chapel/conference room, and is an opportunity for adults to explore a wide range of issues or topics relating to the Bible, current moral or ethical issues, church history, or the Church's response to current social issues.  

During October 2017 and Lent 2018 our small group program - "Discipleship" - will take the place of the Faith Forum. 

catechesis

Catechesis is our 14-week, adult and youth confirmation preparation program for anyone who seeks to be confirmed, received into the Episcopal Church, or to re-affirm their baptismal vows. In-depth classes, taught by Fr. Craig MacColl and other lay leaders, are held in the first quarter of every year and culminate with a Confirmation service which is held in early May at the Cathedral of St. John in downtown Denver.  If you are interested in becoming a candidate for confirmation, reception or the reaffirmation of baptismal vows, please contact Fr. Craig.

episcopal 101

Episcopal 101 is a five or six-week program for anyone new to the Episcopal Church, or anyone who wants to learn more about the Episcopal Church and its practices. Usually offered in November and early December.

efm - (education for ministry)

EFM is an in-depth 4-year course that covers Scripture, church history, liturgy and theology. If you are interested in learning more about this program, contact Lisa Houston.

The mission of Adult Education is to support and guide faith formation for all adults at Good Shepherd.

Our vision is:

  • To mentor and raise up education advocates who model their spiritual journey
  • To invite people to explore their relationship with God and with each other through education programs.
  • To search for ways to create and offer educational programs that are meaningful for people on their spiritual journey.
  • To communicate and promote educational choices available at Good Shepherd.
  • To raise up people who feel called to teach and guide others in the area of faith formation.
  • On Sunday mornings we offer a 50-minute program of adult education titled "Faith Forum."
  • The Faith Forum meets at 8:50 am in the chapel/conference room, and is an opportunity for adults to explore a wide range of issues or topics relating to the Bible, current moral or ethical issues, church history, or the Church's response to current social issues.