Adult Education at New Life recognizes that faith is a journey, and at any one time, people can be found everywhere along that road—some at the beginning, some mid-way, and some toward the end. So our Spiritual Education strives to address all of these points of the journey. It also honors the Episcopal values of study, knowledge, reason, and responsibility for developing personal perspectives. Through small groups, classes, special programs, conference opportunities and guest speakers, New Life works to:
- Teach the Christian Faith: To engage people, whatever point in their journey, with the Scripture, so that they are steadily increasing in their knowledge of, confidence in, and practice of the Christian faith.
- Build Christian Character: To create various learning environments that stimulate personal and corporate growth in the character of Christ and the increasing development of the fruit of the Spirit.
- Equip for Christian Service and Ministry: To develop reliance upon the Holy Spirit and discern his gifts in us, leading to an active engagement in personal ministries that address the needs within all spheres of our world through Christian service.
- Encourage Christian Fellowship: To encourage active participation and deepening relationships with other members of the congregation, as an outgrowth of communion with God in Christ by the Holy Spirit, and based on a common desire to continue the journey of faith and to love God and each other.
“Holy Conversation” – A Weekly Study for Adults
“Holy Conversation” is a weekly study conducted every Wednesday at the church. The study begins with Morning Prayer at 10:30 AM and lasts until 12:00 noon, followed by Order of Service for Noonday.
Examples of study topics include:
- A Kerygma study of the entire Bible
- A study of Devotional Classics
- Viewing and discussing films and books
- Circle of Life Health and Wellness Coaching Process
- The Book of Common Prayer, and
- Martha Grace Reese’s book, Unbinding your Heart – 40 Days of Prayer and Faith Sharing
Members and non-members of New Life are encouraged to attend at any time.
Special Programs for Adults
Special programs include small groups, classes, special programs, conference opportunities and guest speakers. While programs both on- and off- site vary, recent topics have been evangelism, church planting, spiritual gifts, making your church a welcoming place, contemplative prayer, Via Media, and others.
Sunday sermons cannot be left out as a rich source of adult education. Sermons are tied to the Scripture read that day, and are prepared to instruct, enlighten, and challenge. They instruct about history, but also address applying biblical principals today.
In addition to our regular diet of enriching and inspiring preaching, New Life is blessed to have select services throughout the year officiated by guest priests and bishops, expanding our perspective and exposing us to a variety of speakers and topics.