“Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them.” John 8:2
Below you will find a list of formation programs available during the program year at St. Anne’s. This list will continue to be updated as more classes are added. Adult formation happens on Sundays at 10am and during special liturgical season on Wednesday evenings. Education for Ministry is also offered at St. Anne’s on Wednesday evenings. Please see Ron Sigrist for more information about EFM. Go to https://stanneswinstonsalem.org/formation/ for more information.
August 31 “Remember Your Baptism: a retreat for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation” Please click here for more information.
September 9- October 28: Preaching 101 for Lay Preachers. If you are interested in learning about the practice of studying the scriptures and writing a sermon the you are invited to come to this 8-week class on lay preaching. Students in this class will learn about studying the scriptures, word and language study, consulting commentaries, public speaking, body language and will also write and preach at least 2 sermons during the class. Please contact Ginny Wilder if you are interested in attending this class. Class size is limited.
September 22 and 29: Radical Jesus, Radical Justice taught by The Rev. Dr. Doug Bailey This faith formation course invites participants to engage and follow the “radical Jesus of the Gospels.” A popular class offered at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, this summary course is coming to St. Anne’s at the end of September and intends to assist parishioners in building a biblical foundation for parish-based spiritual and social justice ministry. We will explore and discern the radical (as in “root”, essence, authentic) Jesus who gives soul and sustenance for the radical love, justice and compassion of what we seek to become when we regularly pray: “Thy Kingdom Come.” Sunday mornings, September 22 at 9am and September 29 at 10am Led by the Rev. Dr. Doug Bailey.
October 5 Roadside Assistance for Aging. This is a half-day retreat for folks of a certain age that will cover a wide-range of topics centered on the spirituality of aging. Our teachers for the day are The Rev. Tom Beason, The Rev. Martha Honaker, and The Rev. Mary Kroohs. You can register for this class by calling the parish office.
October 6, 13 and 27 at 10am: History of the Bible taught by Roddy Roberts. Join Roddy for a warp nine cruise through 50, 000 years of Spirituality that culminates in the New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible. October 6th,, 13th & 27th.
Week one: Establishing a timeline with some really juicy gossip about the people involved
Week two: Julius Wellhausen!- Who in the world is he and why should I care?- The Formation of the Old Testament
Week three: Marcion of Sinope! How do you even pronounce that?- The Formation of the New Testament and the First Mass Production of a Complete Bible. (Veterans of EFM are cordially welcome to attend and throw in their own discoveries)
November 3, 10, 17, and 24, December 8, 15, and 22 at 10am: The Way of Love taught by The Rev. Ginny Wilder
December 4th, 11th, and 18th- Celtic Eucharist followed by walking the Labyrinth. Service starts at 6pm, Labyrinth will be available at 7pm. Praying and walking the labyrinth will take us on a journey through Advent as we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ child.
January 10-12: Weekend retreat with Fran McKendree. More info to come.
January 19- February 9: History of Christianity in America taught by Roddy Roberts
February 16, 23, and March 1: Class offered by the Outreach Committee on Immigration
March 15, 22, and 29 at 10am- Seek, Serve, Strive: A Journey Through the Lenten Lectionary for Catechumens taught by our intern Taylor Vines. Through a study of the lectionary in the last three weeks of Lent, participants will be asked to consider how to articulate an understanding of Christian identity that is centered on seeking and serving the Christ-presence found in every child of God and connect justice movements advocating for justice, peace, and dignity to their own Christian vocations. Catechumens will also need to be able to discern what systems are at work in the marginalization of people within the lectionary readings for the given session. For example, patriarchal attitudes and ethnic tensions play a large role in Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. Likewise, beliefs about the connection between sin and illness inform how the man who was born blind’s community perceive his disability. Being able to name those marginalization and locate their present day counterparts will enable catechumens to be Christ to a world that is hurting and broken as they live into their baptismal vows.
Seek, Serve, Strive empowers catechumens to explore the real world applications of the Christian faith as they discern how to authentically live out the vows they made in their Baptismal Covenant as they oppose unjust systems and work to see the image of God in all their neighbors.
April 19th- May 31st at 8:30am- Acts in Easter.
Why Acts? We read the Acts of the Apostles together because Acts is about how the church became the church in an unprecedented and unpredictable time. Even more importantly, Acts is about how the Holy Spirit shows up for a group of scared and uncertain disciples. The Holy Spirit is showing up, even now. By attending to how the Spirit has worked in the past, we can better discern the Spirit’s comforting and life-giving presence in the present.Please check back as more classes and retreats will be added. Please click here to see the reading list for each week of the class. Our first class is on the 19th to give an overview of the class. The reading for the class begins on the 19th after class and we will come together each Sunday to talk about the week’s readings.