Grow With Us

Grow in your understanding and knowledge of God’s Word. Adults gather at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays in the conference room of the Parish Hall to discuss scripture readings. The class uses a set of paraphrased readings -- written by an Australian Baptist pastor -- that are easier to read and understand.  Each week the class reads one of his sermons which are relevant to current times and much discussion ensues. This open sharing has brought us closer together and we welcome all to come take a deeper look at our lectionary. For more information, contact Margaret Mieuli, .

Want to fellowship with other sisters in Christ? Here’s your chance. Dining Divas gets together at local eateries at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of every month for a Dutch-treat lunch. The locations are announced in the St. Christopher newsletter or weekly bulletin. For more information, contact Marti Fagley, .

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY

Come join us for in-depth study of scripture. While you may do study and research on your own ahead of time, it is not required. The setting is very casual. The group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the parish hall. For more information, contact Aidan Wright,

THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY

This class, taught by our priest, Father Bill Stanford, seeks to get to the root and context of the Gospels, the Book of Acts and the Epistles. These writings have been used to justify everything from slavery to the oppression of women and to often have been wrapped in political agendas both liberal and conservative. Using the principles of Reclaiming Christianity, these classes examine the archaeological, textual and historical evidence to get at what the authors of these documents really intended to say. The class meets at 10 a.m. Thursday mornings in the Parish Hall.

The New Members class seeks to build community among participants by  
sharing our diverse experiences of religion and spirituality. At the  same time, the class provides insight into the Episcopal Church's  approach to prayer, worship, mission and community. For those so  inclined, the class serves as the precursor to Baptism and/or  Confirmation. This class is held in St. Simon's Chapel at various  times throughout the year. Please contact Fr. Bill Stanford at   to be included in the next class.

Graduation to retirement, 19-59, however you want to classify it, we're the young side of the Episcopal Church. We host fun events regularly in order to help grow the fellowship of the church as a whole. We have game nights on the last Sunday of the month, Tuesday Night Bible study during the school year, and other events throughout the year. Contact Aidan Wright at or Shaina Parham at if you want to come hang out with us!

Education for Ministry (EFM) Learn to think theologically and deepen your understanding of your Christian heritage. This four-year program of study sponsored by the University of the South will help prepare you for ministry work. Students sign up for one year at a time. The program covers the basics of theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy and theology. The group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays from January through November in the conference room of the Parish Hall and takes an eight-week break in the summerThe program grants a certificate at the completion of the four years and 18 Continuing Education Units for each year’s work. For more information, contact co-mentors, Marti Fagley, , or Kimberly Kingsbury, .

Daughters of the King is an international religious order of Episcopal and Anglican lay women who have made a lifelong commitment to prayer and service to their King, Jesus Christ. Any woman confirmed in an Episcopal church or any church in communion with the Episcopal Church is eligible for membership. The St. Elizabeth of Portugal chapter of the Daughters of the King supports the parish and our priest, Father Bill Stanford, in daily intercessory prayer. The chapter also supports the prayer shawl ministry, and periodically hold quiet days and sponsors activities to help support the Christian Community Assistance food bank. The chapter meets on the last Sunday of every month in the chapel after the 10:30 worship service. For more information, contact, Donna Clopton at