Christian Formation

Christian formation Advent FormationADVENTures in Bible Storytelling (ABS)

Following in the ancient tradition of the oral telling of the scriptures, ADVENTures in Biblical storytelling seeks to learn Gospel lessons and other biblical texts for use in the liturgies of the church, or other performance settings. See
Leader: Stephanie Gilmore

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year course of study developed and administered by the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The four years cover the Hebrew Christian Formation Scriptures, the Christian Testament, Church History, and Theology, as well as practices such as Theological reflection. More information is available at
Leader: Russ Brumagin

Faith Seeking Journey

This ministry supports a process of Christian formation and education in preparation for baptism, confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation.

This process is a time for training in Christian understandings about God, human relationships, and the meaning of life. Candidates participate in regular worship and Christian service, and receive instruction in Christian faith and doctrine, including the scriptures.

Entry into the process begins with a public liturgical act at the principal Sunday liturgy. Each person is presented by a sponsor who normally accompanies them throughout the process. The sessions are led by a catechist, and continue through the period of candidacy until baptism, confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation.
Leaders: Raph Martin, Judy Huffman, and Phyllis Kuykendall


Kerygma offers 40 Bible study resources: foundational for in-depth study of the whole Bible and elective or shorter Bible studies focusing on a particular theme, topic, or book of the Bible, and range in length from 4 to 34 weeks and generally fit into a 60-minute time period. Each course offers a Resource Book for each participant, and a Leader's Guide.
Leader: Russ Brumagin

Lectionary Bible Study

The Lectionary Bible Study meets between services. This is a study of next week’s Sunday lessons; discussion starts Sundays at 9:00 am.
Leader: Varies


This is a ministry tied to the Forward Movement which publishes for the Episcopal Church. Samples of their pamphlets are kept available for the congregation in the tract rack in Paine hall. The most popular publication is Forward Day by Day which is publihed every three months and is to be read daily.

Quiet Day

All parishioners are invited to Advent Quiet Day on the Advent campus twice a year. This is a day set aside for rest and quiet, for time to think and time to pray. A continental breakfast starts the day with presentations following. Each presentation is followed by approximately 30 minutes of silence on the Advent campus. The day ends with Eucharist in the church and time for reflection from the participants.
Leader: DOK-Lynn Long