Rector

The Rector's Christian Doctrine Class

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class 2018: Pilgrims on The Way.
A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church.

The Rector's Christian Doctrine Class is offered from January to May and will begin anew in January 2018. The class is especially designed for those who want to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, but it is also for anyone who is interested in learning more about Christ and about the doctrine and traditions of the Church, as we've received them.

This year’s class will reflect our journey as pilgrims on The Way – before the Church was ever called church, before the community of Jesus was ever called Christian, the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible simply identified the movement of those who followed Jesus as The Way. Our Christian faith formation is the ongoing growth of this movement created by Jesus over 2000 years ago – the Jesus Movement!

Each class session begins at 6:30pm and lasts about an hour, and all are welcome to attend Evensong before the class. Light refreshments will be provided during the class.

Besides this class, there are many other ways to learn about Christ and his Church. We encourage you to worship with us, study and pray with us, and make yourself known to us. Our doors are open 365 days a year (at least one Mass is offered every day) and you can contact us anytime if you are interested in learning more.

Contact:
David Daniel, evangelism coordinator
welcome@SaintThomasChurch.org
Dates of Classes and Topics (classes begin at 6:30pm)

  • Jan 09: God the Father: Creation, the fall, and what it means to be “made in God’s image.”
  • Jan 16: God the Son: Incarnation, atonement, and glory.
  • Jan 23: God the Holy Spirit: Being “fully alive” with the gifts of the Spirit.
  • Jan 30: The Trinity: The Church Community reflects our belief in God as “Three in One.”
  • Feb 6: The Holy Bible: “The Word of the Lord.”
  • Feb13: The Christian Exodus – An introduction to Lent and Holy Week.

Ash Wednesday is February 14 – Lent begins

  • Feb 20: The History of the Church 1: From house church to established religion.
  • Feb 27: The History of the Church 2: Reformation, Anglicanism, and the Oxford Movement.
  • Mar 6: An Introduction to the Sacramental Life of the Church: Baptism and Confirmation.
  • Mar 13: “They recognized him in the breaking of the bread”: The Eucharist at the heart of our common life.
  • Mar 20: When things go wrong: Confession and healing.

Holy Week is March 25-April 1

  • Apr 10: Relationships: Marriage, commitment, and religious communities.
  • Apr 17: Mission and Ministry: Vocation, Ordination, and the mission of the Church.
  • Apr 24: Hope: Death, eternal life, Mary and the Communion of Saints.
  • May 1: Prayer: From silence to symbolic action.
  • May 8: Rehearsal for those who are to be received or confirmed.

Confirmation and Reception Service Sunday, May 13