Adult Christian Education & Formation
Bring your doubts, your joys, your questions, your wisdom, and be a part of the exploration of the Christian faith with Sharon Chapel. Numerous opportunities throughout the year offer everyone the chance to engage in a welcoming community and supportive atmosphere.
Sunday morning Bible study is a chance to read, mark, and inwardly digest the Scriptures through energetic conversation and shared insight. Using a variety of styles and covering, at times, both the assigned lectionary readings for that Sunday as well as specific books of the bible or other topics throughout the year, Sunday morning Bible Study is an intergenerational and diverse group of people who believe God’s word is still alive and active in our lives. So, come, grab a cup of coffee (there’s always coffee!) and a snack, as we dive together into the unfolding mystery of Holy Scripture. (Bible Study is at the same time as the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd children’s program; so, drop the kids and come on by.)
Offered most weeks throughout the year, Forums bring the gifts and insights and experiences of our diverse parishioners into the spotlight. Perhaps you’ll hear a first-hand account of growing up Christian in India, or lessons we can learn from the Anglican Church in Ghana. Perhaps you’ll be asked to share your feedback with the Vestry in a town-hall style forum or to discuss and explore Youth Ministry. Perhaps you’ll engage together in deep reflection on privilege, power, and race in our Church and in our community or perhaps you’ll tour our Civil War era grave yard as you listen to the history of Sharon Chapel. Perhaps you’ll hear about Stewardship, Music, the Organ, Outreach Opportunities, Social Justice Ministries, or, perhaps, you’ll share some of your ministry experience of God in your life. Forums are offered regularly throughout the year, both between services and after our later service. Please check the calendar for the most recent schedule.
Each year in preparation for Easter, Sharon Chapel and three other Episcopal Churches from around this area gather together to offer a Wednesday night “Lenten Series”. Often featuring special guest lecturers from Virginia Theological Seminary or other unique leaders in their field, the Lenten Series provides an opportunity to learn and fellowship with other Episcopalians from Alexandria. Scheduled over four Wednesday nights in the season of Lent and hosted one night at each of the four different churches, the evenings begin with a simple supper, continue with a speaker, and conclude with a brief prayer service (Compline, etc.). All are welcome. Childcare can be provided, please contact the parish office to make arrangements.