Christian Education & Spiritual Growth

Formation ministries at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church strive to nurture all at various ages and stages of their faith journey in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. We recognize that a life long and life wide learning process is necessary to build upon our faith as we experience change in ourselves and in the world around us. Committee volunteers work closely with the Rector to plan and carry out an interesting and informative Adult Formation program. Using a self-study Renewal Works Program, we have made changes such as beginning and ending church related programs and activities with prayer and renewing our focus on the Bible. A variety of opportunities to grow our faith are available. Our goals for programming: grow attendance with diverse offerings that will have broad appeal; select presentation methods to add interest and appeal; introduce a short Bible study, and plan an annual evening Lent program. We look for new and different ways to meet the needs of all.

Sunday Class @ 9:15 in the Parish Hall

This year we will be taking a new and different approach to Adult Formation. Each Sunday of the month will be dedicated to a specific general topic so you can decide if its something that might interest you.
* First Sunday will be designated as Families First and cover topics facing families today, for example: Parenting; Technology and Children; Retirement; Health Care-Caring for parents, Long Term Care planning, mental illness and substance abuse.
* Second Sunday will be Bible Basics and cover topics from the Bible, for example- how to read and study the Bible, what is the Bible, and Bible study.
* Third Sunday will be Scripture beginning with a series by Rev. Jack Robertson relating his recent trip to the Holy Land with Jesusí Journey From Bethlehem to Jerusalem.
* Fourth Sunday will be called Episcopally Speaking and cover topics on the Episcopal Faith.
* Fifth Sunday when it occurs will be a Free Form session and include hands on activities related to Faith and Worship.

EfM

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program sponsored by the University of the South that combines theological reflection with learning about the Old and New Testaments, philosophy, and the history of Christianity. The class meets weekly on Tuesday evening from 6:30 until 8:30 September through May. Deacon Jack Robertson is the leader and contact person.

Cursillo

Cursillo is a worldwide community of Christians dedicated to inspiring lay leaders and sustaining their ministry in the church and in the world. Its goal is to enrich and deepen the faith of participants, thus forming Christians who become effective witnesses to Christ in the workplace, the family, in social situations and in the church. In the Diocese of East Carolina, the Cursillo movement is known as "ENC," or East Carolina Episcopal Cursillo, and has a large number of both lay and ordained members. A four-day weekend spiritual retreat is scheduled at Trinity Center twice yearly, spring and fall, for new participants followed by grouping at each local church community. For more information visit www.cursillodec.com.

St Timothy's has an active Cursillo community that is open to all members of the Church. Several groups meet at various days and times, sharing time for reflection, devotions, and prayer. Contact Tom Czaplijski

Women's Spirituality

Women's Spirituality Group (WSG) combines book study and discussion with spiritual fellowship and reflection, and the sharing of prayers, thanksgivings and meditations. All meetings begin with a snack/social time as we gather and unwind. Prayers and thanksgivings are kept in a journal and emailed to all of us to include in our own petitions during the two weeks before we meet again and then receive updates on the folks on our list. Participants take turns providing snacks and are responsible for the beginning and ending prayers or meditations. All women are invited to participate in this group that meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. The contact person is Sharyn Lennox.