Christian Formation

Baptism, Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation of Faith

The Book of Common Prayer provides the basic theology for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Faith

The Outline of the Faith begins on Page 845

To prepare for any of these rites please contact The Reverend Tuck Bowerfind  Rector, Grace Episcopal Church



Christianity and Culture 9:15 am Sundays in person and via Zoom 

  One hour presentations on a broad range of topics by a broad range of presenters from the church and the community related to Christianity and Culture.  Check this space for forum topics and presenters.  

Upcoming 2022

October 2 – Sexual Ethics and the Scriptural and Theological basis for LGBTQ inclusion, presenter Tuck Bowerfind
October 16 – Sally Hurme – Legacy Planning
October 23 - Recognizing Bias - Tamara Futrell, Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement at W&L University
October 30 – November 20 Canonical topics – Holy Scripture, Outline of Faith, Time and Talent, all licensed lay ministries, ACTS, and Pastoral Care, other
November 6 TBD
November 13 TBD
November 20 Meet our Vestry Candidates and Review Annual Meeting Agenda
November 27 Annual Getting Ready for Christmas/Advent Workshop
December 4 Annual Meeting of the Congregation with election of new Vestry members
December 11 TBD
December 18 TBD

December 25 No Forum Today - Celebrating the Incarnation at 10:30 only

January 1 Celebrating the Holy Name

January 8 Baptism - What should our baptism/confirmation preparation look like?

January 15 MLK Birthday, Becoming Beloved Community

January 22

January 29 

February 5 What happened at Diocesan Convention - Annual Convention of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia - presentation by our Delegates

Feb 12

Feb 19 (Last Epiphany)

Feb 26 (Lent 1) Passion and the Arts How different Media engage us with the event that transforms creation 

March 5 The Passion and the Arts Bach's St. Mathew's Passion

March 12 The Passion and the Arts The Oberammergau and the Passion Play

March 19 The Passion and Modern Art

March 26 The Passion in Film

April 2 Palm Sunday


Completed Program Recordings
2022

October 23, 2022 - Recognizing Bias with Tamara Futrell, Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Student Engagement at Washington & Lee University. 


October 16, 2022 - Legacy Planning with Sally Hurme. What is the most important information you need to decide, document, and organize to ensure your life's plans and wishes are carried out? Sally Hurme, an Episcopalian and attorney, retired AARP executive, and bestselling author shares her experience and suggestions.


September 18, 25, 2022 – Recovering our Connection to God’s Joy in Creation (Part 1) led by Anne Hansen

"....when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy"   (Job 38:7).    Is there a place for joy in our age of ecological anxiety?  If so, how do we regain it?  We'll consider creation through the accounts in Genesis and our own experience.

Recovering our Connection to God's Joy in Creation (Part 2)


April 24, May 8 & 15, 2022 -  Three Kings of Israel, with Doug Ayer

 Doug Ayer treats from a historical perspective three Kings of Israel who exemplify prominent aspects of the development of Israel's Monarchy.  David transforms a Tribal Confederation into a Nation-State. Solomon expands David's State into a Regional Empire. Josiah, near the end of the Pre-Exilic Period, institutes a major if short-lived Political Reform which institutes elements of limited government parallel in some respects to features found in institutions in Ancient Greece during roughly the same period.   


2021

The Seven Last Words of Christ 

with Joanne Robblee


A three-part series of Reflections on The Seven Last Words of Christ from Jon Meacham's The Hope of Glory. The events of Good Friday and Easter reveal essential truths about Christianity. Beginning with “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” we will discuss how these words epitomize Jesus’s message of love, not hate; grace, not rage; and, rather than vengeance, extraordinary mercy.

Available for viewing on YouTube


The Life and Doctrine of Dietrich Bonhoeffer March 7 & 14

Our presenter, Brooklyne Oliveira is a senior in Religion and Philosophy at WLU.  

Part 1 -Available for viewing on YouTube

Part 2 - Available for viewing on YouTube

The Labyrinth with Joanne Robblee              

The History of the Labyrinth, part 1 HERE

                            The Labyrinth of Grace, part 2 HERE

                            Walking the Labyrinth, part 3 HERE


The Windows and Brass of Grace with Marlys Craun  HERE


 


EfM (Education for Ministry) September - May

Education for Ministry (EfM), a four-year program of theological education at-a-distance, has begun its fall session here at Grace Episcopal Church. As the emphasis on lay ministry has grown, the EfM program has played a crucial role in developing theologically informed, knowledgeable lay leaders. The program is sponsored by the University of the South and since its inception in 1975, more than 60,000 people have participated.  If you're interested in becoming a part of this group, contact the Parish Office for more information.  For more information contact James Keane




Children and Youth
 Children and Youth are valued at Grace. Post Covid we are rebuilding programs for children and youth.

 

All persons who work with children and youth must complete training in Safeguarding God's People



Youth
Youth are valued parishioners and take an active role in our worship by acolyting, lay reading, and singing in the choirs.

We regularly participate in DIOSWVA's youth events,
FYE, Happening, SYE, Youth@Convention and YMT.

Questions?
Contact Tuck Bowerfind