adult learning programs

Bible Study in the Library / Parlor

Bible study is offered at 4:00 Sunday afternoon, before the 5:00 service, facilitated by Lee Puricelli. During the Bible study we read a passage aloud, often using different translations, and discuss. While participants are welcome to review various commentaries on the readings, no preparation is necessary and drop-ins are welcome. We meet in the parish library. If you have any questions, please email the parish office or Lee Purcelli.

Additional Bible study is offered on a periodic basis–usually seasonally. The topics vary from biblical critical studies to inspirational readings, encompassing sections of scripture such as the Gospels, Epistles or Old Testament stories.

An overall review of the Bible is offered each spring in our annual Inquirers’ course, offered by the rector, for those seeking confirmation in the Episcopal Church or anyone who wishes to examine or Judeo/Christian heritage.

Adult Forums

On scheduled Sunday mornings immediately following the 10 a.m. service, Christ Church hosts speakers who discuss timely topics such as the experiences and needs of returning war veterans, the relationship between Christianity and Judaism, the Islamic faith, and social justice issues.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Lay persons face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world. To address this, Christ Church sponsors an Education for Ministry course. EfM offers a theological education which supports their faith and also teaches them to express that faith in day-to-day events.

The EfM program does not evaluate or recommend individuals for ordination. The EfM program was developed by the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South and is preparation for the ministry to which we all are called “to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.”

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.


The first Thursday of each month, members gather to listen to stimulating lectures on a variety of subjects. Starting with social time at 11:30 am and a light lunch (optional for $10) at noon, the presentation begins at 12:30 
pm and usually lasts one hour. Planned for mature members, these events are open to all interested parties.

Book Discussion Groups

Book Discussion Groups are held periodically. Small groups of member choose a book with a timely subject and read and discuss the book, its relationship to living in our society, and its theological or moral message.