Adult Christian Education
The Adult Christian Education program at St. Andrew and
St. Charles seeks
to foster a more informed understanding of Christian faith
and a more thoughtful appreciation of what that faith means
to us in practice. Working with the rector, the members of
the Adult Christian Education committee (several of them teachers
in their professional lives) offer a varied program of classes
on a broad range of subjects. They also invite suggestions
for new ways to meet the educational needs of newcomers and
seekers as well as those of long-time churchgoers.
Experienced volunteers, along with occasional guest speakers,
lead an informal class discussion every Sunday at 9am during
the school year, from September to June. Each session lasts
about 40 minutes, and so can be easily combined with attendance
at either the 8am or the 10am service. Refreshments are provided.
Classes are grouped into short series of two to five weeks,
depending on the theme and the season of the year. No special
commitment or preparation is required, although in some cases
a particular book may be recommended for those who have the
time to read it. Each class is self-contained and combines
the presentation of material by the leader with free discussion
by the group as a whole.
Classes cover the broad range of Christian scripture, tradition,
and spiritual experience. We begin each year with a class
by the Rector on issues of basic theology, such as forgiveness.
Other classes may focus on:
• A book or group of books from the Bible. Recent examples
include the Wisdom books of the Old Testament, and the Epistle
• Guided spiritual reflections related to a season of the
liturgical year, especially Advent and Lent.
• Discussion of practical issues such as the role of religion
in the work place, or ethical decision-making from a Christian
point of view.
• The analysis of a classic work such as C. S. Lewis’ The
Screwtape Letters or M. Scott Peck's The Road Less Traveled,
or a newer and more controversial book by a contemporary
theologian or Biblical critic.
• A more meditative approach to spirituality, using the
imagery of the Stations of the Cross or the spiritual meaning
of the hymns of Anglican and other traditions.
There is something for everyone, and suggestions for new
topics are always welcome!
We meet 7:30 p.m. once each month for fun, food and discussion. Any questions? Please contact Janice Frost for the current list of books, meeting locations and dates. For details, please see the News and Events page of this website.
Lenten Study Program
Each Wednesday at
7:00 pm during Lent, these programs provide occasions for both
fellowship and interactive discussion. Led by the Rector,
a theme or book of the Bible is chosen to help make the journey
to Easter more spiritually rewarding.
Children's education is offered to children from pre-Kindergarten
through the eighth grade.
Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 2 is available for children
starting at age three. A variety of creative thematic activities
are planned for this age group. The children learn Bible stories
and Christian morals through active hands-on participation
in story-telling, craftwork, artwork, music and play. Snacks
are also available at this level and are usually tied in with
the lesson of the day.
Children in the third through fifth grades are
guided through lessons on Christian history and morals through
stories, hands-on activities, and discussion. The children
learn Christian history, church vocabulary and what it means
to be a Christian in today's world through guided discussion,
story-telling, reading and creative projects.
We have now added a Middle School class. This class
is designed to offer our sixth, seventh and eighth graders
the opportunity to learn and discuss subjects such as Church
history, sacraments and beliefs with experts from our own
Children's Chapel is offered from 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
All children meet in the St. Andrew's room for a modified version
of the Service. The children, guided by a volunteer (drafted
parent or grandparent), run the show, from lighting the candles
to reading the Bible passage. The children learn how the "big
church" works including when to respond during the Liturgy
and how to make the sign of the Cross.