In the Footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare
A Pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome
The Rev. Milton Williams invites you to join him for an exciting pilgrimage to Assisi. We will be in Assisi for his feast day and have enough time in Assisi to immerse ourselves in its history, spirituality, art and food. Join us for this transformative and memorable journey!
September 28, 2018 - October 6, 2018
Trip Announcement / Itinerary
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Adult Inquirers’ Class and Confirmation Class
Sundays in the Red Room from 12:00pm–1:00pm. Led by the Clergy.
Are you new to St. Francis, to the Anglican tradition, or to Christianity in general? Are you interested in being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church? Are you curious in learning more about what it might mean to be an Episcopalian? Join us as we explore in greater depth core issues of Anglican theology and spirituality (liturgy, sacraments, prayer, etc.). This class will meet every Sunday in Lent, beginning February 18th and immediately following the 10:30am Eucharist. Lunch will be provided.
Wednesday Evening Lenten Program
Wednesdays in the Parish Hall from 5:30pm–7:00pm.
Join us Wednesday evenings in the Parish Hall for our weekly Lenten program. We will begin our time each evening with a time of fellowship around a pot-luck soup supper. Click here to sign-up for the pot-luck supper. Following our meal, we will join together in the historic Rite of Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer. This is a family-friendly event; all are welcome! The Wednesday Evening Lenten Program will meet the following dates: February 21, February 28, March 7, March 14, and March 21.
Pot-Luck Soup Supper Sign-up
St. Francis Women’s Retreat
Adult Education and Formation
Ash Wednesday (February 14) marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Historically, Lent is a penitential time, a time wherein Christians learn more and more how to throw off the ways of the world and put on new life in Christ. Throughout the Lenten season, we are confronted with concrete examples of our humanity: ashes smudged on our foreheads, growling stomachs from periods of voluntary fasting, solemn processions, and a sparsely adorned church. Our Lenten journey is one that begins soberly in penitence and ends dramatically at the foot of the Cross, as we behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
I invite you to a holy Lent by participating in our Adult Formation program, which will offer multiple opportunities for spiritual reflection and growth.
|Sundays in the Parish Hall from 9:15am–10:15am.
As we seek to take stock spiritually of our lives during Lent, our Adult Forum hour will focus on one of our three signal parish virtues: simplicity. What does it mean to be simple or to live simply? What insights might the Judeo-Christian tradition and the Scriptures offer?
||No forum this Sunday.
||"Can the saints still speak?", The Rev. Dr. Andrew Harmon. Fr. Drew will conclude our Adult Forum time in Epiphanytide by facilitating a conversation on the relevance of the lives of the saints for our 21st-century context.
||"Simple Gifts and the Gift of Simplicity: Historic Sources for the Virtue," Dr. J. Warren Smith, Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC
||“Simplicity and the Blessing and Challenge of Choice,” The Rev. Canon Earnest N. Graham, Regional Canon for Greensboro-Winston-Salem Convocation, Diocese of North Carolina
||No forum this Sunday.
||“Reflections on Simplicity in the Jewish Tradition,” Rabbi Joshua Ben-Gideon, Beth David Synagogue, Greensboro, NC
||“Simplicity and Franciscan Spirituality,” Fr. Louis Canino, OFM, St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, Stoneville, NC
Small-Group Book Study
||Sundays in the Gold Room from 9:15am–10:15am. Co-led by Fr. Drew and Participants. What does it look like to follow after God? If you’ve ever felt frustrated, apathetic, or ambivalent about the ways in which your faith shapes your life, join us. Together we will look at Rowan Williams’s recent book, Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life, and think through issues of forgiveness, holiness, and faith in society. Copies of the book will be made available on our first Sunday (January 7). This group will meet every Sunday during Epiphany.
Lectionary at Lunch
|Wednesdays in the Gold Room from 12:00pm–12:45pm. Led by Fr. Drew. Our Lectionary at Lunch gathering will continue on Wednesdays from 12:00pm–12:45pm throughout Lent. You are invited to bring your lunch as we explore each week’s readings in more depth. Because of Ash Wednesday services, Lectionary at Lunch will begin on February 21.
Youth Christian Formation
Sunday School is for preschoolers-5th graders, Sunday School will be during the 10:30 worship service. The classes are split into two groups, PreK-2nd grade, and 3rd-5th grade. The PreK-2nd Grade class meets in Classroom #7/9, while the 3rd-5th Grade class meets just across the hall in Classroom #10. The goal of our Sunday School curriculum is to teach children the way of Christ in the church and in the world, and to give them a solid grounding for their lifelong faith journey. Children begin in class and join their parents in the congregation for the celebration of Holy Eucharist at the Peace.
Our Middle School Sunday School and Cornerstone class (High School) meet at 9:15am. The Middle Schoolers meet in St. Mike's, and Cornerstone meets in the Cornerstone classroom, room #14/16. These classes continue on the faith foundations and journeys of our students, and foster spiritual leadership in our students--and usually include snacks!
Our Confirmation program is open to all baptized students in at least the 8th grade! We will meet immediately following the 10:30am worship service in St. Mike's, with lunch to be provided.