Adult Education

We encourage all adults to find a way to plugged in at Saint Luke's and Adult Education is a great start! Through our Sunday and midweek gatherings, every person has an opportunity to learn, grow and build relationships that can last a lifetime. Christian education is an important part of our life and ministry. Below, please find ways to join us in a lifelong adventure of learning and growing in Christ.

Sunday Mornings and Afternoons

 Sunday Morning at 9:15am

Jericho Road: The Gospel of Mark: Using music, video, and images, join us as we begin an in-depth study of the shortest and yet most provocative Story of Jesus. Led by the Rev. Rich Webster in Graham Hall. 

Wisdom’s Way: Facilitated teaching on topics which strengthen and broaden our faith. Format includes teaching, culling the wisdom from the group,  and prayer practices for those who want to go deeper. First topic is “The Celtic Way”

  • Background, history, culture of the Celtic tradition 
  • Themes from the Celtic Stream 
  • Prominent voices/poetry/prayers/chants 

Facilitated by the Rev. Mary Bea Sulivan in the Founders Room.

Family Life Sunday School- Andy Stanley’s series “Follow": Lots of people think Christianity is all about doing what Jesus says. But what if doing what Jesus says isn’t what Jesus says to do at all? Jesus’ invitation is an invitation to relationship, and it begins with a simple request: follow me. Religion says, “Change and you can join us.” Jesus says, “Join us and you will change.” There’s a huge difference. Jesus doesn’t expect people to be perfect. He just wants them to follow him. In this video-based and discussion oriented Sunday School, Andy Stanley takes us on a journey through the Gospels as he traces Jesus’ teaching on what it means to follow wherever you have been placed in life. Facilitated by John Scott and the Rev. Cameron Nations.  

Sunday Afternoons 

3:45pm - Read an Ancient Classic with a Little Help from Your Friends: Book Two of Virgil’s The Aeneid. (translation by Robert Fagels). Studying this literature provides a glimpse of the ancient world. Studying among friends gleans wisdom for today’s world. Led by Diana Plosser. Purchase the book on your own, or contact Rebecca DeBow. Meets in Founders Room

3:45pm - A Study for Working Women: A Woman’s Place by Katelyn Beaty. September 24 and October 1This is the first meeting; other meetings to be announced.About the book: Starting with the Bible’s approach to work—including the creation story, the Proverbs 31 woman, and New Testament models—Beaty shows how women’s roles in Western society have changed; how the work-home divide came to exist; and how the Bible offers models of women in leadership. Readers will be inspired by stories of women effecting dynamic cultural change, leading institutions, and living out grand and beautiful vocations. Beaty urges all believers into a better framework for imagining career, ambition, and calling. For more information, contact Rebecca DeBow. Meets in the Tilson Room. Childcare available with reservation.

MidWeek Offerings

Monday

  • Pondering Scripture: We gather to gain a deeper understanding of scripture, with teaching, discussion, and prayer. We currently are studying the Psalms. Open to all ages. Feel free to come in your exercise clothes! Newcomers are welcome at anytime. This study meets Monday's at 9:30 am and Wednesday's at 1:30 pm in the Tilson Room. All are welcome.
  • Prayers Jesus Prayed, 10:00am and 5:30pm: Begins September 18 - An eight week study of six prayers uttered by Jesus to strengthen your prayer life and intimacy with God. Led by the Rev. Rebecca DeBow. This class is also offered on Tuesday.

Tuesday

  • Men’s Bible Study - 6:30am - Founder’s Room - Currently reading the Book of Acts, sharing the teaching role using John Stott’s commentary, The Message of Acts, and drinking coffee. We welcome new members at any time. For more information, contact Rick Finch.
  • Centering Prayer - Tuesdays at Noon, Tilson Room. Begins August 15. The Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan and the Reverend Deacon Katy Smith will co-facilitate a weekly centering prayer gathering. The pattern of the time together will be a brief period of instruction, praying this contemplative prayer, and sharing our experiences. Drop-ins are welcome.
  • Prayers Jesus Prayed - 10:30am - Begins September 19. An eight-week study of six prayers uttered by Jesus to strengthen your prayer life and intimacy with God. Led by the Rev. Rebecca DeBow. This class is also offered on Monday.
  • Tuesday Evening Women’s Bible Study, 5:00-6:00 pm, Tilson Room: This group studies the Lectionary, the scripture that we read in church on Sunday. No preparation is necessary and all women are welcome at any time. Led by Diana Plosser.
  • Yoga Class - 7:00pm - Christian Yoga with Teresa Callahan. Beginners welcome. Begins October 3.

Wednesday

  • Men’s Bible Study & Breakfast - Exodus: The Story Continues - 7:00am, Graham Hall. This Bible study will take a fresh look at the second book of the Bible, with an eye toward relevance for today. Led by the Rev. Richmond Webster.
  • Healing Stories in the Bible - 11:00am, Chapel. We will examine 26 healing stories and discover God’s desire for humanity’s health and well-being. Led by The Rev. Rebecca DeBow
     
  • Pondering Scripture - Wednesdays, 1:30pm - Tilson Room. We gather to gain a deeper understanding of scripture, with teaching, discussion, and prayer. We currently are studying the Psalms. Open to all ages. Newcomers are welcome at anytime. Led by Sandy Porter: 802-6207. 
  • Aging Faithfully - 4:00pm, Graham Hall, Begins September 13 - The Reverends Mary Bea Sullivan and Malcolm Marler will be facilitating a discussion and exploring practices that promote wellness for those who are in the second half of life. Jesus commands us to “... love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.” We will consider the unique opportunities and challenges to living into this commandment at this stage of life. Mary Bea is the Associate Rector for Pastoral Care at Saint Luke’s, and Malcolm is the Director of Pastoral Care at UAB Hospital. Participants will be able to take a Wednesday meal home or eat early, similar to last year’s “Early Bird Special.”
  • Women’s Bible Study: The Gospel According to Job, 6:15pm to 7:15pm - Founders Room - Begins Wednesday, September 13. The Gospel According to Job by Mike Mason reminds the reader that it’s all right to doubt, to be confused, to wonder—in short, to be completely human. But what will heal us and help us endure is a direct, transforming, encounter with the living God. All you need for the study will be provided—no need to purchase the book. Led by Mary Halsey Maddox and Rebecca Eubanks.
  • Men’s Bible Study: The Book of Acts - 6:15pm to 7:15pm Tilson Room - Begins Wednesday, September 13. Throughout history, God has shaped events to bring about His plans of renewal and redemption. God wanted to restore his world, his creation and his creatures so that they would fulfill his original intentions for them. God thru Jesus Christ is the force, mind and will behind the mission, but he has chosen humans to work alongside him. The stories of the book of Acts show us how God is moving his mission forward. Where does that take us in our busy, daily lives? Are we prepared for what Jesus has in store for us? Led by John Scott
  • Grief Support Group - Oct 25 - Nov 29 (excluding 11/22). Have you experienced a significant loss in the past few years? If so, you are welcome to join the Rev. Mary Bea Sullivan and Betsy Smith for a six-week series designed to provide a safe, confidential environment to be supported, and to support others, who are living with grief. Prayer and self-care will be a part of the program along with Christian and secular grief resources.

Thursday

Rich’s Women’s Bible Study - Exodus: The Story Continues - 10:30am, Founders Room. This Bible study will take a fresh look at the second book of the Bible, with an eye toward relevance for today. Led by the Rev. Richmond Webster.

 

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen. ~BCP

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Adult Education question: Contact The Rev. Rebecca DeBow 205.871.3583
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