THE INQUIRERS' CLASS
THE NEXT SERIES BEGINS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, AND LASTS SIX WEEKS THROUGH SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 2022
ALL CLASSES MEET SUNDAYS, 12:30–2 P.M., IN-PERSON IN BLOEDEL HALL AND ONLINE VIA ZOOM, registration required
- Sunday, September 18, 2022
- Sunday, September 25, 2022
- Sunday, October 2, 2022
- Sunday, October 9, 2022
- Sunday, October 16, 2022
- Sunday, October 23, 2022
No matter where you are on your journey, consider attending this series, facilitated by clergy, where we will explore together the basics of the Christian faith through the Episcopal lens. Whether you are new to Saint Mark’s, or just interested in sharing and learning, you are welcome.
After completing the series, many people often decide to receive the sacrament of baptism or be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend all six sessions.
Please contact Emily Meeks (email@example.com) with questions.
Spring 2022 Schedule & Forms
- Key Dates for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation, 2022
- Baptism Form
- Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Form
- Instruction for Bishop's Letter
Spring 2022 Weekly Meetings & Resources
WEEK 1: Beginnings | March 6, 2022
- View the slides from Dean Thomason's presentation here.
- Mutual Ministry Goals
- Land Acknowledgement
- Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action:
- 2021 Annual Report
WEEK 2: Bible | March 13, 2022
WEEK 3: Mission & Ministry of the Church | March 20, 2022
WEEK 4: Faith & Prayer | March 27, 2022
WEEK 5: Church History | April 3, 2022
- Marc's slides for this class: Part 1 (pre-reformation); Part 2 (reformation and after)
- Marc recommends: The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why by Phyllis Tickle
- Wendy's Slides: Episcopal Quotes
- A list of resources on church history and polity
WEEK 6: Liturgy & Sacraments | April 10, 2022
- The Episcopal Church's Glossary of Terms
- Your Faith, Your Life by Jennifer Gamber (the principal text for the class)
- The Book of Common Prayer online
- Another online version of the BCP
- Baptism & Confirmation at Saint Mark’s
Baptism: This sacramental rite is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the church. God establishes an indissoluble bond with each person in Baptism, adopting us and making us members of the church and inheritors of the Kingdom of God [BCP, p. 298, 858].
Confirmation: The sacramental rite by which candidates confirm their baptismal promises by expressing “a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” [BCP, p. 860].
Reception into the Episcopal Church: Baptized persons who have been members of another Christian denomination and wish to become affiliated with the Episcopal Church may make a public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their baptism in the presence of a bishop.
Reaffirmation: Those who have entered a new level of spiritual life or who are returning to church after a period of absence may reaffirm their baptismal vows in the presence of a bishop.