THE INQUIRERS' CLASS
THE NEXT SERIES WILL BEGIN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 AND RUN THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26.
CLASSES MEET SUNDAYS, 12:30–2 P.M., IN-PERSON IN BLOEDEL HALL AND ONLINE VIA ZOOM, registration required
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions. A registration link will be posted here when it is available.
Fall 2022 Schedule & Forms
Fall 2022 Weekly Meetings & Resources
Resources for each week will be posted here as they become available.
WEEK 1: Beginnings | September 18, 2022
WEEK 2: Bible | September 25, 2022
WEEK 3: Mission & Ministry of the Church | October 2, 2022
WEEK 4: Faith & Prayer | October 9, 2022
WEEK 5: Church History | October 16, 2022
WEEK 6: Liturgy & Sacraments | October 23, 2022
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.
The Episcopal Church can use particular words that connect to how we worship, engage in spiritual practices, and express what we believe. These may seem intimidating at first glance. Below are some resources to help (asking clergy and staff is always welcome too or signing up for the next Inquirers' Class.
Welcome to a Life of Faith in the Episcopal Church by Megan Castellan
Provides frequently encountered vocabulary and overviews of worship, history and The Book of Common Prayer. Available here for loan from the Diocesan Resource Center.
Walk in Love Episcopal Beliefs and Practices by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe
Walks through the liturgical year and provides insights about the sacraments, daily prayer and Anglican teachings. Available here for loan from the Diocesan Resource Center.
The Ultimate Quest A Geek's Guide to The Episcopal Church by Jordan Haynie Ware
Engages youth, young adults, seekers and proclaimed "geeks" with a humorous translation of Episcopal practices. Available here for loan from the Diocesan Resource Center.
This online glossary contains a definition for many words that you may encounter in participating in the life of our Saint Mark's community.