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 (emcmeeks@gmail.com) with questions. A registration link will be posted here when it is available.


Fall 2022 Schedule & Forms

Note: Completed forms can be emailed to Canon Wendy Claire Barrie (wbarrie@saintmarks.org) or Emily Meeks (emcmeeks@gmail.com). 


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

Definitions:

  • 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.
The Episcopal Church Glossary of Terms
  • This online glossary contains a definition for many words that you may encounter in participating in the life of our Saint Mark's community.
Resources from SPRING 2022
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
List of resources related to this session.
WEEK 3: Mission & Ministry of the Church | March 20, 2022
Linzi's slides for this class
Bible word study tool shared by Linzi
WEEK 4: Faith & Prayer | March 27, 2022
Eliacín's slides for this class
Clip from Rev. shown in class
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
Jennifer's slides for this class