Keeping each other safe during COVID
Please visit our homepage and specific ministry pages to see how we are adapting our shared ministry to this challenge.

The Adult Forum is on temporary hold. Watch the weekly bulletin for information about new Adult Forum opportunities.

The Women’s Bible Study meets via Zoom. Contact the church office for more information.

The Mission Committee offers occasional one-evening book study groups via Zoom – watch the Weekly Announcements for details.

Some of the Spiritual Growth Groups, such as the Fiber Arts Group, are meeting via Zoom. Contact the church office for more information.


How are adults formed as Christians?
Worshiping together is our primary means of adult formation. Through prayers, psalms, and hymns, through scripture and preaching, we are drawn more deeply into the life of faith. But there are many other opportunities in our common life to grow as Christian people.

Adult Forum
During COVID, the Adult Forum is on temporary hold. Watch the weekly bulletin for information about new Adult Forum opportunities.
Adult Forums are held on Sunday mornings during the education hour throughout the academic year and are considerably varied in character. We’ve offered Living the Questions and Jesus Redux series, poetry readings, discussions about current issues, and guest speakers from local nonprofits, to name just a few. These programs might be led by the pastor, by St. Thomas laity, or by people from the community.

Eliot Smith, who offered a two-part series addressing racism and what we can do to confront and stop it, has made his materials available online:
A list of helpful resources for study about on racism
An outline of the first session – What does racism look like?
An outline of the second session – What can be done about racism?

Women’s Bible Study
During COVID, the Women’s Bible Study meets via Zoom. Contact the church office for more information.
A Bible study group for women meets once a month during the education hour. Visitors are welcome!

Spiritual Growth Groups
Some of the Spiritual Growth Groups, such as the Fiber Arts Group, are meeting via Zoom. Contact the church office for more information.
SGGs are lay-organized and lay-led, so if you’d like to try to start one during COVID, you could give it a try. Learning to be a Zoom meeting host is relatively easy.

This small group ministry honors the interests and calls of our members. Those who share a common interest, whether practical or missional, are invited to join with others. Each group spends time on the interest that brought them together, but they also may spend time studying scripture, sharing deeply about their lives and faith, praying together, or choosing a mission project. Spiritual Growth Groups may apply for funds through the St. Thomas Mission Endowment Fund to support their mission work. Read more about the spiritual growth groups.

stlc book of faithBook of Faith
Our national church has prepared excellent Bible study resources under the title Book of Faith. Our last pastor led Book of Faith series twice a year using these resources. The sessions were usually on weekday evenings of alternating weeks and were much valued.

Culture of Conversation
For a while, it was the practice of our last pastor to meet with members on the first Sunday of each month between worship services for a time of open conversation. This was intended to keep the channels of communication fully open at St. Thomas. Discussions ranged from questions about the Bible to theological issues, practical matters to current events.

 

stlc library
The Parish Library and quiet places for prayer and reflection
There is room here for study and reflection, inner activities that grow the soul. Here’s our parish library, open whenever the building is open. You are welcome to come and read or to bring a project of your own to work on.

The sanctuary is open whenever the building is open. The Prayer Garden is a quiet, lovely place for reflection and prayer.

stlc prayer garden