Adult Education


Adult Education

Our mission is to comfort, challenge and inspire a growing community of people in search of meaning and hope in their lives, and one of the avenues we provide to foster this exploration is through our numerous programs, classes, retreats and formation opportunities.

We strive to provide impactful offerings that will not only foster spiritual enrichment and growth, but also provide a basic theological foundation off of which to expand. The below offerings are your open invitation to join us, wherever you might be on your path, and whatever your religious background may be. We welcome all people, all questions, all doubts and all insights. Join us. 

For those of you who are looking for a great place to educate your children, we encourage you to check out our Children Youth and Family Ministries as well as The St. Bartholomew Community Preschool.

The Forum 
Each Sunday at 10:05 am, we gather for a forum that helps us further connect faith with life. Programs range from clergy teaching and expository Bible study to explorations of theology, social concerns and philosophical questions. Please click here for recordings of past Forums. Sundays, 10:05 am in the Great Hall.

Every person who comes to St. Bart’s is genuinely and warmly welcomed. But that’s just the beginning. If you are considering taking a closer look at joining St. Bart’s and/or learning more about the Episcopal and Anglican traditions, join us for EXPLORE—a popular, interactive class with the clergy of St. Bart's. Contact Manny Rodriguez to register or for more information.

  • Spring EXPLORE series: Sundays 10 to 10:45 am, April 8 to April 29, 2018

Four Sundays 10:00-10:45 am beginning April 8, in the Vestry Room. 

April 8, 2018 
Class Leader: The Reverend Matthew Moretz
10:00-10:45 am in the Vestry Room
Join the Rev. Matthew Moretz for an interactive introduction to St. Bart’s, the Episcopal Church, our Anglican identity, and your questions about faith and life.

 April 15, 2018
Class Leader: The Reverend Lynn Sanders
10:00-10:45 am in the Vestry Room
What is “liturgy” and why is it so important to Episcopalians? What does it mean to be a member of St. Bart’s? Join the Rev. Lynn Sanders for the second installment of this introductory course for adults.

 April 22, 2018
Class Leader: The Reverend Matthew Moretz
10:00-10:45 am in the Vestry Room
What’s our “take” on the Bible? What are the Episcopal Church’s “hot-button” issues? How do Episcopalians handle differences? Join the Rev. Matthew Moretz for the third installment of this introductory course for adults.

 April 29, 2018
Class Leader: The Reverend Lynn Sanders
10:00-10:45 am in the Vestry Room
What’s in our DNA as St. Bartians? How can I get more involved? The answers may surprise you! Join the Rev. Lynn Sanders for the final installment of this introductory course for adults.

Contact Manny Rodriguez to register or for more information on EXPLORE.

Beyond Baptism: Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation Classes for Adults

  • Education for Confirmation, Reaffirmation, and Reception for adults from other churches is begun through participation in our "Beyond Baptism" series which will be held on the Wednesday evenings of February 21, 28, March 7, 14, and 21 and April 4  at 7:00-8:30 pm in the Room 33 of the Community House. The evenings will include a light meal, with donations to support the cost requested. All are welcome, even if you are not being confirmed, etc. The course of study explores the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, church history, liturgy, the Episcopalian faith, and whatever other topics are of interest. Please sign up for our 2018 classes via this link and contact the Reverend Matthew Moretz 

Monday Evening Class Series 

  • Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm; April 16, 23, May 7, and 14 in Room 33.  Join Patrick Hornbeck, parishioner and chair of theology at Fordham University, for a four-week dialogue about one of the key factors shaping U.S. culture today: the rise of the religious "Nones, or the religiously unaffiliated. Join us as we share the history of this in our country and reflect on the role of our parish in this new environment.  Click here to register.

Bible Study 
Studying the Bible with others is a meaningful way to deepen your faith and understanding of scripture and Christian theology.

  • The Bible, The New York Times and You, led by the Rev. Lynn Sanders, offers thoughtful reflection on the upcoming Sunday Gospel and the day's op-ed pages. Click here for Sunday’s reading. Wednesdays 12:45 - 2 pm

Education For Ministry (EFM)
Are you looking to live into your faith more fully, to have faith connect more deeply with everyday life? Do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do?  What can the Bible teach us about the world today? Do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do? If you want to seek answers through study, reflection and community, EfM -- a four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice -- may be for you. To learn more, listen to an EfM Rector’s Forum or contact EfM Mentor Liza Page Nelson.