Upcoming Classes

Welcome to St. Michael’s Class

Sundays 11:45am-1:15pm Friendship Room beginning September 11.  This is a class designed for newcomers, visitors interested in know more about St. Michael’s, and new members.  We will discuss St. Michael’s approach to Episcopal spirituality and theology.  Classes are scheduled for Sundays, September 11, 18, and 24th, from 11:45am to 1:15.

St. Michael’s Step Work Class

1st and 3rd Wednesdays 7-8pm Zoom beginning September 21st.  There are many 12 step programs that work to help people recover from addictions of many kinds:  Alcohol, drugs, etc.  The foundation of this step work is a relationship with a high power, honesty, humility, and an openness to seeing old things in a new way. This class will help you explore the principles of the 12 steps as a way to deepen your relationship with God and in doing so, the promise is that you will find peace, love, and joy in your life.  The work is simple in theory but difficult in practice.  Be warned, this is a class that will change you if you let it.

Growing More Deeply:  Learning, Experiencing, and Reflecting Class

Sundays 11:45 to 1:15 beginning October 9th.  This class will run for 6 weeks, October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13. Come with some ideas with what you may want to learn. We will ask you to put yourself in a place that will help you experience what you chose to learn about.  Members will be asked to support each other in this class.  The last classes will take what you learned and what you experienced and ask that you reflect upon how it may have changed you.  Whether you share your reflections or not is up to you.   This is designed to learn, experience, and reflect from a spiritual perspective.

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Ongoing Classes

Thursday 10am Bible Study

This group gathers weekly as a community to engage with the Word.  We believe that God still speaks in similar ways that God spoke to humans in the beginning throughout history.  The stories of Jesus and the movement he created with his life help us know the healing and reconciling power of God working through Jesus Christ and in us today.  Through the ancient stories, we seek to understand better our relevance today and how the old stories are made new in our lives.  We read the upcoming Sunday’s scripture to seek out themes and the context in which it was written.  AND we seek to understand more fully what the Word is saying to us today and what it might mean in our lives.

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Sacred Circle

Last Wednesdays 7-8pm Zoom ongoing. This is a chance to gather and reflect on a writing and a prayer with a group of members who are seeking to hear God better in their lives.

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Group Study

At St. Michael’s, we are determined to keep our sense of community intact during these remote times. We offer a number of Adult Education courses and groups to help you stay connected while still staying safe.

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Thursday Morning Bible Study Zoom

We Begin at 10:00 am and end at 11:30 am and are currently meeting on zoom. This very special group of men and women meet to read, study, and struggle with biblical stories in order to find practical application for our lives. We look for God’s Word to help us apply it to our lives to make them more compassionate and God-centered. There is no obligation to conform to any one belief. One only has to be open to the complexity and paradox often found in the stories! This is an open bible study and all are welcome!

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St. Michael's Step Group

To kick off this group, we will have a class that will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays beginning September 21st from 6:30-7:30 for six weeks.  After that, we will continue to meet as a group determined by the group’s will.

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Circle of Care Group

is a group of members who have been trained through the Community of Hope class.  They each have care receivers who they pray with, listen to, and care for.  They meet regularly to support each other in this work.   They will be having a Fall Retreat this year in person.  If you would like to receive care from this group, please call Rev. Mary.

Education for Ministry

Have you heard people talking about EfM and wondered what it is? Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of theological education of the School of Theology of the University of the South. Students sign up one year at a time, for this four year program.

The study is done in a seminar class which meets once a week throughout the academic year, about 36 weeks, under the guidance of trained mentors.

If you would like more information, please contact Janice Bowdler, janbowdler@comcast.net , or Ellen Cehand, harbawe1961@gmail.com. Financial assistance is available.

Community Builder

EfM is a small “community” of learners studying together. Although the course materials provide substantial academic content, the focus is on life as ministry and understanding what that ministry may be. People who join EfM grow in knowledge, ministry capability, and friendships.  The first two years focus on the Old and New Testament, the third year on church history and the fourth year on ethics and philosophy.  Graduates say that this program is always worth the time invested.

Deeper Understanding

EfM teaches you how to think theologically, deepens your faith, and your understanding of our Christian heritage. The bonds you will form in this small learning community will be deep and long lasting. The program is non-denominational and St. Michael’s class is open to members of other Christian communities.

Training & Licensing

The process for becoming a licensed minister includes discernment, Safe Church Training and ministry specific trainings provided here at St Michael’s and/or through deanery or diocesan workshops. Additionally, the Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California has included anti-racism training as a requirement for clergy, Licensed lay ministers and lay leaders in our congregations in an attempt to further educate our church on the negative effects of racism in our society and possible solutions to create a more just society. Please contact Rev. Mary for more information about trainings and licensing.