At St Paul's we recognize that people are always learning, and that the Christian faith is simultaneously simple and inexhaustible. A given Bible verse can mean different things to us, and have different implications for us every time we read it. Life itself, the creation around us, is a steady stream of new opportunities to learn. In Christian discipleship, intentional learning can simply satisfy curiosity or it can mean lessons for life that cause us to repent and begin again trusting the Spirit to lead us in new paths.
So various groups of people within our congregation meet and pray together, study the Bible together, discuss life experience as a follower of Christ together. Anyone can start whatever group they want whenever they want, and these groups end as it seems necessary to those in the group. So staff at St Paul's are not always aware of every learning group going on.
However, we can help connect you to groups that keep us informed of their meetings. We also encourage you start your own! From time to time Pastor Craig extends invitations to the congregation for short-term classes (4-6 weeks at a time). That information will be shared here, on our church Facebook page, and in the printed announcements page for worship. We're presently considering an online group discussion of some kind, and have yet to decide it that would include some face-to-face meetings as well. Let Pastor Craig know if you're interested.
The groups with standing invitations for more people to join are:
- Sunday adult class, meeting most Sundays at 10:15 in the lounge.
- Early Risers is a group of men that meet every week at 7am on Wednesday mornings at Cook's Cafe downtown.
- Sack Lunch Bible study meets in the lounge room at St Paul's, about 12:15pm every Tuesday. They read through books of the Bible and discuss their own reactions and interpretations on the fly.
- Priscilla Circle meets monthly on the 2nd Monday of each month, and usually the group participants are working their way through a book and discussing when they meet.