Adult Christian Education at St. James Church
In this section you will find information on the following: Adult Forum, Safe Church Training, Trinity Institute and Education for Ministry.
Meeting Times: We get together for some quality Face Time (not the app) at 9:00 am most Sundays, except when there is a first Sunday breakfast. It is offered between the two Sunday morning services, beginning in September until Pentecost in May.
Contact: Contact: Dave Ferner
What We Do: We take a leading question and pair off with a resonably friendly looking stranger to hear each other's responses and allow the conversation lead us down whatever path it takes. After a while of one to one sharing, we gather in a circle, hear a short passage of scripture related to the question, and have a large group discussion before ending with a prayer. Come remember what it is like to take time to really connect face to face and deepen in your relationship with God by deepening in relationship with each other.
For more information contact Dave Ferner
The Trinity Institute usually occurs in January. This two-day event will be publicized in church and local media each year when the specific topic and schedule have been finalized.
St. James has partnered with Trinity Church Wall Street for over ten years to provide this excellent educational program on diverse topics of faith and its relevance in today’s world. Each January, a live telecast from Trinity features noted speakers such as Joan Chittichester, Robert Reich, Walter Bruggerman and James Cone.
Contact: Eleanor Vander Haegen
Education For Ministry
Meeting Times: This group currently meets on Wednesday mornings from fall through spring with the year beginning in September.
Contact: Eleanor Vander Haegen
What We Do: Education for Ministry, affectionately known as EfM, is a program of theological "education-at-a-distance" from the University of the South`s School of Theology.
Students sign up one year at a time for this four-year program. It covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology.
The University of the South (Sewanee) provides a four-year course of study for lay persons of any faith on our common ministry to which all are called at Baptism. This course does not prepare participants for the ordained ministry, but rather to live their life more intentionally as a Christian. Each year is a separate unit, beginning with Hebrew Scripture, New Testament, Church History, and Contemporary Theology.
No academic background is required for this class, as its goal is making the information accessible to lay people and finding joy in its message. Upon graduation, EfM graduates receive a certificate of completion. Continuing education credits are available through Sewanee.
For more information, contact Eleanor Vander Haegen
Safe Church Training
Safe Church Training is designed to make it easy for St. James parishioners to become Safe Church certified. Free online training using the curriculum “Safeguarding Our Children” is now available. Jaclyn Headings, our safe church minister, can provide trainees with a unique ID and password they will need to access the program. Because the program uses video clips, broadband Internet access is essential. Completion of online training is required in order to attend the follow up in person 3-hour training session. We try to offer at least one training session per year at St. James. For a full schedule of in-person trainings throughout New Hampshire, visit http://www.nhepiscopal.org/safe-church/
Refresher Training is required every 3 years. Anyone in need of refresher training is asked to take the new Initial Safe Church Training.