Christian Education for Adults
Parish Hall - Sundays at 9:30 AM
Faith Matters is an ongoing adult formation class facilitated by clergy and guest speakers on a variety of topics, including book studies, Bible study, theology, contemporary society and more. St. Andrew's is committed to lifelong formation, and this class encourages adults to search for answers to their questions of faith in a context of diversity of opinion. Classes are held weekly.
During the Summer break, please join us at 9:30 am in the Parish Hall for Summer Gatherings - fellowship, fun, and food - hosted by a ministry group at St. Andrew’s.
Continuing the Interfaith Studies, Faith Matters will explore Buddhism beginning in September.
September 1 - Buddhism Series – Gaelyn Godwin - The Abbot of Houston Zen Center, Setsuan Konjin, Gaelyn Godwin, is connected nationally and internationally with Buddhist teachers and organizations, and, in addition to her own travels to lead Zen retreats, she brings nationally recognized teachers to Houston for Dharma teaching. She serves as the Director of the International Division of Soto Zen, North America (a department of Soto Zen Headquarters based in Japan).
September 8 - Buddhism Series – Alejandro Chaoul - A practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, Chaoul will share history, insights, and reflections upon this venerable branch of Buddhist practice.
September 15 - Buddhism Series – Speaker to be announced
September 22 - Interfaith Ministries & Interfaith Dialogue - Bethany Boucher, Program Manager for Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships, will share opportunities for interfaith engagement and dialogue across the city of Houston.
September 29 - Episcopal School Sunday Class - As St. Andrew’s honors Episcopal School Sunday, we welcome Nancy Simpson, Head of School, to Faith Matters as she and other faculty demonstrate classroom Montessori learning practices.
If you have any questions, please contact The Rev. Jimmy Grace.
Adult Forum, The Gospel and Beyond
Classroom 1 - Sundays at 9:30 AM
This informal discussion group meets to reflect on the Gospel lesson and other current topics. With the help of scholarly resources prepared for lay people, the group discusses and learns while growing in God's Word. All are welcome to bring their thoughts and questions to this gathering. Classes are held weekly.
In anticipation of Bishop Monterosso’s visit October 27, a series of Inquirer’s Classes for adults are scheduled for Sunday mornings beginning September 22 and running through October 20. Each class will meet from 9:30 – 10:20 AM in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. The class will cover a range of topics and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church or being confirmed or received by the Bishop.
Text: Walk in Love, Scott Gunn & Melody Wilson-Shobe
September 22 - Rev. Jimmy Grace, Walk in Love, Chapters 1 -5
September 29 - Rev. Bradley Varnell, Walk in Love, Chapters 6 – 10
October 6 - Steve Oprea, Walk in Love, Chapters 11 – 15
October 13 - Steve Oprea, Walk in Love, Chapters 16 – 20
October 20 - Rev. Bradley Varnell, Walk in Love, Chapters 21-26
Confirmation Rehearsal: Saturday, October 26 at 9 AM
Confirmation Date: October 27, 9:30 AM with Bishop Monteroso
To register , please email Trish Mehrkam, Parish Administrator, or call 713-861-5596.
Spiritual Reading Group
The Spiritual Reading Group explores thought-provoking books on Christian spirituality, offering stimulating discussion. The intent of the class is to broaden understanding of Christian spirituality and to deepen commitment to Christian living as we reflect on our faith and spiritual journey. This small group meets on the second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at St. Andrew’s House. If you are unable to attend, you can participate by joining the SAEC Spiritual Reading Group Facebook group for a monitored discussion. For the newest reading selection, contact John Grothues or John Ibanez.
August 12 - Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich
In May 1373, a woman took to her bed, believing that she was shortly going to die. She was 30 years old. To offer her comfort at the point of her death, a curate (a priest’s assistant) at her bedside held a crucifix out in front of her. At this moment, the woman who is today known as Julian of Norwich experienced a series of 16 extraordinary visions. These visions are described in the Revelations of Divine Love, which is the first work in English to be authored by a woman.
September 9 & October 14 - Jesus for the Non-Religious by John Shelby Spong
Among a small number of intelligent and the madness of religious fundamentalism, the voice of John Shelby Spong is articulating an interpretation and understanding of Christian history and story that honors and challenges the mind while it renews the heart. Jack Spong rejects the vacuous, angry imagery of literalist and fundamentalist Christianity in favor of a human Jesus; a Creator-God committed to the life and health of planet Earth; and a healing community of persons that embraces all people regardless of religion, race, gender, nation or lifestyle.
Men's Bible Study
All men are invited to join our weekly Bible Study led by Rev. Jimmy Grace on Wednesday mornings at St. Andrew's House. Bible Study begins at 6 AM and concludes by 7 AM. Coffee will be provided. Bible Study is a time for fellowship, study, prayer and accountability. Meetings resume August 28.
Women's Bible Study
All women are invited to join our weekly Bible study led by Rev. Jimmy Grace on Wednesday mornings in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. Bible Study begins at 8:30 AM and is a time for fellowship, study, prayer and fellowship. Meetings resume August 28.