Christian Education for Adults

Faith Matters in the Parish Hall

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.  This class meets at 9:30am in the Parish Hall.

All classes will meet during the education hour on Sunday mornings, from 9:30 – 10:30 AM.
*No classes will meet during Second Sunday Breakfasts.

The Life of Faith: A Journey More Than a Destination

Join us in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am as we consider these and other questions. More verb than noun, faith is a system of images, values, and commitments that guide our lives. Faith then is really universal – everyone who chooses to go on living operates by some basic faith. In our time together, we will seek answers to questions of faith, but more importantly will question the answers we come up with.

    February 5 - Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney and long-time parishioner of St. Andrew's, will speak in the Faith Matters adult education forum about her vocational journey and the spirituality of politics.  All are encouraged to attend!

    February 12 - Second Sunday Breakfast

    February 19 - You will be my witnesses - This lesson continues our study of the Book of Acts and the origins of the early church.

    February 26 – Pentecost – We continue our study of the Book of Acts with the anointing of the early church.

      If you have any questions, please contact The Rev. Jimmy Grace.

      The Gospel and Beyond in the Associate Rector's office

      An informal discussion group that 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.  The class meets at 9:30 am in the Associate Rector's Office.   All are welcome to bring their thoughts and questions to this gathering.

      All classes will meet during the education hour on Sunday mornings, from 9:30 – 10:30 AM.
      *No classes will meet during Second Sunday Breakfasts.

      Inquirer's Class - Join St. Andrew’s through Confirmation

      An Inquirer’s Class series for adults is scheduled for Sunday mornings in the Fall. The class will cover the topics listed below, and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church or being confirmed or received by the Bishop.

      Spiritual Reading Group 

      The St. Andrew’s Spirituality 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 6:30pm to 8:00pm at St. Andrew’s House.

      The Spiritual Reading Group will begin a new book on January 9 at 6:30 pm at St. Andrew’s House. Anyone interested in reading and discussing thought-provoking spiritual selections is invited to join the conversation.  

      Ash Wednesday is March 1, and in preparation, the Spiritual Reading Group invites you to read City of God, Faith in the Streets, by Sara Miles. This book is about Sara's reflections and experiences distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday in the crowded streets of San Francisco. Sara reflects from a specifically Episcopalian perspective, and throughout the book, she describes her experiences with The Rev. Paul Fromberg, former rector of St. Andrew’s and current rector of St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco.  We will discuss the first seven chapters (through page 94) of the book on Monday, March 13 at 6:30 pm in St. Andrew's House and discuss the remainder of the book at our April meeting. The group meets on second Mondays, and you are welcome to join our conversation at any time. If you are unable to attend our meetings, you can join the online discussion on the Facebook page SAEC Spiritual Reading Group.

      If you are unable to attend, you can participate by joining the SAEC Spiritual Reading Group Facebook page, where John Grothues and/or John Ibanez monitor the online discussion.

      For the newest reading selection, contact John Grothues or John Ibanez if you are interested in participating in this ministry.

      Thursday morning Bible Study

      This group explores the upcoming Sunday readings with a brief explanation for each text and shared reflection on how the readings impact participants' lives.  The study takes place Thursday mornings from 10:30am to 11:30am at St. Andrew’s House.