Adult Formation

Growing in faith is a life-long journey and we offer many opportunities for adults to explore the Christian faith and discover how to live out their faith in the world. At Good Samaritan, we value questions, wrestle with doubts, and don’t settle for easy answers. Learning together in community helps us understand more about God, the world, and ourselves. Our formation opportunities for adults are safe places to wrestle with real life and discover how God is present through every stage, experience, or challenge.

Sunday Formation

Christian formation for adults is offered on Sundays at 9:15 am, except for a summer break mid-June through the beginning September. Topics vary seasonally, but you can be sure that, no matter the topic, it will be a lively and meaningful conversation with others exploring the Christian faith and how we live it out. For more information about adult formation on Sundays, contact The Rev. Steve Danzey.

Education for Ministry

In the Episcopal Church, we believe that all persons are called to ministry. For those seeking more intentional study and exploration of the Christian faith, and want to discover how they might use their gifts to serve in the church and world Education for Ministry offers that opportunity through a four-year distance learning program. Education for Ministry has a long history at Good Samaritan with new study groups beginning each fall. For more information about Education for Ministry, contact Joe O’Neil.

Women’s Ministry

Our women’s ministry, made up of women of all ages and stages of life, provides a time and place for rest from our busy lives, and an opportunity to intentionally reflect on the ways we live out our faith. We meet most Wednesday evenings during the school year from 7-8:30 pm. For more information about women’s ministry, contact Kelly Gregory.

Centering Prayer

In the midst of our busy lives, it can often be difficult to hear the voice of God in the world around us and in our hearts. Centering prayer is a quiet and meditative practice that allows us to recognize the grace of God that is already at work within us and stop long enough to hear God’s voice. Our service of centering prayer is led by our Deacon, The Rev. Kathryn Ballinger, a certified spiritual director and experienced practitioner in practices of contemplation and meditation. For more information about centering prayer, contact The Rev. Kathryn Ballinger.

Pilgrimage

Throughout the history of the church, Christians have sought to deepen their relationship with God through the practice of pilgrimage—a journey taken to encounter God in new ways and new places. Pilgrimages take place every year at Good Samaritan, most often in the weeks following Easter. Past pilgrimages have included walking in the footsteps of Jesus in Israel/the Holy Land (link to Holy Land blog), and walking the Camino de Santiago in Portugal. For information or to express interest in future pilgrimages, contact The Rev. Steve Danzey.