Spiritual formation is a lifelong process towards discipleship that is living, fruitful and essential.

Prayer, knowledge of scripture, tradition and reason, and experiences with spiritual leaders are part of each Christian’s formation journey. Following are a few ways to connect to find the way of love.

The Art of Parenting
2nd & 3rd Sundays, 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. in the Vestry Conference Room

Our popular series is back this Fall! Led by St. Mary’s Senior Seminarian Claire Esler, our discussion series leverages excerpts from The Spiritual Child by psychologist Lisa Miller. 

Parents are encouraged to read the selected passage before attending on Sunday (although advanced reading is not required). Find excerpts linked on this page; if you like what you’re reading click here to order the book.   

Reading for Feb 16
Reading for Dec. 8
Reading for Oct. 13
Reading for Feb 9
Reading for Nov. 17
Reading for Jan. 19, 2020
Reading for Nov. 10
Reading for Dec. 15
Reading for Oct. 20

Adult Forum
Sundays in Paca Hall
10:15-11:00 am

Adult Forum is a series of thematic lectures from clergy and visiting guests that are scheduled two to three Sundays most months during fall, winter and spring. Sunday School for children and our nursery runs concurrently with Adult Forum; therefore childcare is provided through these ministries. Check our weekly E-Updates for a preview of our next Adult Forum.

Newcomer Orientation

You are invited to make St. Mary’s your church home.  Twice a year, we host a four-week series in our Chapel to allow newcomers the opportunity to learn about the history and story of our parish, how we worship, what we believe, and how individuals and families can connect to the life of the parish and our many outreach ministries. Our next series will be Spring 2020. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact Fr. Cole at Chris.Cole@StMarysArlington.org or call 703-527-6800.

Claiming Your Identity
Fall 2020

Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception in the Episcopal Church are part of one’s spiritual journey.  This membership course is for individuals aspiring to deepen their understanding of God, the Church and the Holy Spirit’s presence in their life. This seven-week class is offered once a year in the Fall. Questions? Please contact Fr. Chris at Chris.Cole@StMarysArlington.org or call 703-527-6800.