Adult Formation2018-10-24T16:48:47+00:00

We are always forming who we become as people of faith and we are continually forming people of every age and who they are becoming as people of faith.

Prayer, conversation, books, gaining knowledge from a teacher, experiences, encounters with others, reading, watching, listening, etc. are all thing that happens along the formation continuum. Following are highlights from our 10:15 a.m. Sunday Morning Adult Formation Opportunities, as well as weekday formation classes.

Questions about Adult Formation and Confirmation? Contact Fr. Chris Cole at or call 703-527-6800.

Adult Forums September-December 2018

Adult Forums are an occasional series of thematic lectures from clergy and visiting guests. Adult Forums run between Sunday morning services, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Paca Hall during the months of September through May.  Nursery and Sunday School run concurrently with Adult Forum; therefore childcare is provided through these ministries.

  • The 2018 General Convention Review: Sunday, Sept. 23
    The General Convention, the governing body of The Episcopal Church, meets every three years as a bicameral legislature. Guest Speaker and Episcopal Church Executive Council Member, Russell Randle, will share what was debated, decided and declared at the recent July 2018 convention.

⇓ Click here to download General Convention Parish Briefing Paper

  • Loving God: A Thematic Lecture in 5 Parts Sunday, Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16.
    Clergy will speak on approaching Holy scripture as God’s love letter to His Beloved.
  • Pastoral Care: Sunday, Oct. 14
    Whatever the situation, you don’t have to walk alone. Pastoral Care is available to those seeking emotional and spiritual support. The Rev. Amy Slater shares how Mary’s Ministry has impacted our church and small ways you can make a big difference.

⇓ Click here to download Mother Amy’s presentation

  • Stewardship: Sunday, Oct. 21
    Fr. Merrow will speak on Stewardship: A Response to God’s Love.
  • Fellowship Coffee Hour: Oct. 28
  • Diocesan Delegates Report: Nov. 28
  • Veterans’ Day Panel on Serving Greater Causes: Nov. 11

The Art of Parenting 

Parents of young children and teens may drop in on this formation elective Sundays from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. in the Vestry Conference Room, located downstairs from the Nave. Led by parents, this discussion series leverages short articles to assist parents in navigating the sometimes anxious and always surprising path of parenting.

Newcomer Orientation Series 

Sundays, Oct. 14-Nov. 4 at 10:15 a.m.

You are invited to make St. Mary’s your church home. We welcome all who have discovered our parish within the past year (or the past month!) to meet in the Chapel at 10:15 a.m. for a four-week series led by clergy. No sign up required; walk-ins welcome. 

  • October 14 – St. Mary’s Story and Life (Fr. Andrew)
  • October 21 – The Liturgies of the Church: How we Worship (Mthr. Amy)
  • October 28 – The Tradition We Stand In: What We Believe (Mthr. Kate)
  • November 4 – Connecting to Find Life (Fr. Chris)

Questions? Contact Fr. Chris Cole at or call 703-527-6800.

Claiming Our Identity: Episcopal Membership

Baptism, Confirmation, and Reception in the Episcopal Church are part of one’s spiritual journey.  This course is for individuals aspiring to deepen their understanding of God, the Church and the Holy Spirit’s presence in their life. Participants will meet from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Class Room A for seven consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 30 and ending with a Retreat on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Please RSVP with Fr. Chris at or call 703-527-6800.