GROWTH & FORMATION

Never stop learning. Be curious. Open yourself to the Spirit’s work in your life. Think critically and yet faithfully about what it means to be a Christian in this world we live in.

As Episcopalians, we claim a rich tradition of spiritual formation. We stand upon the shoulders of saints who have led the way and ask us to find our own path. And the good news is that we’re not alone in this journey of faith. We encourage, challenge, comfort, and learn from each other.

At Grace you’ll find a variety of opportunities to study the Scriptures and examine Christian belief. Recent offerings include book studies on Diana Butler Bass’ book Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks and Peter Enns’ book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It.

Oftentimes the seasons of Advent and Lent give us opportunities to grow in faith. Recently we watched The Ridiculous Journey: Following a Nobody from Nowhere, a mini-film series from The Work of the People. We also went through a topical study series entitled “Bee Not Afraid: Educating Ourselves into a Deeper Practice of Welcome” and focused on topics such as racism, sexuality and gender identity, and refugees and immigration.

We’re not afraid to ask the hard questions. We ask the Holy Spirit to open our minds and stir our hearts, to move us into a closer relationship with our loving God.

Forward Day by Day is a popular daily devotional published by Forward Movement, an Episcopal publishing ministry.

Printed copies of Forward Day by Day, along with other seasonal daily devotionals, are available in the commons. There’s a table in the hallway leading to the parish hall. These are free, but donations are welcome.

Are you at a crossroads spiritually? Do you need some guidance, someone to help you discern next steps? Would you value the opportunity to reflect on your spiritual life with a trusted companion? Spiritual direction offers professional support for deepening and exploring one’s spiritual life and relationship with God.

Grace has two spiritual directors, and you can make an appointment with one to see if this is a good fit. Contact the office at 231-947-2330 to learn more.

The Grace Church Library is located in the parish hall building, lower level, room LL2.

We have a very readable collection of books in our library. You can read for spiritual enlightenment, to gain knowledge about any number of topics, or even read a fiction book for fun.

Checkout is easy. Just write your name and date on the card at the back of the book and leave it in the box on the cart. You can keep the book as long as you need to, but please return it so others can enjoy it also.

New acquisitions can be found on the cart in the stairwell or on the cart in the library.

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice.

Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service.

EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.

Several members of Grace have participated in Education for Ministry (EfM). Groups have formed over the years, and we can form one if there is enough interest. Contact the office at 231-947-2330 to learn more. We can connect you with someone who has been through EfM.