Emmanuel's Christian Formation is based on the belief that "Recognizing our total dependence on and trusting in the grace of God through Jesus Christ our Lord, our mission is to provide lifelong Christian learning opportunities for all who turn to Emmanuel to enrich their journey with Christ." From that foundation, we have moved forward to establish renewed Christian formation programs for all age groups. Among the many opportunities we offer are:
Children's Sunday School: 10:40 - 11:15 a.m. (first Sunday of the month, September - May)
Weekly Adult Forum: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. A wide range of topics based in scripture and theology are explored; be sure to check the latest edition of Evangelus for the current schedule of Adult Forum topics.
Weekly Bible Study: Tuesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. (Parish library). Open to anyone interested in deeping their knowledge of the Bible and the faith through exploration and discussion of the readings assigned in the Common Lectionary for that week. Led by the Rector.
Books for the Soul: third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. (Parish Hall). This group of women from Emmanuel and throughout the area meets out of a shared love of reading and a recognition of the value of fellowship and conversation. Be sure to check the latest Evangelus for information on upcoming meetings, which include a meal. For more information on this group or to be added to the email list, please contact Erin McCarty.
Young Adults Fellowship: second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. (Parish Hall). A monthly gathering of young adults from Episcopal parishes throughout Fauquier County and the surrounding area for fellowship and a discussion on a topics rooted in the church, theology, or shared life experiences. The location for these gatherings rotates each month, so be sure to check the latest issue of Evangelus for information on upcoming meetings. Childcare is provided. For more information, contact the Rev. Amanda Knouse.
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew: first Saurday of each month from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. (Parish Hall). The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is a nationally-organized Episcopal men's group. At each meeting, two men prepare breakfast and a third volunteers to lead a discusion based on Scripture, church tradition or a current event. For many, this monthly breakfast is a wonderful opportunity to deepen their relationships with their Christian brothers. As "the hands of Christ," many members also particate regularly in Fauquier Habitat for Humanity projects and a twice-yearly grounds cleanup at the church.
The Sisterhood of St. Martha: Based on the mission and compassionate care of Martha, the sister of Lazarus, the Sisterhood offers pastoral care and companionship to those in need through our gifts, compassion, and love of the church. Ministry opportunities include participating in a prayer group (to pray for those on our parish prayer list) and mail ministry (sending cards to those celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, or other important milestones), serving as Lay Eucharistic Ministers (taking communion and fellowship to the homebound), serving on the flower ministry teams (dividing the weekly altar flowers into smaller bouquets and delivering them to hospitals, care facilities, or private homes), or being part of Loaves and Fishes (preparing and delivering meals to parishioners recovering from surgery, illness, childbirth, etc.). If you are interested in assisting with any of these ministries, please contact Mary Thompson at (540) 364-2249 or (540) 878-3903.
Your participation in helping develop and expand our education programs is encouraged by providing ideas on programs and activities you would like to have considered. Most importantly we invite you to attend at least one of the many classes that are offered! View our monthly newsletters for information about current and upcoming education opportunities at Emmanuel.