Question, Learn, Grow
At St. Michael’s, we believe every person has the freedom and responsibility to pursue spiritual growth in God through engaging the Bible, in conversation with the historic teachings and liturgy of the church, and human reason. We cherish diverse expressions of belief and practice as people grow into abundant and authentic lives in their time and place.
Whether you are a seasoned Christian grounded in your beliefs, a spiritual seeker with lots of questions, a person returning back to church or brand new to the faith, we welcome you to question, learn, and grow with God in the following ways…
Scripture is the story of God’s creation and God’s people that opens the door to understanding the presence and purposes of God in the midst of nature, history and our personal journeys. We believe Jesus is the lived Word of God who reveals what constitutes a whole and authentic life. His radical trust in God and freedom to reimagine the traditions of his people call us to follow in his way of trust and freedom.
But studying Scripture is more than reading a collection of ancient writings; it is an ongoing process of dynamic engagement with God, others and Creation—one that invites us to become part of this dialogue and find ourselves in the narratives it offers.
Basics of Faith
Many adults today feel a little self-conscious about some aspect of their formation as Christians, and many others did not grow up in any faith community.
Perhaps it feels awkward to pray with your kids or even by yourself. Perhaps you never learned much about the Bible. Perhaps the Sunday liturgy is a mystery.
At St. Michael’s, we want to support you as you explore Christianity and the Episcopal Church, or if you just want to go “back to basics.”
Baptism & Confirmation
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. Contact a priest if you are interested in preparing for baptism or confirmation.
The day-to-day life of our congregation is full of opportunities to deepen your theological education. From informal conversations at the local pub to regular study groups to “special topics” presentations on Sundays after church, there are plenty of ways to build on the foundation of your past faith learning.
Prayer & Spiritual Practices
Spiritual practices are the things we do intentionally that strengthen and enliven our relationship with God, others, the world, and our selves. Framing your daily life with an intention towards God is what helps make work, rest, fun, relationships – all that we do – prayerful and holy.