St Peter’s provides many opportunities
for Adult Education that include:
Bible Study and Theological Discussion Groups
Bible Study provides a disciplined approach to looking further into the Scriptures, including passages that are read in church, is a meaningful way to enhance understanding. When the scriptures are studied outside of church services, it is usually entire books that are addressed over a determined period of time. The historical setting might be reviewed. References are examined to see the origins of quotations and their contexts. And the passages are tested for their application in our lives today. When those in attendance study the Scriptures more closely, it soon becomes apparent that we are called to regular reading of Scriptures, regular prayer, meditation to listen for God’s leading and to express our concern for others we should now treat as our “neighbours”.
St. Peters has Bible Study Fellowship Groups that meet regularly throughout most of the year. There is the one that meets on Wednesday mornings, and another that meets on Thursday afternoons. You can find out more about these groups below.
Wednesday Morning Bible Conversations
This group meets in the homes of some of its members during the months of September through June. The location of each meeting varies according to the schedules of the hosting members. The location of next week’s meeting is determined at the end of this week’s meeting. All meetings begin at AM.
For more information (and to find out the location of the next meeting), please contact Henry or Judy Knight at (905) 377-9156.
Thursday Afternoon Bible Study Group
This group meets in the Sabins Room at the church every Thursday during the months September through May from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
We respect each other’s differences and enjoy an atmosphere of learning in which no question is considered too simple or irrelevant. A wide range of life experiences and religious traditions mean that we have a wealth of ideas and insights each week to share.
For more information contact Alison Keenan (905) 373-1809
Seminars / Workshops
There are a number of outstanding workshops / seminars offered at St. Peter’s and in the Diocese throughout the year. Please click on Coming Events for details
St. Peter’s Friends:
There are two interesting courses being offered this spring by the Durham- Northumberland Deanery Adult Christian Education Team that you might want to consider. Registration is limited in each, so register early. There is no cost, except for the purchase of a book in the second course outlined. Zoom is being used to make it accessible in these times. These courses are a good way to keep our minds focused on our spiritual life at a time when we are apart from each other and many of the sources of our inspiration and wisdom.
From our Baptismal Covenant: Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the earth?
I will, with God’s help.
Durham-Northumberland Deanery Adult Christian Education Team is offering a six week study of the podcast series by David Suzuki – recorded last year – which looks at COVID 19 and the basic elements of life – fire, air, water, earth, and spirit. We will reflect on the sacred nature of our planet – on our human place in the natural world – and on how our Christian faith and our scriptures call us to live with humility, hope, gratitude, and compassion.
Course dates: Tuesdays 10 am – 11.30 am. April 27 – June 1 inclusive on Zoom
Facilitator: Susan Sheen ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please register via email to Susan.
If there is sufficient interest, this course will be offered again in the fall on Zoom: Tuesdays 10 am – 11.30 am. October 19 – November 23. Registration in the fall.
Tired of Netflix and bored with yourself? Sign up for a short series of discussion groups on The Book of Joy, when we can dig into the wisdom and humour of two great contemporary spiritual giants, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. These two amazing friends give us food for thought and a love of life that they exude,
despite the major challenges that life has given them. The book is a result of their meeting to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s eightieth birthday a few years ago.
This opportunity comes to you on four Friday mornings in May. Once you register, buy the book locally if you can (for instance, Let’s Talk Books in Cobourg will do curbside pick-up and offer a 15% discount to registrants), and begin to read. Each session will focus on a few short chapters that are really easy to read (especially good for those of us still having difficulty focusing). The discussion will be facilitated by Suzanne Lawson, someone who is looking forward to enjoying this book for a second time, and hearing what others might have to say about what brings meaning to them.
Dates: Fridays, May 7, 14, 21, 28 Time: 10:30 to 12 at the latest Register: email@example.com Limit: 15 participants
Facilitator: Suzanne Lawson, St. Peter’s, Cobourg, will keep the conversation moving
Open to: seekers after wisdom and humour too, Anglican or not. Most of all, people who like to have meaningful conversation with others, and listen to others’ views.
What is required: Buy the book immediately. Support local businesses whenever possible. Read the short sections assigned before each session.
St. Peter’s Resource Centre (in the Hutton Room) contains a comprehensive and current collection of books and other media (CDs, DVDs) to assist in a better understanding of the Christian faith and the life of the Church.
In the Hutton Room there is a computer where that contains a complete catalogue of items in the Resource Centre. You may use this computer to do a search by author, title etc.
If there are books, DVDs etc that you have enjoyed and feel would be a valuable addition to the library, please contact the church office to request purchase of this resource (905) 372-3442.