Emmanuel’s Adult Formation programs are designed to meet the needs of today’s Christian adults. They are interest driven and targeted towards those seeking a deeper understanding of God, a stronger relationship with Christ and a wider circle of friends and family.
Sunday Mornings at Emmanuel
Formation for all ages begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday from September to June. Adults have a choice of three programs on Sunday morning:
Adult Forum, led by both clergy and parishioners, offers a variety of presentations of interest to our faith community. Topics have included biblical archaeology, evolutionary Christianity, funeral planning, the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, and reports from Emmanuel mission trips. We meet in Conference Room 1.
Bible Synthesis, led by parishioners, is a good choice for those who desire an in-depth discussion about the day’s Bible readings and how they relate to current issues. We meet in the library.
ALF Cafe, a group for adults less than fifty, is an interactive, Sunday morning faith-based discussion with lively and engaging discussion about relevant issues in our lives and in the world.
Weekday and Evening Formation Programs
There are many additional programs for spiritual growth throughout the year, especially during Advent and Lent.
Women’s Bible Study, led by Betty Schindler, meets on Monday nights.
Wednesday evening Simple Supper and Formation is scheduled for special programs during Advent, Lent, and other times to be announced.
Cursillo small groups meet weekly.
EfM (Education for Ministry), led by Tom Lacy, is a four-year in-depth study and reflection program to support formation for ministry in daily life.
Men’s Breakfast meets in the parish hall on the first and third Saturday of each month at 7:30 a.m. Men of all ages enjoy breakfast and fellowship, followed by a program on a variety of faith-based topics.
The Questioners, facilitated by the rector, explores deep and puzzling questions about our faith traditions. This is a free discussion group that meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the library.
Adult Retreat is held every March on the Outer Banks. The program focuses on a topic designed to challenge us and foster spiritual growth during Lent.
Parish Retreat is the highlight and culminating event of the church formation year. Held at Camp Chanco, it is a fabulous weekend of singing, playing, talking, having fun and just enjoying a break from our routines. Open to all from birth to 99, this is the event of the year you won’t want to miss