Adult Formation

Sunday Morning Forums

Sunday, November 21

Preaching Forum | 9:45 a.m. | Parish Hall

The Preaching Forum is a wonderful blend of a bible study with the opportunity to learn more about the context of the morning’s sermon.  Each week we will have a conversation with the day’s preacher in a discussion that dives into the lectionary readings and the insights they inspire.

Ministry Spotlight: Vestry Forum | 9:45 a.m.

The Vestry is the governing body of Bethesda. Each member gives a great deal of their time to care for the maintenance and ministry of our spiritual home. Take time this morning to learn more about the work of the Vestry and the people that make up the leadership team of our community.

Sunday, November 28

Preaching Forum | 9:45 a.m. | Parish Hall

The Preaching Forum is a wonderful blend of a bible study with the opportunity to learn more about the context of the morning’s sermon.  Each week we will have a conversation with the day’s preacher in a discussion that dives into the lectionary readings and the insights they inspire.

Ministry Spotlight: Advent Retreat | 9:45 a.m.

This Sunday we’ll have a preview of the upcoming Advent Retreat. Hear more about our guest speaker and their message for our community as we make our spiritual pilgrimage to Christmas. 

Wednesday Night Middle Way

Middle Way meets on Wednesday evenings with a community meal beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Classes follow dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the evening ends with a brief candlelight prayer service at 7:45 p.m.
There are no prerequisites for attending classes.

Please click here to RSVP for the Middle Way Supper.

Community Supper | 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

The supper will be outside, weather permitting. Please be aware if we need to move inside there will be no social distancing. The cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12; $25 family max (payable at the door). Kindly RSVP before noon on Monday by calling the church office at (561) 655-4554 or by filling out the online form here.

Stained Glass | December 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Church

One of the most common ways Christians have depicted the biblical narrative is through the art of stained glass.  During the course of this class we will hear from an expert on how these works of art are made and also explore the history of the stained glass at Bethesda.

Chaplaincy | December 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Guild Room

Parish clergy have the opportunity to develop sometimes life-long relationships with members of a religious community.  But what about chaplains, especially hospital chaplains, who have a very short amount of time to care for those who are in some of the most stressful moments of their lives?  Hear the stories of those who give their time listening to the needs of strangers.

Inquirers Class | through December 1  | 6:30 p.m. | Library

The Inquirers Class is an opportunity for adults to learn more about the theology, history, and practices of the Episcopal Church.  At the end of the class, participants have the opportunity to be confirmed or received at the next bishop’s visitation on December 8.  If you’ve ever had questions about our faith that you were afraid to ask, this is a wonderful way to learn more about the values and traditions of the Episcopal Church.

RECURRING CLASSES

Yoga | 6:30 p.m. | Parish Hall West

Our Yoga Track features intentional focus on breathing and mindfulness through a holistic approach to embodied spiritual learning.

Little Way | 6:30 p.m. | Sunday School Hall

to all children from Kindergarten through 5th Grade. The class meets on the Sunday School hall following dinner. No registration is necessary to participate.

Youth Group | 6:30 p.m. | Youth Room

The Bethesda Youth Group meets on Wednesday evenings in the Youth Room. The group is open to all youth in 6th-12th Grade. No registration is necessary to participate.

CLOSING PRAYER

Compline | 7:45 to 8:00 p.m. | Church

Compline offers a peaceful and meditative sacred time as well as a beautiful conclusion to our Wednesday evenings together.

Mid-week Offerings

Previewing the Lectionary | Monday’s | 11:00 a.m. | Zoom

Want to learn more about the Bible? Join Tom O’Brien’s “Previewing the Lectionary” Course that examines the meanings and background of the readings for each upcoming Sunday.

This one-hour Zoom class will meet each Monday at 11:00 a.m.

Please join us by using the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86058259817

Theology in Film: THE LONG WALK HOME | November 2 & November 9 | 7:00 p.m. | Zoom

Theology in Film continues with a discussion of Mark 12:38-44: Giving All She Had on November 2.  The widow who gave everything she had for the upkeep of the Temple won Jesus’ admiration.  We will pair this scripture with the movie THE LONG WALK HOME (1990): Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott led by Martin Luther King.  The film discussion will be on November 9. 

Theology in Film is a class for adults that meets via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 p.m.. Films are assigned every other week for participants to watch on their own. The movies discussed are typically available on popular streaming platforms or digital rental and are also frequently available on DVD through the Palm Beach Library System.

Please join us by using the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86058259817

Ladies Bible Study: Parables of Jesus | September 29 through November 10 | 10:00 a.m. | Guild Room

This ladies’ bible study meets in the Guild Room Wednesday mornings, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., during the academic year, with breaks that coincide with school vacations. Participants are primarily ladies with school-age families. We use video-based topical studies with ample time for group discussion — but we also change up our format from time to time! Themes we’ve covered in the past: God’s Grace, Using Words Wisely, The Miracles of Jesus; Ruth, Philippians, “Bible 101.”

All levels of biblical literacy are welcome. We participate in at least two outreach events every year, such as the Easter Homebound Luncheon and Angel Tree project. Sorry, childcare is currently not available for this study.

For information about our weekly children & youth activities visit the Childern and Youth page.

SUNDAY MORNING FELLOWSHIP

Coffee Hour | Parish Hall West

Join us for Sunday coffee hour after the 8:00, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services.

141 South County Road, Palm Beach, Florida 33480 | (561) 655-4554

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