Adult Formation

Sunday Morning Forums

Adult Forum with the Very Rev. Kate Moorehead Carroll | Sunday, December 4 | 9:45 a.m. | Parish Hall 

Dean Kate Carroll is our guest preacher and will speak at our forum Sunday, December 4. This morning, Kate continues to guide us as we learn how to care for our spiritual health through the measuring of four vital signs of faith.

The Art of Prayer | December 11 & 18 | 9:45 a.m. | Parish Hall

What is prayer?  As we head into Advent and Christmas we’ll spend time discussing the role that prayer plays in our daily lives.  Is there a right way to pray?  Why are some people “good” at praying?  What is the benefit of common prayer and is it better or worse than extemporaneous prayer?  Please come and bring your perspective on this vital practice of Christian life.

Wednesday Night Middle Way
Wednesday, October 26

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 filling out the online form here.

Featured Classes

 Around the Corner/Around the World: Bethesda Outreach | 6:30 p.m. | Guild Room

It’s unbelievable just how many outreach opportunities exist at Bethesda-by-the-Sea. Over the next three weeks, we’re going to highlight just three ways that our parish serves our local community and beyond. Come learn more about the faithful work that Bethesda does that reveals the love of Christ through service to our neighbors. This week, November 2, our featured speaker will be Dr. Connie Siskowski from the American Association of Caregiving Youth.

Middle Way Book Study: Vital Signs of Faith: Finding Health in Your Spiritual Life | September 21 through October 19 | 6:30 p.m. | ECW Room

The Middle Way Book Class continues with a study of Vital Signs of Faith by the Very Rev. Kate Moorehead Carroll. As the world changes rapidly, Christianity too is changing. Amid this transition, questions arise: How do we know if we are being faithful? How do we know if we are practicing our faith adequately? This is a hybrid class. A Zoom is available here. Order your copy and bring it to the class.

Inquirers Class | 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 November 12. 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

Middle Way Yoga | Begins September 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Parish Hall West

Emily Large is back to lead our ongoing Bethesda Yoga Class. This offering is open to people of all ages and skill levels. We use breathing and physical postures to draw us into a more intentional and mindful engagement with the divine.

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

The Bethesda Youth Group meets on Wednesday evenings in the Youth Room. We begin with dinner at 5:45 pm and end with prayer in the church at 7:45 pm. In between, we have great conversations and fun games. The group is open to all youth in 6th-12th Grade. No registration is necessary to participate.

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

Little Way is open to all children from Kindergarten through 5th Grade. The class meets on the Sunday School hall following dinner at 5:45 pm. Each week we have fun crafts, games, or movies. We end with a brief candlelight service in the church at 7:45 pm. No registration is necessary to participate.

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

Education for Ministry | Mondays | 6:00 p.m. | Library

Education for Ministry (EfM) invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. EfM provides a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity.

Previewing the Lectionary | Fridays| 10:00 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 Friday at 10:00 a.m.

No classes from October 18 to November 10.
Classes move to Friday’s at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 11 to Friday, December 30.

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

Breakfast & Bible Study | Tuesdays | 8:00 a.m. | Guild Room

Breakfast & Bible Study is open to all adults and is a chance to dig deeper into one book of the bible at a time. Greg Knight will lead this group discussion of scripture. We’re not a group looking for bible experts, just people who are curious about how the stories from the bible echo in our lives today. And we occasionally have bacon. You can bring your own bible or use one of ours. This is a great way to study scripture, engage in fellowship with Bethesda parishioners, and foster a spirit of life-long learning in community.

Girls of Grace | Wednesdays | 10:15 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.

Faith in Action | First Thursday of the Month | October 13 | 7:00 p.m.

Faith in Action is a group for adults who want to learn by doing. If you are interested in learning more about the love and service of Christ by working alongside like-minded adults on service projects, mission trips, or pilgrimage experiences, then this group is for you. Each month we will meet to discern what God is calling our group to do, use our various spiritual gifts to execute our group’s vision for ministry, and take time to reflect on how God is at work in our action. We will meet on the first Thursday of each month at local bars, cafes, and restaurants in the West Palm Beach community, emphasizing that the work of this group lives outside the walls of our church. For more information about Faith in Action please contact Greg Knight at knight@bbts.org.

Saturday Stitchers | First & Third Saturdays of the Month | 10:00 a.m. | Library

Saturday Stitchers are now meeting in the BBTS Library on the first and third Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. We invite anyone to bring needlework and join in the fellowship or bring a project you want to learn. Current members may assist with knitting, crochet, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, and embroidery, among others. If any child aged 10-up has a project, we are available to teach the craft. Please join us!

Contact Gloria McAllister (561) 267-5373 for more information.

Bethesda Movie Club

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

THE APOSTLE | November 29 | 7:00 p.m. | Zoom

The Bethesda Movie Club continues with a discussion of Matthew 3:1-12: Sincere Repentance on November 29. These Advent readings focus on the preacher par excellence, John the Baptist. We will pair this scripture with the movie THE APOSTLE (1997): After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio.

Jesus’ Son | December 6 | 7:00 p.m. | Zoom

The Bethesda Movie Club continues with a discussion of Matthew 11:2-11: Unintentional Healer on December 6. Healing the sick is an Advent sign of the coming of the Savior because healing is about hope. We will pair this scripture with the movie Jesus’ Son (1999): A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion.

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.

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