Walking through history into the future with Christ
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We practice our faith through biblically-based liturgy, preaching and music.
We teach young and old about God through our Anglican tradition.
We reach out through our talents and resources to our visitors, our community and our world.
EfM Open House
Parishioners interested in learning more about the Education for Ministry (EfM) program are invited to attend an Open House on Sunday, April 30, in the Coffee, Tea & Thee Room in the Parish House beginning at 2:30pm. After a brief presentation on the program, participants in this year’s class will be available to answer questions.
    EfM prepares participants for the ministry to which each is called. It is that vocation for which we pray at the conclusion of the Eucharist, “ And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.”
    EfM provides lay persons with a theological education which supports their faith and also teaches them to express that faith in day-to-day events. The program develops an informed and knowledgeable laity to face a complex and often confusing world.
    “All four years of EfM have been a great experience for me,” states John Meeks. “ EfM has taught me about the Bible, church history and theology in a way that I can apply to my practice of faith and my life.”
    Meeks adds, “I look forward to conversations with my colleagues and learning from them. Four years has been a big commitment of time and effort, but I will miss EfM very much when I graduate this spring.”
    The current curriculum calls for a year-long study of each of four subjects: the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, Church History, and Theology, Ethics and Interfaith Encounter. Participants are only asked to make a one year commitment at the beginning of the study, which begins in mid- September and concludes in mid-June at Bruton Parish.
    EfM has evolved since it was first developed in 1975 by the School of Theology at Sewanee. Today, it is an international program with participants in ten countries and ninety-three of the one hundred Episcopal dioceses in the United States.
    Sally Riley recommends the program by stating, “I had taken EfM about ten years ago, but so much was going on in my life that I didn’t get as much out of it as I wished. So I signed up again. I am glad I did. The text books have been changed and updated. There is a good group of participants, and it is a great experience. I encourage former participants to join again. You will be glad you did!”
Last Published: March 22, 2017 2:21 PM