Adults

All of our offerings for adults are open to visitors every week! No advanced registration needed unless otherwise noted below. One-time offerings for adults may also be found in News & Events.

Discipleship Groups

These 5-week group series offer an overview to our vision of being rooted in discipleship at St. George's, briefly exploring each of the 5 topics that may later be studied in depth. In a small group setting, you'll be led through scripture readings, discussion, and prayer centered around Attentiveness, Rhythm, Relationships, Leadership, and Mission — each following the model that Jesus gives us.

Discipleship Groups are led by church members and meet throughout the year. More information and group resources can be found online here.

Questions? I Contact Kristine Blaess at 615-385-2150 x 214 or kristine.blaess@stgeorgesnashville.org

Sunday School

The Sunday School offerings below begin on Sunday, September 2, 2018 and meet from 10:05 to 11:00am on Sunday mornings, or as otherwise indicated.  If you have questions about any of our class offerings, please call the church office at 615-385-2150.

Fall 2018

The Rector’s Forum

The Holy Spirit and the Power of God

Beginning September 2 | Johnson Hall

Led by the Rev. R. Leigh Spruill

This fall’s class will focus on a simple but vital question: by what means does God continue to act in our world to bring about the Kingdom? Put another way, what are we praying when we say, “thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven?” This course will explore the biblical and historical basis for trust that God’s life is much more than spiritual enlightenment or moral righteousness. By the power of the Spirit, God’s life is a dynamic and potent force working through the church to bring about wholeness, healing, justice, miracles, signs, and genuine transformation in people. What factors limit us from being more expectant and open to the power of God? We will have alternating Sundays of Bible teachings and guest speakers offering testimony on the power of God in their lives. -RLS+

Contact Claudia Taylor | 615-385-2150 x 218 or
claudia.taylor@stgeorgesnashville.org

St. George’s 101

Grace, Discipleship, and Mission

September 2 - 30 | Library

Led by the Rev. Michael Blaess and our other clergy

St. George's 101 is a five-week gathering for anyone who would like to be introduced to, or dig deeper into, the vision of our life together at St. George’s. It’s a great place to learn about our commitment to being disciples of Jesus Christ and to take the next steps of becoming a deeper part of our community. Those new to St. George’s are especially invited to attend!

Questions? Contact the Rev. Michael Blaess | 615-385-2150 x 212 or michael.blaess@stgeorgesnashville.org

Biblical Literacy: Understanding Essential Bible Themes

September 2 – November 18 | Hampton Hall

Led by the Rev. Clinton Wilson

How are we to understand terms like sacrifice, covenant,
atonement, justice, exile, and more? What basic
themes, if understood, would help unlock your comprehension
of the entire Bible? And what are the essential
thematic threads of Scripture and their implications for
real life? In this class Fr. Clint Wilson will unpack some
of the most vital themes of the Bible in order to help you
understand what you read or hear in the Bible and know
the practical implications for daily living. Join us and
bring your Bible.

Contact the Rev. Clinton Wilson | 615-385-2150 x 215 or
clinton.wilson@stgeorgesnashville.org

Raising Kids for True Greatness

Beginning September 2 - November 18 | Rooms 209-211

Led by the Revs. Kristine and Michael Blaess

We want to be the best parents we can be. We want what’s best for our kids. We want to raise our kids to be successful adults. The Revs. Kristine and Michael Blaess will help us explore a Christian approach to parenting that will help us do just this. A panel of parents who have been there ahead of us will also share stories from the trenches and talk honestly about being with our kids as they navigate the challenges of sex, drugs/alcohol, divorce, grief, death, and all that life throws at us.

Contact the Rev. Kristine Blaess at kristine.blaess@stgeorgesnashville.org or 615-385-2150 x 214.

Young Adult Sunday School

Beginning September 2 | Youth Outer Office (Upstairs; Enter through Dandridge A)

Led by the Rev. Sam Adams

The book of Acts succinctly describes the heart of the early church’s life when it says this of Jesus’s followers: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Sounds pretty basic, but those things are profound precisely in their simplicity. And that’s what we’ll do in the Young Adult Sunday School class this fall: we’ll gather together weekly for some teaching, discussion, fellowship, and prayer just before (or after) we break bread together in the Eucharist. Nothing too fancy, just a great opportunity to connect with other young adults, to build relationships with one another as we seek to grow as Christ’s followers. Join us! (Note: the term “young adult” is really a self-designating term with not much clear definition…the point being, if you want to join us, you’re welcome!)

Contact the Rev. Sam Adams at 615-385-2150 x 216 or sam.adams@stgeorgesnashville.org

ETC: Ethics, Theology, and Conversation

Beginning September 2 | Conference Room

Facilitated by Shirley Hercules

ETC is a round table, open discussion of theological, spiritual, and ethical issues. The format varies from reading a book and discussing it in class, to viewing short video lectures on a given topic followed by discussion, to discussions on member suggested topics. Recent examples of topics have included the Protestant Reformation, a study of the creeds and councils of the Church from the beginning to present, intercessory prayer, and moral implications of genetic engineering. Questions and sharing of ideas constitute the main vehicle for learning.

Contact Shirley Hercules | 615-289-4890 or shercules@comcast.net

Sitting with God

Beginning September 2 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Sitting with God is God’s invitation to get away from the noise and other distractions of your busy week. Printed “Conversation Starters” are available in the Chapel or you can bring your own Bible or other spiritual book. This offering meets in the Chapel.

Spring 2019

Confirmation Class 2019

Come Find Where You Belong

January – May 2019 | Hampton Hall

Adult Confirmation Class is for everyone. Together we will experience a deeper sense of belonging – to God, to the Christian community around the world, to one another, and to the life that is here at St. George’s. Led by clergy, Joe King, and a dedicated group of lay leaders, each Sunday will be a good mix of meaningful group conversation, social time, Q&A, and class presentations. As we explore various aspects of the life of faith and life in the church, each class will help us understand how we belong to something bigger than ourselves. And we’re going to have fun doing it.

Contact the Rev. Michael Blaess | 615-385-2150 x 212 or michael.blaess@stgeorgesnashville.org

Creating Your Way of Life

January 6 – April 28 | Youth Outer Office (upstairs)

Led by David Weeks

In order to “grow into our full stature in Christ,” we each must deepen our immersion in “the Way” of Christ. The development of a Rule of Life is the surest means of maximizing our connections with God as it moves us from an occasional presence with God to being intertwined with God in all aspects of our daily lives. You will be introduced to the traditional components of the twelve Christian disciplines including study, fasting, solitude, and private prayer. Class size is limited; please contact David Weeks to sign up.

Contact David Weeks | dweeksjr@comcast.com

 

Classes & Bible Studies

Mondays

Story Writing Class

Facilitated by Bets Ramsey

Second Mondays | 1:30 - 3:30pm in Dandrige B

Have you been meaning to write stories about your family to pass on to your children and grandchildren? Join the Story Writing Class — no previous writing experience is required. There is a bit of instructive material, a class writing exercise, and a voluntary sharing of the previous month's work. There may be comments but no criticism.

Questions? Contact Bets Ramsey, Facilitator | 615-463-2583 or betsramsey@comcast.net

Tuesdays

Tuesday Morning Wake-Up Call

Facilitated by Jan Callen and Ron Rossini

Weekly | 7:00 – 8:00am in Dandridge A

This class studies the upcoming Sunday's Scripture readings. We welcome new members anytime.

Questions? Contact Seawell Brandau, Facilitator at 615 352-4824 or brandausj@comcast.net

Bible Study with Dana Sherrard

Effectual Prayer

September 18 - November 6 | 10:00 - 11:00am in Johnson Hall

Led by Dana Sherrard

Did you know that God, the creator of the universe wants to communicate with you, his creation? What a privilege we have as Christians to be able to communicate freely with our God who listens and responds to our prayers. And yet for many Christians, prayer is a struggle.

We are going to look at prayer from a biblical perspective. We’ll look at what God has to say about prayer in contrast to what we might think, have been taught, or have experienced. I believe you’ll be amazed at what God says about prayer and what he promises to do in response to those who are faithful to pray.

Using the scriptures as our guide, we will explore and learn from those who went before us. We will look at the prayers of Daniel, David, Paul and our Lord himself as examples of how to approach and communicate with God. And because any good conversation goes two ways, we will also spend time learning how to listen and to hear from God and to be led by His Spirit.

Questions? Contact Dana Sherrard | dasherrard@comcast.net

Wednesdays

The Psalms

September 5 - November 14 | 11:00am - Noon or 7:00 - 8:00pm in Dandridge A

Led by the Rev. Roger Senechal

It would be nearly impossible to overstate the importance of the Psalms in Anglican worship. Each and every time the Eucharist is celebrated a selection from the Book of Psalms must be read. This is true of no other book of scripture. Likely Jesus prayed Psalms every day, and in scripture we hear him quoting from them more than from any other book of the Old Testament. Matthew’s Gospel unveils the Psalms as Jesus’ key to self-understanding. Last year’s Wednesday Bible Study examined 12 Psalms — which represents only 8% of this precious collection of 150 Psalms. We plan to look into a lot more Psalms this year.

Questions? Contact the Rev. Roger Senechal | 615-942-7723 or roger.senechal@stgeorgesnashville.org

Alpha Marriage Course

7 sessions: September 5, 19, October 3, 24,
November 7, 14, and December 5

6:00 – 8:00pm in Hampton Hall

Led by Susalee and Leigh Spruill

Susalee and Leigh Spruill are excited to host the Alpha  Marriage Course this fall. Connected to the renowned Alpha Course that developed out of Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, in London, this seven-session course has the simple but significant goal of strengthening Christian marriages. As we all know, this is a critical need in our context. Countless numbers of us could truly benefit from this offering. Each session will include a nice dinner with couples seated at their own table for two, a practical video presentation, and time for couples to have private conversation. Couples are not expected to share anything about their relationship with the group. Space will be limited, so let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in enrolling. To help the church cover the cost of meals, beverages, and other expenses, there is a fee of $140 per couple.

Contact Claudia Taylor at 615-385-2150 x 218  or claudia.taylor@stgeorgesnashville.org or to register today.

Thursday Men's Bible Study

Led by the Rev. Richard Kew

Ongoing | 7:30 - 8:30am in the Library

Every Thursday morning following the Eucharist a group of men gather in the Library around the text of Scripture. We learn, we enjoy each other's company, we grow in faith. Bring your Bible, your brain, and your curiosity. Men of all ages and at all stages in the Christian faith are invited to give us a try.

Note: On the First Thurday of the month, this group meets with a larger group of men in the church for the Men's Breakfast & Bible Study (see next).

Questions? Contact the Rev. Richard Kew | 615-385-2150 x 264 or richard.kew@stgeorgesnashville.org

Men's Breakfast & Bible Study

Led by the Rev. Richard Kew

First Thursday of each month | 6:45 - 8:00am, in the Chapel & Hampton Hall

Our monthly breakfast begins with worship at 6:45am in the Chapel, after which we move into Hampton Hall for a Bible study led by the Rev. Richard Kew. Father Kew has decades of experience teaching men how to deepen their beliefs concerning God and what duty God requires of a man. Man's end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. What a great way to start your day!

Questions? Contact Joe King, Director of Lay Ministry Engagement | 615-385-2150 x 249 or joe.king@stgeorgesnashville.org

Restore Small Group

September 13 – December 6 in Akers Hall

Led by Scott Reall; Facilitated by Sally Nesbitt

Scott Reall founded Restore Small Groups 20 years ago when he realized that the 12 Step program commonly associated with recovery from alcohol abuse had the potential to heal anyone struggling through all kinds of life’s challenges. Whether one’s struggle is with lifestyle choices, relationships, self -esteem, anxiety, grief and loss, or dependency, this introspective and prayerful journey has proven to transform lives. Scott will lead a new St. George’s group Thursday evenings this fall beginning September 13 for a period of 12 weeks. Materials will be provided by St. George’s and an emerging Missional Community centered on recovery. Watch for more information soon.

Questions? Contact Sally Nesbitt | sallynesbitt@icloud.com

Women’s Bible Study

To Live Is Christ: The Life and Ministry of Paul by Beth Moore

September 6 – November 15 | 9:30 - 12:00pm in Dandridge B

Led by Leslie Overby and Breck Wheeler

Get to know the man who said, “To live is Christ and to
die is gain.” Philippians 1:21. Along the way you will
get to know the “Apostle to the Gentiles” in a new way.
As you study the Book of Acts and the Epistles of Paul,
you will come to know the characters personally. You
will discover him to be a man who formed many close
friendships with both men and women. Most of all you
will feel the challenge to follow Paul’s example just as he
followed the example of Christ. Please sign-up for the class at 615-385-2150 x 262 or reserve@stgeorgesnashville.org.

Questions? Contact Leslie Overby at lmoverby@comcast.net or Breck Wheeler
 at breckwheeler@comcast.net

Fridays

Men's Bible Study with the Rector

Septebmer 7 - November 16

7:00 – 8:00am in Hampton Hall

Led by the Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill

This Bible study on the Gospel According to Luke is open to all men of St. George’s, guests and friends.  Engagement in serious conversation about the challenges, issues, needs of men in our culture will be discussed.  So too is the expressed yearning for opportunities to grow together in Bible knowledge and in mutual support through prayer. Please consider joining this group of men — we anticipate this time together will be Blessed by the Holy Spirit. Read more about this Bible study opportunity here.

Contact Claudia Taylor, Executive Assistant to the Rector at 615-385-2150 x 218  or claudia.taylor@stgeorgesnashville.org

Friday Men’s Bible Study

Facilitated by Don Greene

Weekly | 7:00 – 8:00am in Dandridge A

Facilitated by different members in the group throughout the year. For the first 30 minutes we will study an assignment on the books of the Bible. For the concluding 30 minutes we will answer the question: “What has God been doing in my life this past week?” You are encouraged to attend the 7:00am Eucharist before joining the Bible study.

Questions? Contact Don Greene, Facilitator | 615-383-2494 or dongreene938@gmail.com

Saturdays

After Eucharist Conversations

Facilitated by Agatha Nolen and Seawell Brandau

Weekly | 7:30am - 8:30am in the Library

Bright conversation about any subject except politics. You are encouraged to attend the 7:00am Eucharist and then join clergy and lay members for a variety of timely topics. Come as you are as often as you can; you will always find something of “take-home” value.

Questions? Contact Agatha Nolen, Co-Facilitator | agatha08@comcast.net or Seawell Brandau, Co-Facilitator | 615-352-4824 or brandausj@comcast.net

Sundays

DivorceCare

September 9 – December 9 | 4:00-5:30pm in Bride/Family Room

Led by Christine Cronk and Cynthia Paschal

DivorceCare is a nationally-known program that each week includes a video seminar featuring top experts on divorce and recovery subjects and a support group discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in the lives of group members. DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face the unique challenges of separation and divorce and mov
toward rebuilding your life. In addition, we are seeking people willing to surround this ministry with prayer. Please contact us if you would like to pray for participants and the group throughout the fall session.

Questions? Contact Christine Cronk at ctc9063@gmail.com
or Cynthia Paschal at citizencbp@gmail.com

Other Offerings

Listed below are additional opportunities to be participate in groups and build relationships with others at the church.  We also have many opportunities to volunteer — those offerings can be found here.

Aelfric's Readers

Aelfric’s Readers, St. George’s Book Club, chose its name from Aelfric the Grammarian who lived in the first half of the 11th century. This is a casual book club for people who love to read! Our group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm in the Bride/Family Room. Download the book list for 2018-19 here.

Questions? Contact Facilitators Paula Snyder at 615-356-5376 or paulaS1218@aol.com or Jeanne Gore at 615-371-9078 or jengalan@comcast.net.

Support Group

Caring for Our Aging Loved Ones

Second Tuesday of every month | 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Conference Room

Join us for a meeting of our monthly support group led by Sheila Uselton, who has worked in senior healthcare for many years. Her hope is to utilize her career with senior care transitions, as well as her own family’s experiences, to help families navigate the often difficult journey through eldercare and aging. Newcomers are welcome at any time.

Questions? Contact Sheila Uselton at sheilatuselton@gmail.com.

Daily Devotional

Written by the Rev. Richard Kew.

Scripture, meditation, and prayer delivered to your email address each weekday morning. To sign up, contact Fr. Richard at richard.kew@stgeorgesnashville.org.

Daughters of the King

St. Francis Chapter

Daughters of the King practice daily intercessory prayers and offer service to God thereby sharing the sufferings of the world. Not perfect in practice, we try as women of courage. We serve everywhere from Our Little Roses in Honduras to St. Luke’s (Daughters of the King founded St. Luke’s in 1913), Magdalene House, Room at the Inn, founding Inreach, to the St. George’s Choir, and more.

Daughters of the King is open to all women of St. George's who want to deepen their commitment to Christ as they balance their prayer and spiritual life with action in the church community.

Questions? Contact Jeanne Gore, President | 615-371-9078 or jengalan@comcast.net

Healing Ministry

God heals. We trust that God yearns for all of us to pray for and experience healing – physical, emotional, relational, spiritual. And we give thanks to God when people do experience healing. It’s not every time we pray, and it’s not always in the ways that we expect. But week after week as we pray together, God comes with healing,
freedom, joy, and peace. Week after week, God is healing people we love here at St. George’s. We invite you to be part of the healing prayer team, whether you feel called to usher, read lessons, or serve as a prayer minister.

Questions? Contact Karen Wilber at kjh418@bellsouth.net or the Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess at 615-385-2150 x 214 or
kristine.blaess@stgeorgesnashville.org

Intercessory Prayer Meetings

All are invited to come be refreshed through prayer and to pray for one another on Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm in the Chapel. The Revs. Martin Odidi and Kristine Blaess will lead these meetings and help us learn to pray more deeply and powerfully. 

Questions? Contact the Ven. Martin Odidi | 615-385-2150 x 217 or martin.odidi@stgeorgesnashville.org

Laymen of St. George's

The Laymen Ministry is the principal men's ministry at St. George's. We strive to provide a forum for the men of our church to get together for fellowship and learning. We participate in the annual Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee Conference in Monteagle each August. We also have an annual steak dinner, First Thursday Men's Breakfast and Bible Study, and provide other forums to become engaged, including service opportunities both at St. George's and in the broader community.

Questions? Contact Joe King, Keyman | 615-385-2150 x 249 or joe.king@stgeorgesnashville.org

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group of experienced and novice knitters and crocheters which meets the first Saturday of each month from 10:00am - 1:00pm in the Bride Family Room.

Prayer shawls are given to those who would benefit from a spiritual “hug.” Prayers are said as they are being made, and finished shawls are blessed by a priest. Feedback from recipients has been very rewarding.

If you do not know how to knit or crochet, we will teach you. Please join us, and bring a sack lunch if you would like.

Questions? Contact Mary Jackson, at dixiejaxons@gmail.com

Prime Time Speaker's Series

Join us on the 3rd Thursday each month for a delicious hot lunch followed by a special guest speaker. Past talks have included local history, art, music, health and wellness, and presentations from influential men and women in Nashville. All luncheons are at 11:30am, and the programs begin at noon. Lunch is $10 with advanced reservation (payable at the door), but you are always welcome to come for free to hear the program at noon. The Prime Time group also takes a number of field trips throughout the year to learn more about one of the monthly presentations. We've been to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood, and many nearby historic sites.

Lunch Reservations | 615-385-2150 x 262 or reserve@stgeorgesnashville.org

Questions? Contact Seawell Brandau, Coordinator | 615-352-4824 or brandausj@comcast.net

Young Adult Weekly Fellowship

Are you wanting to meet and build relationships with other young adults at St. George’s? Folks gather at a local pub every Tuesday 6:00 - 8:00pm for very casual fellowship and conversation. Join us any time!

Questions? Contact the Rev. Sam Adams | 615-385-2150 x 216 or
sam.adams@stgeorgesnashville.org