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

Sunday School

The Sunday School offerings below 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.

December 2018

Advent Class

Advent Matters

Sundays, December 2 and 9 | Johnson Hall

Led by the Rev. Canon Andrew Petiprin

Canon Andrew Petiprin will lead this two-part class at 10:05am in Johnson Hall. Why is Advent important? How can we deepen our faith by understanding this season better? Canon Petiprin will share his insights into why the Church values Advent as a time of holy preparation.

St. George’s 101

Grace, Discipleship, and Mission

November 11 - December 9 | 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

Sitting with God

Weekly | 9:00am - 10:00am in the Bride/Family Room

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

The Rector’s Forum

The Holy Spirit and the Power of God

Led by the Rev. R. Leigh Spruill

Johnson Hall

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+

Questions? Contact Claudia Taylor at 615-385-2150 x 218 or

Christian Parenting

Raising Kids for True Greatness

Led by the Revs. Kristine and Michael Blaess

Rooms 210-211 (upstairs)

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.

Questions? Contact the Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess | 615-385-2150 x 214 or

Confirmation Class 2019

Come Find Where You Belong

January 6 – 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

How to Read the Bible

Led by the Rev. Clint Wilson

January 6 - April 7 in the Chapel

(Detailed schedule attached)

The Bible seems inaccessible to many, but it is meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers and church members to seminary students and theologians. While the beauty and truths of Scripture are inexhaustible, a few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp deep mysteries of Scripture and its application to your 21st-century life. To learn more about “How To Read the Bible,” join us on Sunday mornings at 10am in the Chapel, and bring your Bible!

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 | 615-202-2427 or


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

Classes & Bible Studies



January 13 - April 7 | 4:00 - 5:30pm in the Bride/Family Room

DivorceCare is a nationally-known program that includes a video seminar and a support group discussion. The videos feature top experts on divorce and recovery subjects. The sessions will be a time to learn together and to discuss what is going on in the lives of the group members.

Questions? Contact Christine Cronk at or Cynthia Paschal at


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


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

Bible Study with Dana Sherrard

Topic TBD

January 15 - March 5 | 10:00 - 11:00am in Johnson Hall

Led by Dana Sherrard

Questions? Contact Dana Sherrard |


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

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity 

Facilitated by Lisa Johnson

October 3 - December 19 | 6:30 - 8:00pm in the Library

This is a 12-week book study in discovering and recovering your creative self. Whether you are working on a large artistic project or simply wishing to experience more creativity in your life, this process will help unblock your creativity. The class is free but the book is required. Seating is limited. RSVP to Lisa Johnson at

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

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

Women’s Bible Study

Psalm 23: The Shepherd with Me

January 10 - February 21 | 9:30 - 11:30am in Dandridge B

Led by Leslie Overby and Breck Wheeler

In this study, gain fresh insight and encouragement from Psalm 23. Explore the depths of God's compassionate care while debunking the self-reliance myth. Learn how your vulnerability is not a liability because you can trust the Shepherd's goodness throughout each season of life. Please sign-up for the class at 615-385-2150 x 262 or

Questions? Contact Leslie Overby at or Breck Wheeler at


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

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


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 | or Seawell Brandau, Co-Facilitator | 615-352-4824 or



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
or Cynthia Paschal at

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 or Jeanne Gore at 615-371-9078 or

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

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

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.

You can learn more about the Daughters of the King here.

Questions? Contact Jeanne Gore, President | 615-371-9078 or

Foyer Groups

These are small groups of adults who gather to enjoy casual fellowship and a meal once a month for four months. Each group can decide how and when they want to dine – what day of the week and where (in someone’s home, most frequently, or in a restaurant). Typically foyer groups are multigenerational and roam from house to house; the host for the evening provides the main dish while everyone else provides the sides. No programming is involved – just good old fashioned social time.

Registration is for one semester at a time so you can come and go with life seasons. Groups will be scrambled and remade each semester.

Reserve your place in a foyer group for January - April by contacting us at or  615-385-2150 x 262. 

Questions? Contact Katie Agnew (615-712-4316) or Emily Walker (865-789-5798) for more information.

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 or the Rev. Dr. Kristine Blaess at 615-385-2150 x 214 or

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

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

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

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

Questions? Contact Seawell Brandau, Coordinator | 615-352-4824 or

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