"What if God's word so moves and enlightens us, that we find new ways to address the complexities of our personal lives? What if God's word could rekindle our faith when it seems to be burning low? What if God's word could show us how to manage and govern a Christian community, relying more on God's power and attuned to God's plans for us?
I believe that God's word can do this."
Gabe Giella, Christian Education Director
You are invited to join the St. Mary's community on a year long journey of renewed faith and well-being.
In addition to the parish-wide Bible study outlined below, there are so many other offerings scheduled, designed to help you on your journey. Please visit both St. Mary's News and the St. Mary's Event Calendar, for details.
In 2018-2019, we are embarking on a year-long journey with the Bible. We'll be using as our guide, The Path: A Journey Through the Bible. The Path is the story of the Bible, excerpted from the New Revised Standard Version, so that it's clear and easy to read. We are inviting everyone - all ages, all stages, all people - on this journey with us.
We've prepared a place for you on this journey.
Adults will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 in the Adult Ed Room, and this session will be led by Karen Laroche. (There will be another session for adults on Wednesdays at noon, led by Gabe Giella.) Please check out our Event Calendar for specific dates for all theses classes.
Please speak with Gabe Giella, Director of Christian Formation, in person, on the phone (401-846-9700) or by
email ( ) to register. The cost for the program is $20.00 for the whole year, and includes a copy of The Path and all class materials.
Children will be embarking on a similar journey through the Bible using the national church's program, Lesson Plans That Work. These are materials especially designed to help children (and their teachers!) engage with the Bible and become familiar with the stories that form the basis of our shared Christian faith. Children will meet downstairs in one of the classrooms at 9:00 on Sunday mornings.
In addition, during the 10:00 service's Gospel lesson and sermon, children will be invited to join their teachers in the Adult Ed room to share Good News for Kids. They will return to the service at the sign of the peace.
The Kids Teaching Team includes Paul Westrom and Leigh Knapman, Sara Barker, Anna Kane, Abbie Isom, Julie Zecher, Holly Bidlack and Andrea Creaney.
Teens will be embarking on the journey through the Bible, using the same text - The Path - as the adults. They will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 in a downstairs classroom, and be covering the same topics as their parents.
Teens are invited to have breakfast together each Sunday.
The Teen Teaching Team is Gabe Giella, Michelle Frietas, Anna Kane and Jenny Williams. All teens are invited to join the journey.
Photo Credit: Michelle Freitas, 2017