Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. Every experience in our lives can provide us with the opportunity to express our faith; the challenge we face is recognizing these opportunities and learning ways to live a sometimes countercultural life in a secular world.
At the heart of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church is a dynamic, growing faith community of children, youth and adults! Our programs aim to foster God’s love in a progressive, inclusive setting.
For more information, please contact Roger Hutchison, Palmer's Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life.
PALMER COFFEE HOUR ONLINE
Join your fellow parishioners and clergy on Zoom at 11 AM this Sunday for Palmer's first virtual coffee hour. No agenda, just a chance to visit with other Palmers. You can watch the pre-recorded service at 10 AM, then join this Zoom gathering at 11 AM, or come to the coffee hour first and then watch the service later. A link to the coffee hour will be shared by email prior to the event. Contact the Rev'd Liz Parker for any questions.
7PM ON TUESDAYS - FILMS ON ART AND SALVATION
Join Roger Hutchison, Director for Christian Education and Parish Life, for this special formation offering. We will watch short films together about art and salvation and then discuss them. Please contact Roger Hutchison for the Zoom link.
"Art...is a means of union among [humans], joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity." - Leo Tolstoy, adapted for inclusion from his essay
What is Art? We create to emulate. We create to resuscitate. We create because we bleed. We create to heal. We create to both die and rebirth. We create because we cannot help it! Humans happen to be so creative that we manage to create in as many ways as there are of us! Use this time to consider all the ways your creativity is a pathway to your growth and healing and movement towards being connected not only to the rest of humanity but also to God.
SESSION TITLES AND FILMS
- Amnesia Therapy with Marlon Hall - April 28
- The Artisan Soul with Erwin Raphael McManus - May 5
- Crucified for All with Malcolm Guite - May 12
- Creation Heals with Lanecia Rouse Tinsley - May 19
8 PM WEDNESDAY COMPLINE ON FACEBOOK
Each Wednesday evening, a short service of Compline will be recorded and posted to Palmer's Facebook page. Scroll down until you see words about Compline above a video. That will first appear there, however, only at 8 PM. You can also follow along at home by turning to page 127 in the Book of Common Prayer, which is where those prayers begin, or by clicking on this link to see the words online. You do not need a Facebook account to watch this service.
FREE CHRISTIAN RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN
Click here to be connected to a weekly Sunday School lesson from StoryMakers NYC. StoryMakers, the curriculum our children are using during Easter, is dedicated to creating new ways to share God's redemptive narrative found in the Bible. StoryMakers shares the gospel with children in ways that are meaningful, healthy, and ultimately draws children into God's story. StoryMakers gives children and grown-ups the chance to connect while exploring the greatest story ever told. Please contact Roger Hutchison if you need additional StoryMakers support and materials or if you are interested in joining the curated private Facebook Group for Palmer Parents and Guardians of Children, where he is staying connected to households with children and posting a variety of Christian formation resources.
FOUR WEEKDAY BIBLE STUDIES MEETING ONLINE
There are four weekday Bible studies that are meeting online via Zoom. If you would like to join the Noon Wednesday All-Parish Bible Study contact the Rev'd David Wantland, the 7AM Tuesday Men's Bible Study contact the Rev'd Neil Willard, the 7 AM Tuesday Women's Bible Study or the 4 PM Tuesday Women's Bible Study, contact the Rev'd Liz Parker who will send you information about how to do that.
NEWCOMER CLASS MEETING ONLINE
Our newcomer class "This is Us" will continue to meet on Sunday mornings online via Zoom. Contact the Rev'd Liz Parker to learn how to join this gathering and specific details.