Make adult education part of your New Year’s Resolution! In 2010, we have a new course for adults and a continuation of our already-offered opportunites.

First, we will begin a new series of courses beginning in January at our newly dubbed St. Nicholas Academy! Many of you are very hungry for continued Christian education for adults and with our Academy, we hope to provide just that.

In January, we will begin a 6-week study entitled Listening to Scripture: Strategies for Interpreting the Bible. This course is published as part of a program called Kerygma (Greek for “proclamation”). I used one of these curricula in a former parish and got a great response. The St. Nicholas Academy will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm starting January 5, 2010. Sue Halmrast and Fr. Jeff will lead the first course. All are welcome to attend the class. Required Resource Books will cost $18 per student, and you will need a study Bible like the Oxford Annotated Bible (NRSV) or the HarperCollins Study Bible (NRSV). To sign up for the first 6-week course, visit stnicholashamilton.org/signup or the signup board at the church.

Listening to Scripture will lead us up to our Mardi Gras on February 16, followed by our annual Lenten Series. We will offer another Kerygma course after Easter, take a break for the summer, then depending on the response, we’ll continue the St. Nicholas Academy in the fall.

Also, we will continue to have our Adult Bible Study on Sunday mornings at 9:45am. Julia Demonet has been leading this class and has done a great job. The Adult Bible Study is more tied to a certain book of the Bible and the class explores that book over the course of the weeks. This is a great “jump in” class for anyone who is seeking to engage in Scripture, but may not be able to commit to a course like the ones mentioned above. If you are interested in learning more about this class, be sure to catch Julia.

Finally, our Episcopal 101 class has been so popular, we are going to continue to offer it on a monthly basis in 2010! Episcopal 101 is a class for newcomers, people who are wanting to become more serious about their commitment to Christ and the church, and for people who need a refresher. People are welcome to jump on and off as they please, however, if you wish to be baptized, confirmed, received, or reaffirmed, you must complete 9 of the 12 classes each year. Baptisms may be scheduled for any time besides the season of Lent. The 2010 dates for confirmation at the Cathedral are February 28, May 23, and December 12. We will continue to use the book My Faith, My Life for teenagers and the companion book Your Faith, Your Life for adults. Look for the dates for January’s class in next month’s Spirit of St. Nicholas, in the Sunday bulletin, and on the website. All are welcome! To sign up for the next round of classes visit stnicholashamilton.org/signup or the signup board at the church.

It’s very important to offer a variety of educational opportunities, because not everyone can meet at the same time and not everyone is interested in the same courses. With Adult Bible study, the St. Nicholas Academy, and Episcopal 101, we hope to communicate that we are committed to Christian education for our adults (not to mention the things we have planned for our youth and children!). Back in the old days, the only adult education in a church happened during the Sermon (scary, huh?). We hope that you all will take the opportunity to engage in these offerings, beginning as students and hopefully growing into teachers in your own right. If you have the gift of teaching and want to help us in future offerings, please let us know! We all have so much to learn from one another, and we’re excited that we’ll be able to do so in 2010!