Christian Education

All classes except the Forum meet at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings.

Godly Play – Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play.  Based on Montessori principles, Godly Play, brought to life by Karen Colburn, nurtures and encourages the faith of our 3 – 9 years olds at St. Thomas’.  Class meets in the Blue Room.  Karen is alway on the lookout for volunteers to help with the class, and she’s mroe than happy to train.  You can contact her at

Youth, the Bible and Me is a class for kids ages 10 and above formulated to give our youth the opportunity to spend time together learning about their faith and what it means to be a part of the Episcopal church as well as offering them an opportunity to socialize and explore their faith with their friends and peers.  Rachel Bickham is an experienced teacher with a background in Theology who is excited to bring our youth this new offering.  Classes meet in the Yellow Room.  Please feel free to contact Rachel, either to volunteer or with any questions at

The Rector’s Class offers many different types of educational and thought-provoking classes in many types of formats, including various video classes and discussions, series such s The Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, courses on Celtic Spirituality, Angels in our Midst – a class about angels, and book studies.  Come and join the lively discussion.  Classes meet in the Conference Room.

Education for Ministry (EfM) – Education for Ministry (EfM) is a theological education seminar from the School of Theology, the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.  This comprehensive course is offered at St. Thomas’ and is open to all adults.  The Program, which is led by trained mentors, offers four years of study: the first year of study concentrates on the Hebrew Bible; the second, on the New Testament; the third, on the history of Christianity; and the fourth, on Christian beliefs, ethics, and ecumenical and interfaith issues.  Most important, EfM teaches one to think theologically and to connect Scriptural and cultural issues to participants’ lives.

The EfM seminar group begins meeting weekly in September and continues until June, except during holidays.  Though each year of the course is taken in order, it is fine to take year(s) off and return to the Program later.  Participants bring a diversity of backgrounds to the seminar, which makes the shared learning experience very rich and stimulating.  The cost is $375.00 per year, but scholarship help from the Diocese and the Parish reduces the cost to very little.

For more information, contact Rosalee Glass,; or Donovan Bowley,; leave your name in the Parish Office; or visit the EfM website:


The Forum is a class in the round to discuss a multitude of subjects.  Discussions led by the Rev. Dr. Rosalee Glass, Brother Donovan Bowley and the Rev. Abby Pettee.  Enjoy coffee and fascinating conversation.  Class meets periodically in the Guild Room after the 10:00 am service.




If you’d like to be involved in our education programming, or youth work, please contact our Rector at or call the Rev. Lisa Smith Fry at 236.3680, ext. 102.