For Adults

Saint Andrew’s offers several classes to encourage the faithful. We hope that you will find a class that interests you.


CHRISTIAN EDUCATION | 9:30 am on Sundays

Leader: Floyd Covey, Th.D., Ph.D. (Priest, Psychologist, Monk, Board Certified Christian Counselor)

Dr. Covey began a new adult Sunday school class in September 2017 called “Becoming One with Yeshua – Jesus.” All are invited to join this class in the parish hall at 9:30 am on Sundays. Dr. Covey’s description of the study is as follows: The term The Way  was the early term used in relation to followers of Jesus. In the Holy Gospel according to St. John (14:6), Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Thus, early Christians took the term The Way  from this verse. According to Fr. Gorazd Vorpatrny, the people of Old Israel were called to holiness. In the New Testament, members of the Church are called to spiritual perfection (St. Matthew 5:48). Spiritual perfection refers to the path that all true Christians are to follow, without expecting it to “end.” By His Incarnation, Passion, Resurrection, and founding of His Church, the Lord Jesus opened for His most precious creature, Man, the path to His true goal: Theosis, or Deification. In this class, God permitting, we will explore the journey to Theosis, looking at what Celtic Orthodox Spirituality teaches on the true goal of God for us. We were created in the image of God, but we are on a journey to attain God’s likeness. The idea of “God dwelling in us and we in Him” is set forth in the Gospel of St. John and in the Epistles of St. Paul and St. Peter. Again, God permitting, we will also explore the Celtic view of “Listening for the Heartbeat of God” in all of life. Further, we will examine what Holy Scripture actually teaches in opposition to some of the current false teachings about our faith, teachings that are prevalent in our culture today. Please join us on our journey, if you can. If you cannot join us, please pray for us that the Holy Spirit will lead each moment of the class, as well as each moment of our lives. Audio lectures for this class can be accessed here.


BIBLE STUDIES

Several Bible studies are offered at Saint Andrew’s Church on mornings and evenings throughout the week.

Tuesday Ladies’ Bible Study | 10 am in the parish hall | Sara Dobbs

The ladies’ study group is currently in the midst of a video study of “Twelve More Women of the Bible: Life-Changing Stories for Women Today.” This video study features 6 speakers. All parish ladies are welcome to join in the study. They meet in the parish hall every Tuesday, and they would love to have new members join them.

Tuesday Men’s Bible Study | 10 am in the conference room | Tom Davis

The Tuesday men’s study group is currently studying of the Books of Kings. They welcome new members to come and explore the Bible with them. They meet every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am in the conference room.

Wednesday Bible Study | 10 am in the parish hall | Fr. Jeff Marx

The letter to the Hebrews is probably not a letter, and the audience was wider than just Hebrew people. Contrasting Jesus with angels and Moses; describing Him in high priestly terms; and exhorting Christian readers to embrace the suffering Lord whatever the cost—this sermon is a stunning declaration of the call to faith in and fidelity to the divine Savior. Join us as we savor the literary beauty of God’s revelation. Notes from this class will be posted here.

Thursday Church History Class | 10 am (followed by Holy Eucharist at 11 am) in the parish hall | Fr. Joseph Butler

Ever wonder how an apocalyptic Jewish cult became the largest religion in the world? Or how three words divided Christianity in 1054? Why some denominations play guitar in church? Or how/why the Vatican updated to version 2.0? On Thursday, Jan 17, at 10:00 am, Fr. Joseph began leading a study of Church History covering these and other great topics in the formation of the Church using Mark A. Knoll’s Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. All are welcome! Everyone is responsible for obtaining a copy of the book. If anyone has an interest but has financial difficulty obtaining the book, contact Fr. Joseph via e-mail at joseph@standrewscollierville.org. Materials (notes & audio) from the class are available here.

Sunday Evening Bible Study | 6:30 pm in the conference room | Tom Davis

The Sunday evening group is in the midst of a study of the Gospel of Matthew. They meet in the conference room at 6:30 pm. They always welcome new members as they explore the Bible together. Everyone is welcome.