Formation: The Basics

Here at St. Barts, we seek to coach and train people in the spiritual practices of the Anglican church that can provide them life long sustenance as they serve in the world. We regularly offer two sets of courses for seekers and members.

We offer a Christian Basics class once a year, as well as a number of classes listed below.

To Nourish the Mind: 

"Bearing fruit. Anglican insights for effective leadership"  - Saturday Mornings. (10 am)

A program that looks at the Anglican spiritual tradition and its balance of prayer and reason and offers way to integrate them into effective leadership. This program will run the first 5 Sundays of Lent. 
  1. The BCP: How to use it. How to make it yours. How to understand it. Write your own prayers.  March 9
  2. The Daily Office: Rhythms of prayer. How to pray with your body. Pausing. Silence. Bowing. March 16
  3. Telling Stories: How to build stronger public relationships, share our stories, and become stronger listeners. You will learn basics in building relationships. (10-4pm) March 23
  4. How to read the Bible. Basics of the Bible. What it is? Different kinds of Bibles. Different ways of reading the text. How to use the Bible as a discernment tool. Lectio Divina. March 30
  5. How to build a powerful church community that matters. How prayer, worship, relationships and identifying gifts can help us bring forth a powerful community. Including how to run a meeting and identify public activities. April 6
To Nourish the Spirit: 

Two Retreats

Tuesday March 19th 10:00-2:00 with Lunch - A quiet retreat on Listening and Telling Stories

Saturday April 13 Parish Lent Retreat. 

Location: TBD
Time: 9:30 am - 3:00pm
Theme: The Potter's Wheel - formed and reformed in the Spirit

The retreat will be offered both in English and Spanish. 

"Growing Wednesdays" - Wednesday Evenings (6:30 pm)

On Wednesday evenings we will gather together for fellowship and dinner. After we will offer to opportunities, one in English and one in Spanish. 

Spiritual writing, journaling, and reading - Offered in English March 13, 20, April 3, 10 7:00pm. Special Stew

Learn how to use writing as a spiritual practice. Weekly writing exercises to go deeper into our lives and prayer. 

Compline with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Offered in Spanish 7:00pm

Christian Basics

What is Christianity? In this class we look at a variety of ways to understand God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, and how the Trinitarian understanding of God can help illumine our personal practices in the church and the communities we serve.

This class explores the central narratives of Jesus and the atonement; the organization of the church; and various Christian spiritual practices. We will end with the biographies of modern individuals who brought their Anglican faith into their work, including Francis Perkins, Thurgood Marshall, and Bono.


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Regular Courses

We seek to provide a regular steady stream of courses for us to reflect, gather, and serve.  We repeat these annually so that everyone has the opportunity to deepen their spirituality.

  • Anglican Basics

    This is a five hour course where we discover the history of the church in America and the world; the specific distinctions between the Anglican church as contrasted with other traditions; the Book of Common Prayer; how to pray, Anglican style; the governance of the Episcopal Church, and how to get more involved.

  • Prayer: the Foundation of Thought

    In this course we learn about the various sorts of reflection. We begin with the Book of Common Prayer, teaching the many options and resources in that book, including the daily office, the collects. We also teach people how to write their own intercessions for public use, and introduce people to various other reflective practices, including contemplative prayer, centering prayer, writing, and physical activity.

  • The Book of Common Prayer

    The Book of Common Prayer is the central distinctive text for the Episcopal and Anglican traditions. It places the practice of prayer and reflection in the hands of all of God's people.

    Yet many people seem unaware that this book is meant to be used for everyday use.  This 75 minute class teaches how any lay person can use the BCP. The rector will teach many of the different secrets of the book, including how to find Easter in 2034, discovering your favorite collect, identifying verses of scripture to memorize, and the importance of rubrics.

  • REading the Bible; Reading Life

    This three hour class (with lunch or dinner) is an introduction to the bible. We walk through some basics about the history of scripture, interpretive methods, and the use of scripture in prayer and personal edification.

  • Building a Community: Listen, organize, Study, Act

    This regular 3 hour class is the foundation for building strong communities. We teach people how to listen; how to gather people effectively; how to run a meeting; and how to create an event.

  • The Great Hymns

    Several times during the year,  the organist offers an evening class to people who want to learn some of the great hymns, and some of the harmonies that go with them. We learn a few rounds, some chanting, and gospel.

  • Your Body in Prayer

    In this 75 minute course, we guild people through the various postures, gestures, and breathing techniques that can be used in daily and during our weekly service. The body is where we live, and learning to be attentive to it is an essential part of praise. This class is taught as an "instructed Eucharist" meaning, we walk through the different parts of our weekly services.


  • Book Club

    Every Year, the priest assigns a book for the congregation. We've read Shop Craft as Soul Craft, My Dark Abyss, and others. This year, we're reading Life's Work by Dr. Willie Parker.