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Adult Education on Sunday Mornings

Held in the Parish Hall -Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Adult Education – Where we are and where we are going

by Ralph Zaorski

When we talk about education in church, the assumption is that the topic is biblical or otherwise “Christian.”  At St. Richard’s our adult education program tends to be more eclectic.  Certainly, we discuss biblical and Christian topics, but we also discuss topics that concern other religions or even purely secular issues.  Our justification is that this is God’s world and “it is good.” For us to understand the wonders of God’s creation, we need to familiarize ourselves with the world around us.  Our adult education program exposes us to subjects that are both interesting and challenging – at least that is the intent. 

The program starts each Sunday morning at 9:30 am.  Expand your mind and see how our Christian faith interacts with the “real world.”  As an added incentive, come early for the coffee and donuts.

Tuesday Night Bible Discussion
Tuesday Night Bible Study Discussion: The Revelation of John
Gathering at 6:30 p.m. each week in the Conference Room, we read slowly and carefully verse by verse the book of the Revelation to John and consider this book in the wider scope of the Apocalyptic tradition of literature. Dr. Jim Christoph has taught Apocalyptic literature in his 30 year tenure as a professor of Hebrew and Old Testament studies at Warner University in Lake Wales, FL and brings his expertise to the table for discussion.
Words of Eternal Life

Bible Studies
Words of Eternal Life—The Gospel According to Mark

On Wednesday mornings from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. we read selections from the sacred texts of Christianity. Robert McClure is a PhD in Latin and Greek and taught for many years at the University of California and Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park. He has been reading the Greek New Testament for over 65 years. At his side is Jim Christoph, another veteran Bible teacher, whose PhD is in Hebrew and the Old Testament. There is room for a few people in the classroom and the class will be streamed online. Then it will be available online. 

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Hi everyone.  On Sunday (November 29), we enter the season of Advent.  Since the Virgin Mary is central to the birth of Jesus, I’ve put together a four-page Meditation that includes an explanation of how Mary was accepted as a woman “without stain” as well as a discussion of 2 stunning, but vastly different paintings of the Immaculate Conception.   

Here’s some background.  At the Councils of Ephesus (431 A.D.)--the same set of Councils that established the Nicene Creed that we Episcopalians pray each Sunday--Mary was solemnly declared to be the mother of God. Most Catholic theologians doubted that one who had been so close to Christ could have actually experienced sinful acts.  Brilliant Franciscan priest John Duns Scotus (1265-1308) offered proofs of Mary’s complete purity.   Although many Catholics over the centuries readily accepted that reality, it was not until 1854 that Pope Pius IX declared that Mary was “born without the stain of sin” in a Papal Bull announcing this Catholic dogma.

Several different meditation opportunities conclude the handout. You might enjoy exploring them even if you don’t choose to read the entire handout.

I hope all of you are well and safe during this difficult time.  I also wish each of you and those you love a heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving!   --Pam   



Children's Education
(Age 5-Grade 5)
Sundays 10 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

All children Grade 5 and under are welcome to Kid's Club! (Parents we ask that if your child is pre-school age at least one parent accompanies them to Kid's Club). We will continue to welcome chidlren to the Godly Play Room, Classroom 3 in the Classroom/Office wing.

We are aiming to build community between the kids, teachers and the church at large. Sharing the love of Jesus and building faith through relationships will be our main goal.  We are remaking Sunday School! Each week starting September 8 your children will be greeted by one of four teachers:
1.Story Telling  /  Carol Alvis
2. Creative Music and Movement  /  Cindy Borr
3. Meet you in the Garden  /  Linda Jakubisin
4. Catch the Light  /  Maria Sciaino & Zenaida Rollins

The first Sunday of each month starting in October, the children will be invited forward at announcement time to tell the congregation something about their life that is exciting, challenging, wonderful or maybe even sad. This is the effort to ensure that the congregation knows the children they are promising to support in their Christian faith and life. 

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Youth Ministry

(Grades 6-12)

Fall is on the way and it’s time to think about our youth group plans for this coming year. Because almost everyone is busy in other areas of church life such as choir or acolyting or actually working in the real world, we will not have a weekly Sunday morning class. Rather we will meet the second Sunday of each month for a fun-enriching experience where we can enjoy each other’s company and share what’s going on in our lives. The 8th of September is our first outing. We’re going to New Smyrna beach for sun and sand and food and surfing and swimming. We will all come to the 10:30 a.m. service and sit together. Then we’ll leave after service. 

Parents are of course welcome to join us and we will need a couple to drive. PUT THIS DATE ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW! Other events will include bowling, miniature golf, movies, hiking in a forest, canoing the Wekiva River and other excitements. 

Introduction tot he episcopal church_banner

  • Forward: An Introduction to the Faith of our Church
  • The History of St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, Winter Park, FL
  • Church History: An Introduction
  • The Sacramental Life
  • The Authority of Scripture
  • Christian Life and Faith 

Dowloand Introduction to the Episcopal Church here

Summoning the Divine
17th C. British Poets and devout Anglican priests John Donne & George Herbert. 
The Mediation is 3 pages long and includes 3 parts.   Download
Pages 1-2.  A.  Donne's  Riding Westward, Good Friday, 1613.   You have the entire poem considered by many to be one of the finest devotional poems..  It's a challenging poem, but I hope my comments will help.  The poem is little confusing at the beginning, but you'll find some incredibly moving moments later in the poem.  Donne struggled so valiantly with his faith.  He believed he must be truly pure to see the face of the Son of God.   
Bottom of Page 2.  B.  You'll find a You-Tube a link to the Jerusalem Holy Sepulcher and Garden Tomb. I found the Garden Tomb particularly interesting.  Both are purported to be where Jesus was laid after his Crucifixion.          
Page 3.  C.   Even if you don't do anything else, open up page 3.  You'll find an excellent reproduction of Salvador Dali's painting:  The Christ of St. John of the Cross.  I found it intriguing.   Dali based the painting on a pencil sketch by the 16th C. Spanish monk St. John of the Cross, a mystical author, noted especially for his journey of the Dark Night of the Soul.
First Sunday of Advent
Christ the King
Sunday, November 29, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Worship Schedule

Sunday services at St. Richard's are transitioning to an onlie Live Streaming format until further notice.

  • Sunday Worship, 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
  • Evening Worship, 5:00 p.m.
  • Morning Prayer, Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m.

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