St. Augustine's in-the-Woods Episcopal Church People of Faith Serving Beautiful Whidbey Island

Christian Formation for Adults

Our understanding of Christian Formation is based on The Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation, put forth by an initiative of The Episcopal Church which defines Christian formation as “the lifelong process of growing in relationship with God, self, others and all creation. In this process we are transformed into the people God wants us to be.”  The charter further states:

Formation is unceasing – serving the individual’s emerging understanding of identity, community, authority and purpose in Christ throughout their lives.

Formation is dynamic - encompassing learning, action and reflection.

Formation is formal and informal – informing, forming and transforming both the individual and the community.

Formation is hospitable – welcoming the “new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.” (Col. 3:10).

Here at St. Augustine’s we seek to follow this definition by providing the following formation opportunities for adults:

Sunday Adult Forum
The Adult Forum is held in our Parish Hall on Sundays at 9:15 am, following our first coffee hour (which happens right after the 8 am service).  The Forum ends at 10:15 am, so that those who wish can go to our 10:30 am service.  Topics range from current events, health, and stewardship to liturgy, history, Biblical studies and Christian education.  If you want to find out something about what we believe this is a great place to start! To see upcoming programs, click here to see our calendar or view the calendar on the home page.

Morning and Evening Programs
These programs are organized by the adult formation committee. Our parish offers programming following an academic year model. To see upcoming programs, click here to see our calendar or view the calendar on the home page.

Women’s Bible Study
This group of women meet weekly on Monday mornings at 9:30. The common goal is to understand more about the life of Jesus and his teachings. Typically they will read scriptures aloud and discuss what they have read. However, they sometimes discuss books, movies, and current events.