The Adult Education team led by Fred Carlson conducts class in the pews at St. Alban’s between the two Sunday services from 9:30 AM until 10:20 AM from September through May.
All are welcome to attend!
In addition to the weekly classes, members of St. Alban’s also plan and facilitate a Lenten Series for adults in preparation for Easter.
Updated Saint Alban’s Adult Education Booklet.
Saint Alban’s continues our regular Adult Education Bible study sessions on Sundays between services in the sanctuary. Please read the following information to see the schedule for Sundays as well as the updated information for both the SAM’s and SAY Bible Studies. We meet in person and are Zoom Friendly!
The Saint Alban’s Adult Education schedule for February-June 2021:
February 14, 21, 28
Old Testament Survey
This block of classes will cover God’s relationship with His people in the Old Testament pointing to the coming Messiah Jesus Christ. Lots of material! Bring your questions and confusions! Lenten Sundays #1, 2.
Led by our own rector Rev. Dr. David H. Grissom.
March 7, 14, 21
In the Steps of Saint Paul, Part 4
In the Steps of Saint Paul Parts 12-14. (Caesarea, Malta, Rome) Maps, photos, and description augment the serious scripture study that accompanies this series. Led by Craig Huntington. Lenten Sundays #3-5.
Saint Alban’s Women Special Series: The Case for Easter
4 Evenings Zoom Fellowship
This 4-part study features Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Easter.” The proofs of the resurrection with study materials. Contact SAW Leader Kathy Pierce for study materials and schedule.
March 28 (Palm Sunday)
The Last Sayings of Jesus
from the Cross
Fred Carlson leads this popular 360 degree look at the four Gospel accounts of the Crucifixion and points out the increasing layers of Truth shown in the texts: they are not contradictory, but beautifully unveiling in sequence their greater detail and meaning.
April 4 (Easter) No Adult Education*
April 11, 18, 25 May 2, 9, 16, 23
Discipleship: Anglican Catechism
Pt 2 & 3
Two blocks of classes will focus on the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer. Led by the Adult Ed team.
Interim Bishop’s Visitation/Reception
May 9, 2021 or TBA
Adults desiring reception into the Anglican Communion can be received at this service, please discuss with Rector Grissom asap regarding your desire. The Bishop will be working with our confirmands during education hour. This date is subject to the continuing COVID schedule and the Interim Bishop’s schedule.
May 23 TBA
Recognition Sunday is May 23–the final day of Adult Education.
More on our Bible Studies and Confirmation Classes and Ministry
Saint Alban’s Women’s Ministry (SAW)
St. Alban’s Women (SAW) is a multi-generational group of Christian women who meet for Fellowship and Bible Study. This is the perfect time to try a Virtual Bible Study while still trying to meet quarterly for Fellowship – a hybrid model for SAW! After our first meeting we will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
We are sponsoring a women’s study for Lent: a four-part study of Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Easter.” Schedule and study materials available from SAW Leader Kathy Pierce or on the narthex table.
Questions? Ready to join the Virtual St. Alban’s Women Bible Study? Contact Kathy Pierce.
Saint Alban’s Men’s Group (SAMs)
St. Alban’s Men’s Group (SAMs) meets every Friday morning from 8am to 9:30am for Bible study, breakfast, prayer, and fellowship at the church or via Zoom conferencing. (We will hopefully be back to Dick’s Diner, Rt 22 Murrysville after COVID vaccinations–we have been meeting at Dick’s for 14 1/2 years). We use Bible studies with an Anglican perspective by noted authors N.T. Wright, John Stott, Tim Keller, J.I. Packer, and others. SAMs just completed The Practice of the Presence of God featuring letters and conversations of the famed monastic Brother Lawrence, 1610-1691, including parallel scripture studies. We are now reading the Daily Lectionary scriptures every Friday together that are emailed to the men every Monday. Questions? Call Fred Carlson (412) 856-0982.
Confirmation Class and Reception
Saint Alban’s Lay Catechist team is leading a confirmation class during 2020-2021-to be confirmed by Interim Bishop Minns in the Christian faith on May 9, 2021–if our schedule holds up. Your youth is welcome to join our other catechumens if they are so called to affirm a mature declaration of their faith in Jesus-we use the Anglican catechism “To Be A Christian” and other Bible-based resources.
If you, as an adult, wish to be received into the Anglican Communion you can ask for this at the Bishop’s visit May 9, 2021, after a brief set of Newcomers’ Classes that can be arranged at mutually convenient times. If you have youth in your household between the ages of 12 and 18 who wish to declare their faith publicly at confirmation please let Father David know so we can schedule them into the 2020-2021 youth sessions.
Children's Christian Education
The Children’s Christian Education, under the direction of Diane Kaufmann and her team work with the children each Sunday morning at 9:30 AM in the church hall from September through May. Classes include studies for children from pre-school through college to build on a Christian foundation that each student can rely on to help them through their time away from home as young adults.
In addition to the Sunday classes, Diane and her team facilitate a yearly week of Vacation Bible School (VBS). Children from throughout the community come to learn in a fun and interactive environment. Stay tuned for next year’s dates!
Sunday School Classes Resume
Children ages five through eighteen will return to Sunday Classes on Sunday, September 13th, when teens and elementary children will gather together to explore “the armor of God” through Bible stories, crafts, science experiments and drama.
The fall curriculum, September through November, will focus on the following foundational Bible stories:
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Fiery Furnace
David and Goliath
Mary’s Journey to Bethlehem
Jesus Walks on Water
Midnight Praise with Paul and Silas
Students will study virtues exemplified on the “armor of God” as they enjoy these special stories. Truth, justice, peace, faith, and salvation are seen in light of Ephesisans 6:11-18, with emphasis on the banner verse, “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.”
Weather permitting, classes will be held outside, with appropriate social distancing and other safeguards suggested by the CDC during the coronavirus pandemic.
We would love to welcome your family to these exciting classes. For more information, please call the church office (724-325-2727) and leave a message for Diane Kaufmann, Sunday School director.
Christian Education for Children at St. Alban’s
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Struggling to meet the needs of the children of St. Alban’s in an increasingly secular society, the goal of our Sunday School remains focused on helping all students, from pre-school through college, grow in faith and love of God’s Word. Classes meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM.
Sunday morning lessons normally consist of a children’s chapel service, video supplements, a morning snack, games, and crafts.
While education is the primary focus of the Sunday School, we also strive to provide opportunities for service and fellowship. Once a month the children of the Sunday School gather for a service project. This year the children enjoyed packing College Care Packages, making stationery sets for veterans at the Fisher House, sponsoring the Operation Christmas Child shoebox, organizing Project Hope, gathering warm outerwear and toiletries for the Blackburn Women’s Shelter, filling pretzel treat bags for residents at a local senior citizens facility, collecting donations for Heifer International, and stuffing Birthday Bags for Loaves and Fishes. The children’s offering each Sunday is used to support two children through Compassion International: Josiane from Brazil and Gurmesa from Ethiopia.
Whether gathering for fellowship during the annual inter-generational ice cream social, Share-Your-Heart Sunday, making pretzels during Lent, searching for eggs during the Love Sunday Easter Egg Hunt, competing in the Sunday School’s Who’s First quiz shows, enjoying the Recognition Sunday picnic, playing with friends at VBS, or celebrating Christmas with a birthday party for baby Jesus, the children of St. Alban’s experience fun and fellowship as an important part of the Sunday school program.
The staff encourages visitors and welcomes all parents who wish to bring their children to Sunday School for Christian education, fun, and fellowship! Please call the church office for more information.
Sunday School Director