Good Sam’s 101

Are you new to Good Samaritan? Welcome! Good Sam’s 101 is for you. We meet to explore what it means to be an open-minded follower of Christ, what it means to be an Episcopalian, what it means to be a Good Samaritan, and what all this might mean for your own life and spiritual journey. You’ll have plenty of chances to ask questions, learn a little more about what we believe, and see if Good Samaritan might be a good fit for you. At the end of our morning, you’ll learn steps to take if you’d like to get involved with our ministry and life together.

Our next Good Sam’s 101 will take place on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Harris Academy from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. (lunch included). For more information, or to sign up, use the form below.

Going Deeper

Going Deeper is a conversation group for those who have completed Good Sam’s 101 and want to take a next step in connecting with Good Samaritan. Typically, a new group starts every other month and meets five or six times, rotating between homes or meeting at a public place such as Panera or Starbucks.

We come together to talk about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the Episcopal tradition. We study parts of the Bible that will help us deepen and understand our faith as open-minded followers. In a careful and deliberate way, we share parts of our spiritual stories with one another over time (keeping in mind that sharing is always optional).

Finally, we reflect on the core values of Good Samaritan that shape how we gather and serve as a church.

Our next Going Deeper group begins on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 and meets every Tuesday evening through October 3 (five Tuesdays). For more information, or to sign up, use the form below.

Catechumenate

Catechumenate is an old-fashioned word from the earliest days of the church that means learning by listening. In ancient times, newcomers who wanted to become part of the church learned to follow the path of Jesus in the early church by listening to the elders retell the stories of Jesus. The dialogue was mostly one-way, with the elders doing most of the talking and the newcomers doing most of the listening. At the end of a two-year period of time, newcomers participated in elaborate rituals that prepared them for Baptism and admission to the church.

At Good Samaritan, we continue the tradition of Catechumenate, but with some major modifications! We begin with listening, but unlike ancient times, we do so in a back and forth dialogue that focuses on your deep spiritual questions about faith, serving others, Jesus, the church, and what the spiritual life can mean for you and for our community. Catechumenate is an eight-week course that begins again in Spring 2018 on Sunday mornings for conversation, and exploration of spiritual topics. It is the perfect foundation course for people who wish to become members of Good Samaritan and the Episcopal Church.

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Small Groups

Good Samaritan is passionate about making sure all of our members are fed spiritually and continue to have ways to grow and learn in their faith journey. In order to keep this work going, we provide small groups for those Good Samaritans have gone through our Good Sam’s 101 and a Going Deeper group. These small groups take different forms over time depending on what the community would like to learn and explore. We have done book groups where we come together for some intentional discussion on what we have read over the course of 3-4 weeks.

Small groups change as we learn and grow and so we are open to creating small groups to meet a need or interest the folks of Good Samaritan may have.