St. Francis offers opportunities to enrich our understanding of Scripture, theology, or even ancient prayer practices, among other topics, through ongoing programs that take place Sunday and through the week. These programs include our Adult Forum, Bible Study, Centering Prayer, Bookclub, and Men's Group gatherings. Click Adult Education.
Janis – Great Falls
I joined St. Francis more than ten years ago when my family moved to Great Falls. While we wanted to give our sons the experience of a local church with rich service and fellowship opportunities, we found many other things at St. Francis as well, including several intellectual and cultural opportunities.
In addition to frequent concerts and periodic musical productions, St. Francis sponsors a weekly Adult Forum – an hour between services devoted to the exploration of topics of interest. Forum topics have run the gamut from “Soren Kierkegaard’s Leap to Faith” to the obsession with,“Zombies in Popular Culture.”
We also have a very active book club that meets twice monthly at our local Starbucks. In our Parish Survey my fellow Franciscans voiced a strong appetite for more programming of an intellectual and cultural nature to serve our boomer members as they move into retirement. I am right there with them: I would love to see Great Falls come alive as a year round Chautauqua-like community with St. Francis at the heart of it.
Lynda – Great Falls
In the Adult Forum I've found a very helpful, informative, and stimulating place to share the mental, emotional, and spiritual wonderings that arise as part of my faith journey. It's a comfortable and safe environment to raise questions with my fellow travelers, without fear of judgment or ridicule. It's a convenient and friendly atmosphere in which to share understandings, observations, and concerns about a wide range of topics with respectful friends. All of us are open to inquiry and support the importance of learning as a way to deepen our relationship with each other, and with our Creator and Redeemer.
St. Francis Men’s Group
Roland – Reston
I am a retired Navy Officer and have been a member of St. Francis for about 30 years. At one time or another, I’ve held most of the jobs available in the parish. This year my family celebrated our youngest son’s wedding, and we celebrated my wife’s life in this wonderful church.
One of the mainstays of my relationship with the church has been, and is, the Men’s Group. We are a small group of 10-to-15 members who meet most Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM. We’ve been meeting for many years. We’re all about sharing our common experiences, worshipping and studying God’s message together. We read and discuss new and old books on various theological subjects, listen to lectures and podcasts by noted personalities (theologians, apologists, atheists and agnostics), study scripture, and share experiences in our spiritual lives. Every year we host the popular Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday.
This group has been a foundation of my spiritual growth and education, and has been a strong rock in my life.
Kathy – Reston
St. Francis is my spiritual home where every Sunday I am greeted with love. And throughout the year I am nurtured by my loving and caring friends. My family has been worshipping at St. Francis for almost 25 years, and we’ve become involved with many ministries. As a Stephen Minister, I’ve had the privilege of entering the personal side of people’s lives and offering a listening presence. Listening is a very powerful activity, and it’s a theme that I return to as I move into a new ministry.
My new ministry is co-leading a Centering Prayer group, where once a week we meet with a small group of parishioners to learn and practice the art of “listening for God.” St. Francis is the place where I have learned and been guided in the art of listening.
Val – Great Falls
Our family moved to Great Falls twelve years ago and joined St. Francis because of our desire to worship and praise God. We found that opportunity and a remarkable church full of fellowship here at St. Francis. Most of our extended family lives all over the world, and we felt we needed a substitute local family, and we found that here, too! While growing up, our daughter was mentored musically, in the church choir, and spiritually, in the J2A, Sunday School, and Outreach programs.
Over three years ago, I wanted to make Bible Study available during the week to parishioners who valued being grounded in the Word. We couldn't wait a whole week to hear and read scripture so we formed a mid-week Bible Study group. We are known simply as, “Thursday Bible Study.”
We are a small group that studies, shares insights, and prays together—and we continue to learn and grow spiritually. If it were not for my sisters and brothers-in-Christ keeping me accountable, I might not be as dedicated in reading my Bible! Deep friendships have formed, and we look forward to seeing one another each week. We decide as a group what to study and some passages are quite difficult, but the Holy Spirit helps us come up with answers (and our priest, if not in the room, is right across the hall!).
"Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17).
Michael – Great Falls
I am a physician who recognizes the important role spirituality plays in healing physical, psychological, and social illness, and in promoting health, wholeness, and holiness. A healthy church is meant to be a place where healing and holiness meet, and St. Francis is just such a healthy church. It has been my privilege to participate in St. Francis Bible Study and Contemplative Prayer groups where we intentionally explore what spiritual development means and share our spiritual journeys.