Adult Formation

Adult Theological Study & Reflections


9:30-10:15 AM

Sunday School meets each Sunday at St. Mary's and via Zoom. These calls open 5 minutes prior to the classes. Check your parish email and the website each week for Zoom login information. To sign up for St. Mary’s email, contact the parish office at

* On Sunday, May 16, we will have one large gathering in RMH with clergy, staff, and Vestry members responding to the question, “What has the pandemic taught me and the church?”





Please join us on Sunday mornings this Easter season for Adult Christian Education at St. Mary’s! This Eastertide, St. Mary’s will offer two five-week Sunday School classes beginning on Sunday, April 11 and concluding on Sunday, May 9. Both of these classes will meet in-person and also on Zoom from 9:30 AM until 10:15 AM.


According to Mark
Room 309 between 9:30 AM and 10:15 AM


In Room 309, the Rev. Jeremy L. Carlson will teach a lecture-oriented class on the Gospel according to Mark. During this five-week class, we will read Mark’s gospel together, spending the first two weeks on Jesus’s Galilean ministry, the third week on Jesus’s ministry in Jerusalem, the fourth week on the death of Jesus, and the fifth week on Jesus’s resurrection. During the course of these discussions, we will explore certain thematic elements and literary features present in Mark’s gospel. All of this should enable us to better experience and enjoy our Sunday Gospel readings during the Season of Pentecost as we travel through Year B of the Revised Common Lectionary.


According to Mark Zoom Information
Meeting ID: 826 8032 7494
Passcode: 586512




Theology underlying Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince
Room 307 between 9:30 AM and 10:15 AM


In Room 307, Cindy Wiley will lead a five week discussion concerning the theology underlying Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic novella Le Petit Prince. We will look at this classic through the Christian lens of faith, hope, and love. We will follow the story of a downed pilot and a small prince who encounter each other in the desert and examine our own desert lives in an effort to learn more about our relationship with God and the responsibility we have for each other. This will be a great opportunity to put down the distractions of our busy lives and allow ourselves to be pulled back to rediscovering what is truly important within. “On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essential est invisible pour les yeux.” Come and learn what this life changing quote can mean in your spiritual life in Christ.


Le Petit Prince Zoom Information
Meeting ID: 8583 814 6465
Passcode: 728087




Tuesdays During the Easter Season Beginning April 13


When do you make the sign of the cross? How do you know the color of the season? Where are we in the Book of Common Prayer? Do you stand or kneel? How do you choose between Rite I and Rite II? I like a different style of music in worship, can you sing from other sources? Who is a member and how do you join St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands? These are just a few of the questions asked about the Episcopal Church. If you have similar questions OR would like to formalize your membership in the Protestant Episcopal Church of the USA, come and join others on Tuesday evenings in the Easter season. These gatherings will be both in-person and via Zoom. The conversation will last about 50 minutes and participation will be required for those who are seeking formal membership (Confirmation). And yes! Members who have already been confirmed are welcome, too. Being a part of these conversations can be important for active parishioners interested in learning more about the church and life changing for the lapsed.

     Schedule for Adult Confirmation Classes:
All gatherings begin at 5:30 PM and will be facilitated by Huey Gardner in Room 309.
• April 13, 20, 27
• May 4 and 11
• These meetings will culminate in the bishop’s visit on Wednesday, May 19.

     If you would like to be added to the email list for this group, please contact Melodie Elam at or 205-881-1261. 





Men’s Bible Study via Zoom: Tuesdays at 7:10 AM
Women’s Bible Study via Zoom: Wednesdays at 10:10 AM


Beginning the week of January 18th, we started a conversation around the Old Testament books of I and II Samuel.  I have thought a lot about the focus of the study and think these books will be a good subject.  They contain some of the most well known stories of the Old Testament.  Hannah, Samuel, Saul, David and the Ark of the Covenant are prominent.  While this study will be grounded in history, these stories are the foundation for many Christian theological points.  The Davidic dynasty is one topic that is based on the promises of God described in Samuel.  The tensions between an earthly king and eternal king are present.  Join us via Zoom for this conversation.  Credentials will be posted on the web and sent weekly.  Please feel free to invite other to join.  Eventually we will offer a blended class of Zoom and live.  This will come later and when the COVID numbers begin to decrease.  The reality of COVID does not change the traditional practice for Christians of Bible study.  Zoom is a good platform that allows us to study and be safe.  
     Join us and learn more about David’s leadership and devotion.  You will begin to consider how God uses flawed people to achieve salvation.


Men’s Bible Study - Tuesdays, at 7:10 AM  (40 minutes)

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 820 3437 5416
Passcode: 142665


Women’s Bible Study - Wednesdays, at 10:10 AM (40 minutes)

Join Women’s Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 894 5747 3029
Passcode: 387502


Each week handouts will be emailed to those on the group mailing list.  To be added to a list, please email Melodie Elam at the Parish Office. 





Tuesdays 11:30 AM via Zoom


Centering Prayer is an ancient Christian form of silent prayer that is ideal for these pandemic times. St. Mary’s Centering Prayer group meets each Tuesday morning at 11:30 am via Zoom. This group is open to all, including those new to the practice of centering prayer. For information and Zoom link, contact John Kennedy.





Monday through Friday at 8:40 AM in the nave.


Morning Prayer is offered Monday through Friday in the nave.  This is a good act of devotion and worship and a wonderful way to offer leadership.  The prayers we say are for the whole community of St. Mary’s.  While you begin your day, know that people will be offering prayers for you and your well-being. Restrooms are available in the undercroft and in the Drennen House.