CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Our current Sunday school offerings, workshops, and retreats are listed below.

The first Sunday of Lent and has been designated Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday by our national church. We have two events happening on that Sunday that will connect us to our Church’s national and international relief efforts.
Feb 21 9:00am Sunday Forum. We are delighted that Josephine Hicks, Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs with Episcopal Relief and Development, will be our guest at the 9:00am Sunday Forum on February 22. Josephine oversees and provides strategic leadership to the Episcopal Church Programs Department, with the goal of deepening the organization’s programs and engagement within the Episcopal Church.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class.

Please make sure to download whatever you need to access Zoom.  All are welcome! Invite friends and family, the more the merrier!

Feb 21, 10:30 am, Church Service

For our second Lenten offering, at the 10:30am service, we will have a prerecorded message from the Right Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. She has recently joined the Board of Directors of Episcopal Relief and Development. The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows is the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. She has also served in the dioceses of Newark, Central New York and Chicago. She is the first Black woman to be elected a diocesan bishop in The Episcopal Church. Bishop Baskerville-Burrows brings a wealth of expertise, including historic preservation of religious buildings, stewardship and development, race and class reconciliation and spiritual direction. She has recently joined the Board of Directors of Episcopal Relief and Development.

Cultivating Soul Soil
4 Sundays in Lent from 12-12:45 pm on Zoom
February 28- March 21, 2021

The Rev. Caroline Vogel will gather those interested both within our parish and also around the diocese to reflect on the invitation of a holy Lent. We’ll use Psalm 51 and The Litany of Penitence (both found in the Ash Wednesday liturgy) as digging tools to toil our souls a bit, look around, and take an honest assessment of what has become weeds within us and by the grace of God needs to be pulled. In our willingness to toil the soil of our souls and uproot what no longer serves us, we make room and expand our capacity for a sense of ease and steadiness, compassion, and joy. By intentionally cultivating the soil of our souls with the assistance of the Advocate the Holy Spirit we more fully live into our calling to live resurrected lives alongside our beloved Messiah. This class will include instruction and reflection along with some practices of mindfulness.

Please register in advance using the link below. Feel free to email Caroline if you have any questions about the class: caroline@knoxvilleascension.org.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class.

Please make sure to download whatever you need to access Zoom.  All are welcome! Invite friends and family, the more the merrier!

Living the Way of Love

Tuesdays at Noon: Noonday Prayer + Lenten Reflection on Facebook Live 

Through the 40 days of Lent, you are invited to read Living the Way of Love by Mary Bea Sullivan, an Episcopal Priest in Alabama. Each day has a brief meditation and questions for reflection. Sullivan’s 40 day devotional was inspired by Bishop Curry’s invitation “to claim, or reclaim, the Jesus-inspired practices ‘that can train up the spirit to follow in the way of Jesus and to look something like Jesus. These biblically inspired practices are Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.” Each day’s devotion centers on one of these 7 biblical practices. Let us journey through the season of Lent together intentionally learning more, reflecting together, and practicing the way of Jesus. Our local bookstore has copies: Union Avenue Books

Becoming Beloved Community in Lent
Thursdays from 7-8:00 pm on Zoom
February 25 – March 25, 2021

The Becoming Beloved Community task force of the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee invites you into a journey to commit in new ways to growing loving, liberating, life-giving relationships across the human family of God. Becoming Beloved Community in Lent is a weekly, diocesan wide study. Using a curriculum from the Diocese of Los Angeles. Facilitated by our very own Sylvia Peters, the Rev. Leyla King, and the Rev. Claire Brown, we will reflect on theology, scripture, and our own experiences in this weekly digital group offering on racial justice and healing.

Please register in advance using the link below. Feel free to email Caroline if you have any questions about the class: caroline@knoxvilleascension.org.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class.

Please make sure to download whatever you need to access Zoom. All are welcome! Invite friends and family, the more the merrier!