At St. Thomas, we know that we can best care for our families, our friends, and our world by first tending to God’s work in our own lives. As we learn to pray more deeply, to understand God’s word more clearly, and to discern the movement and work of God around us more surely, we can live more fully into Jesus’ offer to us of a Gospel way of life.
Therefore, we offer both on-going and seasonal classes and groups to support us in this formation. Classes may be taught by the clergy, parishioners, or guest speakers.
Sunday Mornings during Lent (beginning on March 1, 2020)
Join our adult spirituality group, which is reading Seasons of the Spirit by Martin Smith, SSJE. Led by Rev. Anne Turner and Mrs. Anne Strahan, the group will meet from 9-9:50 in the Parlor.
Tuesday Evenings during Lent (beginning on March 3, 2020)
The Journey Home: A Lenten Series on the End of Life. Coordinated by Liz DeNauw, our seminarian, we will address a different topic each week.
March 3 – Mr. Gary Downer of Money and King Funeral Home in Vienna will talk about the difference between burial and cremation, the embalming process and certain burial benefits available from the government for both civilians and ex-military. Be sure to bring your questions, as there will be ample opportunity to ask them.
March 10 – Liz DeNauw will address the actual dying process; what happens to us physically when we die and what it may be like if we are caring for a loved one who is actively dying. We will also discuss hospice and palliative care and the difference between the two.
March 17 – Rev. Anne Turner will walk us through The Five Wishes, a form of advanced directive. This will involve completing documents to outline the type of care you would like if it ever comes to a situation where you are unable to speak for yourself. We will discuss designating a power of attorney for health care decisions.
March 24 – Rev. Fran Gardner-Smith will cover the funeral service, known as the Rite of Burial. This will be an opportunity to pre-plan some of your own funeral service. The service will be broken down into its constituent parts and the sacrament explained.
March 31 – Stephanie Higgins from the Diocese of Virginia will be our speaker on planned giving. There will also be information from our own (Dr.) David Smith on the St. Thomas endowment.
Each Soup supper begins with a meal at 6:00 PM, with the program running from 7:00-8:15, all in Hudson Hall.
Thursday Mornings from 10:30-11:30
Revs. David and Fran co-lead a Bible study on the Gospel of Matthew, using Matthew for Everyone by N. T. Wright. We meet in the parlor.
You’ll find more information in our monthly Messenger which can be accessed here.
Please call the Church Office (703-442-0330) if you would like any more information.