St. Simon Parish community gathers in small faith sharing groups and bible studies. Throughout the pandemic, each of these groups have been meeting virtually. In the Fall, they will each make decisions if they are going to return in person or stay virtual.
If you are interested in joining one, see what is currently being offered below.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE STUDY
Our Bible study will be studying at St. Paul’s letters to the Galations. It will begin January 11 , 1:30-3:30 and continue for eight weeks.
The group can accommodate a few more participants.
The gathering is in a private home, in person—outdoors weather permitting, but indoors for the video part (wearing masks). Everyone in the current group has been vaccinated, and they expect that to be the case for any new people.
For further information they can call Maria Allo at 650-269-2661 or e-mail at email@example.com.
TUESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY
The Tuesday evening group studies the Bible using programs offered by Ascension Press. We typically do one study program in the fall and one in the spring. The programs vary in length from 5 to 20 weeks long, but most of the ones we’ve done are about 8 weeks long. The study programs have a materials fee for workbooks and streaming access to the weekly videos.
We have weekly homework in the workbook, which we discuss at the following meeting. We currently have about 20 people, including participants from other parishes in the diocese and from other states. No prior knowledge of the Bible is necessary, and new members are always welcome to join us at the beginning of each study program.
Starting Tuesday, January 10, 2023 the Tuesday evening Bible Study will be studying the Letter of James, using the Ascension Press program “James: Pearls for Wise Living.”
In this study, Jeff Cavins shows how the teachings of James speak to those of us who feel torn between the competing demands of this world and our faith. Meant to help a fledgling Church live out its faith in the face of persecution and a worldview opposed to the gospel, the book of James will help you discover wisdom you can apply to the present. The study will last 11 weeks, meeting on Zoom from 7:15-8:30pm each Tuesday. The first meeting is on January 10, 2023. The cost of the workbook from AscensionPress.com is $29.95 plus tax and shipping.
If you are interested in joining, please email Fred Tou, firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE SHARING
The Wednesday morning group reads a book of the Bible together in our meetings and shares their thoughts and experiences and what the passage means to them. There is no homework, and we go through a book of the Bible at a leisurely pace over the course of weeks or months depending on the length of the book. The group decides which book of the Bible we read next. We have a wide range of ages in the group from parents of school age kids to 100 years old, and most of the group is retired. Currently, we have about 25 people. Some of the participants are from other parishes in the diocese. No prior knowledge of the Bible is necessary, and new members are always welcome to join us and can drop in any time as frequently or infrequently as they like. We meet on Zoom from September to June. We are studying the Book of Esther.
If you are interested in joining, please contact Regina Shirey, email@example.com
THURSDAY FAITH SHARING GROUP
A group of about 20 people meet every Thursday at 9:15am a.m. via zoom for an hour to review and discuss the readings for the coming Sunday.
During the discussion of the readings the group shares their faith experiences relative to the readings. We then try to take from them some way that we can spread the Gospel during the week ahead. if you are interested in joining us, please contact Jean Rousseau at firstname.lastname@example.org.