St. Mark's Episcopal Church
111 West Shore Road ~ Warwick, RI ~ 02889

Adult Formation

Christian education doesn't end with confirmation. In fact with our confirmation we promise anew to continue in the apostles' teaching. This means that as adults we continue on the life-long process of formation begun in our baptism.

St. Mark's takes adult formation seriously and offers a variety of ways to continue our Christian education throughout the year.

If you have any questions about adult formation - or any suggestions for future programs - please speak with the rector.


Adult Formation takes place Saturday mornings 9-10:30 am in the undercroft (unless otherwise noted).

Signing up is helpful but not necessary. Sign up here.
If a book is required and you need help getting it please indicate that when you sign up.

2016-17 Adult Formation Offerings!
by the Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Craften
Foreword by the Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely

We often call it the "afterlife" and wonder about what it means for us and those we love. Here is an opportunity to do some spiritual work over the course of three weeks guided by this short but powerful book. "Our losses resound throughout our lives. They are the reason our exploration of time matters."

Saturday mornings - 9:00-10:30 am

October 7 - Introduction and Chapters 1-3
October 14 - Chapters 4, 5, 6
October 21 - Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10

The reading will be used to spark conversation so bring your own thoughts and questions.

Pick up a book and read the Introduction and  first 3 chapters before the first class!


Faithful - Christmas through the eyes of Joseph
An Advent Study

Wednesdays, December 6 & 13

7:15-8:30 pm


From his beginnings as a humble carpenter to his all-important role as the earthly father of Jesus Christ, Joseph’s place in the Nativity story is sometimes overlooked. But Joseph’s life contains valuable lessons for all of us. His courageous actions were crucial to the birth of Christ and God’s salvation plan for humanity.


- What can we learn about God from Joseph’s story?

- What can we learn about ourselves from Joseph’s story?

- How does Joseph shed light on the meaning of the Christmas story?

Join us and explore these and your own questions.

Pick up a copy of the book and read the first 3 chapters before the first class.

2018 Lenten Program

The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus' Final Days in Jerusalem

by Marcus J. Borg & John Dominic Crossan
Wednesdays in Lent - 7-8:30 pm

Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus's final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church's traditional teachings.

Feb. 21 - Palm Sunday -  introduction and Chapter 1

Feb. 28 - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - Chapters 2, 3, and 4

Mar. 7 - Thursday - Chapter 5

Mar. 14 - Friday - Chapter 6  

Mar. 21 - Saturday - Chapter 7

Mar. 28 - Easter Sunday - Chapter 8

Please pick up a book a read the week's assignment prior to class.