Christian formation is a primary mission of Saint Martin’s, especially in our programs of children’s ministry, youth ministry and adult education. Currently a prime concern of our priest, we are looking to expand and strengthen these important areas of ministry.
Current offerings for adults are the Women’s Christ Care Journeying Group, as well as the Men’s Bible Study Group on Wednesdays. Other opportunities include an annual Lenten series and a Fall Teaching series, occasional Sunday Midhour Forums, Advent Evenings, youth confirmation preparation, adult confirmation and reception preparation, baptismal preparation, first communion class, as well as special events. We offer a monthly Poetry Group, discussion based, where we reflect on the writings of some of the great religious poets, as well as others. Each of these is regularly listed in the Events section of this website, found in the drop down bar of the home page.
In Lent 2020, our Learning in Lent series focused on Calling: Discerning God’s Call on Our Lives. We heard from guests in a Q&A interview format who shared about their paths to their chosen vocations.
Starting in 2017 we engaged in our first ministry as a parish placement for a seminarian intern of the Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation. Our seminarian served with us, under the supervision of our clergy, for two years and was ordained in 2019. We look forward to welcoming more interns in the near future.
We see the worship of the church, with its liturgy of the word, followed by the liturgy of the table, as the foundation of Christian formation. Sermons, readings, music and other elements of the service of Holy Eucharist, represent some of the best sources of learning and spiritual guidance.
The clergy and people of our parish participate in outside opportunities of formation. Our diocese offers resources, as well as the wider church. Our parishioners and clergy attend the annual Winter Convocation, a day-long formation event of the diocese. For the recent bicentennial celebration of our diocese, we made on-site tours of the oldest historic churches in order to learn more about our history in Ohio. In 2020 our leadership will engage in the Connecting Communities initiative of our diocese, as well as pursuing our third Mutual Ministry Review under the direction of the diocese. We see theological reflection as very close to the heart of what we do.
See John Cerrato if you have an interest in this ministry.