Be Spiritually Enriched

Looking for a way to connect with people and be spiritually enriched? There are Men’s and Women’s Spirituality Groups available to get you started.

Men’s Spiritual Growth Group

We meet the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month for breakfast at 8:45 AM followed by discussion from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. It’s a time for fellowship, to share our faith and hear about other men’s spiritual walks in an open and accepting environment. We welcome newcomers and the curious. We look to used books, the lectionary, and even Wikipedia as sources for our discussion topics. Please come join us.

Women’s Spirituality Group

We get together in the church library on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 2:30 PM and focus on a different topic of spiritual interest during each group meeting.

In addition to discussing Scriptural passages, we have covered topics like the Saints and the contemporary image of John the Baptist. We have also explored spirituality creative ways like walking the labyrinth in downtown Sunnyvale across from the train station or participating in a meditation on hands.

Topics and activities are proposed by those involved, and mutually agreed. Come for the fellowship and be spiritually enriched!

Groups Meeting Schedules

Check the parish calendar for the upcoming meeting dates and details.

Questions?

If you have questions or would like more information about the Men’s Spiritual Growth Group and Women’s Afternoon and Evening Spirituality Groups, Contact Us*

*Use the drop-down menu to make your selection.

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Ash Wed – Three Services – Feb 18

Please Join Us

As we leave the feasts of Shrove or Fat Tuesday behind, now is the time to begin a season of fasting and repentance with the observance of Ash Wednesday on February 18th.

Service Times

Three service times are available at 7:30 AM, 12:10 PM and 7:30 PM

Location

Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – The Sanctuary, see Directions and Campus Map

There will be either signs or someone to direct you at the entrance to the sanctuary.

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is traditionally marked as the first day of Lent, a 40 day period of time (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter. This is a time many Christians set aside to remember Christ’s life during His 40 days of fasting in the desert. The period from Ash Wednesday to Easter excluding Sundays mirrors these forty days that are segmented by six Sundays, considered celebration days where we gather as a faith community to commemorate Christ’s resurrection.

Christian Ritual

According to Wikipedia, Ash Wednesday ritual is described this way:

“Ashes are ceremonially placed on the heads of Christians on Ash Wednesday, either by being sprinkled over their heads or, more often, by being marked on their foreheads as a visible cross.

The words used traditionally to accompany this gesture are:

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. – (Based on Genesis 3:19)

In the 1969 revision of the Roman Rite, an alternative formula was introduced and given first place:

Repent, and believe in the Gospel. – (Mark 1:15)

These acts of observance are designed to guide us on our spiritual journeys to draw us closer as a faith community to Jesus Christ, whom we place our faith.

Questions?

If you have questions or special needs, please Contact Us.

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Adult Ed: Cultural Encounter – Dec. 3rd

Bring your appetite and join us for an evening to savor!

CULTURAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE MIDDLE EAST and ISLAM

WHEN: Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:30PM

WHERE: Kabul Afghan Cuisine

ADDRESS: 833 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

For Directions, see Kabul Afghan Cuisine

DESCRIPTION: We will meet at a local Middle Eastern restaurant to experience a culinary and cultural immersion that includes great food and conversation with our guest speakers.

Questions?

If you have questions are would like more information, please Contact Us and select “Adult Education” from the drop-down menu.

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Dharma Dialogue – Nov 8

Come for an enlightening evening with the Venerable Pomnyun Sunim as he engages us in his talk Dharma Dialogue. The talk is designed for an English speaking audience and open to the general public.

When is the event?

Saturday, November 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

For Korean Audiences

Visit www.sfjungto.org for more info and his talk schedule in Korean.

A little about our Guest Speaker

Venerable Pomnyun Sunim, a respected Buddhist Monk and activist, is the founder and guiding Zen master of Jungo Society, which was established in 1988 in South Korea to facilitate self-cultivation through volunteerism. He is the founder and chairman of Join Together Society, an international relief agency with offices worldwide including North Korea; Eco Buddha, which has led an ecological awareness campaign; and Good Friends for Peace, Human Rights, and Refugee Issues. He is also the chairman of The Peace Foundation in Seoul, which supports policy research and analysis aimed at Humanitarian aid to famine victims in North Korea. He was worked extensively to supply humanitarian aid to famine victims in North Korea and defend the human rights of North Korean refugees in China (for full biography, visit www.jungtosociety.org).

For Location and Directions

The event will be located at:
Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – Cowans Hall
231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

See Directions and Campus Map

Questions

If you have questions or would like more information, please Contact Us

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Five Part Health & Meditation Series

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