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Events and Opportunities

The beautiful thing about living in a community is there is always something for everyone!   Potluck meals in the Community House, small groups, special times for couples to enrich their marriage, time for women to commune together, Toddler Time, and Bible studies for senior high teens are just a few of the many ways one can get connected and feel a part of the ATS community. Read below for more information on each option.  Please check the Community Formation calendar for specific dates/times/updates.

Community Garden

 Interested in growing your own vegetables or flowers?  Do you like the pick fresh produce and help contribute to the success of community garden beds?  Contact Natasha Turner at natasha.turner@asburyseminary.edu. for more information.

Community Meals

These potluck meals are typically held at 6pm the 1st Monday of each month (keep an eye on the Community Formation calendar for updates/changes to the schedule). Bring a dish to share to the Community House (200 Suzanna Way in Kalas Village) and join others in the ATS community for food and fellowship. Contact community.formation@asburyseminary.edu for more information.

Marriage

Recognizing how life + seminary + (everything else) can place a lot of stress on a marriage, we offer opportunities for couples to spend time with one another and to focus on strengthening their marriages to enable them to better face life’s challenges together.  Watch Community Formation calendar and facebook forums for opportunities.

ESL (English as Second Language)   View video here

All who are wishing to perfect their English speaking, writing, and/or listening skills are invited to join.  This group meets on Friday mornings from 10-11:30am.  Contact Medine Keener at : medine.keener@asburyseminary.edu or  859-858-2315 for more information.

Senior High Bible Studies

Each Friday, from 6:30-9pm, students in 9th – 12th grade are invited to gather at the Community House for a time of Bible study. This study is led by Marty Paparo, and you are encouraged to contact him directly for more information: martin.paparo@asburyseminary.edu.

Small Groups

Formation in Community is part of the Asbury Seminary experience and ethos for students, spouses, staff, and faculty. Asbury small groups are a great way to get to know others, to share authentically, and be spiritually and personally formed. Opportunities to join a group are offered at the beginning of each fall and spring semester.

To see the listing of small groups and to sign up for one, visit  asbury.to/smallgroups ​

For more information contact community.formation@asburyseminary.edu

New Opportunities for Formation and Accountability:

  • Men’s Group:  Journeying Through Trauma in the Lives of Men–a group for men who have experienced trauma of one kind or another.  This group will meet three times over the course of the fall and will highlight the raw reality of the death and resurrection cycle that we all find ourselves in.  The group is an AA style support group and is focused on holding vigil with one another in our trauma as we wait for resurrection.   Sign up here:  http://equippinglydia.ivolunteer.com/sfg_013
  • Men’s Group:  Men of the Cross–this is a series of four small group meetings which focus on our response to Jesus’s humanity.  Topics will include turning childhood wounds into gifts for the world, appreciation of our limits, and forgiveness.  Sessions this fall will center on John 9 and 10 and will include shared conversation based on personal reflections assigned between meetings.  Sign up here: http://equippinglydia.ivolunteer.com/sfg_011

  • Women’s Group: Bare Holiness–a group for women seeking empowerment by loving God, themselves, and one another.  We come with unclenched hands, baring our vulnerabilites and surrendering our judgments.  We have a “no stones” policy.  Group will meet once per month.  Contact mary.mcdaniel@asburyseminary for more information.  Childcare provided with prior registration.
     

Spiritual Formation Mentoring

Dr. Marilyn Elliott has developed and facilitates this 7-week, non-accredited course designed to build a foundational understanding of human formation. Each participant is invited into shared spiritual practices and focused conversation around formational ideas. The class is gentle, focused, and practical.

Joining this cohort necessitates a commitment to participate with a whole heart: being present when we meet and offering your life as openly as you are able. Each person’s contribution impacts the spiritual dynamics of the whole.

Registration is open to all – staff, spouses, students, faculty, community members, etc. Evening sessions are open to men and women; morning sessions are for women only.

Level 1 is offered each fall, and Level 2 is offered in the spring. Completion of Level 1 is necessary for participation in Level 2.  And Advanced Mentoring class is offered for those who have completed Levels 1 and 2 and who wish to gather as a group to continue their individual formation through reading and conversation; the Advanced Mentoring class meets once per month.  All classes are on Tuesdays.

The cost is $25 for each (Advanced Mentoring is free); childcare is provided for ages 6 weeks through 12 years with prior registration and a one-time $5 registration fee (per family, not per child). In addition, each participant is required to order several books to read outside of class; these may be purchased through Amazon.

Register for Fall 2015 – Level 1

Toddler Time

Toddlers ages 3 and younger, along with a parent, are invited to join Valerie Stark at the Community House for a time of interaction each Wednesday from 10-11am during the fall and spring semesters. For more information, contact Valerie Stark at mypal_val@hotmail.com.

Women’s Communion

Women’s Communion is a place where women connect with other women in similar life stages regardless of age, nationality, or social and professional status. These are monthly gatherings where spouses, students, and staff glean wisdom from practical, interactive teaching by other women. As one spouse so eloquently stated, This is the only reoccurring women’s event I know of on campus where we can get together for spiritual enrichment outside of classes. Not only have I met many women for the first time through these events, I have also enjoyed the spiritual refreshment and growth that accompanies these gatherings. As I reflect more specifically, I have learned to grieve more genuinely, live more transparently, and have come to understand more deeply my need for community.