Growing our spiritual lives is one of the primary benefits of being a part of a church community.  This happens in lots of ways – for some it happens in the conversations over coffee hour or in worship or in participating in the choir.  It happens when we aren’t even paying attention sometimes.  But paying attention, reflecting with others, allows our spiritual growth to take root in our lives and impact both our own and our community’s life.   Here is what is currently happening:

Spring 2018 Programs

Adult Forum at 10am Sundays
Drop in on this class anytime and you’ll find 10-15 people engaging Scripture and life with a mix of lecture, robust discussion, and sincere reflection.
Spring Series: Living Faith
Join the Rev. Serena Sides in a four-session forum series to reflect on some of the basic tenets of our faith.
We will engage in discussion around what it means to believe in God, believe in Jesus Christ, believe in the Holy Spirit, and believe in one Church.
We will reflect on why these beliefs matter for our lives.
Time permitting, we will consider how we explain our faith to others—including children.
The sessions will use videos, Biblical reflection, and the Episcopal catechism as sources.
Sessions will be held on April 15, 22, May 6 and 13. There is no forum on April 29

 

Shake It Off: Finding Faith, Hope, and Strength in Anxious Times 

We are not the first people to live during an era of high anxiety and emotion. From the time of Jesus to the present day, there have been multiple periods of confusion, cruelty, violence, and war. During each period, there were Christians who acted with faith and courage. In this four-part series, we will draw on the Book of Common Prayer and the lives of Christians during the early Middle Ages (St. Benedict), the American Civil War (Frederick Law Olmsted), the 20th Century (W.H. Auden), and the Red Scare (Frances Perkins). Each session will include a presentation on how one Christian responded to the issues of their time and a discussion of what we might like to shake off so we can foster faith, hope, and strength in ourselves and others in our time. The session close with a brief service (Compline) in the sanctuary.

Sunday evenings, 7:00-8:15

April 8 – St. Benedict

April 15 – Frederick Law Olmsted

April 22 – W.H. Auden

April 29 – Frances Perkins

First Friday Book Group

This group meets most months at the church to explore spiritual themes in select books.  A light supper is served at 6:30 pm, with book discussion starting at 7:00 pm.  RSVP to office@washingtonparish.org is helpful for the supper count, but not necessary!

The book group will join the film group in March and take April off.  They will meet again in May.

 Lenten Film Series
Our 6th annual film series gathers people for dinner and a movie on most Friday nights of Lent.
Movie selections will be listed in announcements.

 

Small Groups at Christ Church

 God created us as relational people, so it makes sense that our spiritual growth is connected to the deepening of our relationships with each other.  Christ Church will be forming several small groups over the course of this coming program year designed to deepen relationships with one another and God.  A men’s group and a women’s group started in September and two more will begin in January.  The initial commitment is 8 weeks, during which time the participants will share their stories, and there will be an option to continue.  Please prayerfully consider whether this invitation to spiritual growth is for you and let Serena know that you are interested (formation@washingtonparish.org).

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Tuesday Spirituality Group
This group meets Tuesday mornings at 8am in the Church Kitchen.  There’s coffee, conversation, and prayer.  All are welcome.

Men’s Spirituality Group
Men’s Group meets on Saturday mornings from 9-10am in the Church Kitchen.  There’s breakfast, conversation, and reflection on the coming Sunday’s readings.  Just show up or for more

 

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Summer Education Series: Random Stories of the Bible

For 10 minutes after each service, we explore a story, often unknown and quirky, from the Bible

Random Stories of the Bible: When God Tried to Kill Moses from Sarah At Christ Church on Vimeo.

 

Post-Belly Jonah from Sarah At Christ Church on Vimeo.