Growing our spiritual lives is one of the primary benefits of being a part of a church community. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved most of our formation activities online for everyone’s safety. We don’t stop growing and learning during these unusual times; the way we do this just has changed until it is safe for us to meet together in person. Growth 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. To receive the Zoom links to these programs, please send an email to the church office. Here is what is currently happening:
Adult Forums at 10am Sundays via Zoom
We explore a variety of topics in our Sunday morning gathering through lectures, Bible study, discussion, and guest speakers. Drop-in anytime online.
To receive the Zoom link, please send an email to the church office.
Lenten Adult Forum beginning Feb. 28, 2021, 10am: Our focus in Adult Forum during the season of Lent will be on, “Encountering Jesus in the Gospel of John” and will be led by the Rev. Rob Banse. Drawing on a collection of prayers and meditations created by the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Center for Ministry at Virginia Theological Seminary, we will “renew (our) repentance and faith” in John’s presentation of the Good News about Jesus Christ. The schedule will include:
February 28 – “God is Love.”
March 7 – “The Word became Flesh.”
March 14 – “Close to the Father’s Heart.”
March 21 – “I Have Called You Friends.”
March 28 (Palm Sunday) – “Abide in Me.”
You are welcome to join in one, some, or all of the discussions! And feel free to invite your families and friends. I hope and pray that these discussions will encourage us all as we journey through Lent and to the foot of the cross. Adult Forum gathers on Sunday mornings from 10:00 until 10:50 by way of Zoom. I hope to see you there.
First Friday Book Group Fall 2020 – Spring 2021
October 2 – The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss (Anna Laymon presenter) – DON’T MISS THIS GATHERING: Author Elaine Weiss will be our special guest from 7pm-7:30pm.
January 8, 2021: Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel DeFoe (Barbara Laymon presenter) and note date change: this is the second Friday!
February 5, 2021: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
March 5 and April 2, 2021: joint meeting with the Lenten Film Group
May 7, 2021: Ordinary Grace by Willam Kent Krueger
Sacred Ground Small Group
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. It is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. The group at Christ Church is likely to be held every other week on a weeknight and will require a commitment to readings, films and participation in the group. Please email Mary Miller Flowers or Jennifer Baker Howard if you are interested. For more information visit https://episcopalchurch.org/
Men’s Spirituality Group, Saturday, 9am
Men’s Group meets on Saturday mornings from 9am-10am in the Christ Church courtyard (behind the church) as weather permits or meets virtually online via Zoom. There’s conversation and reflection on the coming Sunday’s readings. Just show up (weather permitting) or send an email to email@example.com for the Zoom link (which is also published in the weekly email).