Adult Education

Adult Education

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:

FaLL 2019 Programs

Adult Forums at 10am Sundays

We explore a variety of topics in our Sunday morning gathering through lectures, Bible study, discussion, and guest speakers. Drop-in anytime.

The Adult Forum will be led this fall/early winter by The Rev. Rob Banse, who moved to Capitol Hill part-time after recently retiring as the Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, VA. The kick-off Adult Forum on Sept. 15th will be an overview of the programming and getting acquainted. Please join the discussion on the following dates this fall (Oct. 6, 13, 20, Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 8 & 15) at 10am in the Meeting Room in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to attend.  All that is required is an inquiring mind and heart.

The topics are as follows:

September 15th – Getting acquainted and an overview of our discussions

October 6, 13, 20 – “Hour by Hour” – The significance of keeping Sabbath, Daily Prayer, and the Seasons of the Church Year

November 3, 10, and 17 – “All The Saints” – Contemplation, Meditation, and Mysticism as found in the lives of St. Augustine, Evelyn Underhill, and Thomas Merton

December 8 and 15 – “Angels and “Archangels” – The lives and witness of Mary and Joseph as the message of the Prophets is fulfilled

January 12, 19, and 26 – “The Word Made Flesh” – what the four Gospels reveal to us about the meaning of “incarnation”, both Jesus and ours

First Friday Book Group

The First Friday Book Group will meet the first Friday of the month to explore spiritual themes in selected books. A light supper is served at 6:30pm, followed by book discussion beginning at 7pm.  RSVP to office@washingtonparish.org is helpful for the supper count, but not necessary!  The selections for this year include:

October 4, 2019The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams. We plan to discuss the first section of the book at the October meeting, and to circle back to later chapters throughout the year.

November 1, 2019Why Religion? by Elaine Pagels

January 3, 2020Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart by James R. Doty

February 7: a selection from the work of Toni Morrison (title to be determined)

March 7 and April 3: joint meeting with the Lenten Film Group

May 1: We Fed an Island by Jose Andres

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 forms several small groups over the course of each program year designed to deepen relationships with one another and God. A men’s group and a women’s group start in the fall and winter.   The initial commitment is 8 weeks, during which time the participants will share their faith stories, and there will be an option to continue. Please prayerfully consider whether this invitation to spiritual growth is for you and let the Rev. Mary Miller Flowers know that you are interested (formation@washingtonparish.org).

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.

Summer Education Series

Every summer we have a 10 minute education series after each service. It’s just a quick lecture along a particular theme. Last summer we explored Episcopal Church history through lens of a different historical person each Sunday. We have also done a few summers of Random Stories of the Bible; the videos below will give you a taste of them.

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.