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 2018 Programs

Adult Forum 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.
Sept. 16th – Introduction to the Apocrypha
Sept. 23rd – Guest Speaker: John Sides on his book, Identity Politics 
Sept. 29th and Oct. 7th – No Adult Forum because of Pet Blessing and Camping Trip
Oct. 14th- Guest Speaker: Pam Schmidle on Closing the Achievement Gap
Oct. 21st and 28th – 2nd Maccabees Study
Nov. 4th-18th – 2 Esdras, Hebrews, and Dangers of Secessionism
Dec. 2nd-16th – Explore the Christmas story by reading scripts of alternative Christmas pageants together. A fun way to enter the well-known story.

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!  Here is our selection for Winter/Spring 2019:

January 4: Luke for Everyone by Tom Wright (Suggest reading the first 88 pages, covering Advent and Christmas readings for Year A, before the January meeting)
February 1: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
March 1: The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
May 3:  For Sabbath’s Sake by J. Dana Trent
Also of interest: The Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Bruggemann and Sabbath in the Suburbs by Mary Ann McKibben Dana.
Lenten Film Series
Fridays during Lent we gather people for dinner, movie, and a discussion in the parish hall. 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 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 September and two more begin in January.  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. Serena 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 or for more

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.