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. Here is what is currently happening:
Fall 2020 Programs
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.
Speaking Truth to Power: The Message of the Prophets, led by The Rev. Rob Banse, September 2020
Beginning Sunday, September 13th, we will gather at 10:00am – 10:50am on Zoom to discuss the powerful message of the prophets and how that relates to today’s news and happenings.
One of my favorite classes while attending Virginia Theological Seminary was entitled, “The Bible and the New York Times.” Our commitment was to read the paper on a daily basis and then meet on Thursday evenings to discuss the current events from the Bible’s perspective. This proved to be for me a trans-formative experience and profoundly helped shape my understanding of the Christian faith, life, and vocation. We would often turn to the prophets of the Old Testament when having these conversations. One of the ministries that all the prophets held in common was to “speak truth to power” in whatever community they were called to serve. I think that continues to be an essential ministry for the church in our own day and age.
The series will begin with an overview of the prophets and the shared elements of their mission to, and message for, the people of Israel. After that, as time permits, we will take up the individual books about particular prophets and consider the circumstances in which they were each called to prophecy and what it was that they had to say to the people to whom God sent them. All are welcome to join the conversation.
First Friday Book Group Fall 2020
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.
Small Groups at Christ Church
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.