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Series Study Groups
Mondays in Advent: Introduction to Advent
December 9 & 16
Advent is a season of great anticipation, both inside and outside of the Church. While the world around us shops, cooks, and prepares for December 25, Christians have their own way of anticipating the birth of Jesus. In this class, Episcopal priest and author Tim Schenck will open up our imaginations to the magic of this holy time of year.
Note: The first class, originally scheduled for Monday December 2nd, has been canceled due to inclement weather, and the series has been compressed into two classes.
Sunday After-Church Adult Forum
Dates to be announced
Drawing from her wealth of experience working in the world of hospital chaplaincy, Cathy Bickerton will explore various topics of interest to our community on Sundays after the 10 AM service. The first Forum will consist of a two-part presentation entitled: “From dying suddenly and unprepared, Good Lord, deliver us.” This presentation will cover various end of life issues, including highly controversial new legislation allowing a physician to provide a patient with the drugs that will allow him/her to die. Additionally, Cathy will present other Forum talks to be scheduled throughout the program year on dates yet to be determined.
Weekly Study Groups
Men's Group "Knights of Panera": Saturday mornings at 7:30, the Men's Group, also known as "The Knights of Panera" meet at the Panera Bread on Highway 35 in Middletown, to discuss spiritual and religious topics. All men are welcome to join, whether or not you are a member of Christ Church!
Contemplative Prayer: Our Contemplative Prayer group meets Tuesdays at 9:30 in the Christ Church library. In the silence of prayer, you will experience a deepening sense of God's love. All you need to offer is a willing heart. Would love to have you join us!
Women's Study Group: Every Tuesday morning at 10:30 women of Christ Church come together in the library to read, reflect, pray and share fellowship. We share our joys and fears as we learn how to serve God and our neighbor. We are a friendly group and always welcome newcomers.
Christ Church Book Club: Now in our second year, the purpose of the Book Club is to provide a small group forum for continued learning about our faith through reading and discussion while enjoying fellowship. We are a group of 6 to 10 members who gather one Wednesday evening per month between September and June at the church. Our meetings include opening/closing prayer, light snacks and lively discussion. We're a very informal group with no expectations other than to explore our faith in fellowship (i.e. no pressure!). We read books related to our faith from any genre. But, this year, we decided to read only one book about church history...Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch.
Education for Ministry (EfM): This September marks the fourth year of Education for Ministry at Christ Church. George Speidel and Pauline Dawson co-mentor the group that meets on Wednesday evenings for the thirty-six week course of study, reflection, prayer and community. The group this year consists of 2 first-year students studying the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), 3 second-year students studying the New Testament, and 5 third-year students studying the history of Christianity. This year’s theme is Living as Spiritually Mature Christians. To help us achieve this growth, the entire group will read Life in Christ: Practicing Christian Spirituality by Julia Gatta in the Fall semester and Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the Spring semester.