Adult Education

Bible Study

This faithful inter-generational gathering meets weekly on Wednesday mornings from 10 – 11 am. Over the course of the year we discuss the scripture passages relevant to the coming Sunday and make a study of particular books of the Bible. The lively discussion is accompanied by hot coffee and the occasional treat. There is no expectation of attendance at all sessions.

This fall we studied the book of Hebrews and delved into a few of the minor prophets: Habakkuk and Micah. 

Consider joining us this Lenten season as next we explore the Song of Songs, "ancient Israel's contribution to the literature of love," using a study guide to help and deepen our understanding. No prior knowledge is needed! Please consider joining in on what promises to be a lively and fascinating discussion. For more information, contact Deacon Dorothée at deacon@ccrye.org.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer: prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of verbal prayer into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

The Centering Prayer group at Christ’s Church meets in the Chapel on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am for twenty minutes of centering prayer, followed by a guided lectio divina using the scripture verse from The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living with the opportunity to share personal reflections from the sacred reading.

For more information please contact the church office at admin@ccrye.org or visit the Contemplative Outreach of Westchester website at www.cowestchester.org. 

Lenten Reflection

1 Hour, Tuesday evening, 7 - 8 pm

This year during Lent, consider joining us as we explore the life and work of Jesus as seen through the eyes and lives of six who shared in the story:

Peter; Mary Magdalene; Pontius Pilate; Joseph of Arimathea; The Unnamed Woman of Bethany; Judas Iscariot

Led by Mary McCarthy, Director of Christian Education, each class offers an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the seemingly familiar story of Jesus. No previous knowledge or preparation is needed! Come for one. Come for all. We hope you'll join us!

For more information please contact Mary McCarthy at dce@ccrye.org.

Tuesdays With Sandy+

Throughout the season of Epiphany, we used Eucharistic Prayer C during our service. In and among some of the changes in language, you may have noticed references to the church's early leaders: "Lord God of our forbearers: God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Ever wonder who they are or what are their stories? This Lent take a closer look at these and other individuals who led the way in our faith.

Classes meet from 6 - 7:30 and include a simple meal in the Rectory hosted by the Associate Rector.

Past sessions have included:

  • Praying through Liturgy
  • A Study of the Gospel of John
  • A Study of the Historical Jesus

For more information please contact Father Sandy Key at associate@ccrye.org.

EfM

Education for Ministry, “EfM”, is a distance learning course in which members meet each week to discuss reading materials that provide a basic education in the history of Christianity and contemporary theological issues. It is a four-year program, but students commit to only one year at a time. The first year is devoted to reading and understanding the Old Testament. Second - the New Testament, Third - the history of the Christian Church, Fourth - contemporary theological issues. Discussions are moderated by mentors. Using a broad set of guidelines, each individual group decides the manner in which it will be run. 

At present, Christ’s Church has one EFM group that meets from 7-9:00 pm on Monday evenings. For more information, please contact Deacon Dorothée Caulfield at deacon@ccrye.org or explore the official website at efm.sewanee.edu.