Adult Education

Bible Study

Tuesdays, 7:15 pm, Guild Room: A new monthly evening Bible study began this fall and will continue through the winter. This study will focus on the life and actions of biblical characters. We will discuss their successes and failures in their attempts to live lives of integrity and explore any possible applications to our lives today. We hope you'll join us on the following evenings:

Tuesday, April 24
Tuesday, May 15
Tuesday, June 12

For more information, please contact Vicki Whatley at v.ridout@gmail.com or Mary McCarthy at mmccarthy@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 dcaulfield@ccrye.org or visit the Contemplative Outreach of Westchester website at www.cowestchester.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 dcaulfield@ccrye.org or explore the official website at efm.sewanee.edu.