Adult Education

Bible Study: Two opportunities available this Fall

 

Wednesday morning, 10:15 am, Classroom 7: Father Flanagan leads a vibrant, weekly Bible Study that meets weekly on Wednesday mornings at 10:15 am. Past sessions have included a study of the weekly Lectionary readings, The Song of Songs and 1 Peter. All are welcome! For more information, contact Deacon Dorothée at dcaulfield@ccrye.org.

Tuesdays, 7:15 pm, Guild Room: A new monthly evening Bible study begins this fall. 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, September 19: Daniel
Tuesday, October 17: Ruth
Tuesday, November 14: Rachel
Tuesday, December 12: Judas

For more information, please contact Vicki Whatley at v.ridout@gmail.com or Mary McCarthy at mmccarthy@ccrye.org.

 

Advent on the Horizon

Advent Adult Series: three classes exploring: prophecy in the gospels; the person of John the Baptist and Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Advent Quiet Day led by father Flanagan at the Trinity Conference Center in Cornwall, CT on Dec. 2nd. Email mmccarthy@ccrye.org for more information.

 

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. 

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.