When in Rome ...

 

You are invited to a parish-wide study of

Paul's Letter to the Romans!

January 6 marked the beginning of the Season of Epiphany. For the next eight weeks, Christ's Church will join Episcopalians across our country in a season-long study of Paul's Letter to the Romans as part of "the Good Book Club," sponsored by Forward Movement. You are cordially invited to take part in whatever way fits with your schedule!

If you'd like to read on your own, you can find the breakdown of readings here.

If you'd like to subscribe to the eight-week live video course, you'll find more information about that here.

If you'd like to join our Wednesday morning bible study to discuss the weekly readings from Romans, come to the Buttery (the yellow room across from clergy offices) on Wednesday mornings at 9:45 am. All are welcome at any time - you do not need to make a commitment for the entire eight weeks!

You can find a link to our FaceBook discussion of the week's readings by clicking here, and you are welcome to join that conversation. Suggestions for supplemental reading material will also be available through our FaceBook group.

 

Adult Education

Bible Study

 

Wine & Word for Women

Every other Tuesday, 7:15 pm
Bible Study with a seasonal focus on a biblical book or them. For more information, contact Mary McCarthy at mmccarthy@ccrye.org.  Meet in the Guild Room.

 

The Rector's OPENbook and prayer

Wednesday, 9:45 am
Experiential learning led by the clergy followed by guided meditation and prayer. Meet in the Buttery (the new yellow meeting room directly across from the clergy offices). For more information contact Kate Malin at kmalin@ccrye.org.

 

Working Men's OPENbook on Tap

Monthly, Friday at 7:30 pm
Beer meets bible as the men of Christ's Church gather off site for monthly fellowship and formation led by the Rev. Michael Kurth.

 

DBA

Saturday, 8 am, Twice monthly
Men's Group in the Kitchen & Guild Room

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 Bill Cusano at billcusano@mac.com or explore the official website at efm.sewanee.edu.