re: ACTS

Wednesday Morning Bible Study returns May 8

Shipwrecks! Prison breaks! Miracles! Tongues of fire! In the Book of Acts, the gospel comes alive as the Holy Spirit get to work in the immediate aftermath of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection.

As we'll discover in our six-week study called re: ACTS, this book is no distant, dusty history lesson. Every conflict, vision, danger and discovery experienced by the first followers of Jesus has implications for 21st century church-goers. For modern Christians, the Book of Acts is at once contemporary and ancient.

Join us at 9:45 am on Wednesdays from May 8 through June 12 as we employ a variety of study practices to engage our minds, senses and spirits with the extraordinary adventures of Peter, Stephen, Paul, Barnabas, Philip, and others in the earliest days of the Christian Church.

We meet in the Guild Room behind the stage in the parish hall. No preparation is necessary, and you may come for one session or for them all. On May 8 we begin at the beginning with the Ascension and Pentecost stories, so if you'd like to jump into the readings, we'll focus on chapters 1 and 2

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.