ADULT CLASSES

Contact Meg Jones, Director of Christian Formation, with any questions.

LECTIONARY CLASS

Sundays, 9:45 to 10:50 am, Pelletier Room

Leader: John Harper

Participants will review the lectionary for the week ahead. There are questions to answer for each reading. There is usually a discussion about how all of the readings are connected each week.  

October Newcomer Class

Sundays, 9:45 to 10:50 am
October 2, 9 and 16

Leader: The Rev. Suzanne Hood and Barbara Rice

Join The Rev. Suzanne Hood and Barbara Rice for a three-week class specifically geared to those of you who are new to Christ Church, still feel new, or identify as a newcomer (no matter how long you've been attending services here). Class will meet in the Library on the first floor. 

Church Cracked Open Book Study

Sundays, 9:45 to 10:50 am

Leader: Edna Marie Thomas

As Christ Church continues exploring the difficult and im- portant work of living into being Beloved Community, a Sunday School class studying the book The Church Cracked Open by Stephanie Spellers is being offered this fall.

Rev. Spellers serves as the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evan- gelism, Reconciliation, and Creation. Bishop Curry endorses this book saying, “This book will make a profound difference for the church in this moment in history.”

In her recent sermon, our Rev. Deacon Lisa Kirby asked, “Are we blind to what is going on around us because it is too scary?” and “do we feel inadequate to address the inhumanities in our world?” By using history and scripture, Spellers “cracks open” some of the dark places in the church and opens the door for atonement, growth, and how to move forward to a “community of love.”

An overview of the book’s contents can be found at: Review: The Church Cracked Open — Earth and Altar.

Copies of the book will be available for $16 at the reception desk. Class will meet in the 2nd Floor Living Room. This is a ten-week course, a week for each chapter of the book. Come and go as your schedule allows. Bring your coffee and join us.

RECTOR'S BIBLE STUDY / Good Book Club

Wednesdays from 11am to noon, Library 

Leader: The Rev. Paul Canady

The Rector's Bible Study will resume on Wednesday, October 5 at 11 am. This Fall, we will explore the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew is the Gospel we spend the most time in during Year A of the Lectionary. Year A begins November 27, so this will get us prepared for the year ahead. No prior Bible expertise is needed. If you can't come every week, come the weeks you can. For more information, contact The Rev. Paul Canady at paulcanady@christchurchnewbern.com or 252.631.5861.

WOMEN'S BOOK STUDY

Tuesdays from 10 to 11am, Second Floor Living Room

The Women’s Book Study meets on Tuesdays from 10 - 11 am in the 2nd Floor Living Room, and women of all ages are invited to attend. We open our time together with prayer requests, prayer and then read the selected book aloud. A new book will start in early October. Contact Meg Jones or The Rev. Suzanne Hood for more information.

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP

Mondays from 11:30am – 12:30pm, in-person and Zoom (9-12-22 - 11-21-22 and 1/2/23 - 1/23/23 no meeting on 1-16-23)
Leader: The Rev. Barbara Bornemann

Purchase: Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelves Steps by Richard Rohr
Water is lifegiving. It is essential for all living things. And yet, water can also be treacherous amid a storm out at sea. When the disciples faced the raging waters that swept over their boat, they were afraid they might drown. Jesus rebuked the winds and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still." (Mark 4:39)

At times, we too are afraid of drowning from the tumultuous waves of addiction that exist in society and in our individual lives. In his book, Richard Rohr states, "Human beings are addictive by nature." These addictions can not only take the form of substance abuse but also unhealthy attachments to our ego defenses and "stinking thinking" (irrational thoughts).

Rohr points us to Jesus who shows us how to "breathe under water" during the storms of our everyday lives. This fall, the Contemplative Prayer group will be studying Rohr's book. Come and learn some "underwater breathing lessons" through intentional contemplative practices. Come and listen to the voice of Jesus who calls us to stillness and prayer.

EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY (EfM)

Coming soon

Leader: Edna Marie Thomas

This class involves deep thinking and a lot of reading on your own. Readings of the Old and New Testaments, the history of the church and theology will allow you to dig deeper than most other classes. EfM is a four-year program that can be taken with gaps between years. The class will prepare you for any and all ministries you will serve in at Christ Church.