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ADULT CLASSES

For more information on our Christian Formation offerings, please email christianformation@christchurchnewbern.com​.

LECTIONARY CLASS

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

Leader: John Harper

Participants in this class 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. This class will meet Sundays in the Pelletier Room and is led by John Harper. Books are available at the Reception Desk.

UNHOLY GHOSTS

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

Leader: Edna Marie Thomas (Bridging the Gap Group)

This six-week class film and discussion class will examine the history of the American Church and how it impacts our mission today as we strive to be the Beloved Community of God. The study is based on the need to know, and accept, our history before we can act to bring about all the living in the Beloved Community Entails. 

RECTOR'S BIBLE STUDY 

Wednesdays from 11am to noon, Parish House 

Leader: The Rev. Paul Canady

The Rector’s Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 11 am. We meet in the Parish House. This Fall, we will explore the letters from Paul in the order they were written. No prior Bible expertise is needed! If you can’t come every weeks, you’re welcome to come the weeks that you are able. 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 at 10 am in the 2nd Floor Living Room. Women of all ages are invited to attend. We open our time together with prayer requests, prayer and then read the book aloud. We stop periodically during the reading to discuss the author’s ideas. There is no homework nor expectation of reading ahead. Of course, you can if you would like.
Join us at any time. Contact the Rev. Suzanne Hood (suzannehood@christchurchnewbern.com) for more information. This book study is led by Phyllis Fox and Susan Hoyt. 

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER GROUP

Mondays at 11 am, Pelletier Room (Zoom option available)

Leader: Rev. Barbara Bornemann

Study Book: Praying with Thomas Merton: Companions for the Journey by Wayne Simsie 

This fall, you are invited to participate in a weekly Contemplative Prayer Group. During each gathering, we will support one another on our pilgrimage of prayer as we open our hearts to God’s transforming, compassionate love.

 

SACRED GROUND

Every Other Sunday Evening through February (hybrid of in-person and Zoom)

Leader: Mary Lynn Guidage and Kahni Miller

Study Books: Waking Up White by Debby Irving and The Disinherited by Howard Thurman

Christ Church is offering Sacred Ground to its parishioners through February. These 90-minute meetings will take place every other Sunday evening.
Sacred Ground is a movement within the Episcopal Church to love with mind and heart as followers of Jesus. Sacred Ground is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates safe space through the study of films and readings within a small group. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to challenges and divides of our present day. Sacred Ground holds as a guiding star, the vision of a Beloved Community, where all people are honored, protected, and nurtured as loved children of God, who weep at one another’s pain, and seek one another’s flourishing.
All articles and films will be available online to be read and watched on your own time. The two core books for class are Waking Up White by Debbie Irving, and Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. Both books are available on Amazon or can be provided for you. 
For more information on Sacred Ground, visit  https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/.
The first and last sessions will be in-person in the Harrison Center (5:30-6:30 PM.) The remainder of the meetings will take place via Zoom on Sundays at 6:30 PM. They will be led by Kahni Miller and Mary Lynn Guidage. 
Contact the Rev. Paul Canady (paulcanady@christchurch-newbern.com) to sign up. Group size will be limited to eight participants. 


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. 

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