Because Christ Church is a large parish, small groups are a great way to connect and enjoy more intimate fellowship with others in our church community. At Christ Church, you will find a wide variety of groups that exist to inspire spiritual growth centered around the Bible, worship, prayer, outreach and fellowship.
Education for Ministry (EfM): 2:30 - 4:45 PM, Parish House, Thomas Library
EfM is an intensive 4-year study program designed by the Episcopal Seminary at Sewanee to equip laypersons for ministry by studying Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theology. Your one-year at a time commitment focuses on intensive reading and weekly seminars guided by laypeople. Interested? Ron Gregory, 979.4339, for more information.
St. Francis Bible Study: 12:15 - 1:15 PM, Parish House, Earle Conference Room
We will study Jesus is Greater Than Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More and Being Good Enough by Jefferson Bethke. This is a women's Bible study open to all ages of women in the church and guests. Facilitated by Lib Ann Harrison, 313.1934.
Monday Night Men's Group: 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Parish House, McCall Parlor
This class is for men of diverse ages with a desire to build a Biblical faith through fellowship and study. We will kick-off with a social gathering on September 12, with weekly class study and discussion of The Essential Jesus beginning September 19. Starting in October, we will have a guest speaker the first Monday of each month. Facilitated by Tom France and Bob Hassold.
Women's Wednesday Bible Study: 10:00 - 12 noon, Graham Library
This fall, we will begin with "The Spirit Filled Life" by the Rev Charlie Holt. This will be a six week study with a video and daily devotional study book. This is the final study in the trilogy by the Rev. Holt. This is a women's Bible study open to all ages of women in the church and guests. Facilitated by Shan Friddle, Lib Ann Harrison, 235.0377, and Chan Boyd.
Bible 101: 8:30 - 10:00 AM, Parish House, Arrington Room
This group is perfect for women participating in their first Bible or book study as well as those who are simply looking for a fun and approachable class. This fall, we will be reading and discussing Crazy Christians by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Books are available for purchase in the Christ Church Bookstore for $18. Facilitated by Caroline Avinger.
Centering Prayer: 12:15 - 1:30 PM, Parish House, Room 217
This group supports those who practice a form of daily silent prayer that helps us develop a closer relationship with God. We discuss books and tapes about this type of prayer and have a period of silent prayer together. The class meets year-round. Facilitated by Judy Lineback, 246.3973, and others.
Mother’s Bible Study: 9:15 - 10:15 AM, Parish House, Graham Library
Join us for a new study group designed specifically for moms that will begin on August 25 and continue through the end of May. We will learn about captivating your child’s heart with God’s extravagant grace using the book Parenting the Wholehearted Child by Jeannie Cunnion. Childcare will be provided. Books are available for $16 in the Episcopal Book & Gift Store located on the second floor of the Parish House. Facilitated by Hedrick Lewis, 282.3103.
JustFaith: Thursdays, September 15 - March 30, 9:30 AM - 12 noon, Parish House, Room 217
JustFaith is a study that explores the implications of being faithful disciples of Jesus today by taking care of the earth and all of God’s people. Small groups explore systemic realities impacting the lives of people all over the world. Through prayer, readings, dialogue, and connections with people at the margins in the Greenville area, JustFaith participants become a caring community of support.
Inspired by new insights, participants will nurture the passion, compassion, and patience that prepares them for the gospel work of social ministry. JustFaith sessions will be held on Thursday mornings, from 9:30 AM until 12 noon at Christ Church, beginning September 15 and ending on March 30. Two longer retreat days and several outside visitation experiences to local ministries are a part of the program. The cost is $150 (covers books, materials, and videos). Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Tom and Anne Johnson, 991.5145, or visit the JustFaith website.
The Art Spirit Oasis Open Studio Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Parish House, Room 222
Explore your creative side as an expression of and invitation to worship and prayer. No artistic skill is required, only a wish to enjoy God by creative play. Bring your chosen materials and see how you can listen to God in a new way. Contact Annette Cook, 672.4141, for more information. Please call Annette before attending, as the class does field trips on occasion.
Men's Prayer Breakfast: 7:00 AM, Parish House, McCall Parlor
Meets year-round and enjoys weekly guest speakers. Facilitated by John Bethea.
Men's Morning Bible Study: 7:00 AM, Parish House, Jervey Dining Room
Join us for scripture study and discussion from a variety of topical approaches. Facilitated by Frank Hammond.
One of the adult retreats/conferences we offer through Christ Church is
Cursillo. “Cursillo” is a Spanish word meaning “short course.” Cursillo
Weekends are offered Thursday night through Sunday afternoons three
times a year at the Gravatt Camp and Conference near Aiken, SC.
A Cursillo Weekend is a time of encouragement and learning in a positive and spiritual environment for individuals or couples who are already participating members of the Church. Great meals, uplifting music and meaningful worship, short teachings by priest and lay persons, and small group time combine for a fulfilling weekend.
Learn more about Cursillo.
A Small Group is a group of about 12 adults who meet regularly (twice a month would be typical) for Christian fellowship, study, prayer, and service. For more information contact Holly Melton, 672.4155.