Bible Studies, Book Studies and Prayer Groups return the week of August 22.
Weekly Bible Studies
Relaxed Reads and Ruminations - Monday Book Study
Hybrid format: In-person or on Zoom
In person, Mondays, 10:30 - 11:15 AM Thomas Library
If dialing in via phone - Meeting ID: 824 5498 9168 Passcode: KxJmM7
Don’t have time to read but want to learn and discuss various topics? Join our class where we’ll give a chapter summary for those who haven’t read the material then we’ll explore the ideas presented. Our first book is After 50: Spiritually Embracing Your Own Wisdom Years by Robert J. Wicks, PhD. We’ll choose books together.
Contact: Annette Cook - 864.672.4141
Coffee by Zoom
Mondays 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
If dialing in via phone - Meeting ID: 846 9377 9957 Passcode: 8pcKsZ
Every Monday we invite you to join us for conversation. Sign in for 10 minutes or for the whole time; come every week or once a month. The invitation is emailed weekly and we use the same Zoom ID and Passcode each week.
Contact: Annette Cook - 864.672.4141
St. Francis Bible Study
Mondays, 12:15 PM, Graham Library, Parish House
This group will be studying Acts and will use a workbook by N. T. Wright.
Contact: Lib Ann Harrison
Monday Evening Men’s Bible Study
Mondays at 5:00 PM, Graham Library, Parish House
Join our new leader Chip Whitlock for this bible study. Join us any Monday for our discussion class. We're currently studying the Gospel of Luke using the guide “Luke For Everyone” by N.T. Wright.
Contact: Chip Whitlock
Young Adult Women’s Bible Study
2nd & 4th Monday of each month, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
The Arrington Room, The Parish House
Led by The Rev. Kellie Wilson
Whether you are in college, a mid-career professional and/or raising children, you will love the fellowship, closeness, and learning we share as we study relevant and important topics chosen by the group.
Contact: Addie Tapp
Out of the Light: Creating Sacred Spaces for Self and Others
Course begins September 14 and runs through November 9
Class Time - 9:30 - 11:45 AM
Location - Parish House Room 217
Out of the Light is the first phase of the Engaging Spirituality module from JustFaith Ministries. It is for those who are seeking an undivided life that reinforces the link between “loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves” (Mt. 22:36-40). Creating Sacred Space for Self and Others offers daily practices for living deeply (a contemplative life) and loving broadly (a compassionate life). The program welcomes participants into the present moment, embraces silence and active listening, and cultivates gratitude and wonder. Please email Jean Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit the JustFaith page for the required books.
Wednesday Men’s Morning Bible Study
7:00 AM in Graham Library, Parish House
Led by Harrison McLeod and Ben Horne, this group will discuss Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians.
Contacts: The Rev. Dr. Harrison McLeod & Ben Horne
Wednesday Women’s Bible Study
10:00 – 11:30 am in Graham Library, Parish House
For the first six weeks, this group will study Draw Near, a study of Hebrews by Charlie Holt. A workbook is available for the study but will not be required.
Contact: Chan Boyd
Wednesdays at 12:15 PM on Zoom
Judy Lineback and Cynthia Fore co-facilitate the group.
Contact: Judy Lineback
Cultivating Non Violence: Harvesting Peace
Course begins September 26 with an in-person gathering and runs through November 20 when we'll have another in-person gathering to debrief
Class Time - 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location - Zoom
How do we live peacefully in these times? Nonviolence is different from passivity. It is a way of life grounded in a deeply-held moral conviction. It is a strategy, a method of confronting conflict or oppression that seeks to honor life. Cultivating Nonviolence: Harvesting Peace, an 8-session program by JustFaith Ministries, explores how nonviolence can transform our personal lives, our community, and our nation. You are invited to join us for this study. To register or ask a question contact either Tom Johnson email@example.com, 864-991-5145 or John Huggett firstname.lastname@example.org, 828-713-1345. See more at our JustFaith webpage.
Lenten Book Study
12:00 PM - March 10, 17, 24, 31, & April 7
Zoom Option Available by Request
us in reading Richard Foster’s classic A Celebration of Discipline this
Lent. This is a 5-week study. Bring your lunch if you’re joining us
during your lunch break! A virtual option to attend is available upon request. Purchase the book here.
- For March 10th – Introduction and The Spiritual Disciplines: Door to Liberation
- For March 17th – The Inward Disciplines
- For March 24th – The Outward Disciplines
- For March 31st – The Corporate Disciplines
- For April 7th - Wrap Up/Conclusion
Contact: Anne Green Buckner
Friday Men’s Prayer Breakfast Prayer Time
7:00 AM, McCall Parlor, Parish House
This group has a presenter/speaker each week and time of sharing and prayer after eating breakfast together.
Contact: John Bethea
Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study
7:00 am in Jervey Dining Room, Parish House
Contact: Frank Hammond
Grief by Day
2nd and 4th Fridays
1:00 PM, Arrington Room
Grief companionship is walking with each other in Christian love as we explore the changes in our lives and sometimes in our faith in the face of loss. All are welcome. For information or to reserve a spot call or email Annette Cook at 864.672.4141 or email@example.com.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
2:30 - 4:30 PM in Thomas Library, Parish House
This lay-led seminar invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as the Christian faith is deepened. EfM is a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate church member. To participate, please register and pay your course fees before the first meeting on September 12.
Contact: Kevin Mertens
Small Groups at Christ Church will embody the three elements of our mission at Christ Church: Embrace, Equip and Empower. Through these, we grow as Apostles to go out into the world to shine our lights for Jesus. The groups gather and fellowship, study, pray, and then go out to serve others.
Diocesan Faith Development Opportunities
One of the adult retreats/conferences we offer through Christ Church is Cursillo. “Cursillo” is a Spanish word meaning “short course.” Cursillo is a transformative experience where God touches individuals' lives and hearts in a special way. 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.
The cost of attending the three days is $150 and includes meals and lodging from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon. Scholarships are available as needed. Learn more or download the registration form from the diocesan Cursillo website, or contact Kellie Wilson.
Please join the Upstate Ultreya Facebook group for information on upcoming Ultreya dates and locations.
Ultreya is a Spanish word meaning "onward" that pilgrims used to encourage each other along their journey. In the Cursillo community, we use it to signify a time when we all gather together to share our experiences as Christians and walk the road together. The Ultreya meets once a month at various churches around the upstate. All people are welcome, even if you have not attended a Cursillo. For more information, contact Kellie Wilson.