Adult Spiritual Formation
Christ Episcopal Church offers many ways for adults to learn more about our Church, more about themselves, and more about God. We host regular forums on Sunday mornings that explore the books of the Bible, the history of the Church, the scripture readings for that day, and contemporary issues of social justice. We also offer regular education sessions on weekday evenings. Our Education for Ministry (EfM) program meets weekly on a four-year cycle for fellowship and to ask questions about our shared tradition, scriptures and faith. Christ Church also has a women’s group, Women Who Wonder, and Men's Group 2.0. Both offer annual retreats. Men's Group 2.0 meets the 4th Tuesday at 7:00 pm. of each month in the Guild Room.
Lecto Divina, a Benedictine form of meditative scripture study, is offered every Sunday between the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services at 9:15 am in the Study.
Christ Church’s Pastoral Care ministry helps meet the spiritual and physical needs of our community through a variety of ministries. We deliver meals to folks who need some help putting food on the table. We offer rides to the doctor’s office and other appointments, and three times per year we have a mid-week communion service and luncheon for senior citizens. Our Pastoral Care ministry also organizes a prayer list, healing prayer during church services, church services at a local convalescent home, and a monthly conversation for folks grieving the deaths of loved ones. Christ Church’s clergy are always available to meet with folks individually to talk about faith, grief, relationships and just getting by in this modern world.
Christ Church is a very social place. We’re blessed with lots of people who like gathering together to eat, laugh, play and be a community. Christ Church’s Parish Life ministry gives some shape to all of this activity by planning meals and parties around Mardi Gras, Christmas, back-to-school, Oktoberfest, and summertime, etc. Parish Life also organizes a lively coffee hour every Sunday and occasional all-church breakfasts.
Faith Full Giving
Christ Church’s Faith Full Giving ministry seeks to gather the time, talent and financial resources of our community to sustainably support our parish. Rather than just trying to gather enough money to keep the lights on, we look at stewardship as a spiritual challenge, asking ourselves what God is calling each of us to give in order to keep Christ Church a vibrant parish that reflects the hopes and needs of our community. In October we run a financial campaign and in the spring we run a campaign focused on identifying our talents and applying them to the community.
Buildings and Grounds
Christ Church’s Buildings and Grounds Ministry maintains the buildings, gardens, sacred spaces and play areas for our community. And they share laughter and community and doughnuts along the way. They give an enormous gift to our parish. Maintaining a church is no easy task and these good men and women can use plenty of help.
Education for Ministry
If you are interested in taking a spiritual journey using theological reflection and Biblical study, Education for Ministries may be for you! EfM is an educational program that encourages its participants to explore their beliefs and to develop their ministries in the body of Christ, while bonding with other members in a small group setting. Check out the website at www.sewanee.edu/EFM/EFMhome.html.
Women Who Wonder (WWW)
Women Who Wonder is a group ministry designed to make a space for women to nurture and explore their spirituality. WWW is the result of the desire by CEC women to explore, wrestle with, and deepen their faith experience. An annual fall weekend retreat is held at Bishop’s Ranch for the group with a theme and coordinated leader.