We offer a wide range of diverse opportunities for formation, education and spiritual growth both on Sundays and throughout the week.

Bible Study Offerings

Book Study – Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

Led by The Rev. Jenny Brown

Oct. 20 & 27, and Nov. 17 & 24, 2019, the Rev. Jenny Brown will lead a book study on, “Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others,” by Barbara Brown Taylor. God in Jesus Christ calls us to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” But, how can we do this if we do not know what our neighbor holds sacred? Please join us as we venture to deepen our own commitment to Christ, even as we honor the faith traditions of others around the world. This class will take place in Room 128 at 10:10 a.m. You can purchase your copy of the book at church on Sundays, Aug. 25, and Sept. 8. To register for a spot in the class, please contact Jenny.

Women’s Bible Study

Led by The Rev. Mary Davila

Beginning Sept. 25, 2019, the Rev. Mary Davila will lead a study that continues to look at “Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices” by Melody Shobe and Scott Gunn. This group meets on Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. until 11 a.m. in Room 128. We read the first half of the book last year and loved it. Participation in last year’s group is not a requirement to join us this fall. We’ll focus on the basic beliefs of our faith, the sacraments of the Church, habits of daily prayer, the Christian life and teachings of the Episcopal Church. Contact Mary to learn more.

Bible Works: Tools for Living

Led by The Rev. Jim Adams

Learn more about Bible Works here (link).

Bible Works – Tools for Living

The Gospel of Matthew

The Rev. Jim Adams will lead an in-depth exploration of Matthew beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Bible Works will be offered weekly at 7 a.m. and noon, in the Parish Hall. The same lecture is offered twice for the convenience of participants. On Tuesday mornings, we’ll have biscuits and coffee; we serve chips and beverages at noon and participants are invited to bring their lunch.

2018-2019: The Book of Exodus

During the 2018-2019 program year, The Rev. Jim Adams led an in-depth study of Exodus. You can listen to audio from that series below:

Adult Christian Formation

Holy Ground: Loving God, our Neighbor, and Creation

This is the theme for our 2019-2020 Adult Christian Formation (Sunday School) program year. We hope you will join us on Sunday mornings at 10:10 a.m. Download a list of our fall speakers here (link).

Oct. 6 – Linda Bourne & Karin Mills – Sustainability: Moving Toward Zero Waste

Linda Bourne & Karin Mills of Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill will be with us this morning to discuss, “Sustainability: Moving Toward Zero Waste.” They’ll share about waste reduction and composting as paths to loving our neighbor and caring for God’s creation.

Oct. 13 – Parish Hall – Dr. Dudley Flood & Chad Griffith – The YMCA of the Triangle’s New Community Partnership in Southeast Raleigh

Long-time Southeast Raleigh Resident, current Southeast Raleigh YMCA Advisory Board Member, and nationally recognized educator and speaker Dr. Dudley Flood with us to talk about the impactful work that is being done by the YMCA in Southeast Raleigh at the new “Beacon Site” – which is a 32 acre site project on Rock Quarry Road that includes a state of the are YMCA facility with an Outdoor Pool and Sports Fields, the new SE Raleigh Elementary School, over 120 affordable housing units provided by DHIC, and additional value added development yet to come.

Oct. 13 – Room 128 – Mike and Kim Miller – Hope of Jesus Children’s Home Honduras

Mike and Kim Miller will be with us this Sunday to discuss the Hope for Jesus Children’s Home – which is a ministry in Honduras that provides education and daily care for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Oct. 20 – Parish Hall – Alice Lutz, CEO of Triangle Family Services, and Clark’s Promise Street Outreach Ministry – Clark’s Promise Homeless Ministry: Street Outreach

Alice Lutz, the executive director of Triangle Family Services, will provide an overview of the street outreach program funded by Clark’s Promise. She will be joined by Seaira Green, the program manager, and Tammy Mauldin, the direct engagement specialist, who will share “feet on the street” stories about how this ministry of compassion is helping individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Oct. 20 – Room 128 – The Rev. Jenny Brown – “Holy Envy” Book Study (Part 1)

See more details about the Book Study here.

Oct. 27 – Parish Hall – Christ Church Youth – Belize Mission Trip June 2019

Oct. 27 – Room 128 – The Rev. Jenny Brown – “Holy Envy” Book Study (Part 2)

See more details about the Book Study here.

Sept. 8 – The Rev. Jim Adams – “Take off your shoes, Moses”

The Rev. Jim Adams will kick off our first program of the year in the Parish Hall at 10:10 a.m. For those of us who seek deeper meaning in our lives and a closer walk with God, developing eyes to see the holy right where we are, is essential. Beginning with the story of Moses’ encounter with God in the burning bush, as it’s told in the Book of Exodus, Jim will lead an exploration of how we might tune our senses to the presence of the sacred in particular places and relationships.

Look & See film
Handout from Jim’s class (PDF)

Sept. 15 & 22 – The Rev. Mary Davila – The Holy Ground of Prayer

Listen to Mary’s class from Sept. 15 – 

The Rev. Mary Davila will guide us through a two-week series on Prayer as Holy Ground. Prayer is at the heart of the Christian faith and practice, and yet, like the disciples, many of us don’t know how – or what – or with what hope and expectation – we pray. Join us as we explore scripture and the Book of Common Prayer as our primary guides and hear from our clergy and parishioners about their life of prayer.

Butler Bass, Diana. Grateful. Harper One: New York, 2018.
Lamott, Anne. Help, Thanks, Wow. Riverhead: New York, 2012.
Thibodeaux, Mark, SJ. Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. Loyola Press: Chicago, 2015.
The Book of Common Prayer

Articles Cited
Gellman, Marc. “Always Remember to Give Thanks for your Blessings.”

Additional Links
A short video about this series from Mary (link)
Pray as You Go podcast
Richard Rohr’s Meditations
The Daily Office and Reflection from Forward Movement

Sept. 29 – Dennis de Jong – “Singing to God with Gratitude in your Hearts”

Dennis de Jong will consider two verses of scripture that create a Godly context for the work of the Community Music School in Raleigh – Jeremiah 17:8, and Colossians 3:16. Music gives us a glimpse of heaven on earth, and it is through a loving God that we can share our own gifts as we lift up our neighbors. Dennis’ presentation will focus on finding ways to best live out our specific purpose in our communities. Learn more about the Community Music School.