Adults

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

Fundamentals of Faith : Adult Confirmation Classes – Sundays in April

Beginning on Sunday, April 7, the clergy of Christ Church will lead a four-session class about the fundamentals of faith. This is a great class for those who are new to the Episcopal Church, new to Christ Church, and/or those who wish to deepen their faith. We will cover topics such as: The Book of Common Prayer, the sacraments and sacramental ways of life, why we have faith and the point of Christianity, and church history. These classes will also prepare those who wish to be confirmed, baptized, received, or reaffirmed when the bishop visits us on May 5. Classes will be held on Sunday mornings from 10:10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 7, 14, 21 and 28. Childcare will be provided. For more information, contact Parish Life Coordinator Cooper Bratton via cbratton@ccral.org or (919) 834-6259. Sign up via this link.

Men’s Lenten Book Study – Fridays in Lent

As we prepare for Holy Week and Easter, The Rev. Daniel Reeves will lead a discussion on Rowan Williams’ Tokens of Trust. In this book, Williams offers an introduction to what and why we believe what we believe. This class will meet for six weeks on Fridays, starting Feb. 16, at noon in the All Saints’ Room. Please sign up via this link, and purchase your own copy of the book for this discussion. For more information, please reach out to Daniel (dreeves@ccral.org).

Reformation Four-Week Series – Sundays in February

Join us for a four-part series on the Reformation in February! No event in Western Civilization has had more impact than the Reformation, 1517-1648. Led by parishioner Carolyn Happer, the class will look at Luther, the Anabaptists, Calvinism, Anglicanism and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. The class meets on Sunday mornings from 10:10-10:50 a.m. in the All Saints’ Room. Attendance at all four sessions is not required, and there is no advance reading (but supplements will be provided).

Wednesday Women’s Group – New book beginning March 13

Starting March 13, we will be studying Father James Martin’s new but classic work around prayer, Learning to Pray. This book is easy to read and addresses many aspects of prayer: what prayer is, ways to pray, the fruits of prayer, etc. For anyone looking to deepen his or her prayer life, this is a wonderful guide! To register for the class that meets from 9:45-11 a.m. on Wednesdays through May 22, please contact Mary at mdavila@ccral.org.

NEW Women’s Small Group

Seeking meaningful connections and spiritual nourishment with minimal commitment? Join our NEW women’s small group! No prior reading or preparation is necessary, however, materials will be sent out to those registered. This group meets monthly, rotating between different homes, and we will offer discussion around current topics we encounter in the world today. If you have any questions, please contact Liz Howes, Director of Parish Programs, at lhowes@ccral.org. To sign up for emails and updates, click this link. Stay tuned for our next meeting!

Contemplative Prayer Groups

Our Centering Prayer Group meets Thursdays from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the sanctuary. Centering Prayer is a particular form of silent Christian contemplative prayer. Our Contemplative Time group meets Wednesdays via ZOOM from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., during which participants practice various forms of silent prayer and meditation. No prior experience is necessary for either group. For more information, please contact The Rev. David Frazelle at dfrazelle@ccral.org.

Bible Works: Tools for Living

On Tuesdays, The Rev. James P. Adams leads Bible Works: Tools for Living, a weekly bible study. This year we will be studying the Acts of the Apostles at 7 a.m. and noon in the parish hall. The Acts of the Apostles is the fifth book of the New Testament. It tells of the founding of the Church and unfolds the story of how the first Christians began their life together following the death and resurrection of Jesus. The morning session is followed by an 8:05 a.m. Eucharist in the chapel. Click this link to sign up for emails and updates. Contact The Rev. James P. Adams to learn more – jadams@ccral.org.

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Adult Christian Formation

Adult Christian Formation (ACF) at Christ Church is each Sunday morning from 10:10-10:50 a.m. in the parish hall. This year’s theme is “Take My Life and Let it Be”: Stories of Call. Stories of Action. Stories that Inspire. 

March 3 – Betsy Haywood, parishioner
“All of us are cousins.”
Parishioner Betsy Haywood shares her journey of unearthing her family lineage, a family that includes people who were slave owners, and people who were enslaved.

March 10 – Members of the Crosswinds Community at Church Church
“Take my life and let it be in community
A panel from Crosswinds—comprised of adults at Christ Church in their twenties to mid-forties—discusses the unique challenges to forming community faced by those in this season of life.