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Adult

Formation

Christ Church's objective for our Adult Formation series is to offer numerous opportunities for adults to strengthen their spiritual journey, as well as their place in the family, the community, and the world.

We meet virtually at various times during the pandemic and offer a variety of virtual classes and discussions on scripture, theology, social issues, and other concerns that impact our communal life. You can learn about what's on offer by signing up for our weekly Christ Church Gatherings email at the bottom of this page.

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Sunday Circle is a community-circle Adult Forum that meets between worship services from 9:30-10:15 a.m. in Old Brick each Sunday during the school year. Every month or so, there is a new theme of lessons with opportunities for discussion, sharing, fellowship, and prayers; each week, there are new topics for discussions and Christian enrichment along with opportunities to develop deeper relationships among parishioners. 

We hope that you'll join us for this engaging, weekly gathering. If you can't make it in person or want to revisit the session, we record most Sunday Circle Zoom streams. If you're interested in one, email us and if we have it we will send you a video link.

SUNDAY CIRCLE  PROGRAMS

Lent 2024:

Addiction and Spirituality 

Lent is a period where we prepare ourselves with prayer, fasting, repentance, spiritual discipline, and self-denial. During the 2024 season of Lent, Sunday Circle will explore addiction in its many forms, and how "Addiction is a spiritual disease; a disease of the soul, an illness resulting from longing, frustrated desire and a deep dissatisfaction, which is, ironically, the necessary beginning of any spiritual path." ~Richard Rohr. From shopping and social media to drugs and alcohol, addiction takes many forms, and no one among us hasn't been affected - directly or indirectly - by addiction. Christ Church will explore how we can take inventory of ourselves and better manage these shortcomings.

 

Supplemental Materials:

2/18: Addiction and Spirituality I

Epiphany 2024:

Finding Christ’s Light in Dark Places 

January 14th

Ministry to the Imprisoned: Rev. Sue Beck, pastor of the Community of St. Dysmas (CSD), will join us to both preach at our worship services and lead adult forum. CSD comprises the Lutheran congregations within the Maryland State Correctional System. God’s purpose for CSD is to share the transforming power of Christ’s love with persons incarcerated in the Maryland Department of Corrections. Rev. Beck will lead a discussion around how we Christians can help through prayer, giving, and other forms of support.

 

January 21st

Surviving Human Trafficking: Linda Blackiston, Director of Community Engagement at the Institute for Shelter Care, will lead a discussion around human trafficking. The Institute’s mission is to equip Christian ministries with the knowledge, skills, tools, and community needed to provide exemplary restorative care to the sexually exploited. Ms. Blackiston will lead a discussion around how we Christians can respond to the call to help survivors of human trafficking. The document accompanying this presentation can be found here.

 

January 28th

Rejoining Society After Incarceration: Rev. Amy Shimonkevitz of the Baltimore Area After Care Program will lead a discussion around the typical challenges those leaving prison or jail face, and how faith communities can help recently released individuals transition back into society, through mentoring and other assistance programs. Documentation to accompany this program can be found here.

 

February 4th

Living with Mental Illness: Denise Giuliano of Howard County’s Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will join our adult forum to talk about mental illness, the signs/symptoms, NAMI Howard County’s role in improving the lives of individuals with mental illness and their families through education, advocacy and support, as well as how faith communities can serve those impacted by mental illness. Documentation to accompany this program can be found here.

 

February 11th

Care for the Caregiver: Ed Nolley of the Gilchrist Center of Howard County will lead a discussion on ways to care for the caregiver. As we find ourselves in the midst of a generation of “sandwich caregivers,” more and more people have assumed the role of a caregiver for an aging parent or close relative, in addition to their children. Gilchrist builds on Audrey Hepburn’s adage – “You have two hands – one to help yourself and one to help others.” Documentation to accompany this program can be found here.

December 2023:

Why Faith Matters Today 

During the closing month of this calendar year, we'll explore why faith matters in our present-day world. Join us as we discuss why Christianity matters in our predominantly unchurched society, how it impacts our individual and communal well-being, and why it matters for social justice and advocacy/action in the world.

November 2023:

My Faith Journey 

Join us as we hear directly from parishioners, and learn how our siblings in Christ have experienced their faith journey, what faith means to them, and how Christ Church helps nurture this. Each session will feature stories along with plenty of collective discussion about how God is at work in our own lives.

October 2023:

Stewardship 

We will include a study on the importance of stewardship in all aspects of our lives. Join us as we explore how we may embrace our identity in Christ and encourage others to do the same. This fresh approach to stewardship will reorient us toward our true purpose as stewards who have been baptized into Christ.

September 2023:

The Book of Common Prayer 

Join us as we explore the Daily Offices that follow an ancient pattern of regular Christian devotion, the Pastoral Offices that include the sacramental rites foundational to the church, and An Outline of the Faith (the Catechism) and Historical Documents of the Church that shape our practices and provide us with tools to communicate with Anglicans around the world.

April 2023:

Perspectives on Resurrection 

After the Holy Week and Easter break, we will be looking at commentaries centered around the Resurrection, learning how various individuals have expressed their perspectives on the subject, and discussing amongst ourselves how we interpret this important topic. Presented by Mother Marcia.

4/16 - Resurrection I (three documents: 1, 2, 3)

4/23 - Resurrection II (three documents: 1, 2, 3)

4/30 - Resurrection in the Gospel of Mark

5/7 - Resurrection in the Gospel of Matthew

 

 

 

Lent 2023:

Faith Traditions and Sin 

During the 2023 season of Lent, Sunday Circle will explore other faith traditions' perspectives on sin. We will have lead practitioners of various faiths talk with us about how sin is perceived and understood in their faith tradition.

3/5 - Judaism (two documents: 1, 2)

3/12 - Hindu

3/19 - Islam

3/26 - Quaker

February 2023:

Viewpoints on Immigration

2/5 - Immigration Overview (three documents: 1, 2, 3)

2/12 - Politics of Exclusionary Immigration

2/19 - Immigration from Hungary to the USA

2/26 - Black Immigrants in the US

Sunday Circle is back for Januar2023.

1/1 - New Year's Day - no Sunday Circle

1/8 - Anglican Prayer Beads

1/15 - Vessels, Vestments, Postures, and Gestures

1/22 - Exploring the Ministry of Deacons

1/29 - Exploring the Ministries of Bishops and Priests

The final few weeks of 2022 center around Advent and Prayer.

12/4 - Welcome to Advent: Journeying to Bethlehem (two documents: 1, 2)

12/11 - Centering Prayer

12/18 - no Sunday Circle

12/25/2022 and 1/1/2023 - Christmas Day and New Year's Day - no Sunday Circle

November 2022:

The Nicene Creed

November 6, 13, and 20

October 2022:

Forms of Stewardship

10/2 - Stewardship of Creation

10/9 - Stewardship of Each Other: How We Love Our Neighbors

10/16 - Christ Church Annual Meeting - no Sunday Circle

10/23 - Stewardship of Money

10/30 - Stewardship of Self

Lent 2022:

History of Women in the Church

3/6 - Women of the Bible (two documents: 1, 2)

3/13 - Medieval Women of Note in the Church

3/20 - Women who Formed the Church

3/27 - Contemporary Women in the Church

4/3 - Women in Outreach in the Church

February 2022:

Conversations on Race

2/6 - History of Enslavers in Howard County

2/13 - Our Diocese, and Reparations

2/20 - HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program

2/27 - Three Episcopalians Who Made an Impact on Our Church and the World

January 2022:

Reconciliation and Renewal

1/16 - Reconciliation of a Penitent

1/23 - Healing & Laying on of Hands

1/30 - Meditation and Mindfulness

(four documents this week - 1234)

December 2021:

History of Advent Season Hymns

12/5 - O Come, O Come Emmanuel

12/12  Angels We Have Heard on High

12/19  Silent Night

12/26 - Christmas weekend - no Sunday Circle 

November 2021:

Religious and Cultural Influences

11/7 - Native American Influences

11/14 - Hispanic Influences

11/21 - Celtic Influences

11/28 - Thanksgiving weekend - no Sunday Circle

October 2021:

Stewardship and Gratitude

10/3 -  Focused Prayers (Psalm 100, 2 Tim 2:1)

10/10 - Presence: Witness & Worship in membership (Heb 13:16)
10/17 - Annual Meeting - no Sunday Circle

10/24 - Gifts, Talents, and Fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22, 1 Cor 12:8-10)

10/31 - Service and Missions: Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria (Acts 1:8)

 

Join us on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in Old Brick for these gatherings. 

Sunday Circle
Bible

BIBLE
STUDY

These are opportunities for an in-depth study of the Bible. You don't need to know much, or anything, about the Bible. Simply bring your desire to learn along with us.

Bible Study and Lunch

Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.
in the Parish Building
Conference Room


Join us as we explore the coming Sunday's readings, followed by lunch at a different local establishment each week.

 

Everyone is, of course, welcome.

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Christ Church
Parenting Group


During Sunday School, parents will get the opportunity of gathering together, an opportunity for parents to get to know each other, share the joys and challenges of parenthood, and learn new and exciting parenthood perspectives. This seminar will begin with a class on The Mindful Child, an audio CD by Susan Kaiser Greenland. If you're interested, join us any Sunday morning in the New Brick Vestry Room at 9:30 a.m. or email us at info@christchurchcolumbia.org for more details.

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Theology on Tap
a monthly fellowship gathering

Looking for a space where you can have a nice chat about interesting religious articles from the pages of the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal?  Theology on Tap is an opportunity for informal, structure-free conversation with other parishioners at a different local watering hole each month. Come and join us at 7:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, so we hope you'll stop on by for a fun evening! Speak with Mike Looney at church on Sundays, or sign up for our weekly newsletter at info@christchurchcolumbia.org to learn more about this exciting and fun gathering.

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