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.
Father Manny will lead three sessions on the Book of Common Prayer in September. In October, Sunday Circle will focus on stewardship, with sessions focusing on God’s creation, how we love each other and our neighbors, money, and self. Fr. Manny will then lead us in an exploration of the Nicene Creed in November. Finally, as we journey through Advent we will delve into various types of prayer.
We hope that you'll join us for this engaging, weekly gathering.
SUNDAY CIRCLE PROGRAMS
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.
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.
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.
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 provides 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.
Lent 2023 centers on 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.
3/12 - Hindu
3/19 - Islam
3/26 - Quaker
February 2023 explores Viewpoints on Immigration.
2/26 - Black Immigrants in the US
Sunday Circle is back for 2023.
1/1 - New Year's Day - no Sunday Circle
12/8 - Anglican Prayer Beads
The final few weeks of 2022 center around Advent and Prayer.
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 explores The Nicene Creed.
November 6, 13, and 20
October 2022 focuses on 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 focuses on the History of Women in the Church.
3/6 - Women of the Bible (two documents: 1, 2)
3/27 - Contemporary Women in the Church
February 2022 centers around Conversations on Race.
2/6 - History of Enslavers in Howard County
2/13 - Our Diocese, and Reparations
January 2022 explores themes of Reconciliation and Renewal.
1/16 - Reconciliation of a Penitent
1/23 - Healing & Laying on of Hands
1/30 - Meditation and Mindfulness
December 2021 discusses the History of Advent Season Hymns.
12/5 - O Come, O Come Emmanuel
12/19 Silent Night
12/26 - Christmas weekend - no Sunday Circle
November 2021's lessons explores Religious and Cultural Influences.
11/7 - Native American Influences
11/14 - Hispanic Influences
11/28 - Thanksgiving weekend - no Sunday Circle
October 2021's lesson theme is about Stewardship and Gratitude.
10/10 - Presence: Witness & Worship in membership (Heb 13:16)
10/17 - Annual Meeting - no Sunday Circle
Join us on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in Old Brick for these gatherings.