ADULT FORMATION CLASSES
at 9:15 a.m. in the Parish
Hall or on Facebook Live. Coffee Is served in the Parish Hall.
February 11- March 17: Book Study of
Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to
Relate to Those Who Are Suffering
YOU ARE INVITED TO ADULT FORMATION HOUR THIS LENT for our third encounter with Stephen Ministry Skills all of us can use in our daily lives. Having covered some of the basics and explored the book The Gift of Empathy, we now go into more depth with a book by Kenneth Haugk, founder of Stephen Ministry, called Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who Are Suffering.
- Sun, Feb 11 - Sara Ratichek will lead participants in chapters 1 and 2 of the book, as she probes the meaning of "heavy heart" and what we can do for people who have one. She will also examine the Biblical understanding of suffering.
- Sun, Feb. 18 - Mother Susan takes up chapters 3 and 4, attempting to answer the question, How do we enter another person's place of pain, and once, there, how do we offer real help? Key to the answer is who we bring into the relationship.
- Sun, Feb. 25 - Kathy Farnham and Jeanne Maurand introduce chapters 5 and 6, with examples of what to say or not, and the importance of helping the hurting person to express how they really feel, even if it's awful!
- Sun, March 3 - Posie Mansfield will draw attention to chapters 7 and 8, the very human desire to fix things, noting that we cannot. Only God has this power. But there are many ways to convey God's love to another, even to someone who is deeply sad.
- Sun, March 10 - Dean and Jane Pedersen, leading us in chapters 9 and 10, will address the things we say, helping us to examine whether they really help or not. They will also address "Pink Thinking."
- Sun, March 17 - Betsy Retallack will wrap up our examination of this book with chapters 11 and 12, exploring the creation of a safe place for one in pain, and the simple fact that we are all capable of truly helping when we truly care and give thought and prayer to the one in need.
Questions? Contact Mother Susan at 440-781-1614.
Ockham's Kegger -
Where Stout Ales Meet Stout Ideas!
If you are interested in learning about and discussing issues from a Christian perspective in a casual and relaxed atmosphere, then Ockham's Kegger is for you! This event, sponsored by Christ Church of Hamilton & Wenham, will serve up challenging ideas to anyone who likes to think deep thoughts, meet new and interesting people, and have a brew.
The next Ockham's Kegger TBA soon!