Adult CHRISTIAN FORMATION & EdUCATION

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! 






Other Learning Opportunities

  • Book Study: Tarry Awhile

    Lenten Book Study begins on Thursday, February 8th!  Make it your Lenten discipline to participate in this seven-week book study as we look at the Archbishop of Canterbury's choice for his Lent book of 2024, Tarry Awhile: Wisdom from Black Spirituality for People of Faith by Selina Stone.  From the back cover - "Tarrying is a Black Christian spiritual practice which answers 'yes' to the question Jesus once asked his disciples ('Will you tarry here and watch with me?')  Whether in the vibrancy of music and singing, or in hushed silence, people of all ages actively wait for an encounter with God that will transform what we know, what we feel and what we experience day to day....By making the wisdom of Black spiritualities and faith available to everyone, Tarry Awhile invites us - in the midst of often wearying times - to deepen our understanding of the tarryving we're called to, and the one who calls us."  The first session on February 8th at 6:15 PM will be in the room underneath the chapel, as we look at chapter 1 together.  If interested, please let Father Patrick know.

  • Centering Prayer

    All are welcome for silent prayer, music, Lectio Divina, Visio Divina, and guided meditations. This is a gathering in Great Silence and Great Presence. Contact: Betsy Retallack for the monthly, evening schedule.

  • Women's Spiritual Direction Group

    We will meet once a month on the 2nd Saturday at 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Preston Cutler Room.
    This will be a time of quiet in which to ponder the direction our relationship with God is taking in our lives. There will be a meditation followed by silence during which we can write and/or pray about whatever comes into our minds and hearts.  There will then be a short time to talk about our experience.
    If you are interested, please contact the group leader, parishioner, Judy Norton
    .

  • Stephen Ministry Training

    Christ Church offers a 50 hour Stephen Ministry training course each year. The class meets twice per month September - June. Participants are prepared to offer confidential, Christ-like support and care to those in crisis - whether it be from job loss, divorce or loss of a loved one. Click here for more information and a list of training topics.


    If you would like to learn more, please contact: Mother Susan

  • "Going Deeper" Spirituality Groups

    We have been following the Renovaré (renewal) curriculum which has led us into rich discussions of our varied spiritual backgrounds and has prompted the sharing of new ways to come closer to Almighty God.


    To learn more, please contact: Mother Susan


    MATERIALS:

    A Spiritual Formation Workbook: Small Group Resources for Nurturing Christian Growth, by James Bryan Smith. (Available through Amazon)