What is Christian Formation at Christ Church? 

Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. At Christ Church, we seek to offer opportunities to learn and grow in the Christian faith for children, young people, and adults. The pace of life today—with its increasing demands on our time and focus—requires us to be open and adaptive in the formation opportunities we offer to the congregation.

Sunday morning remains our central formative experience. On Sunday morning, we learn and grow spiritually through our Episcopal liturgy, and we receive and give the support that Christian community offers.  Together as fellow pilgrims, both young and old, we share our burdens and our joys on this lifelong journey. It is through this process that we can fulfill our baptismal vows and grow into the people God wants us to become. 

Formation opportunities for you at Christ Church:

  • Snack and Study, Meets every Wednesday from 2:45-4:00 in the Community Rooom. Get your homework done with your friends before PSP rehearsals or Junior Choir Email Sally Farrell to register.
  • The Wonder Group– Middle School age, meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:30. Locations have varied from homes to downtown restaurants. Our fall book seection is Refugee, by Alan Gratz. Other books we have read: Wonder, The Long walk to Water and The Inquisitor’s Tale.
  • Soul Sisters– A mom’s group that meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 pm. The group will begin this fall with the One Town, One Book selection, beautiful boy, by David Sheff. Some books we have enjoyed are The Price of Privilege, The Gifts of Imperfection and Turtles all the Way Down

Offerings During Lent:

Lenten Prayer and Discussion

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John  
Wednesdays in Lent. Our schedule provides two identical offerings, with the concluding fifteen minutes allocated to Noonday Prayer or Night Prayer.
 
Choose either gathering:
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 noon in the Dodd Room
  • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Chapel
Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is a six-week journey into deeper intimacy with God through praying with the words of John the Evangelist. Participants receive a beautiful journal inspiring meditation on a daily verse from John, encouraging participants to respond through words, images, or however the Spirit leads. There will be an emailed daily short video in which a monastic brother from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist shares comments on the daily Gospel verse, having a relationship with Jesus, and offers possibilities for further reflection.
 
 ** Please contact Deacon Charlie at 603-531-0715 or   cnichols@christchurchexeter.org with any questions or to join.

Some good books we’ve enjoyed at Christ Church!

Contact Mark Pendleton or Sally Farrell for more info.


Inquirers’ Class: Episcopal 101

2018-2019

The Rector will offer four sessions for those who want to learn more about the Episcopal Church and who might be interested in being confirmed or received by the bishop on May 5, 2019.   The classes will gather from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

March 13 – What does it mean to be an Episcopalian/Anglican?  What do Episcopalians believe? 

March 20-  Are Episcopalians Protestants or Catholics?  The History of the English and American church. 

March 27- A Tour through the Book of Common Prayer: The Sacraments and Episcopal Liturgy

April 3-  Structure, Decision Making, and all things Episcopal 

April 10-  Make-up for any weather related cancellations 

May 5- 10 a.m. visit of the Bishop 

Whether you’re new to Christ Church and Christian faith, or have been a lifelong Episcopalian, this class may be just right for you.  If interested please email to Rector at mpendleton@christchurchexeter.org or call the office at 772-3332.


Other Education Activities for Children & Youth

There are many opportunities for children and youth at Christ Church.  Please click on each link below for more information.

Sunday School
EYC – Episcopal Youth Community