Lent 2017

Wednesdays in Lent

Walter Bruggeman’s A Way Other than Our Own: Devotions for Lent

Each Wednesday in Lent we will set time apart from 11:00 a.m. to noon, and then again from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. to gather in the Chapel for prayer and reflection.  Our guide will be the little gem of a book by noted author Walter Brueggeman.  The church has purchased the books for $13 which can be paid for when we meet, or by putting a check in the offertory plate and sending into the church office.  The series begins on March 8 and concludes April 5.  Email Mark at mpendleton@christchurchexeter.org if you are interested in gathering with us.

Bruggeman writes: “Lent recalls times of wilderness and wandering, from newly freed Hebrew slaves in exile to Jesus’ temptation in the desert. God has always called people out of their safe, walled cities into uncomfortable places, revealing paths they would never have chosen. Despite our culture of self-indulgence, we too are called to walk an alternative path–one of humility, justice, and peace.”

Sunday Morning Education Hour

Bible Study with BibleWorkbench

Sunday Morning Bible Study uses the BibleWorkbench resource and meets on the bottom floor of Harris House in Room 3 at 9:30am.

BibleWorkbench is a lectionary based life-centered biblical resource designed for small groups. One of the texts from the lectionary is chosen each Sunday. Feel free to drop in and out of the Bible study from week to week as your schedule allows. BibleWorkbench is clergy and lay led.

The exploration begins with encountering the story found in the biblical text. The focus then shifts to how this story is happening in the world around us. Finally the questions turn toward how the story is an event in the lives of the people in the group. The journey through the text seeks life-giving questions that wait to be lived. A series of open-ended questions invites participants to enter deeply into the story in the text, to make connections to the world around them and to their own inner lives. Background on the texts is drawn from biblical scholars such as Marcus Borg, Walter Brueggemann, Fred Craddock, John Dominic Crossan, Bart Ehrman, Elaine Pagels, and Walter Wink.

Community Forums

Look our for special Community Forums taking place from 9:30am-10:15am for the 2016-2017 program year.  Forums are scheduled for:

  • Sept 18
  • Oct 9: CC Players
  • Nov 20
  • Jan 22
  • Feb-May Forum Dates will be scheduled soon!

Living in Faith
Wednesdays, 11am-12noon in the Chapel

This hour is set aside for reflection on spiritual topics, sharing of our faith experiences, and the practical application of prayer in our daily lives.  More information regarding the 2016-2017 focus and resources which will be used.

Inquirers’ Class: What it Means to Be an Episcopalian

Throughout the year,  the Rector offers a four week class to learn more about the Episcopal Church.

This class will help you journey more deeply into God, Jesus, the Bible, the Church, and things that matter. The class invites your questions about faith, and is created for all seekers – those who know very little, the spiritual if not overly religious, those who have wandered far away from church or have been turned off by religion, or those who haven’t examined their faith in a long time.

The Inquirers Class include questions like:

  • What do I have to believe to be a Christian?
  • What is the importance of the Book of Common Prayer?
  • What do Episcopalians believe about the Bible?
  • What is Baptism all about?
  • Do I have to believe everything in the creeds?
  • Was Jesus really God, or was he just a great and inspired teacher?
  • Do Episcopalians believe that Christ is really present in Communion, or is Communion just a symbol?
  • Why do some people cross themselves, and when do they do it?
  • What is the world-wide Anglican Communion?

Whether you’re new to Christ Church and Christian faith, or have been a lifelong Episcopalian, this class may be just right for you. Stay tuned for the 2016-2017 dates.  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