Christian Education

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God, and  what is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2

 

Our Faith Development

Christ Church takes seriously the education of God’s people. Education is imparting and learning knowledge and skill.  We learn about the Bible and Christian tradition.  We study Christian history and learn to think theologically about modern life. But Christian education is more than simply acquiring knowledge; it is about helping one another discover God’s presence in and purpose for our lives.  Broken lives become whole, hopeless lives are filled with hope, and life breaks out even in the midst of death.

In the broadest sense, Christian education and discovery are at the center of all our parish programs of worship, service, pastoral care, stewardship, fellowship, and mission.  In every single thing that we do, we seek to walk with Jesus and  to learn from him.

Adult Forum

Most Sundays, 9-10 am, September--May

Our Sunday morning Adult Forum is designed for people who want to grow in their understanding of the Bible, theology, Christian mission, and how to relate their faith to contemporary life and issues. The Forum meets in the Parlor or Parish Hall of the Church.

ADULT FORUMS IN Winter/Spring 2018

February 18 & 25: The Rev. Lynn Carter-Edmands, Canon for Formation and Transitions, will present the process for the coming transition following the retirement of our rector in August. In preparation for that time, we held conversations in Advent about our values. And in March the congregation will be invited to take a survey that The Rev. Carter-Edmands will explain to participants in the Adult Forum.

 

February 4, 11, 18, 25, April 8 & 15 (excluding Easter Day on April 1): Dr. Larry Welborn, Professor of New Testament and Early Church History at Fordham University will offer a series entitled Jesus Means Freedom. As Paul told the Galatians, “For freedom Christ has set us free.”  The God of the Bible is the One who called a people out of bondage to Pharaoh in Egypt, and who still leads us out of structures of oppression, which constrain the full humanity intended in creation.  This series explores the liberating dimensions of Jesus’ ministry:  healing, exorcism, proclamation of God’s kingdom, action against the temple, and radical yes-saying to God.  The stories of Jesus’ liberating actions open our hearts, leading us to true freedom.

Nursery

We have Nursery Services for newborns, infants, and toddlers up through age three.

The Nursery is located upstairs on the second floor.  An elevator is available.

Nursery Hours Sundays, 10am – noon. Times are extended when there are special occasions and events.  If you have nursery needs at other times, please let us know by contacting the church office.

Generally, we do not provide snacks for the children.  We ask the parents to provide bottles, milk/formula, baby wipes, and diapers.  Our staff will feed infants when instructed to do so by the parents.  Snacks for toddlers are also provided by the parents.

Parents may request a pager so that our Nursery Staff can notify them in the event their child needs them.

Many parents desire to keep their children with them during worship, and that is just fine with us. We also have rocking chairs just outside of our worship space for your convenience.

Call us at 937-223-2239 with your questions.

Weekday Programs

Lifetree Cafe

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Lifetree Café is all about stories…

Lifetree Café is a time and place where people gather to hear inspiring stories and engage in conversation on a different topic every week. On film and in person, you’ll hear stories that will make you think, spice your conversation, help you make sense of the world, and inspire you. And in the fun, casual, safe environment of Lifetree Café, you may share your story, too. If you’re looking for a place where you can explore life, meet new friends, and experience God…then Lifetree Café is your kind of place.

When: Tuesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm

Where: Parlor, Christ Episcopal Church

Hosts include Emily Joyce, John Paddock, Greg Bush, and Monica Neiderman

To find out about coming topics Visit the Lifetree Website

Archives of Past Lectures - Two

Call Stories of Biblical Figures

This series was offered in the fall of 2014 by Rabbi Bernard Barski and Dr. Larry Welborn on call stories in the Bible. The series was offered with wide acclaim. These lectures have been listened to and downloaded from people around the world.

Week 1 – The Call of Adam


Week 2 – The Call of Abraham

Week 3 – The Call of Moses

Week 4 – The Calls of Amos, Hosea, and Jeremiah

Week 5 – The Call of Jesus

Week 6 – The Call of Paul

Video Series: Renewal through Suffering

Renewal through Suffering

Dr. Larry Welborn, Professor of New Testament and Early Church History
Fordham University