Adult Education

Join us as we seek new opportunities for spiritual growth. Our popular Bible Study, Adult Forums, and classes/group discussions provide us with opportunities to continually learn and grow as disciples of Jesus.  To learn more about scheduled forums and events, check our calendar.

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Have you ever considered Bible Study?  Has the time never seemed right? Now may be the time.

This Fall, Wednesday Bible Study will begin at the beginning with Genesis. We will spend September through May reading the text in order to understand how foundational this book is for the entire Old Testament.

Why does Genesis not even mention the people Israel until more than halfway through it?
What is the purpose of stories about a flood, a tower, family feuds?
What does it all mean to us as Christians?  How does it apply to our world today?

Classes meet 10-11:30 AM and 7-8:30 PM. We understand that schedules vary, so weekly attendance is not a requirement.  It is discussion-based which allows a wonderful exchange of ideas, a way to formulate your own understanding.  Please join us.

Here are some current WBS participant comments:

  • This class has given me the opportunity to think and grow deeper in my spirituality, almost without me being conscious of it.
  • Tracy and the class have an easygoing style that is very appealing.
  • WBS continues to challenge me and stretch my evolving concept of what it means to REALLY read and discuss the Bible.
  • Learning about these people and their histories shows deep similarities to today’s events, especially in regards to immigration, conflicts, and how different structures in today’s societies relate to one another.
  • Tracy’s extensive knowledge of the Bible, diligent preparation and ability to lead a discussion always draw out the infinite richness of Scripture.
  • All of the WBS class participants have lifetimes of experiences, and sharing these as they apply to our readings in a non-judgmental group format is the best type of education.
  • Reading, studying, interpreting and exchanging views of scripture has increased my knowledge and deepened my faith.
  • A wonderful sense of community makes for very rich and faith-ful conversation.

Depending on COVID restrictions we will meet in person, over Zoom, or in a hybrid model. Please contact Ali Heard in the Church office to sign up.

 

Putting Down Roots

Everything you always wanted to know about Christ Church Needham and the Episcopal faith. This fall, a six-session program called “Putting Down Roots” will address beliefs, worship, theology, sacraments, governance and history of the Episcopal church as well as how members of Christ Church live out love of God and neighbor in the world. Taught by Christ Church clergy and lay leaders, the program is open to all: new residents of Needham, people considering joining and people who are already members. Class dates and times will be arranged after we hear from you. If you’re interested, please email the our rector, Rev. Nicholas Morris-Kliment.

 

Adult Forums

We hold Adult Forums on selected Sundays after the 10 a.m. service.  Most of the book discussions and forums are led by clergy and parishioners, with occasional guest speakers. We invite members to come forward with ideas, including speaking about a topic they would like to share with fellow parishioners.  Check the calendar for upcoming forums and events.

 

Seasonal Series and Retreat Days

Advent and Lent present opportunities for renewed learning and reflection. During these seasons, we offer programs geared to help people enter more deeply into their relationship with God. Retreats, daily readings and reflections, and discussion groups are examples of our Lenten and Advent offerings.

 

Women’s Group

Our women’s  group gathers periodically throughout the year for friendship, food, conversation, and spiritual enrichment. We have enjoyed together brunches, dinners, small group discussions, book groups, and retreats.