We human beings are created to be in relationship. We believe that God wants a relationship with each and every one of us. That connection to God is nurtured through prayer, worship, formation, Bible study, and fellowship. St. Christopher's offers opportunities to grow in relationship to God, to each other, and ourselves by connecting with others. You need not be a member of St. Christopher's to participate in these opportunities for learning and growth.
Adult Formation in a Time of Social Distancing
During the pandemic some of our groups have moved to Zoom while others have chosen to take a pause. During warmer weather, some groups may also gather outdoors with masks on the church grounds. If you are new to the parish and want to check out a particular group, please email the Rev. Chana Tetzlaff if it isn't clear where the group is meeting.
Common Grounds, Adult Formation, Sundays, 9:00 am (via Zoom) Called to Community: The Role of the Church
Common Grounds resumes on January 10 with a continuation of our film/discussion approach in the series, Called to Community: The Role of the Church. In conjunction with this Epiphany season's discipleship theme, how we live our faith, this series explores the role of the church in forming individuals through community and the ways we see and engage the world around us.
Session 1: Baptized in Pleasantries Join theologian Mark Labberton, current president of Fuller Seminary and former Director of the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching, as he explores the question “Has tribalism in the church kept us from loving our enemies and experiencing shalom in our cities?” and the role of the church in forming followers of Christ.
Session 2: Transformative Capacity Join Hebrew Scriptures scholar and theologian Walter Bruggeman, widely considered one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades, as he speaks on the church’s role in helping advance God’s agenda of life.
Session 3: The Long Restoration Project Join theologians N.T. Wright (former Anglican bishop of Durham and renowned scholar) and Brian Zahnd (full-time pastor and occasional author) as they look at the role of the church as it navigates culture and power.
Session 4: Missional Imagination Join Hanna Terry, pastor of the FAM Community, an experiment in missional Christian community in Houston, and Malcom Guite, Anglican priest, poet, and academic as they explore the church’s role to be the Body of Christ in the world.
Session 5: Doing (Relational) Justice Join writer-pastor Joyce Hollyday (former death row pastor, domestic violence advocate, and Associate Editor of Sojourners, a magazine) as she reflects on the role of the church, and caring for one another, in interdependence versus independence.
You will find the Zoom link for Common Grounds in the Sunday announcement.
Contemplative Prayer (via Zoom)
Wednesday Afternoons 2:00 pm This prayer group started in-person in the Fall of 2020 and has moved to Zoom. This group shares a short reading, a 20 minute conversation about prayer, and 20 minutes of silent prayer together.
The Dismantling Racism Group currently meets monthly via Zoom. This is a safe place to discuss institutional racism, prejudice, and understanding white privilege. Wherever you are in your self-discovery journey, you are welcome! Contact Steve Lawson for more details.
Small Group Bible Studies (via Zoom)
Small group virtual Bible studies are an opportunity to get to know one another and the Bible better. The group commits to weekly meetings for six weeks to build their relationship and rhythm and then often continue to meet. Groups open to new people seasonally, and the next open season will be January of 2021. For more information, email the Rev. Cara Spaccarelli | Email
Current Adult Fellowship opportunities As long as the outdoor weather cooperates, our groups are meeting on the parish grounds. Depending on the other activities at the church, possible meetings spaces on the grounds include West Lawn, East Lawn, and Natural Playground pavillion. If you are new to the parish and want to check out a particular group, please email the Rev. Chana Tetzlaff if it isn't clear where the group is meeting.
St. Christopher's Men's 4Cs
This men's group meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 pm typically at Prodigy Burger Bar, Clay Terrace, but during the pandemic, they are meeting on the parish grounds. Bring a face mask, a lawn chair, and your beverage of choice. Meetings are an opportunity to share casual conversation. The group is also committed to service and routinely pitches in with various projects, e.g. food distribution at the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank, building the natural playground, delivering holiday totes to the Mary Riggs Neighborhood Center. Upcoming Meetings: September 14 and October 12. Questions? Contact Kevin Price | Email
Ladies in Fellowship Together (LIFT)
The newly formed Women's Group, LIFT (Ladies in Fellowship Together) is off to a great start! At the end of May the group had its first meeting via Zoom. This group of women will meet on the third Monday of the month at 7pm outdoors on the parish grounds. Upcoming Meetings: September 21 and October 19. If you would like to be included in email reminders or for further questions, contact Judy Warnock | Email
Wednesday Book Study
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., Zoom This group meets for spiritual renewal through the exploration of selected readings and by sharing their lives each week. For more information, contact Julie O'Connor | Email
Formation and Fellowship (those not mentioned above are on hiatus during the pandemic.)
Wednesday Book Study Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., Zoom This group meets for spiritual renewal through the exploration of selected readings and by sharing their lives each week. For more information, contact Julie O'Connor | Email
Friendship Bible Study (not meeting) Tuesdays 3:30 p.m., Conference Room This longstanding group chooses studies of various topics which run from 8 to 16 weeks. Currently the group is studying 1&2 Timothy and Titus from the N.T. Wright Bible study guide series. For more information, contact Nancy Barney | Email
The Daughters of the King (not meeting) The Order of the Daughters of the King® (DOK) is a sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of prayer, service, and evangelism. The Mary and Martha Chapter conducts regular monthly meetings (except during summer months), and it provides invitation and instruction for new members to the Order each year. Learn More . . .
Young at Heart (not meeting) Fourth Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m., February to October (Second or third Wednesdays in November and December), Parish Hall Check Parish Calendar and current publications for timing. Join us for a simple meal and conversation. This luncheon, sponsored by the Daughters of the King, offers an opportunity for fellowship for the 55+ crowd. For more information, contact Nancy Barney | Email
Dismantling Racism Group Second Sunday of the Month, 11:30 a.m., Conference Room This group meets monthly to explore issues of social policy, systemic racism, and privilege. It also cultivates a safe place to discuss addressing racism and prejudice as encountered in one's daily life.
Coffee Hour (not meeting) Sundays, 11:15 a.m., Parish Hall Every Sunday we gather after the 10:00 a.m. worship service for an informal opportunity to get to know each other. Come and visit for whatever time your schedule permits. On the 4th Sunday of the month, we have "spiritual" coffee hours where table questions are provided to promote deeper conversations.
Men's Prayer Group (not meeting) Saturdays, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m., the Andres Library This group gathers for prayer (use the west parking lot door). This is a quiet time of reflection and petition. At 8:00, those who are able adjourn for breakfast.
St. Christopher's 4Cs Men's Group (Christopher's Casual Communion Crew) Second Monday of the Month, 6:30 p.m. This men's group formed to get to know one another better and also to promote service. It meets once a month on the second Monday of the month at local restaurants. (The 4Cs are currently meeting at Prodigy Burger Bar, Clay Terrace.) Meetings are an opportunity to share casual conversation. The group is also committed to service and routinely pitches in with various projects, e.g. food distribution at the Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank, building the natural playground, delivering holiday totes to the Mary Riggs Neighborhood Center. Questions? Contact Kevin Price | Email