Friends in Faith – Mondays – 10:00-11:00AM

The Friends in Faith are meeting at our usual time on Mondays from 10:00AM to 11:00AM via Zoom. We want the congregation to know that anyone is welcome to join us! We follow a format of praying for people on the parish prayer list out loud together, then we share in ten minutes of silent prayer or meditation, and then one of us leads the group in a discussion of something they have brought to share with the group, usually of a spiritual nature.
If you are interested in joining us, please email Elizabeth Clemmitt so she can include you in the Zoom invitation.

 

Tuesday Book Group  – Tuesdays – 1:00-2:00PM

For the fall we are re-reading The Time is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage by Joan Chittister, nun, theologian, and cultural commentator. We meet Tuesdays at 1:00 in the McClain Room. Please contact Susie Sprowl with any questions, swsprowl@att.net.

 

Centering Prayer – Tuesdays – 2:00-3:00PM

The Centering Prayer group meets every Tuesday from 2:00-3:00PM in the Lea Room of the Church House.

Centering Prayer is a simple method of silent meditation which cultivates inner peace and helps us be more aware of the presence and activity of God in our lives.

In our meeting, we begin with twenty minutes of meditation (or “resting in God”) followed by a short time of sharing about our practice, and then we finish by reading from a book about Centering Prayer.

Feel free to come occasionally or come every week. Please contact Elizabeth Clemmitt with any questions at elizabeth.clemmitt@gmail.com or (312) 618-1238.

A Basic Guide to Centering Prayer

  1. Choose a “sacred word” or words as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within. (Examples: Love, Peace, God, Jesus, Silence, Stillness, Calm, Faith, Trust, Yes; or in other languages: Amor, Shalom, Amen.)
  2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and then silently introduce the sacred word(s) you have chosen as the symbol of your consent to “rest in God.”
  3. When you become aware of thoughts, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.
  4. You may set a timer for twenty minutes (or five or ten if you are new to this practice.) At the end of the prayer period, come out of the silence slowly, perhaps with a familiar prayer.

 

Thursday Women’s Bible Study – Thursday 9:30-11:00AM

For Lent, the Women’s Bible Study is reading non-canonical texts together. Using The New New Testament, we are reading The Gospel of Mary, The Acts of Paul and Thecla, The Thunder: Perfect Mind, and The Odes of Solomon. (Here is a link to a video about The New New Testament and non-canonical texts.) We’d love for you to join us! We meet in the Library of the Parish House at 470 Maple every Thursday from 9:30 to 11AM. We will NOT meet on March 26 during Spring Break. Questions? Email  Megan Miller

 

Holy Caffeine to Read the Screwtape Letters – Friday – 8:30-9:30AM

Holy Caffeine, a study of the Bible for all ages, meets on Fridays from 8:30-9:30AM in the Lea Room at Church on the Hill. After seven years of reading various books from Scripture, we are beginning this year by reading the Screwtape Letters, the book that introduced the world to the Christian writing of C.S. Lewis. Published in 1941, the book is still in print due to its masterful understanding of how our spiritual lives both work and don’t work.
The premise of the book is that Screwtape, a senior tempter from Hell, writes letters to his underling Wormwood, a junior tempter recently assigned his first ‘patient’. Wormwood schools him along the way as to how he can best win souls away from God, revealing clearly along the way how God works in our lives. Reading this material from the enemy’s point of view provides a colorful and creative way to introduce the reader to various aspects of living a life in communion with the Divine.
In addition to the book, readily available in paperback, we will be using a remarkable study guide written by a Lewis devotee which will be available to the class on the first day, Friday, September 13th.
This discussion group meets Friday mornings from 8:30-9:30AM in the Lea Room. Christopher Powell leads the group in the study and discussion of scripture.  All are welcome! For more information, contact Christopher at 847-868-5611.

 

Men’s Lunch Group

Once a month, some of the men of Christ Church meet on the North Shore for lunch. It’s an informal opportunity for fellowship with no agenda and no fixed membership. Conversation ranges from updates on children and grandchildren to debates on economics, politics, technology, and theology. If you can make lunch in Winnetka at Little Ricky’s on the third Wednesday of the month and categorize yourself among the men of Christ Church, please join us. Email Jim McGee at jim@mostlymcgee.com for more information.

 

Exploring Grief Support Group

Kenilworth Union Church, Samaritan Counseling Center, and Winnetka Congregational Church join with Christ Church to provide a free, confidential, supportive, and educational environment to grieve the loss of a friend or loved one. The group meets every other Monday from 7:00-8:30PM at Christ Church in the library of the Parish House. The spring session goes until June 19. All community residents are welcome to participate. For more information and to register for the winter or spring sessions, contact Joellen Hosler by email or 847-475-1805 ext. 1.

Exploring Grief Group flyer