Friends in Faith – Mondays – 10:30-11:30AM – Starting September 9

Make new friends and enrich your faith with the Friends in Faith discussion group on Mondays from 10:30-11:30am in the Lea Room at the Church House.

We begin our time together by praying for the people on the church prayer list, then we share in ten minutes of silent meditation followed by lively conversation of a spiritual nature based on a different topic each week. Feel free to join us each week or just once in a while when your schedule allows. Contact Elizabeth Clemmitt with any questions at elizabeth.clemmitt@gmail.com or (312) 618-1238.

 

Tuesday Book Group  – Tuesdays – 1:00-2:00PM – Starting Sept. 10

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 – Starting Tuesday

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 – Starting Thursday, September 12

The weekly Women’s Bible Study Group meets Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:00AM in the McClain Room at Church House. Visitors and newcomers are warmly welcome. Questions? Email  The Rev. Nadia Stefko

 

Holy Caffeine to Read the Screwtape Letters Beginning on Friday, September 13

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