Adults

At Christ Church, opportunities for the education and formation of adults are designed to assist participants in deepening their theological understanding and furthering spiritual growth through study, discussion, reflection, and prayer. With other believers and seekers, participants use the gifts of faith and reason to heighten the knowledge and experience of God’s work in their lives.

The Sunday Adult Forum series, the cornerstone of adult education programming at Christ Church, takes place on Sunday, 10:05 - 11:00 a.m., during the academic year. The series is complemented by many additional opportunities for learning and fellowship: weekly Bible study, a monthly Coffee & Colloquy in the Rectory, the Young Adults Fellowship, the Women's Bible Study, the Men’s Ministry, and the Contemplative Life Ministry to name a few. If you have questions or would like more information about adult education and formation at Christ Church, contact the Reverend Elizabeth Keeler, Assistant to the Rector.
 

Women's Bible Study

The Women's Bible Study, an intergenerational group of women who gather for lively learning and fellowship, meets on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., throughout the program year. During the seasons of Advent and Lent, meetings cease in order that participants may take part in parish-wide seasonal offerings (see below).

Program for Fall 2017
Meeting dates for Fall 2017 are September 12 and 26, October 10 and 24, November 14 and 28, and December 19. This semester's reading material, Creed or Chaos, by Dorothy L. Sayers, may be purchased through amazon.com or by contacting the Reverend Elizabeth Keeler, who has a limited number of copies.

Published in 1949, Creed or Chaos is a twentieth century classic that makes the case for a considered faith over trends of “watered-down” Christian theology. Dorothy L. Sayers maintains that “if Christians don't steep themselves in doctrine, then the Christian Faith (and the world outside the Faith) will descend into chaos. It's a surprising argument these days, but once you've finished these lucid and often witty pages, you'll agree with Sayers that dogma is no exercise in hair-splitting about insignificant matters; it's a vibrant window into the splendor of God's truth, a window that each Christian soul needs.”

 

Wednesday Morning Bible Study

A small-group Bible Study takes place every Wednesday, at 9:00 a.m., in Keith Hall. Many participants also attend Morning Prayer at 7:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist at 7:40 a.m. (both in the Chapel of Saint Jude), and a light breakfast. Recently, the group has explored Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, using The Story of Romans: A Narrative Defense of God's Righteousness, a commentary by the Reverend Dr. A. Katherine Grieb.

Program for Fall 2017
Wednesday Morning Bible Study will resume on September 13. During the Fall 2017 semester, the group will explore excerpts from The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages, edited by Andrew Blauner and introduced by Adam Gopnick. For more information, contact a member of the clergy.

 

Coffee & Colloquy

During the program year, adults gather in the Rectory one Sunday a month, at 10:00 a.m. This informal gathering over coffee is aimed particularly, but by no means exclusively at adults who attend the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist as there is a children’s homily, but no adult sermon, at that liturgy. The Coffee & Colloquy especially suits those who prefer discussion-based engagement with the 11:15 a.m. sermon over the lecture-based format of the Adult Forum.

Program for Fall 2017
The first Coffee & Colloquy of the 2017-2018 program year will take place on Sunday, September 24. Subsequent gatherings will be announced shortly.

 

Young Adults Fellowship

The Young Adults Fellowship provides opportunities for parishioners in their 20s, 30s, and 40s to gather for study and discussion, work and play. Over the years, activities have included a book group, a teaching series with the clergy, and a monthly brunch. Most recently, nearly 50 parishioners gathered for happy hour at Chez Billy Sud in Georgetown. If you have questions or would like to become involved, contact the Reverend Kristen Hawley, Assistant to the Rector.
 

Special Offerings

Christ Church is pleased to offer special educational opportunities for adults during the seasons of Advent and Lent and, on occasion, during the summer months. Content generally relates to the themes of these seasons.