Meditation is one of the most accessible ways of connecting with God. Most people do not meditate because it seems confusing, arcane, or strange. Meditation is simply being with God. In this group you will learn accessible insights about what meditation is and how to start a meditative practice. Needed materials: Bible and Journal (We will gladly give you one or both if needed.) This group, lead by Pastor Josh Beaty, is limited to 25 persons.
Summer Grow Groups
Christ Church offers Grow Groups for worshipers of all ages. Most are classes that meet 10-11am each Sunday. The summer semester begins June 24 and continues through August 26.* This Grow Hour is an intentional time of faith formation where worshipers have the opportunity to take their next steps in faith through grow/discipleship classes and groups, and foster deeper community among people. Members, friends and guests are encouraged to take part in one of the Grow Groups classes, before or after attending their preferred worship service.
When classes begin at 10am Sunday, June 24, find the class you're interested in on the daily schedule posted outside of worship and go to the room.
- Keep It Shut - Women's Summer Study will meet Wednesdays at 12noon, June 6 - July 25
- Disciple's Path, a two-session class, will meet Wednesdays 6-8pm, June 20 and July 18
Want to dive deeper into the weekly sermon? In the Pastor’s Study you will grow your understanding of the sermon’s Bible passage and how it applies to your life in a personal and authentic way. Everyone is welcome, regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey. During this summer Grow Group semester, the Pastor’s Study will focus on the book of Acts. Needed material: Bible (we will gladly give you one if needed). This group is lead by Pastor Brett Opalinski.
Wednesdays, June 20 and July 18 Disciples Path6-8pm
This two-part Disciple’s Path class will meet monthly in June and July, with independent study between sessions. You’ll explore discipleship in a way that meets you where you are and challenges you to go further in your spiritual journey. You will develop spiritual practices, discover your unique gifts, and become engaged in ministry that brings transformation in your life, the lives of others, and the world. Disciple’s Path is the starting point for spiritual growth at Christ Church. Required Materials: Disciple’s Path Workbook (Suggested Donation $9). The class will be taught by Pastor Josh Beaty.
Faith and Culture
How does faith connect with the issues and events making headlines every day? In Faith and Culture, you will discuss a new topic each week, exploring how our faith informs the ways we understand and interact with current events. The only things you need to bring: a Bible (we will gladly give you one if needed), and a willingness to talk, listen, laugh, and grow in your faith. This group's leader is Harvey Oaxaca, and assistant leader, Stephanie Beaty.
Just as the time and place of our birth and life shapes our journey, so the land and culture of the Hebrew people shaped their story. In Promised Land, you will discover how God’s people were guided to a specific place—the Promised Land—to impact the world both in ancient times and today. Needed materials: Bible (we will gladly give you one if needed). This group, lead by Maureen Kaelbel and Susan Lemak, is limited to 25 persons.
Wednesdays June 6-July 25 Keep It Shut12noon
This class will meet at 12noon beginning on June 6, for seven sessions, based on Karen Ehman's book, Keep it Shut, about how (and how-not-to) deal with the tongue. Using biblical examples, Keep it Shut will equip you to know what to say, how best to say it, and when you'd better just keep your lips zipped. Cynthia Metzger-Phipps is the leader of this group.
Story of Our Hymns9:30am
Adult Rehearsal Room
Hymns are more than beautiful musical compositions. They provide us with a heightened language for praising and speaking to God, all while teaching us theology that reflects both the depth and complexity of our Lord. In this group you will discuss the history and content of some of our most beloved hymns, opening the way for a deeper connection with God. Optional material: Hymns Book. The leader of this group is Connie Bookholt.
Faith in a Young Adult World (Ages 18-25)
Faith is a journey, not a destination. For many, the young adult years are a time to discover what the next leg of their faith journey looks like. In Faith in a Young Adult World, you will explore a faith that becomes a way of life and an understanding of the church as a place of forgiveness, mystery, community. and transformation. Needed materials: Bible (we will gladly give you one),and Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell (no cost). The leader of this group is Andra Opalinski.
Freeway Student Ministry Group
This student ministry Grow Group (Grades 6-12) is lead by Lauren Didriksen. Come and join us for a time of conversation, connection, and deepening your faith. Group sessions are conversational, so come ready to learn about God as you connect with others.