Twice a year, in spring and autumn, 6 weeks of small study groups. We begin with dinner in St. Andrew's Hall at 6 p.m. Then we continue with courses of discussion and study from 6:45 - 8 p.m. A great way to meet others in the Christian community and grow in Christian faith. There is no cost, a freewill offering will be collected for the dinner.
Our Winter 2017 studies will run from March 1st through April 5, 6-8pm.
Lament & Joy: A musical journey to Easter - Led by Ian M.
Lament and joy are deeply human expressions of our journey of faith. During Lent we intentionally take time to recognize what conspires to separate us and the world from God’s love. When we emerge at Easter we celebrate with joy the reality that nothing separates us from the love of God through Christ Jesus. Over six weeks we will explore lament and joy through multi-media presentations of new and traditional church music and we will alternate between listening to others sing and lifting our own voices in song.
Reading the Bible 101 - Led by Rev. Dr. Karen Dimock
A broadly based discussion group led by Karen Dimock that focuses on knowledge and skills used in Biblical Interpretation of the Greek Testament. We will study a different passage each week. Topics will include Ancient Texts and different Versions of the New Testament, the Cultural Context of the Greek Testament, both the Greco-Roman world and the Jewish Context of its time and the various forms of literature we encounter in it.
Spiritual Practices - Various leaders
Spiritual Practices help us to make room in our lives to experience and become aware of God’s presence and activity. The participants will determine their own personal spirituality type with a survey and then as a group ‘practice’ a variety of Christian spiritual disciplines to draw close to God: Sabbath Keeping, Loving Hospitality, Lectio Divina, Personal and Community Discernment, Confession and Forgiveness in Community and Prayer.
The Refugee Experience – Mission & Outreach
1 The climate and politics that leads to Refugees. James M.
2 The PCC acceptance of Refugees. Rob Shropshire of the National Office
3 Our church acceptance of Refugees. Terry C-W. our Coordinator of Refugee sponsorship
4 The PWS&D outlook on Sponsorship. Rob R.
5 Refugee experience. T. Family, with Huda translating
6 The future of Refugee Sponsorship. Discussion Group