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Christian Education Calendar – Fall

The Gospel of Luke Bible Study
Wednesdays, 11 am, September 7th – December 21st (16 weeks)
In this in-depth reading of the Gospel of Luke we will read significant passages of Luke alongside Matthew and Mark in order to uncover Luke’s unique understanding of the Good News. We will be using the book Gospel Parallels. Book fee: $36.00 led by Fr. Dan

Book Study: I See Satan Fall Like Lightning
Thursdays, 11 am, Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17 (5 weeks)
In this study we will be reading Rene Girard’s I See Satan Fall Like Lightning to explore the roots of human and religious violence and the response of the Christian Gospel to violence. We will also listen to and reflect on several episodes of the CBC IDEAS program “The Scapegoat” which features conversations with Rene Girard. Book fee: $30.00 led by Deacon Colin.

Contemplative Prayer
Thursdays, 3:30 pm (Sept 15 – Dec 22)
In the Christian tradition Contemplative Prayer is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to Communion with Him. Centering Prayer familiarizes us with God’s first language which is silence. Led by Steve and Norma Parrotte

Advent Study
Thursdays, 11 am, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22(4 weeks)
Through the study of key Advent scriptures, this study will help us to prayerfully prepare for Christmas during the Advent time of waiting. We will be using the book Journey to the Manger by Dr. Paula Gooder, who spoke at this year’s clergy conference. Book fee: $25.00, led by Deacon Colin.

Coping with Grief During the Holidays
Tuesday, Nov. 22nd, and Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 7 pm.
This short series is for those who find the holidays a challenging time due to the loss of loved ones. We will be exploring some coping strategies for coping during the holidays and reflecting on Christmas message of hope and light in the midst of darkness. There will also be a “Blue Christmas” service on Thursday, December 15th, 7 pm. Led by Fr. Dan

Preparing for Baptism
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, Oct 4th, Oct 17th, Oct 25th
All who are interested in Holy Baptism for themselves or their children are invited to attend these three sessions in which we will explore the meaning of baptism by exploring the promises and vows of the baptismal liturgy. The final session includes a rehearsal. Childcare and a pizza supper will be provided for these sessions. This fall’s baptisms will be held on the Feast of All Saints which we will celebrate on Sunday, Oct, 30th at the 10 am service. Led by Deacon Colin.

Exploring our Faith Together
Friday, Sept 30th, 6:30 – 8 pm
This is an evening for young families to gather, and take some time to explore our faith journey together in the midst of a busy life. We will discuss how we might together build a faithful community of support and encouragement for each other. Children’s program and supper provided.

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