Water and Fire | Adult Catechumenate Group
Sunday evenings starting October 14, 5pm-6:45pm.
Childcare and light supper provided.
Have you been a lifelong member of a church and desire a deepening of your personal relationship with Christ?
Are you struggling to share your spiritual life and experiences with others?
Are you wondering about what it means to be a true Christian in these unsettling and destabilizing political times?
Are you new to The Episcopal Church and uncertain about why we do what we do?
Have you had an experience that challenged your understanding of God and the universe?
Then! You are invited to participate in Christ Church’s catechumenate, a time of learning, praying, and searching in community. The “catechumenate” is the ancient word for the time of soul-searching and investigation in which early Christians engaged as they prepared for baptism into the faith. Our process will involve four pieces. In the fall, we will spend time eating together, praying the Scriptures together, and searching our hearts. If we have been led in that time to seek baptism, reception into The Episcopal Church, confirmation, or reaffirmation of baptismal vows, we will make our commitment in the presence of the bishop at his visit to Christ Church on December 2016. In the winter, we will do an overview of the Bible, church history, liturgy, and sacraments. In Lent, we will have a season of self-searching, where we ask what it truly means for our particular lives what it means to commit to Christ and Christ’s Church. In the spring, we will practice, in very plain and concrete ways what it means to live in sacrifice, service, and love.
The catechumenate is a process of love and questions. Please join our fine catechists, Lou Cabeen and Sean Hudspeth, as they journey with you into the heart of the questions at the center of all of our lives.
Part 1, Inquiry: ““How do my longings and my story connect with God’s story? October 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, Dec 2, 9
Part 2, Learning: “What is this religion made of?” Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3
Part 3, Intensive Preparation: “Why me? Why the Church? Why now?” Mar 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 14 (and all Holy Week services)
Part 4, Living: “How do I live in my Christian joy and freedom, in sacrifice and love?” Apr 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2