Adult Christian Formation
We offer numerous opportunities to deepen our faith, explore God’s Word, and engage in enlightening discussion.
See the sidebar for upcoming events, dates, times, and location.
Sunday Morning Adult Christian Formation takes place following the 10:00 a.m. service from September through May. There is typically a clergy or guest-led forum on a wide variety of engaging topics. During the summer, Dr. Patrick Pope offers a series of interesting and informative classes related to music. Please check the weekly and monthly calendars on the home page for topics, dates and times.
Bible Study is held every Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the church library in the Atkinson building. Led by the rector, the study is based on the lectionary for the coming Sunday and is followed by a brief Eucharist. The lectionary can be found on lectionarypage.net
Holy Comforter started a series of book studies on social mobility and economic sustainability in 2016, prompted by Charlotte’s ranking in a study by Dr. Raj Chetty as 50th out of the largest 50 cities in the U.S. in social mobility. Any sustained reading on economic inequality will rapidly raise issues of racial disparity and racism, and the Holy Comforter Book Group (HCBG) has engaged them. For more information, contact Beth Hardin.
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Advent and Lent offer opportunities for intergenerational events that encourage thoughtful preparation for the celebrations of Christmas and Easter. A Spiritual Saturday gathering is held at the beginning of Lent and Advent to prepare us for the season. We also offer Quiet Times in the Sanctuary during the week where one might read, pray, reflect, or simply be in the sacred space.
Common Morning, Common Prayer began as a Lenten discipline where Morning Prayer was led by laypersons in locations throughout the community. It has now expanded to include year-round gatherings online and in person.
Imagining with Scripture is a time of quiet reflection and conversation as participants are invited to enter imaginatively into a Bible story, Psalm, or other reading. Led by spiritual director Mary Ann Archer, the meetings are held on select Sunday afternoons throughout the year. (This fall, Sep 11 & 25, Oct 9 & 23, and Nov 6 & 20.)
Spiritual Saturdays occur about every 6 weeks either in person or on Zoom and typically run from 10:00 AM to Noon. Led by Mary Ann Archer, each event is designed to deepen relationships with God through themes for contemplation and a creative art or writing project. Past gatherings have offered such experiences as mandala-drawing, Celtic writing prompts, Ignatian guidelines for decision-making, and doodling our way to prayer.