Lent is a time of spiritual journeying as we walk with Jesus through the forty days of Lent to his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the upper room for the Last Supper, his arrest in Gethsemane, and to the foot of the Cross on Good Friday. Through the arc of Sunday readings, Jesus’ ministry and the disciples’ understanding of the true nature of Jesus transform during this period. During Lent, our understanding of what it is to be a follower of Jesus can deepen and be transformed as well. Come to Christ Church during your Lenten journey for opportunities to be fed spiritually, to be nurtured in quiet contemplation, and challenged by the Spirit.
Weekly Services every Sunday
- 8:00 a.m. – Worship with Holy Communion (Holy Eucharist Rite I)
- 10:00 a.m. – Worship with Holy Communion (Holy Eucharist Rite II, with Children's Chapel)
- 5:00 p.m. – Worship with Communion (Holy Eucharist Rite II, with laying on of hands for healing)
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Small Group Information for Lent 2017
Lenten Book Groups
The book for Lent 2017 is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees), a selection of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. It is a powerful story about freedom and empowerment told through the lives of two women living in Charleston in the early 1800s: Sarah Grimke, a historical figure who was an early abolitionist and her fictional slave, Hetty “Handful” Grimke. Over the course of thirty-five years, these women strive to define themselves as they struggle with limitations of the roles prescribed for them and help to shape each other’s destinies. Join us as we read and wrestle with the truths in this beautiful, complex story. Lent begins March 1. Each of the five weeks, we will gather in people’s homes and at the church. Books will be available in the Gift Shop and on Amazon. To join a group, please RSVP here.
The deadline to register is February 19.
Book groups already formed will meet at these times and locations:
- Sundays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 1, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Library hosted by Daughters of the King
- Sundays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 1, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Belle Haven neighborhood with Ken & Nancy Knapp
- Mondays, February 27, March 13, 27, April 10, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Teen Center hosted by the Men’s Group Bible Study
- Mondays, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 2, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Del Ray neighborhood with the Rev. Noelle York-Simmons
- Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 20, 28, April 4, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Teen Center, hosted by the Moorings Women’s Bible Study
- Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 21, 29, April 5, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Teen Center, led by Kris Amundson
- Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 21, 29, April 5, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. West End neighborhood with Rich & Christine Jones
- Thursdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Mount Vernon neighborhood with Paul & Susan Cambon
- Thursdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Seminary campus with the Rev. Heather VanDeventer
- Thursdays, March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Teen Center hosted by the Christ Church Choir
Lent 2017 Offerings - Navigating the New
The following classes are offered on March 5, 12, 26 and April 2 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Navigating our Christian Faith in the Public Square, the Rev. Dr. David Gortner – St. John’s Room
How are Christians called to be light in the world – even in challenging times? Finding a path between simplistic solutions of nice peacekeeping and loud finger-wagging, David Gortner carries us on an exploration of the Church's intentional, strategic impact in societies in Eastern Asia, Europe, and America. The stories will highlight the creative and powerful ways the Christians have crossed over boundaries to form relationships – all for the sake of addressing social problems and fostering wider social concern for the common good. We will begin to imagine and embrace a more vigorous, creative, “long-haul” approach to bringing our faith into the public square and seeking to make a difference in our society for the sake of the Gospel.
Navigating the Book of Ruth: “Your people shall be my people”: Lead by the Rev Noelle York-Simmons, Fowler House Conference Room
In this class we will spend four weeks carefully reading the book of Ruth from the Hebrew Bible. This short but powerful story shares themes about faithfulness and welcoming outsiders. Participants are welcome to bring their favorite Bible translations to use as comparison, but copies of scripture will also be provided.
Navigating Narnia - Fowler House
All families are invited to join in reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. You are welcome to participate in whatever way is most meaningful and manageable for your family:
1. Reading the book together as a family.
2. Making use of the optional discussion questions and activity guide.
3. Attending the adult book group, which will meet during Sunday School from March 5 - April 2. The group will be aimed at exploring the theological overtones of the book while helping prepare to better engage the text with our families.Resources will be available here on the Facebook page and there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion here as well.You can sign up here
The following Sunday forums are offered in the Meade Room from 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
March 5 - Navigating Technology: Coping with Digital Overload with Dr. Lisa Kimball
Technological innovation is an expression of human creativity. With the introduction of the Internet, explosion of social media, and the ubiquity of devices many of us feel overwhelmed. Healthy communication and interpersonal connection are vital dimensions of human development and spiritual formation. How can we be engaged in and remain responsive to the hyper-connected culture around us, and not burn out? How can technological tools be used in the service of meaningful, faithful lives rather than instruments of distraction or stress? Come hear about the possibilities in a digital rule of life!
March 12 - Navigating Difficult Dialogue: led Dr. Kevin York Simmons
In response to the awareness of division and polarization of our society, many have called for dialogue in order to understand the other. Meaningful dialogue, however, is far more complicated than we would like for it to be. Our capacity to have this kind of dialogue faces challenges arising from our own blindspots, stories, and worldviews. Lessons from inter-religious dialogue can assist us in our dialogue with the American “other.”
March 26 – Navigating the end? Planning Your Funeral with the Rev. Noelle York Simmons
Even though the fear of death may be very real, nothing will be able to separate us from God’s love. The funeral service, or the burial office, is intended to be a reminder of this promise. Your funeral is an opportunity for you to provide comfort to your friends and loved ones as well as to affirm the Church’s belief in the power of the resurrection.
April 2 – Estate Planning 101 Gant Redmon
Do you have your estate in order? As you think about the future, it is important to know what you need to assure the control of the distribution of your assets and your medical decisions. What you may learn from them could be a saving grace.
Saturday, April 1 - Lenten Quiet Day - Finding God in Your Body
Create in me a clean heart, O God. And renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51
In this time of uncertainty and instability, Lent is a season to look within, a time to remove the obstacles between us and God. Join the Rev. Ann Gillespie for a retreat day of her Finding God in Your Body class. Through a combination of yoga, meditation, journal reflection and body prayer, we will make more space in our bodies, minds, and hearts for the divine.
There will be two sessions from 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00 with a light lunch in between. All levels of physical ability are welcome, including those who have never tried yoga. Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in and bring a yoga mat and a journal to write in. Experience the presence and wisdom of God’s spirit in your body.
The Theological Themes of Star Wars
Region 4 Ecumenical Series
Our 2017 Ecumenical Lenten Series in Alexandria is exploring the theological themes embedded in the Star Wars series. Held on Wednesday evenings in Lent at different Alexandria churches, each evening will begin at 6:30 pm with a short worship service, a simple supper at 7:00 pm, and the program by the Rev. Greg Millikin from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. It is not required to have any previous Star Wars knowledge. Here’s a flyer for more info.