Adult Spiritual Groups & Programs ~ Fall, 2016
The adult spiritual groups and programs at St. Timothy’s offer opportunities to connect our inner spiritual lives and experiences in church to our daily lives, human needs, and challenges. They offer opportunities to feel more deeply connected with God and one another and to come to feel the Truth of our God-given identity—that we really are beloved—no exceptions. For information about Adult Spiritual Groups and Programs, contact Patricia Rose , Director of Spiritual Renewal Programs.
Praying together is like drinking from the deep, life-giving well of God: an oasis from which we emerge refreshed and recharged. We become aware of out deepest thirst and feel it quenched . Often in group prayer, we feel God’s presence and peace more easily and powerfully. We experience our shared humanity and the sweetness of that connection. Members of the Men’s Contemplative Prayer Group have commented what a huge difference it makes to simply sit together once a week in the stillness and beauty of the early morning church and then gather briefly with their brothers afterwards.
The Men’s Contemplative Prayer Group has been gathering for about 15 years. A Women’s Contemplative Prayer Group is newly forming this year and will follow a similar model as the men have been following. Both groups will gather at the church at 7 am every Tuesday, the men in the nave and the women in Room 6 in our lower level, then enjoy coffee and reflection after 25 minutes of prayer.
Men’s Contemplative Prayer Group
Tuesdays, 7 – 8 am
church and parlor/library
This group supports a commitment to a daily practice of contemplative prayer. The group meets weekly to pray and reflect on their spiritual journeys. New members are always welcome.
February 28—April 11, the Men’s Contemplative Prayer Group will be exploring different styles of contemplative prayer. The Rector will begin the morning by introducing a particular form of prayer: adoration of the blessed sacrament, lectio divina, centering prayer, and The Way of the Cross. The group will then spend 20—30 minutes practicing this form of prayer, and the meeting will end with 20 minutes of reflection on the experience of prayer. If you are interested, just show up on any or all of the Tuesdays, 7:00 am in the Parlor. If you have questions, contact Roger Greene.
Women’s Contemplative Prayer Group, Tuesdays beginning September 27
7 – 8 am, Room 6
Women are invited to explore a commitment to daily prayer and meet weekly for 30 minutes of silent prayer followed by coffee and reflection on their prayer experiences and spiritual journeys. Contact Patricia Rose.
Noonday Prayer, Monday - Friday, 12 - 12:15, church
Come join us in the church for 10 minutes of stillness followed by 5 minutes of readings and prayer. Not in the neighborhood? Find a quiet spot and enjoy the refreshing practice from wherever you are. Copies of “Morning, Noon, and Night Prayers” are available on the Gathering Space counter, or noonday prayers are on pages 103 and 138 of the Book of Common Prayer.
A covenant group is a small group that commits to meet for a certain period of time to connect more deeply with God and one another and to learn and grow spiritually. A covenant group provides a safe, sacred, committed space for listening and sharing. There are currently 3 covenant groups at St. Timothy’s.
Everyday Spirituality: First Mondays of the month beginning October 3,
6:30-8 pm, parlor/library
This group of women (limit of 15) meets for connection, dessert, and reflection on books selected for the year. This year’s book is Crazy Christians, A Call to Follow Jesus by the Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. All women are welcome! For information, please contact Debby Corotis (231-9585) or Linda Light (752-7853)
Mothering Covenant Group: Fourth Tuesdays of the month beginning September 27
7:30-9 pm, meets at the Cherry Grove Starbucks
This group of moms meets every fourth Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the Starbucks at Beechmont and Hamblen (across from Cherry Grove Plaza). Each month, the group reads a book, then meets to discuss it along with current parenting successes and struggles. Current participants include mothers with children of ages newborn through high school. New members are always welcome! Please come for the friendship even if you can’t commit to finishing the book. The group takes busier months for moms (such as December) off from a book. The first meeting’s discussion will be about Interrupted, by Jen Hatmaker. Next up for October 25 will be: Am I Messing Up My Kids? and Other Questions Every Mom Asks by Lysa TerKeurst. If you would like more information or plan to come, please email Renee Brown so the group will know to look for you.
Women on the Journey
9:30 - 11:15 am, parlor/library
This group of women gathers weekly for prayer and lively discussion inspired by a book and scripture. The group meets September through May with a break between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Led by Patricia Rose.
Groups for Learning, Growing, and Connecting
The Forum, Sundays, 10-11 am, Parish Hall
On various Sundays, a forum for fellowship and learning is offered between the 9 and 11:15 services. The Forum may include speakers, videos, fellowship games such as Family Feud just for fun, and more. Watch Sunday's bulletin for details and please join us! For more information, contact Alex Martin or Patricia Rose.
Scripture Study, Thursdays, 9:30 - 11 am, room 6
This group meets for a lively study and discussion of Bible readings that will be read on the upcoming Sunday. The discussion focuses on how the readings connect to our lives today as individuals, members of a community, and part of a larger society. Led by Roger Greene.
Invitation to Inquiry (i2i)
This group offers an opportunity to explore the basics of the Episcopal faith and traditions and how those relate to our real life challenges, needs, and spiritual journey. It is designed especially for newcomers but will be of interest to anyone. A new group is formed once or twice a year and meets four times for Eucharist, a meal, and discussion on particular topics. For general information about this program, click here. Led by Alex Martin and Patricia Rose.
racial unity and healing
“Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” (Baptismal Covenant, Book of Common Prayer, p. 305)
The Episcopal Church is committed to working for justice in our world for all people, including justice for all races. It is the work of love Christ called us to and a commitment we affirm in our baptismal vows. Recent events have made the profound need for healing, justice, and unity across diverse groups ever more painfully clear. It is one of the most significant works we are called to as a faith community. In the coming months we will be letting you know about various programs, resources, and opportunities both in the community and at St. Timothy’s to support this work of Love. If you are interested in being involved in this effort at St. Timothy’s, please contact Patricia Rose.
Local Group: Anderson Churches for Racial Unity is a group of churches in Anderson along with members of GAPP (Greater Anderson Promotes Peace) who seek to raise awareness and promote and build relationships, partnerships,, and community. For more information, contact Patricia Rose.