ENGAGE IN FAITH
Engage the Mind
Sabbath Series: "24/6" by Dr. Andrew Sleeth Sabbath is about restraint, about intentionally not doing everything all the time just because we can. Setting aside a day of rest helps us reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God that passes all understanding. The Sabbath is about letting go of the controls one day a week and letting God be God. So how do we do it? In 24/6, Dr. Matthew Sleeth describes our symptoms, clarifies the signs, diagnoses the illness, and lays out a simple plan for living a healthier, more God-centered life in a digitally-dazed, always-on world. Sleeth shares how his own family was dramatically transformed when it adopted Sabbath practices and helps readers better understand how their own lives can be transformed – physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually – by adopting the 24/6 lifestyle.Join in discussing a variety of topics to help people grow in their knowledge and love of the lord. Every Sunday the topic is new so please join us any time. Contact: Fr. Brad Smith
THEOLOGICAL SCHOLARS SERIES:
An opportunity to hear the church's most respected scholars on a variety of topics pertinent to our faith. (1st Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm, Parish Hall)
Sep. 14 — "Why and How Paul Invented ‘Christian Theology’” (Duke Divinity School — The Rt. Rev. N.T. Wright, Professor of New Testament and early Christianity, The University of St. Andrews in Scotland)
Oct. 5 — “The Global Resurgence of Religion and How We Missed It” (Yale Divinity School — Monica Toft, scholar of international politics, Tufts University)
Nov. 2 — “Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Truth and Politics” (Univ. of California, San Diego — Stanley Hauerwas, Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School)
Dec. 7 — “Christ in the Early Christian Tradition: Christ Come in the Flesh” (Yale Divinity School — Bart Ehrman, Dept. of Religious Studies, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
"From Deconstruction to Reconstruction"
Sept. 24 (10:00-3:00) The Role of Prayer The Rev. Rhonda Lee The Rev. Rhonda Lee, PhD as she walks with us in an in-depth exploration of our Christian lives concerning "The Role of Prayer" (based on her latest book, "Seek and You Will Find: Discovering a Practice of Prayer"). There’s much more to it than we may realize or practice. The opportunities to learn from her and have our times with God enriched are abundant! Rhonda’s book will be available for sale ($15.00). The registration cost is $10.00. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 9/21 This will include lunch (vegetarian and gluten free will be available). Spread the word far and wide. All are welcome!
Nov. 5 (10:00-3:00) The Old Testament with Rabbi Raachel Jurovics
Monday Morning Bible Study (7:30-8:00, 204/05 & Zoom) Bo Proctor - This occasion is preceded by the Daily Office of Morning Prayer, 7:00-7:30 in 204/05 & Zoom) CLICK HERE to go to the Zoom Button on this website.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study (Women's Bible Study, 10:30-11:30am, Choir Room) Debby Carlson
Wednesday Bible Study (LIFT - Learning in Faith Together, 11:00-12:30pm, Zoom) Laura McGinley - LIFT invites all who enjoy sharing different viewpoints, want to pray together and seek faithful engagement with others in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Contact Laura McGinley for the Zoom link.
Engage the Spirit
Tuesdays (10:30-12:00pm, 312, Kathy Petrie)
Thursdays (3:30-5:00pm, Chapel, Fr. Brad Smith)
Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ. St. John’s frequently hosts Centering Prayer workshops, follow-up sessions, and retreats. Contact Fr. Brad Smith
Thursday (9:00-10:00am, Zoom, Fr. Brad Smith)
"Divine reading," is an ancient practice of praying the Scriptures. During Lectio Divina, the practitioner listens to the text of the Bible with the "ear of the heart," as if he or she is in conversation with God, and God is suggesting the topics for discussion. The method of Lectio Divina includes moments of reading (lectio), reflecting on (meditatio), responding to (oratio) and resting in (contemplatio) the Word of God with the aim of nourishing and deepening one's relationship with the Divine. This is a ZOOM program. Contact Fr. Brad for an introduction and for the zoom link.
Labyrinth (Tilson Hall): The labyrinth is a walking meditation, a path of prayer and an archetypal blueprint where psyche meets Spirit. It is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way; quieting the mind, opening the heart, and grounding the body. Some find answers to questions long asked, some find healing, creativity, a sense of wholeness. What will you find on your labyrinth journey? Questions, contact Toni Robinson
Sept 21 (4:30-8:30)
Oct. 19 (2:30-8:30)
Nov. 16 (2:30-8:30)
Wednesdays in Advent: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 (all 2:30-7:30)
Evening Prayer & Rosary Group:
Thursday, 5:45-6:30pm, Chapel
Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer as well as the Anglican Rosary. Visitors and new members are always welcome. No previous experience with the Rosary is necessary. Rosary beads, booklets of prayers and instructions are available for anyone who wishes to attend. The purpose of holding beads during prayer is to help an individual to focus, to become calm and to feel comfort. A collection of prayers, written intentionally for using the Anglican rosary pattern, keeps the group reading together as we pray. The Anglican Rosary (also called Episcopal, Protestant) is a blend of the traditional Roman Catholic Rosary and the Orthodox Jesus Prayer Rope. It was developed during the 1980’s as a focus for contemplative prayer and meditation. Contact: Jane Williams
Daughters of the King (DOK):
The Order of the Daughters of the King is an order of women who have taken life vows of prayer, service, and evangelism. Part of the ministry of this Order is devotion to regular prayer on behalf of the parish. The St. Mary Magdalene Chapter of the Daughters of the King, chartered here at St. John’s, has taken on a practice of meeting monthly to pray for the concerns of the parish. The Daughters of the KingTM have also committed to praying daily and confidentially for concerns submitted for intercessory prayer. Contact: Nancy Nye
Engage the Body
Thursday, 10:00-11:00am, Parish Hall
This class is designed for beginners or those who want a fresh start. God made human beings from the earth in his image, breathing his life into us. Our class takes us back to our beginning to be grounded. The breath is the bridge between the mind and the body. The body is the temple for our spirit. These two connections take us into our practice. CLICK HERE for more information.
Contact: Nancy Armstrong.
St. John's Fly Fishers:
Meetings, 3rd Monday/month 6:30-8:00, 201)
Enjoying connection with the Divine majesty of nature, the St. John’s Fly Fishers serve Christ and further the Kingdom through a welcoming community of adult women and men (16 years or older) who share a passion for fly fishing. We host clinics, instructional classes like fly tying, and of course head to the mountain streams, whether its lodging or camping. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Contact: Craig Murden or Fr. Brad Smith
Tuesday, 6:00-7:00pm, Tilson Hall
$15.00/person/class (cash) due at the door
St. John's welcomes Sifu David Block (of "The Phoenix and Dragon Tai Chi & Kung Fu School"). Tai Chi is a martial art and also a form of “moving meditation” that calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Much of Tai Chi is practiced slowly and gently, and is ideal for people of all ages and health conditions. All are welcome.
Contact Fr. Brad Smith
Golf Fellowship: Attention all women and men! Want to have fun with fellow members of St. John’s who share your passion for golf? This is the opportunity for you! CLICK HERE to sign up for this exciting fellowship which will include opportunities for 9 hole, 18 hole, weekday/weekend, and even occasional overnighters throughout the year at beautiful courses in our region.
Contact: Roddey Player
A 10 Week Course
Sacred Ground is a part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love. For more information contact Jackie John or Lauren Phillips
The Way Forward:
This ministry seeks to provide the parish with opportunities to fulfill the mission of the church, by engaging in conversations on a variety of social topics that lead to action, ultimately bringing us more closely together as a parish, and a broader Charlotte community. CLICK HERE for more information.
The Way Forward Speaker Series
This series offers a variety of speakers that are open to the public. Check the church eblast for more information.
Engage the World