St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
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Small Groups, Classes and Bible Study

HOLY WEEK GROUP SCHEDULE
Many Emmaus Groups, Bible study groups and classes choose not to meet during Holy Week. Here is the most up-to-date information we have about what groups plan to do this week. If a group is not listed, it means we have not yet heard from the group leader. If you have any questions about your group, please contact your group leader/convener.
 
Meeting during Holy Week
Monday, Monday led by Jan Price and Robyn Kay Monday 9:30 a.m. in the library
30s and 40s Women led by Emily Keith Monday 6:30 p.m. Lounge
Young Adult Bible study group Monday 6:30 p.m. (offsite)
Contemplative Prayer led by Millie Cain 8:45 a.m. Tuesday
Into Stillness meditation class led by JoAnn DeForge--two sections on Tuesday in Room 14
Tai Chi with Ryan 6 p.m. Tuesday
Life of the Beloved led by Millie Cain and Gene LeCouteur 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
EfM led by Richard Clary 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Emmaus Group led by Lynn Ivey and John Purcell 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday (meeting offsite)
Celtic Spirituality (meets Wednesday this week instead of Tuesday)
Disciple Bible Study led by Karen Orville and Gene LeCouteur 6:00 p.m., vestry room (note earlier time)
Thursday Bible Study led by Gene LeCouteur 10:30 a.m., vestry room
Yoga led by Claire Forsyth, Thursday at 5 p.m. (note earlier time--this week only--so that students can attend Maundy Thursday service)
Morning men’s groups
  
Not meeting during Holy Week
Emmaus group led by Keith Dull 6 p.m. on Tuesday
Mothers Bible Study led by Mollie Mitchell 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday
Emmaus Group led by Richard Kay 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday
Emmaus Group led by Meg Tucker and Cabell Chenault 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday
Poetry Emmaus Group led by Emily Krudys 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Prayer Shawl led by Ann Satterfield 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Inquirers Class led by Gary Jones 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Talking God on Fridays led by Karen Wise 9:30 a.m. Friday
 
SMALL GROUPS AT ST. STEPHEN'S
 
All Christians need the support, accountability, and prayer that come from belonging to a small group of spiritual companions. At St. Stephen’s, there is a wide variety of small groups, classes and Bible studies offered. Some groups meet year-round, some for 10-week "covenant periods." Covenant Periods for the current program year are listed below. Also listed on this page are groups meeting during the Spring Covenant Period, organized by day of the week.
 
If you have questions about small groups at St. Stephen's, please contact Gene LeCouteur.
 
If you want to learn about Emmaus Groups, a particular kind of small group, please follow this link.
 
Fall Covenant Period: week of September 23 through week of December 2, 2013
Winter Covenant Period: week of January 13 through week of March 10, 2014
Spring Covenant period: week of March 24 through week of May 26, 2014
 
Integrative Health Coaching
New group led by Pam Stacey, RN
Monday nights, 6:30-8:00 p.m., March 24 through May 19 (no class April 14)
Integrative health coaching is a holistic, person-centered approach to learn how to create a balanced lifestyle. The class will focus on developing your own vision of health.
 
Integrative Health Coaching is a holistic, person-centered approach for creating a balanced life according to Duke University's Wheel of Health. The seven core values that we will cover are:
Movement, Exercise, Rest
Nutrition
Personal/Professional Development
Physical Environment
Relationships/Communication
Spirituality
The core of the Wheel of Health is Mindful Awareness which we will address with each value.
 
Each week we will explore one of the seven values and individually assess your current state within each value as well as your desired goal for each one. The course will include group interaction, handouts and resources on each value, as well as speakers on various values.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Pam Stacey at pamela.stacey@gmail.com.
 
Illustration copyright Duke University
 
Living Wholeheartedly: The Life of the Beloved
New group led by Millie Cain and Gene LeCouteur
Tuesday nights, 6:30-8:00 p.m., March 24 through May 26
 
Using Henri Nouwen’s classic work, Living the Life of the Beloved, along with Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, and others, such as Anne Lamott and Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE, we will explore our true nature as the Beloved and the obstacles that keep us from fully living this truth in our daily lives. This class will be mostly experiential, rather than intellectual, inviting us to be fully present and make a safe space in which we can explore our vulnerability, as we wish. Sign-up will be at the sign-up table outside the Large Fellowship Hall.
 
 
Coming this summer: a week-long icon-writing workshop. Read more and make your reservation HERE.
 
GROUPS LISTED BY DAY OF THE WEEK
 
There is no cost for groups unless specified otherwise. 
 
SUNDAY
Inquirers Class, 10:10 a.m.; details are here.
 
MONDAY
Tai Chi, 10 a.m.
Led by Ryan Duffy

This class consists of Tai Chi exercises and integrates Chi Kung practices. Read more here. No registration necessary; drop-ins welcome.
 
Suggested donation: $10 per class.
 
TUESDAY
Contemplative Prayer, 8:45 a.m.
Led by Millie Cain
 
This group gathers to sit together in silence, has a short walking meditation and then a contemplative dialogue. They close with silence.
 
Into Stillness: Mindfulness Meditation  | Two sections beginning March 25, 2014
Taught by Jo Ann Bibb Deforge
 
For those who are new to meditation: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m.
Mindfulness meditation is valuable for those who are looking for new ways of dealing with stress, using Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a proven method for reducing stress. In addition, learning to be still and present is a key component of wellness and growth in the spiritual life.
 
For those who have had some previous introduction to meditation: Tuesdays, 6 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Boost your practice and affirm the use of mindfulness in all aspects of our lives.
 
The suggested donation is $45 for the five-week course; you are welcome to donate more or less, as you are able. Advance registration is requested; you may sign up at the sign-up table outside the Large Fellowship Hall.
 
T'ai Chi and Chi Kung, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Led by Ryan Duffy
 
This class consists of Tai Chi exercises and integrates Chi Kung practices. Read more here. No registration necessary; drop-ins welcome. 
 
Suggested donation: $10 per class
 
WEDNESDAY
Mothers Bible Study
, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Each Wednesday morning, mothers gather in the Library to discuss the Gospel for the coming week, or to focus on a book the group selects (such as Anne Lamott's Help. Thanks. Wow.) Registration is not required, but if you would like child care, please contact Mollie Mitchell in advance.
 
Greek Bible Study, 4:45 p.m.
This group translates and discusses the upcoming Sunday’s scripture lessons.  For those new to Greek, both beginning and intermediate grammar/vocabulary lessons are offered beforehand from 4:00 until 4:45 p.m.
 
Disciple Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Led by Gene LeCouteur and Karen Orville

Disciple Bible Study is a 34-week class that meets Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., to systematically explore the entire Bible and how it calls us to discipleship.
 
 
THURSDAY 
Bible Study, 10:30 a.m.
Clergy and lay staff lead this Bible study group each week. Drop-in's and new participants are welcome at any point.
 
During the Winter Covenant Period, Gene LeCouteur is leading this group in an exploration of the history of the Episcopal Church, using Cathedral Films' The Story of the Episcopal Church and the Story of Anglicanism.
 
Yoga, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Room 18
Led by Claire Forsythe
Please wear exercise, yoga or other loose-fitting clothing, and bring a mat. All other props will be provided. This class is suitable for all ages and levels of experience (including beginners).
 
Suggested donation: $10 per class
 
SATURDAY
Dream Group: First Saturday of each month, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Throughout the Bible, God speaks to people in dreams. Do you awaken after having a vivid dream and wonder what it might mean? When you read about a dream in the Bible and ponder what God is telling the dreamer, do you wonder if we are hearing messages from the Holy in our dreams? 
 
Dream groups are those who want to explore how God may be speaking to use through our dreams. Such groups are sacred and safe places for participants to deepen their understanding of themselves and their communication with the Holy. Wilda Ferguson, a trained facilitator and graduate of the Haden Institute, leads the group.
 
This group will meet on the first Saturday of each month, 9:30-11:30 a.m. The current section is full, but a new section will begin in the fall. 

 
Second Saturday Centering Prayer
Second Saturday of the month, 9 - 11 a.m.
Year-round offering
Led by Henry Burke
 
Centering prayer and teaching. Read more here. No sign-up required. Drop-ins welcome.