St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Friday, September 04, 2015
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Small Groups, Classes and Bible Study

All Christians need the support, accountability, and prayer that come from belonging to a small group of spiritual companions. At St. Stephen’s, we offer a wide variety of small groups, classes and Bible studies. Some groups meet year-round, some for 10-week "covenant periods," some for other periods of time.
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.

Most of the groups listed here do not require registration and are free. If registration is expected, there will be mention of it with the description. If a donation is suggested, it is noted with the class. Groups that meet year-round are indicated by YR. 
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training | July 27-31, August 3-8
These workshops are for adults who want to go deeper in their spiritual lives about what it means to "be like little children." Some will decide to serve as "catechists" (guides) for the young children who participate in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd offering on Sunday mornings. Others may not -- but all are welcome and all will benefit. 
Icon Writing Workshop | August 2-7, taught by Suzanne Schleck
NOTE: the workshop is full; if you would like to be added to a waiting list, please call the parish office.  
Chair Yoga, 11 a.m., led by Celine Burn 
Chair yoga is a safe and supportive style of gentle yoga that allows individuals to engage in flexibility exercises as well as balance and coordination moves. Celine Burn is a group exercise instructor certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America who specializes in teaching seniors chair yoga through the Silver Sneakers certification program. This class is open to all ages and is ideal for those who would like to improve and maintain their wellness as they age. A donation of $10 per class is suggested. 
Contemplative Prayer, 8:45 a.m in the Lounge, led by Millie Cain YR
"Silence is God's first language. Words are a poor translation." - Father Thomas Keating
We gather to sit together in silence. We have a short walking meditation and then a contemplative dialogue. We close with silence. 
Chi Kung, 6-7:30 p.m. in Room 18, taught by Ryan Duffy YR (suggested donation: $10)
Mindful Yoga, 9:30 a.m., taught by JoAnn Bibb DeForge YR
Includes standing postures and sun salutations along with easy stretching movements performed on the floor. Beginners welcome (suggested donation: $10)
Journey to Joy, 6:30-8 p.m.| June 3, 10, and 17
Life Coach Samantha McGraw will repeat her class "Journey to Joy" on three Wednesdays this summer. The class will help participants learn how thoughts and feelings can keep us "stuck," and how to change them; to create a life full of energy, great health and well-being; to set goals and create a plan for achieving them; how to create a tangible shift in mindset, behavior and actions, release negative thoughts, feelings or conversations that are blocking your path, and learn how to maintain peace of mind. There is no charge for this class. You may sign up at the sign-ups table outside the Large Fellowship Hall. 

Thursday Bible Study, 10:30 a.m. in the Vestry Room; led by parish staff YR
This weekly group, open to all, focuses on specific books of the Bible. 

Second Saturdays Centering Prayer (second Saturday of the month), 9-11 a.m. YR

* Sign-up encouraged | YR: year-round