St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Sunday, March 01, 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.

Winter Covenant Period: Week of January 12 through Week of March 16

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. 

Chair Yoga, 11 a.m., led by Celine Burn, begins January 12 
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. The class will be free of charge during the month of January; after that, a donation of $10 per class is suggested. 
Mindful Yoga, 6:30 p.m., led by JoAnn Bibb DeForge; includes standing postures and sun salutations along with easy stretching movements performed on the floor. Beginners welcome (suggested donation: $10)
Become Like Children: Instructive Fiction, 6:30 p.m., led by Bruce Birdsey | REGISTER HERE | Begins January 12

“Unless you change your ways and become like children, you’ll never get it” is a colloquial rendering of Jesus’ admonition to his disciples.  Artists can sometimes drive the point home more vividly than preachers or theologians.  We’ll read and discuss a number of short stories showing children – and some adults – getting it. From Flannery O'Connor to John Hersey, St. Francis of Assisi to Vladimir Nabakov, we’ll read a wide range of writers as we examine humor, irony, imagination, death, and more.


Contemplative Prayer, 8:45 a.m, led by Millie Cain YR
Into Stillness, 6 p.m. (beginners) and 7:30 (continuing students), led by Jo Ann Bibb Deforge (suggested donation for 5-week course is $45; you may pay more or less as you are able; please bring donation [cash or check] to first class) * New session begins March 3. 
Chi Kung, 6 p.m., taught by Ryan Duffy YR (suggested donation: $10)
Healing Prayer Ministry, 6:30-8 p.m., led by Catherine Whitham | January 12, 19, 27 and February 2* 
This workshop is open to all and will cover the way the healing prayer ministry fits into the life of St. Stephen's, as well as experiential learning about centering prayer, the lectio divina process, and hands-on healing prayer. 
Mindful Yoga, 9:30 a.m., taught by JoAnn Bibb DeForge (suggested donation: $10) YR
Mothers Bible Study, 9:30 a.m., convened by Tara Matthews
St. Stephen's Book Group, 10:30 a.m., led by Wilda Ferguson; next book will be Convictions: How I Learned What Mattered Most *
Mothers Study Group: The Story, 4-5:30 p.m., led by Greta Kidd
Prayer Shawl Knitting Group, 6:30 p.m. 
Food Rules, 6:30 p.m., led by Nurse Practictioners Cherry Jones and Dale Purrington* | 8 weeks beginning January 14, 2015 | REGISTER HERE
This class is inspired by Michael Pollan's book, Food Rules; Participants will learn how dramatically the modern Western diet has changed and how our choices in what we eat can have consequences for our long term health as well as consequences for the environment in which we live. The class builds on the assumption that caring for our bodies is inextricably linked to caring for our souls and minds, and the goal is to give participants the tools and information they need to make healthy and life-giving choices. 


Thursday Bible Study, 10:30 a.m., led by Gene LeCouteur YR

Contemplative Prayer, 7 p.m., led by Sam Davis and Diane Wilson, YR
Mere Christianity, 6:30 p.m., led by Bob Dibble; begins January 15 | REGISTER HERE

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis is possibly Lewis’ most frequently read work, and was originally given as a series of broadcast talks during the Second World War. The transcripts of the broadcasts originally appeared in print as three separate pamphlets: The Case for Christianity (1942), Christian Behavior (1943), and Beyond Personality (1944). Today, Mere Christianity  is considered a classic of Christian apologetics. An eight-week adult study group, will be offered as part of St. Stephen’s year-long emphasis on the foundations of our faith.Together we will explore for the first time—or revisit again—the central issues of Christianity. Over half a century after the original lectures, Mere Christianity retains it urgency. C.S. Lewis never flinches as he sets out a rational basis for Christianity and builds an edifice of compassionate morality atop this foundation. He argues for a Christianity that is not a religion of flitting angels and blind faith, but of free will, and an innate sense of justice and the grace of God. Come and see if you agree. 



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

Inquirers Class, 10:10 a.m., beginning January 25 * REGISTER by sending an email to Janet Allen


A group will also meet to discuss Kathleen Dowling Singh's book, The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older, in anticipation of her January 24 visit to St. Stephen's. The meeting time and day are TBA. 


* Sign-up encouraged | YR: year-round