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Bible Studies & Small Groups

New Small Group Opportunities:

Parent Small Group

Parenting an adolescent/teen is both a gift and a challenge, and no one does it alone. This small group provides opportunity for parents of 6-12 graders to enjoy each other’s company, share their celebrations and concerns, get to know each other better, and support each other.

The Next Chapter: A Small Group For Parents of Adults

While graduation is nowhere near the end of the parent journey, there is often little support for parents, in the church or elsewhere, once their children have passed this threshold. The Next Chapter seeks to fill that gap by encouraging parents of graduates to connect, get to know each other, share their celebrations and concerns, and support each other through the many incredible stages of life that are yet to come.

Contact, Mike Peterson, Family and Youth Minister to learn more about these opportunities

Centering Prayer

The Centering Prayer Group celebrated its fifteenth anniversary in the fall of 2020. The group meets every Tuesday from 5:00 – 6:30 PM and is open to the community. Each gathering includes a check-in, quiet prayer and teaching. Contact Pat Moore or Watson Bowes for more information.

The Wednesday Women’s Bible Study

The Wednesday Women’s Bible Study meets weekly at 9:00 AM with some participants joining in person and others joining by Zoom. Members discusses the upcoming Sunday Lectionary readings alongside other resources (various books, poetry and art). “Homework” is encouraged but not required. New members are welcome anytime. Contact Boykin Bell for more information.

The Thursday Women’s Bible Study

Leadership is shared amongst participants in this group that meets weekly (in person and on Zoom using a hybrid classroom) at 9:30 AM. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Contact Boykin Bell for more information.

Men’s Thursday Morning Breakfast and Bible Study

This group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month for breakfast and a study of the upcoming Sunday Gospel. Contact Russ Cole, (919) 698-0590.

Book Groups and Special Topics

The Chapel of the Cross hosts book groups (some meeting just once, others meeting for multiple weeks) based on current events and parish interests. To learn about our latest offerings, see this season’s Adult Formation brochure or contact Boykin Bell. Recent groups have discussed Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, shared favorite poetry and experienced the film-based dialogue series, Sacred Ground.

This fall we are offering a systematic review of the Hebrew Bible from a Jewish perspective. The worship services of the Episcopal Church frequently include passages from the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament).  Often times, these readings seem obscure and we wonder what it has to do with Jesus and the Good News.  That said, it is clear that Jesus was Jewish and his teachings were in fact based on the Hebrew Bible as he knew it.  Perhaps, if we understood the Hebrew Bible more completely, we might be able to better understand the life and ministry of Jesus.  The course will consist of 28 weekly Zoom sessions, each lasting 90 minutes.  Each session will include a facilitated discussion of assigned readings.  Assignments will consist of viewing a short video, reading the assigned book in the Hebrew Bible, and reading and two or three handouts per session.  An estimated 1-3 hours of preparation are required. There are no books to purchase or fees.  The only “cost” is a commitment to attend and participate in each session.  The discussion group is scheduled to start at 10 am on Tuesday September 14th. This class is full.

For questions, please contact Boykin Bell.