To be a Christian is a lifelong commitment. We are being sanctified wherein, by the work of the Holy Spirit, our minds, wills, and desires are progressively transformed and conformed to the character of Jesus Christ. What helps does the Church offer for our sanctification?
The Church's teaching, sacraments, liturgies, seasons, ministry, oversight, and fellowship assist my growth in Christ and are channels of God's abundant care for my soul. (Ephesians 4-6; Philippians 3; Colossians 3; Ascensiontide Collects)
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Christ Church seeks to join with the Holy Spirit in the work of sanctification in each individual's life. In this vein, we strive to help form individuals through our worship, fellowship, ministries, and teaching. We offer the following to aid in that formation:
Catechesis (from the Greek catecheo, meaning "instruction") is the Church's ministry of instructing Christians and those coming to faith for the first time in those truths by which Christians are called to live, as well as how to live by them. Catechesis is not primarily a Bible study - it is in-depth formation in:
The Creed (Faith)
The Lord's Prayer (Hope)
The Ten Commandments (Love)
Every Sunday at 9:45 a.m., we gather for Catechesis prior to our worship together. The adult course is a study of To Be a Christian: an Anglican Catechism. Concurrent to the adult course, our youth and children's catechists lead separate courses at the same time, forming them in the Creedal Faith, Prayer, the Liturgy, and the Scriptures.
The Catechesis course starts in August of each year and is how we:
Form non-Christians prior to Baptism.
Prepare parents who would like to have their children baptized.
Prepare new members for Confirmation and reception into the Anglican Church.
Disciple those seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
Make mature disciples.
Catechesis & Adult Education
Our purpose is to assist children and parents in a common religious experience in which the religious values of childhood, primarily those values of contemplation and enjoyment of God, are predominant. Christ Church offers catechesis classes for children 3-9 years old.
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Middle Grades, Junior High & High School Catechesis
The Middle Grades catechesis class is led by Thom and Lindsay Hunter. The goal of this class is to familiarize students with the narrative arc and themes of Scripture, and to build their confidence reading and asking questions of the Bible. During the Spring 2021 they will be picking up the Biblical narrative in 1 Samuel and placing particular emphasis on how Christ is everywhere in the pages of the Old Testament.
This class resumes February 7th and will meet at 9:45 am in the Fellowship Hall
Steve and Jean Watters lead the youth catechesis class at 9:45 am for students in 7-12 grades on Sunday mornings. The class meets in the choir room and draws from the book "Renovation of the Heart" by Dallas Willard. Students are encouraged to purchase their own copy and may do so online or by contacting the church office. This class resumes January 17th.
The youth group gathers together every other Sunday evening at 5 pm. This is an hour long meeting with discussion, games or outdoor activity, and prayer. Locations vary, please contact Brady Gibson for more information.
Adult education classes are made available for those individuals who have completed Fr Lee's catechesis. Resuming January 17th, Toby Coley will lead a class exploring C.S. Lewis's book "The Four Loves". C.S. Lewis’s book exploring four natural human loves is a modern classic beloved by many. His lucid prose and insightful examples reward readers time and again. Yet, while being immensely practical, this work also challenges readers. Join us as we unpack "The Four Loves" together—a journey through what Lewis calls “the whole Christian life in one particular relation.” But we won’t stop there! After Lewis’s explanations, he provides a masterful fiction—often acclaimed his best work—that embodies the ideas found in the "The Four Loves." That work is "Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold." We will follow the protagonist, Orual, as she seeks to overcome the challenges of living in and ruling a tiny barbaric kingdom on the edge of greater kingdoms, ever seeking to find her identity surrounded by competing systems of belief. You may well ask, “what’s love got to do with it?” That’s what we’ll uncover through catechesis this Spring, the core virtue of the Christian life, that which St. John tells us God is: love.
Waco Scriptorium is held on the first Wednesday of each month. The Waco Scriptorium is a community of work, study, and prayer founded upon similar models at Oxford, Cambridge, and St. Andrew's. Participants spend time in prayer and reflection, work and study, and times for shared tea, coffee, conversation, and a light lunch. Throughout the four sessions of the day, total silence is observed, allowing for work and study to be wedded to prayer and contemplation.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Coffee and introductions
8:30 a.m. First Session
10:00 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Second Session
12:00 noon Eucharist in the Nave
1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Third Session
3:00 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Fourth Session
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
During this time of global pandemic, we are convinced of Scriptorium’s usefulness to the Church and to the Lord’s Kingdom, providing space for Christians to consecrate their work to the Lord. No reservation or fee required.
Social distancing and hand washing will be observed. With our ability to spread out sufficiently, masks will not be required when seated.
A monthly gathering of graduate students and families, this gathering is dedicated to the cultivation of Christian scholars through conversation, fellowship & reflection. Once a year, we also invite a scholar whose writing and teaching we take to embody the intellectual and pedagogical virtues we value to give a talk for our community and the public.
In the spring semester, we may go down to Cedarbrake Retreat Center in Temple for two days and one night, in order to pray and worship together, spend time in silence, rest, have discussions, eat together, and enjoy each other’s company.
All these events are for both graduate students and their spouses. We are very intentional about making these activities a space for the whole family, and we greatly value the contribution non-student spouses bring to the group and the richness they add to our conversations together. Childcare is provided for our monthly gatherings.
Spiritual Direction is a historic practice of the church. It involves prayerfully discerning the voice of the Holy Spirit, and seeking to cooperate with the Spirit’s work in our lives. Spiritual Direction is appropriate for all those who are not fully satisfied with their current relationship with God, who seek to know God’s presence in daily life, and who desire to receive and respond to Christ’s love. It is also valuable for those who want guidance in cultivating the spiritual disciplines or developing a rule of life. The goal of spiritual direction is the Lord Jesus himself, and growth toward Christian maturity in Him.
Christ Church is committed to the building up of the women of our parish in prayer, study, service and fellowship to further equip them to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ and all others in their daily lives. This has included prayer retreats, spiritual direction (individual and groups), book studies, ladies’ nights out, and service projects among other gatherings.
We engage with the arts and artists in our parish and city, celebrating beauty that proclaims the manifold truth of God’s goodness through things like monthly film screenings and creating art for our spaces (altar piece, children's murals, stations of the cross, etc.) among others.
Brazos Fellows is a nine-month fellowship for college graduates and others considering future work in the academy, church, or other areas of ministry and service. Through a unique combination of theological training, spiritual disciplines, vocational discernment, and shared life, fellows gear up for future study, work, and ministry. Learn more here.