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)
To Be A Christian, An Anglican Catechism question 343
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 nursery care for children ages 6 mo to 3 years old and catechesis for children 3-10 years old.
View this week's children's catechesis lesson:
Junior High & High School Catechesis
The Junior High catechesis class is led by Thom and Lindsay Hunter and is an insightful, discussion-based walk through the Bible. Junior High catechesis continues remotely throughout the COVID-19 shutdown using Zoom video meetings held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. Please email Thom for the meeting ID number if you would like to participate.
The High School class is for the catechized youth of Christ Church who are looking for the next steps before college. The class is often formatted in a discussion based way or lecture and then questions. Once high schoolers have been catechized and confirmed, they are given a place to apply what they have learned to current events, day to day struggles, practices, and outlook on life. This is achieved by bringing in guest speakers from the Christ Church community to better equip the youth in applying their catechesis knowledge to these situations.
Adult education classes are made available for those individuals who have completed catechesis in the church. Recent topics have explored Anglican spirituality, Christian theology, the Psalms, and the works of C.S. Lewis, Flannery O’Conner and G.K. Chesterton.
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 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.
The ladies of Christ Church are currently walking through the book of Ephesians. The study will go from May 20 - July 1 on Wednesday nights, 7:45 - 9:00 pm, via Zoom. Please email Luann Jennings for the Zoom meeting link, feel free to join us any week.
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.