Adult Learning

Wednesday Bible Study 

Members gather on Wednesdays in the library to study the Bible and reflect on their own experience of God in their lives. Rev. Suzanne leads the group in a greater understanding of scripture. We are a sharing, supportive, and caring group and encourage others to join us at 10 a.m. in the church library. We are currently beginning a year-long study based on "The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People." We break in time for the 11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer service.

Friday Morning Bible Study

All are welcome to join a breakfast Bible Study group that will meet every other Friday morning at the Westford Regency at 8 AM.  This group is open to men and women.  The format will be to read and reflect on the lessons for the coming Sunday.The first meeting will be on October 20.  If you would like further information or if you would like to be on the email announcement list and receive announcements of meetings along with a copy of the readings, please contact Herb Elliott 978-692-4959 or herb.elliott@cheza.com.  

2017 Current Programs

God’s Story, Our Story

As people of the Bible, we share a wealth of stories and traditions that have helped connect us for thousands of years. As Christians in a rapidly changing world, however, it's easy for us to lose hold of the importance of these stories. As Rev. Suzanne prepares for her sabbatical, when she will explore contemporary tellings of Biblical stories, we have decided to join her in reclaiming these stories and the values they hold as a church family.


Together we will look at the ancient stories, understand their historical context, glean their important truths, and learn from each other. Our program is meant to encourage individuals to grow into a greater of understanding of the Bible and the traditions that have been

passed down to us. We will be using a variety of tools, such as books, art, movies, guest speakers and group discussions to teach and inspire. By looking at these stories with different media, we hope to create an atmosphere that encourages those with limited knowledge of the stories to learn more without feeling intimidated, while also helping those with more in-depth knowledge to delve deeper into the meaning of story and what it means to their own faith.



Dec. 3-Jan. 7: The Stories of Christmas
As we move into Advent, we will spend some time listening to and reflecting on the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus. Although we sometimes tell these stories as though they are a single narrative, the gospels of Matthew and Luke — the only two gospels that tell of the birth of Jesus — each tell distinctive and unique stories about the origins of our Savior. In Matthew’s gospel, the fulfillment of the words of Scripture is highlighted, as the evangelist gives us a glimpse of Joseph’s reaction to the news that Mary is pregnant, an account of the visit of the Wise Men after the birth, and a story of devastating violence that forces the Holy Family to flee to Egypt.  In Luke’s gospel, the voices of Mary and her cousin, Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, are raised in praise and wonder and angels make frequent appearances to unlikely people as the good news of Jesus’s birth spreads far and wide.

Sundays in Advent: Women’s Voices: An invitation to reflection and prayer. Look for the four paintings/prints of Mary and other women encountered in the birth narratives on the walls of the sanctuary, along with cards with meditations and prayers for each station. The meditation space will be open after worship until noon and 4-5 p.m. before Compline on Sunday Dec. 10, 17, and 24 and on Wednesday mornings.

Jan. 7: The Adoration of the Magi. Join Rev. Suzanne after worship at 11:30 a.m. for an exploration of Matthew’s account of visitors from the East. Who were these visitors, and why were they important? We’ll also look at examples of the depiction of the Magi in art.

 

The God's Story, Our Story program is made possible through a grant from the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program. 





 

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