The adult program at Christ Church offers a variety of courses for parishioners to grow in their faith.  Classes take place on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, or throughout the week.  Special intergenerational events also take place during the church year and can be found in our calendar and events section.

Sunday Morning Offerings

The following adult classes meet from September to May during the Sunday School hour, from 9:45am to 10:45am each Sunday.  Click here for the schedule of classes.

The Dean’s Forum

Led by Dean Timothy Kimbrough. This class will present a variety of theological, social and spiritual themes during the course of the year.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is meant to enrich and complement other forms of prayer, not exclude or replace them. We invite you to join us to explore and learn more about Centering Prayer, to experience in community this contemplative practice, and to join in brief conversations about readings on contemplative practice. Newcomers are welcome at all gatherings of Centering Prayer.

Faith and Family Matters

The Faith and Family Matters class is a discussion-based class that focuses on issues related to faith-filled parenting and interpersonal relations.  

Sitting with Scripture: Lectionary Readings for Listening Ears

Facilitated by Ben Curtis, Lyonel Gilmer, Keith Meador and Rod Murray, the intent of this class is to use the lectionary readings of the day to foster a contemplative atmosphere where participants encounter the Written Word with open hears and reflective minds. The ancient lectio divina and the story of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus will serve as models for this class.

Weekday Offerings

Bible Studies

Tuesday mornings: Multi-Generational Women’s Bible Study at 7am. Childcare provided.

Wednesday mornings: Cathedral clergy lead a Bible Study at 11:00am. Any and all are welcome to drop by or join the study.

Thursday mornings: Covenant Bible Study (CBS)  at 9:30am. Please see calendar for exact dates this study will take place.

For more information on all Bible Study offerings, contact Melinda Balser.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

This adult learning experience encourages participants to explore their own faith by exploring the work of Sofia Cavalletti. This class meets for eighteen weeks on Wednesdays from 9am to 2pm. Registration required. Lunch and childcare provided.  For more information, contact Caroline Bauerschmidt by email or at (615) 255-7729.

Centering Prayer

Meets year-round every Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm and on Thursdays 12:15 – 1:05pm.  For more information, please contact Mimi Shimmin (615) 298-2483 (Tuesday) or Debbie Webster by email or at (615) 618-9565 (Thursday). Read more about Centering Prayer.

Companions in Christ

Meets weekly for two hours. Participants prepare for their small group by reading, journaling and practicing various prayer disciplines. This experience is characterized by a deepening of spiritual awareness and a sense of fellowship. New groups form each fall. Registration required. You can sign up by contacting Melinda Balser.

Education For Ministry (EfM)

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year study of scripture, theology, church history, ethics and ministry that meets weekly through the academic year. Blending academic and experiential learning, the course offers students a broad-based foundation of Christian faith and the tradition of the Church. It is an extension course of  the School of Theology at the University of the South. Registration and fee required. A new Monday evening EfM class is forming in January! You can sign up by contacting Melinda Balser.

Journey in Faith

Meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30pm beginning each fall. This class is a modern adaptation of an ancient church process by which adults were prepared for entry into Christian faith and life. Participation in this class may also prepare adults for Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation. All those who wish to learn more about the Episcopal Church are invited to attend. Contact the Very Rev. Timothy Kimbrough to learn more. 

Wednesday Evening Programs

Wednesday evening programs typically are offered in the fall and spring. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required for dinner by the preceding Monday. Childcare provided.