Support Groups, Book Studies and Discussion
Women’s Book/Bible Study
 

This year the monthly Wednesday morning Women’s Book Group will be reading and discussing Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Altar in the World.  In this book, she reveals meaningful ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see, from simple practices such as walking, working, and prayer.  Hanging clothes on the clothesline becomes an act of meditation if we pay attention to the sights, smells, and sounds around us. Making eye contact the grocery store cashier becomes a moment of human connection. Allowing yourself to get lost leads to new discoveries. Each chapter focuses on a certain practice that requires a body as well as a soul, that trusts that doing something is at least as valuable as reading books about it. 

“Like anyone else, I am limited by my experience.  The practices in this book grow from that experience in all its particularity, including my long immersion in the practices of Christian faith. I trust that those practices, like the central practices of all the world’s great faiths, are meant to teach people what it means to be more fully human.  Without that confidence, I could not offer them to you.  Whoever you are, you are human.  Wherever you are, you live in the world, which is just waiting for you to notice the holiness in it.  So welcome to your own priesthood, practices at the altar of your own life.  The good news is that you have everything you need to begin.”  [From the introduction]

We invite women of all ages who are available during the day to come join us on Wednesday October 13th at 10:00 in the parlor.  You can buy a copy of the book for $10 in the church office where you will also get a copy of the Study Guide that we will be using.  For the October meeting, please read the Chapter 2: The Practice of Paying Attention – Reverence. We will use the questions in the Study Guide to inform our discussion.  If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Leavitt at daleavitt77@comcast.net.  We hope to see you there!

Informal Grief Support Group for Adults Who Have Lost Spouses/Partners or Siblings
 
This group meets monthly, September–May, on the 2nd Monday of each month, 4:00-5:30 pm in the Church Parlor or virtually. This is an informal gathering, to share joys and concerns, tools for coping, and each other’s company. There is no cost. Because of COVID protocols, however, there are space limitations. For information about openings, please email Steve Hardy 
Informal Grief Support Group for Parents Who Have Lost Children
 
This group meets monthly September–May, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5:00-6:30 pm in the Church Parlor. This is an informal gathering, to share joys and concerns, tools for coping, and each other’s company. There is no cost. Because of COVID protocols, however, there are space limitations. For information about openings, please email Steve Hardy