Guest post by Rev. Scott Lees
Executive Pastor & Chief of Staff

When you think about your journey with Jesus, what has made the greatest impact on your life? My guess is a friendship with someone else passionately following after Jesus. Relationships are key to spiritual growth. Often those relationships are formed when you study God’s Word with others, share your life experience and realize you are not alone when it comes to the struggles you face.

Even Jesus centered His ministry around the Word of God and friendship. He taught the truth and walked alongside a close group of people living His faith by example.

Are you hungry to grow in your faith? Are you looking to connect to God and find friendship? Wednesday nights are a place where you can find connection and community.

We invite you to find a place to belong by joining us for our weekly church-wide family dinner and then one of the Bible studies offered this fall.

Wednesday Night Kickoff
Aug. 22 | 5-7 p.m. | Seabrook Hall

We’re starting the semester with a bang: FREE food, games and Christ Church Memphis T-shirt. Shane will share a brief message, and our staff will be on hand to share info on classes and activities for the fall semester. Make plans to join us! RSVP here to let us know you’re coming.

Wednesday Night Dinner
5-6:15 p.m. | No reservations needed
Take away the stress of cooking and join us for a delicious dinner and time of fellowship before classes begin.
Children 3 & under: eat free off of parent’s plate
Age 4-10: $5 (same meat & vegetables as adult menu)
Age 11+ & adults: $6 for salad bar with manager’s choice of baked potato or soup or $7 for adult meal including a meat, two vegetables, small salad, dessert & drink

All-church study led by Shane Stanford
Apology Necessary: Why the First 400 Years of Christianity Mean So Much to the 21st Century
Wednesday nights: Aug. 29, Sept. 5 & 12

The whole church is encouraged to gather together to hear from our Senior Pastor Shane Stanford and learn how church history matters today. This will be the only class offered these three weeks so that everyone has an opportunity to hear these important lessons. | Register

On September 19, the other Bible study opportunities will launch. Keep reading to learn more about the various options available. View full details here.

2018 fall classes and groups:
The following classes cover six weeks from September 19-November 7 (except for October 10 & 31).
Six-week course offerings: Authentic Manhood, Deep Love and Women’s Bible Study
Three-week course offerings: The Wesleyan Way and Voices of the Heart
You may select one of the six-week classes OR the two three-week classes.

The Wesleyan Way
Led by Maxie Dunnam |Sept. 19, 26 & Oct. 3
What do we believe as Wesleyans? As debate in the UMC continues, join us as we learn more about the historic and orthodox positions the UMC has held since its formation as a movement by John Wesley. | Register

Christ Academy
Voices of the Heart
Taught by Corey Latta | Oct. 17, 24 & November 7
Walk through the eight foundational feelings we all experience as humans created in the Image of God. Often we interpret feelings like anger and sadness negatively and avoid them, but Jesus shows us how these feelings are healthy expressions we have as children of God. | Register

Men
Authentic Manhood | Wednesdays, Sept. 19-Nov. 7
Led by Kyle Rote Jr. and Stueart Hudsmith, this Bible study gives men a vision for manhood as modeled by Jesus in His time on earth. Two opportunities this fall: Wednesday mornings at 6:15 a.m. or Wednesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. in Wilson/Ross 415-416. | Register
*NOTE: Childcare available for evening session.

Women
Women’s Bible Study with Pam Hudsmith: Psalms | Wednesdays, Sept. 19-Nov. 7
Did you enjoy the Stroll Through the Psalms study this summer? Join Pam as she dives deeper into this much-loved book of the Bible. | Register

Married People
Deep Love (Marriage Small Group) | Wednesdays, Sept. 19-Nov. 7
Wherever you are on your marriage journey, you can benefit from this DVD-based small group experience. Couples will take the Deep Love Assessment and interact with its findings, along with videos by relationship experts and authors, Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott. | Register

Congregational Care
GriefShare: 13-week support group
Wednesdays, Sept. 5-Dec. 5 | 9:30-11 a.m. or 5:30-7 p.m. | Dunnam 337
For those grieving the loss of a loved one, with video seminar and group discussion. Workbooks are $15; pay by cash or check when you come to the meeting. | Register

Vision Building: 4-week course
Sept. 19, 26 & Oct. 3, 17
Vision by definition is a mental image of what the future will or could be. In this four-week course, we will not only explore the biblical role of vision, but you will actually create your own vision and learn how to stay “on your vision.” Class size limited; register soon. | Register

Worship
Chancel Choir
Rehearsals resume Wednesday, Sept. 5 | 7 p.m. | Choir Room

The Chancel Choir is a non-auditioned group of singers, which provides music leadership for the 11:00 Traditional service in addition to other annual special services. Contact Perry Redfearn for details.

Children
Nursery: Open to children from 2 months-3 years old

School of the Rock | Aug. 29-Nov. 14 | 6-7:30 p.m.
This free-to-the-public arts camp is open to all JK-5th grade students during the school year. At School of the Rock, your children explore how to use art, drama, technology and athletics to tell their story and their part in God’s bigger story. Details | Register

Students
MS Refuge | 6-7:45 p.m.*
Fellowship and pizza followed by worship and teaching. Students then go into grade and gender-based D-Groups (small groups).
*NOTE: HS Refuge meets on Sundays, 4-6 p.m.

East Ministry Center
The Journey6-7:30 p.m. | 9056 Poplar Pike, Suite 107 | Germantown
Do you live in Germantown or Collierville and want something closer to home? Join us for The Journey, our midweek worship service at the East Ministry Center.
*NOTE: Children (birth through 5th grade) are invited to study the Bible and work on art, science and mission projects together.

Serve
Join us for the great serving opportunities on Wednesday nights this fall.

  • Nursery: Help our staff in our nursery classrooms by loving and caring for our children.
  • Kitchen Team: Assist our kitchen staff in serving food as well as clean up after events.
  • Check-in: Help us by collecting money for dinner at the beginning of our evenings.
  • Tech Team: Help with worship slides or man a camera with our tech team during worship on Wednesday nights.
  • Children’s Ministry: Help with our Children’s Ministry in School of the Rock in classrooms with teachers as we learn and grow through arts and creativity. You can also help in classrooms at our East Ministry Center.

Interested in serving in any of these areas? Contact Andrew Grissom.

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