The Rector's Forum

The Rector's Forums is offered on Sunday mornings, 10:10 am to 11:00 am in the Undercroft (September through May) as an opportunity to explore our faith and live into our commitment to lifelong Christian Formation. All are welcome and encouraged to attend so that we might deepen our relationship with God and one another.

2016-2017 Schedule


SEPTEMBER

September 25: Mission Possible - Changed by the D – Join us to learn about the experience of Christ Church youth that went on the mission trip this summer. Christ Church joined the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan on their mission trip (Mission Possible) which was organized in Detroit for the first time. The week was thematically organized and included: service, education and worship. Join us to learn how we were changed by the D!


OCTOBER

October 2: Blessing of the Animals – In celebration of the feast of St. Francis, we hold our traditional blessing of the animals at the 9:00 a.m. service.  Festivities will follow on the East Lawn.  Please join us for this family celebration!

October 9: Holy Baptism – Part I: Significance of Baptism: God’s Promise - Each year, for the four weeks preceding Holy Baptism, the clergy of Christ Church meet with parents and Godparents to share and explore together the meaning, history, and practice of Christian baptism, and the commitments made in response.  This year, as we approach the Feast of All Saints, we bring this conversation to the Rector’s forum as an opportunity for us as a community to explore again the mystery and promise of Holy Baptism.  Today, we begin with Part I: The Significance of Baptism and Discovering God’s Promise of Love. Join us for this four-part series which will prepare us as we prepare to celebrate the gift of Holy Baptism on November 6 as part of our All Saints’ Sunday celebrations.

October 16: Holy Baptism: Part II: Transformation: Our Response - As we continue our exploration of Holy Baptism, we to our attention from God’s promise to our response as found in the vows, renunciations and adhesions we proclaim in the Baptismal Covenant. Join us for this four-part series which will prepare us as we prepare to celebrate the gift of Holy Baptism on November 6 as part of our All Saints’ Sunday celebrations.

October 23: Holy Baptism: Part III: Liturgy, symbols and history - As the third part of our study of Holy Baptism, we look in detail at the liturgy, explore the strong symbols of this sacrament, and learn historical roots of Baptism. Join us for this four-part series which will prepare us as we prepare to celebrate the gift of Holy Baptism on November 6 as part of our All Saints’ Sunday celebrations.

October 30: Holy Baptism: Part IV: Baptism in Space and Movement / Meet In The Nave - We gather today for the final installment of our four-part series on Holy Baptism.  Today, we meet in the Nave to explore the space where Baptism will occur and review the liturgical movement and symbolism of the sacrament.  Join us for this four-part series which will prepare us as we prepare to celebrate the gift of Holy Baptism on November 6 as part of our All Saints’ Sunday celebrations.


NOVEMBER

November 6:  All Saints’ Sunday and Parish Reception – Each year on All Saints’ Sunday, Christians throughout the world celebrate the lives of loved ones and friends in faith who have entered into God’s eternal embrace, and to welcome new members of the Christian Community into the Body of Christ through the Rite of Holy Baptism.  Join us in this ancient and global celebration as we welcome into our community new members of Christ’s Body.  Following the service, all are invited to join us for a Parish Reception in the Undercroft to greet the newly baptized and their families.

November 13: Welcome to Christ Church:  Who are we? – Who are these people gathered here in our community?  We are Episcopalian, we are Anglican, we are Christ-believers, beloved of God.  We are humans in an imperfect community trying to love our neighbors as ourselves. Designed for newcomers and for long time members, this session will offer some grounding in our community identity, for all are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

November 20: Welcome to Christ Church:  What we do? – What do we do that makes our community whole? We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. We pray together with the Book of Common Prayer. Our way of living our life is formed by our baptismal covenant with God and with our neighbor. Designed for newcomers and for long time members, this session will offer grounding in what we do as a community – worship, fellowship and service. All welcome.

November 27: Advent Wreath Workshop this week in the Undercroft - Rector's Forum will return December 4.


DECEMBER

December 4: The Gospel according to Matthew:  The Prologue – Today’s Forum begins a three-part series exploring the Gospel according to Matthew which we will hear read throughout the new liturgical year (Year A).  Using the prologue of Matthew’s Gospel as our starting point, we will explore key themes of Christ’s story which Matthew will present through the account of Jesus’ life that he retells.

December 11: The Gospel according to Matthew:  The Life of Jesus – Join Fr. Drew and Rev’d Vicki as they continue our exploration of the Gospel according to Matthew, turning today to the life, teachings, miracles, and sayings of Jesus as recounted by Matthew.

December 18: The Gospel according to Matthew:  The Passion – Join Fr. Drew and Rev’d Vicki as they conclude our exploration of the Gospel according to Matthew, as we look at the Passion, Death, and Resurrection accounts told by Matthew.

December 25: Merry Christmas!  Join us to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord at 10:00 am.


JANUARY

January 1: Happy New Year – Join us in the Undercroft to ring the new year with cider and fellowship.

January 8: Parish Baptism Reception – We celebrate Feast of the Baptism of our Lord with baptisms of our own as we welcome into our community new members of Christ’s Body.  Following the service, all are invited to join us for a Parish Breakfast in the Undercroft.

January 15: Thy Will be Done:  The Commitments of the 2017 Budget –– Join Amie Sweeney, Treasurer, and Fr. Drew to discuss the ministry commitments for 2017 Budget.  This will be an opportunity to discuss the vision of mission and ministry to which we have been called as a community, and our plans to fulfill our collective call.

January 22: Discernment:  The Work and Ministry of the Nominating Committee – Each year, at the Annual Meeting of the Parish, active members of Christ Church elect a new class of members to the Vestry, a process led by our discernment team, that is, the Vestry Nominating Committee.  Join us this morning as members of the Vestry Nominating Committee Team share and reflect on the process we undertook and the present the fruits of their discernment work.

January 29: Annual Parish Meeting – The Annual Parish Meeting will be held for the election of Vestry Members, the presentation of the Parish Annual Report and Financial Statements, and for the conduct of other business, concluding with a parish lunch in the Undercroft.


FEBRUARY

February 5: All About our Children:  An Overview of our Children’s Ministry – Join Suzanne DiPiazza, Director of Children and Family Ministries, for a presentation and discussion about our shared ministry to children and their families.  Learn about our Sunday School classes and programs offered at Wednesdays @ Christ Church, the Guild of the Christ Child, and our relationship to the broader Grosse Pointe community through our PDO and MOPs programs.  Of course, this will also be an opportunity to get to know Suzanne and learn how you can get involved!