Adult Formation

One mark of the Christian life is ongoing growth in the knowledge and love of God.  Our own spiritual formation is lifelong, and Nativity seeks to provide a variety of settings to nurture this growth.

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On Sunday mornings, our Adult Forum meets to participate in a rotating series of offerings. Our first Adult Forum series will begin August 15th with the program, My Life as a Parable, where members of our church family share a bit of their story, how their faith and grown and changed, and how they’ve known and found God over the years. On September 11th, the Rev. Peter Gray will begin a 7-week Enquirers’ Class for those interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church, it’s faith, worship, and history.  This class serves as the preparation for those interested in formally joining the church.  Also on September 11th, Katie Jones and Sloane Fair will begin a women’s book study.

Emmaus Groups

Throughout the month, small ‘Emmaus Groups’ meet in members’ homes and at the church for food, fellowship, to learn together, and to pray together. Each group chooses for itself a bible study or small group study that they’d like to work through together over the school year.  Meetings are scheduled at a time and place convenient to the folks in it. For more information, or to sign up for a group, visit the Emmaus Group page.

Mission Mississippi

The first Thursday of the month, members participate in the Leflore County Chapter of Mission Mississippi, a group which builds relationships through prayer across racial and denominational lines.  We gather for breakfast, hear a word of encouragement from the host pastor, then break into small groups to share what’s on our hearts and pray for one another.  We end by 7:45.  It’s a great way to start the day!

Speaker Series

IMG_1646 (1) Over the last six years, Nativity has become a place known regionally for bringing in highly regarded religious scholars for a weekend of learning.  Walter Brueggemann, Amy-Jill Levine, and Phyllis Tickle are just some of the great minds that have blessed us with their presence.  In March 2017 we will welcome Bishop Will Willimon for a weekend entitled Why Jesus?  Willimon is the retired bishop of the Northern Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church as well as the longtime chaplain at Duke University as well as a member of the Duke Divinity School faculty.