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.
On Sunday mornings at 9:30am, our Adult Forum meets to engage with a rotating series of offerings. Last year's time included an in-depth study of the Book of Exodus, a series of facilitated conversations on the challenge of church security, an historical survey of the first four centuries of Christianity, and a six-week sprint through the Book of Acts.
Beginning in August, 2018, Nativity will begin the marathon challenge of reading the Bible in its entirety as a church family. With the help of one another and specially designed Adult Formation programs, we'll read up to three chapters of the Old Testament, a psalm, and one chapter of the New Testament six days a week. Then on Sunday, we'll hear scripture together in worship, and regroup for another week of reading!
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!
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 Will Willimon are just some of the great minds that have blessed us with their presence. In March 2018 we will welcomed the Rev. Bonnie Thurston, PhD for a weekend entitled Blind, But Now I See. Thurston is a scholar with a rich background in scripture and in the history of Christian spirituality.