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. For more than a year now, many of us have been reading the Bible cover to cover together, but previous year's programs 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. In the Spring of 2020, we’ll dive into some of the more unique incarnations of the church that Peter explored on his recent sabbatical.
In August, 2018, Nativity began 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, many of us have been reading 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 hear scripture together in worship, and regroup for another week of reading! Even if you’ve not been running the whole marathon, you’re invited to join us for the last few miles! We will finish the Challenge in late 2019.
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!
Nativity is a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, and many of our members take part in formation offerings held at the Diocese’s Camp and Conference Center just 80 minutes south of Greenwood. Among the offerings hosted at Gray Center is Cursillo, a renewal retreat and “short course in Christianity” put on by lay and clergy leaders from across the state. In the fall, Gray Center hosts a Liturgical Arts Conference where the intersection of spirituality and creativity are explored.