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Christian Life Groups

Christian Life Groups are groups of 6-12 people who meet at 11:15 AM, after Sunday morning worship at the church.  The topic of discussion is centered around the reading and sermon from the worship service.  Christian Life Groups give the opportunity, while it is still fresh, to discuss, apply and even challenge the sermon.

Our hope is to increase biblical understanding by studying the text and subject on a deeper level with our church family. 

Family participation is encouraged, there are groups for those as young as 2 years old! 

New members and visitors are welcome at anytime, no registration prior to joining is required!

Our program runs mid September through early June.  

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NORTHAMPTON READS: FREEING JESUS

Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way and Presence

 

“How can you still be a Christian?”

 

This is the most common question many of us, including award-winning author, popular speaker and inspiring preacher Diana Butler Bass, are asked today.*  It is a question we ponder as we wrestle with disappointment and disillusionment in the church and with one another. But, while many Christians have left their churches, they cannot leave their faith behind. 

 

In Freeing Jesus, Bass challenges the idea that Jesus can only be understood in static, one-dimensional ways and asks us to instead consider a life where Jesus grows with us and helps us through life’s challenges in several capacities: as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence. 

 

Freeing Jesus is an invitation to leave the religious wars behind and rediscover Jesus in all his many manifestations, to experience Jesus beyond the narrow confines we have built around him. It renews our hope in faith and worship at a time when we need it most.

 

You are invited to join us in reading this book as a congregation from February 6 – 27.  Feel invited to join one of our Sunday morning CLG’s or, if you are unable to join us in person, join Pastor Judy’s group on Zoom on Tuesdays at 11am starting February 8. Call the church office or email Pastor Judy at npcdwyer@comcast.net to sign up for her study group and receive the Zoom link.

 

Freeing Jesus is available on Amazon in Kindle format for $11.99 or in hardback for $20. A limited number of copies will be made available to borrow for those without access to a computer.

 

*Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of eleven widely-read books that examine the intersection of religion and spirituality in America. Dr. Bass has written for many major news outlets and her work has received numerous awards, including those of the Religion News Association for individual commentary and for Book of the Year, Book of the Year of the Academy of Parish Clergy, the Frank S. and Elizabeth D. Brewer Prize for Church History, and Publishers Weekly’s Best Religion Book of the Year, among others.