Gifts for Growing

Every year Circle of Hope calls on gifted people to help us grow. While most of what we have fits well into a cell or Sunday meeting, we organize further events to help each other grow in particular ways.

Our schedule is arranged around the seasons:

Spring is devoted to Earth: Planting seeds of faith and helping them sprout.

• Summer is devoted to Wind: Taking first steps of life in the Spirit.

• Fall is devoted to Fire: Accepting the gifts we bring to the community and our purpose, and learning to give them.

Winter is devoted to Water: Deepening resources for transformation.

The rest of our Way of Jesus site is organized in a similar way; it has resources to help us move along on our journey in Christ.

April to June 2020 ▨ Earth

Spiritual Development

June 6 ▨ Comfort Retreat

Location: Online or 2007 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia -- TBD

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Facebook Event

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Angie Backues, Jordan Burdge, and friends offer this annual salve for the wounds we all carry. All prayer levels welcome. Sign-up required.

July 12 ▨ Experience the Numinous

Location: Online or 1125 S. Broad St. Philadelphia -- TBD

Time: 7:30pm

Facebook Event

We need to touch the Savior and receive a tangible touch from him. We are practicing how to reach out to God and discovering how to feel God grasping our hands. Performed and participant music, evocative readings, prayer and connection will lead everyone to be a part regardless of their faith experience. We will experience the "numinous" as individuals and as stand-ins for others.

Bible and Theology

May 12 ▨ Getting To Know The Bible: Matthew, Mark, and Luke

Location: Online

Time: 8:00pm

Facebook Event

A 90-minute zoom session with two of our pastors. Presentation, dialogue, and practice for how to develop your understanding and discipline. We want to help people know and follow the Bible. We are making a non-intimidating, entry point that gives people a good foundation for their own Bible study. Circle of Hope has a welcome approach to the Bible that gives room for a lot of perspectives at the table because we really trust that Jesus is here at the table with us. You don't have to pass a test; you get to test your assumptions and preconceived notions in a safe environment for exploration.

June 9 ▨ Getting to Know the Bible: John and his Community

Location: Online via Zoom

Time: 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Interactive Zoom event with Jonny Rashid and Jordan Burdge.

Free, but sign-up required at: circleofhope.net/shop

This is for anyone who wants to know more about Jesus and what life in community looks like with him. It will cover the Gospel of John, the letters of 1, 2 and 3 John, and the Book of Revelation. All these books are traditionally connected to the Beloved Disciple, John. Get ready to get down with this mystic (We'll unpack what that means).

June 22 ▨ Doing Theology: Do we have a definitive teaching on involvement in the election?

Location: Online or 2007 Frankford Ave -- TBD

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

The Doing Theology Team and our cohort of theologians invites everyone interested to do theology with them.

Marriage and Parenting

June 19 ▨ Parenting Workshop: "What I love to tell parents" and "What parents like to ask."

Location: Online

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Facebook

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Kathryn gifts us with her wisdom and with her doctoral-student mental energy. Sign-up required.

Business and Finance

June 18 ▨ Organizing the Greenbacks: Basic Budgeting Workshop

Location: Online

Time: 7:30pm

Facebook

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Will Crosswell leads the The Capacity Core Team's successful workshop for people who need practical help to budget their personal finances. This is good for people recently "on their own" and for people taking first steps in developing a faithful way with their money.

Community Building

TBD ▨ About Making a Covenant

Location: TBD

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The pastors lead prospective covenant-makers through the basic meaning and practicalities of this important step. The covenant is the core of love and mutuality that holds our whole church together. It’s not a matter of being in or out, it’s a matter of saying yes to Jesus, to our common strategy. We want to be a real people living in real love.

TBD ▨ About Circle of Hope

Location: TBD

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Want to learn more about Circle of Hope but aren’t sure how to ask? This is a great place to do that. We want to talk about who we are and what we are doing. You might have other questions too. Why do we meet at night? Why do we multiply? Why are we Christians? What’s the point of planting churches? Let’s answer them together. We hope we learn as much from you as you do from us.

July to September 2020 ▨ Wind

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October to December 2020 ▨ Fire

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January to March 2021 ▨ Water

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