From time to time, specialty classes are offered at or through CTR for those who have specific interests. Below is a list of the most commonly offered. For more information on upcoming classes, please get in touch with the church office.
The Marriage Course is for any man and woman who knows how important it is to invest in their relationship, whether they have been together 1 or 61 years, and whether they have a strong relationship or are struggling. The course takes place in an appropriate atmosphere. Couples are treated to a full meal at a romantic candlelit table for two, while listening to practical Marriage Course talks, either live or DVD. The talks are interspersed with often-amusing film clips of couples talking about their experience of marriage, and street interviews from around the world.
- During the course you will discover practical tools to help you:
- Understand each other’s needs
- Communicate more effectively
- Grow closer through resolving conflict
- Heal the ways you’ve hurt each other
- Recognize how your upbringing affects your relationship
- Improve relationships with parents and in-laws
- Develop greater sexual intimacy
- Discover each other’s love languages
- And much, much more!
Relax: this course is designed for you. There is never any group work, and you will never be asked to share anything about your relationship with anyone other than your partner.
There are two parenting courses—Parenting Children 0 to 10 Years Old, and Parenting Teenagers 11 to 18 Years Old. Both are full of valuable advice and practical tips. Christ the Redeemer will offer the Parenting Children course first. Contact Willard Cook if you would like to find out when it will be scheduled. This will be given as a community service; the public is especially welcome to attend.
Parenting Children course sessions begin with something to eat and drink, which gives parents a chance to talk and get to know one another. When everyone is ready, they see a DVD talk. There are breaks in the talk to give guests the opportunity to discuss the issues that have been raised. Hosts facilitate the discussion. If many parents sign up for the course, discussion takes place in small groups, organized according to the age of the guests’ oldest child.
Contact our parishioner Willard Cook, Executive Director of Alpha New England, to find out when the next course will be scheduled.
Preparing for the Priesthood
Priest Craft is a program designed for those considering Holy Orders in the Anglican Church or those interested in learning more about the structure and function of various special activities of the clergy. The gatherings are usually one evening a month for two and a half hours and are taught by the clergy. Topics such as visitation, pastoral counseling, hearing confession, preparing persons for marriage, the conduct of various services, and a wide range of other topics provide an excellent introduction for those who participate.
Faithful and regular attendance is required of students doing a formal course of mentored ministry or field education (this is a formal part of the supervision) and persons definitely intending to apply through the parish for Holy Orders (this is part of the parish’s process of discernment). For others, regular attendance is appreciated for continuity and mutual support.
The meetings generally have three components:
- Evening Prayer
- Mutual sharing and conversation around issues of vocation and discernment
- Instruction in some of the actual sacramental and pastoral work of ordained ministry