Mental Health and Wellness — Christ Walk

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk with Jesus?  There were no cars two thousand years ago.  Jesus walked throughout his ministry.  The “Christ Walk” program allows us to walk the miles of various routes in the Bible during a forty days period.  Walking is a very holy activity that almost anyone can do at any fitness level.  The benefits of walking are numerous for every age.  Some of the routes that we can explore include the Via Dolorosa (Christ’s last walk through Jerusalem), the Nazareth-Jerusalem route, Paul’s missionary journeys, the spread of Christianity from Jerusalem to Rome, and many more.   We invite you to join us on a journey of a lifetime as we study mind, body, and spiritual health with “Christ Walk:  A 40-Day Spiritual Fitness Program.”

The Christ Walk program will be offered by St. Matthew’s beginning on Saturday, April 11, as a mind, body and spiritual wellness program for the 50 days of Easter.  Individuals and teams will select various routes of the Bible and count steps or miles toward their goal.  Each week we will meet in fellowship to have a program on a different aspect of mind, body, and spiritual health.  Teams will participate in reflective exercises that will help them grow towards a Christ-centered life.  Every aspect of what we do can be lifted as an offering to God, even taking care of our bodies.  There is a “God-spark” in each of us and our bodies are the temple that God gives us to explore our gifts and talents.  Taking care of that body to do God’s work is paramount.

Christ Walk:  A 40-Day Spiritual Fitness Program by Anna Fitch Courie can be purchased at Cokesbury for about $15.  You will find daily devotional exercises, tips on exercise and health, and a Steps and Mileage Tracker.

When:  Saturdays, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, from 10:30-12:30

What:  Meet at the Jung’s farm (located about 10 miles from St. Matt’s) at 10:30 for a 45 minute program.  Then enjoy walking individually or with your team on numerous routes:  (1) down a shaded road passing a goat and bird farm, (2) down to the covered bridge and back, (3) take the Hero’s Walk in the park, (4) walk around the arena in the presence of horses, (5) walk a modified labyrinth on the old school house foundation, or (6) use the concrete, level barn aisle as a track.

Who:  Anyone who would like to improve mind, body, or spirit.  Feel free to bring your dogs (on a leash, or course)

If you are interested in Christ Walk or would like more information on the program, please contact Susan Jung at 404-376-5469 or  Christ Walk is available to anyone at any fitness level.  A participant even walked her routes with her walker!  You can experience Christ Walk, too.

Peace and happy trails,

The Mental Health and Wellness Committee.


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Lenten Soup & Salad Suppers

Join us on Wednesday nights February 25 – March 25 for a quiet Eucharist at 6:00 p.m., followed by soup and salad supper at 6:30 p.m. (sign up here) and Lenten book study beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The book we will be reading for Lent is “Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear” by Scott Bader-Sayer.  For a description, click on this link.

Even if you cannot participate in the book study on Wednesday nights, we are scheduling the supper so that those who have other Wednesday night activities at church (i.e., choir) can join us for Eucharist and/or supper before their regular activities.  NOTE:  The Lenten book study on “Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear” will also occur as a Sunday forum series during Lent.

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The Calling of Mother Liz: Adult Forum 9:30 am Nov 23rd

Learn more about Mother Liz and why the Search Committee and Vestry called her to be our next Rector.  Hear their stories about God’s leading throughout this process and why they think she’ll be a great fit for our parish.  And you’ll get a chance to ask questions, too!

See you in the Parish Hall at 9:30 on November 23rd!

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