the Cathecumenate

An Apprenticeship with Jesus

An apprenticeship with Jesus for those who would like to experience deeper communion with God, richer fellowship with one another and more effectively engage our world. 

Watch the Recorded Catechumenate sessions here

Instructions below.

INSTRUCTIONS: How to select a certain week.

What will I do in the Catechumenate?

Catechesis

Weekly teaching using “To Be A Christian, An Anglican Catechism.”

Serving

Regularly finding ways to serve your neighbors.

Triads

Weekly meeting with your small group of about three participants 

Rhythms

Daily prayer and scripture reading using the daily office in the Book of Common Prayer, and weekly worship with Christ the Redeemer.

When will the cohorts be?

Fall 2020

Believing in Jesus
  • 14 Weeks 
  • Weekend Retreat (Friday night and Saturday morning at Christ the Redeemer)
  • Catechesis: Questions 18-153 in “To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism”
  • Triads: Deepening our experience of communion with God and fellowship with one another. 

Winter 2021

Belonging to Jesus
  • 13 Weeks 
  • Weekend retreat (Friday night and Saturday morning at Christ the Redeemer)
  • Catechesis: Questions 144-255 in “To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism”
  • Triads: Developing a rule of life together. 

Spring 2021

Becoming like Jesus
  • 7 Weeks
  • Celebration weekend retreat 
  • Catechesis: Questions 256-366 in “To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism”
  • Triads: Deepening our experience of communion with God and fellowship with one another.  

Why is it called Catechumenate Cohort?

The early church created the catechumenate to help transition converts from pagan Roman culture and into the fellowship of the church. The early church existed in a time when Christianity was in the minority, and those coming from the Roman culture needed a new culture, they needed to be enculturated into the truth, life, and way of Jesus Christ. But it was not merely for new converts it was also a place for Christians to deepen their experience of God as well as learn how to effectively navigate the cultural waters of the Roman Empire. 

The Catechumenate at Christ the Redeemer gets its inspiration from this early church practice, but we have adapted it to fit our cultural context today. The social landscape is different today than it was in the days of the Roman empire, but as our culture becomes post-Christian, we find that the Christian way of life in our secular age is now a minority position the same way it was in the early church. The catechumenate was needed then and it is needed now.  

FAQ

How much time will this take?

Outside of Sunday worship, it works out to about 2.5-3 hours a week.

Can I just sign up for one cohort?

Yes, you can just sign up for one cohort, unless you are seeking to be baptized or confirmed in which case you would need to participate in all three.

Who will be in my Triad?

You will be prayerfully assigned to a triad, and each triad will be gender-specific. If you and two others would like to be in a triad together, you may request to be assigned together. Youth triads will consist of three youths and one adult.