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Small Groups

Small Groups

Joining a small group is one way that we can deepen our relationships with God and with our fellow travelers. Many people are hungry for the opportunity to talk about things that really matter and are ready to make deeper connections – if that describes you, consider being a part of a small group. For any information about the opportunities below, contact the Rev. Katherine Bush.

Making Loss Matter

Wednesdays nights: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15

At every moment of our lives, we experience loss. Some losses are so subtle they go unnoticed, some so overwhelming and cruel they seem unbearable. In painful moments we must make a choice: Will we allow the difficulties we face to become forces of destruction in our lives, or will we find a way to transform our suffering into a source of strength? We will explore this question in a 6-week study of Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times by Rabbi David Wolpe.  A theologian with the heart of a poet, he draws on the wisdom of ancient stories and the great rabbis, poets, and philosophers, along with his personal experiences, to find meaning in the midst of loss. Come join the Rev. Paul McLain as he guides our discussion of this healing book in preparation for Rabbi Wolpe’s appearance at Calvary’s 2023 Lenten Preaching Series.

Paul will have a few copies of the book available for sale at the first class and you can obtain the introduction and first chapter by emailing him at pmclain@calvarymemphis.org.”


Yoga in the Great Hall with Michelle Fulmer & others

Wednesdays nights: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15

We will offer six weeks of yoga basics for all levels of yogis, including flows and targeted poses, plus tools and tips for your at-home practice focusing on breath and form.


Sacred Ground

Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. or Sundays 3-5 p.m.

Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Participants in this commitment-class are asked to make every effort to be present throughout the whole 11-session series. Learn more here.


Education for Ministry

Wednesday mornings| 10 – 12 

Education for Ministry (EfM) invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. EfM seminar groups meet in local settings and online and provide a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity.

Calvary is offering a new Wednesday morning class from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning Sept. 7.


Wednesday Morning Study Group

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Great Hall

You’re invited to stick around after the Eucharist with Healing prayers at noon and brown bag lunch to gather at Calvary in the daytime to study and learn together. The Rev. Katherine Bush and others will lead classes on Biblical texts and spiritual themes.

This group is starting a focus on the prophet Isaiah. Beginning on Wednesday, 1/11 at 1:00, we will meet and discuss the opening of the Book of Isaiah.

Wednesday Noon Eucharist with Healing Prayers

Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing is offered at noon in person in the Calvary chancel on Wednesdays and features a reflection by one of our priests. Followed by a brown-bag lunch with clergy and staff in the Great Hall for conversation and connections.


Weekday Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer is offered live by one of the Calvary clergy at 8:00 a.m. on Calvary’s Facebook page and YouTube channel each weekday.


Men’s Bible Study: The Baguette Brothers

Thursdays, 7:30–8:30 a.m. | Barth House, 409 Patterson St. 

Every Thursday morning, a few good men gather for coffee, prayer, Bible study, and terrible jokes. It’s a “Pre-Game Show,” as they study the Gospel lesson for the upcoming Sunday service. It is now in its 20th year, so the jokes must not be that bad.


Gleanings: Conversations

Thursdays | Noon | on Zoom

When writer Kathleen Norris returned to church after decades away, the language of Christianity was a barrier. “Judgment,” “sinner,” “dogma,” and “salvation,” were all part of the faith’s “scary vocabulary.” Norris’s wrestling with those words became a book that’s remained in print for more than 20 years. Each week, a short chapter (2-3 pages) from Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith will provide the theme, to which we may add an online article, a poem, or who knows what else (we call these additions “gleanings”) as discussion fodder. The class will be ongoing throughout the year, so feel free to join at any time.


Grief Support Group

Every other Thursday | 5 to 6 p.m.  

The Grief Support Group offers healing, hope, and growth through grief after the death of a loved one or another form of loss. This is done through sharing our pain to help us heal in a small group setting. The group provides a safe place to share stories and the conversation is guided around topics that see grief as an active process that can lead to finding meaning in loss. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)