Emmaus Anglican Church

Habit Groups

“[M]ake every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with goodness.”~ 2 Peter 1:5-6

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” ~ Hebrews 10:24-25

“Virtues, quite simply, are good moral habits…. Good moral habits are like internal dispositions to the good—they are character traits that become woven into who you are so that you are the kind of person who is inclined to be compassionate, forgiving, and so forth.” ~ James K. A. Smith

 

End (telos): To put on the character of Christ.

Means: By promoting the practice of spiritual disciplines in the context of community.

Habit Groups: Small communities of persons that regularly meet (in person or online) to “stir up one another” to the virtuous habits they have mutually agreed upon. Habit Groups are characterized by encouragement and prayer.

Possible Habits: Prayer, Simplicity, Lectio Divina, Works of Mercy, Fasting (e.g. food, entertainment, alcohol), Study, Solitude, Silence, Hospitality, Alms-giving, Service, Self-Control, Spiritual Direction, the Examen, etc. For ideas and further details, see, for example:

·         Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline

·         Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines

·         James K. A. Smith, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

Getting Started: Anyone may propose a Habit Group. Simply email a short description of the Group to discipleship@emmausanglicanchurch.com in the format modeled below. There is no expertise required to start/lead a Habit Group, simply a desire to put on the character of Christ.

 

List of Habit Groups:

Habit: Bible Memorization

Goal: To promote Bible memorization by creating an opportunity for persons (of any age) to recite Scripture in a low-pressure environment.

Group: Meets in the Board Room @ 10:00 AM on the first Sunday of every month.

To Join: Email discipleship@emmausanglicanchurch.com (or just show up on Sunday morning).

 

Habit: Catechizing Our Kids

Goal: To encourage parents in the discipleship of their children through catechsis.

Group: Meets in the Board Room @ 9:30 AM on the last Sunday of every month.

To Join: Email discipleship@emmausanglicanchurch.com (or just show up on Sunday morning).

 

Habit: Contemplative Prayer

Goal: To learn to listen to God rather than ourselves in prayer and grow together in quiet contemplation.

Group: Meets every 2 weeks on Wednesday 7:30PM at Isaiah 40 Foundation (5867 Ch. De La Cote-Saint-Antoine).

To Join: Email discipleship@emmausanglicanchurch.com (or simply arrive at the appointed time and place).

 

Habit: Daily Scripture Reading

Goal: To develop a practice of daily Scripture reading.

Group: Meets via group email.

To Join: Email discipleship@emmausanglicanchurch.com.