Small Groups for Advent

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Winter Weekend Walks -- Sat 11/28; 12/5; 12/12; 12/19 @ 10am (in person, outdoors)

Join your Morrow friends for a morning walk. Each week a different Morrow friend picks and leads a walk they love. We’ll meet at 10am and be done around noon. Each week will be a different starting location and route.

Cookie Exchange -- Sunday afternoons, Nov. 22; 29; Dec. 6, 13 @ 4pm

Miss those great cookie exchange parties? We have a COVID-safe alternative that is even more fun! Each week a different family will guide the group through a cookie recipe. Working alongside our guides via Zoom in our own kitchens, we’ll create together a delicious recipe. At the end of four weeks, we’ll have a full freezer of four fabulous cookie types to enjoy, share, or gift to family, teachers, (pastors!), and friends. Everyone is invited to join this class regardless of baking skill, age, or oven type. The only requirement is a love for sugar and butter!

Handmade Holidays — Wednesday Evenings, Dec. 2, 9 and 16 @ 7pm

Nothing says, "I care about you" more than a gift that is exquisitely crafted, highly desired and handmade by you! Artist and educator, Sandra Charlap will guide us through three different gift projects. Each week we will create a one-of-a-kind piece to give or keep. This class is great for all adults and students in grades 5-12.

Season of Promise: Prophets, Poetry and Ponderings -- Thursdays Evenings: Dec. 3, 10, 17 @ 7:30pm

The beauty of scripture, music and readings curated with time to share and reflect will extend over a three-night online gathering. We will hear words from the prophet Isaiah who spoke across boundaries to bring hope and the reassurance of God’s presence to people in many times and contexts. These readings will be in conversation with poets and musicians and the gathered group. Readings and music will be available each week.

Hip Hop Poetics -- for 6-12th graders, Mondays 11/16 - 12/21 @ 7pm

The twin pandemic storms of COVID and racial injustice have brought so many challenges to us — and this includes challenges to our students. In order for them to have an opportunity to give voice to all that they are experiencing, Morrow is partnering with Urban Word NYC to bring a workshop to our middle and high school students. Founded in 1999, Urban Word NYC is one of oldest and most comprehensive youth literary arts organizations in the United States. Home to the largest teen poetry slam in NYC and the National Youth Poet Laureate program Urban Word works with 25,000 teenagers annually across the five boroughs of New York City. For the past two decades, the community of poets, activists and educators has stood firmly in the forefront of the national youth spoken word movement.

Advent Wreath Making Workshop — Sunday, November 29th @11:30am (in-person outdoors)

We will gather on the first Sunday of worship outdoors at Morrow with lots and lots of assorted greens and decorations to create beautiful fresh advent wreaths for our homes. Experienced wreath-makers will guide us and warm beverages & holiday treats will inspire our creative spirits. Donation appreciated.

Companions in Faith, Thursday mornings @ 9:30 12/3, 10, 17, (12/20 @ 8pm)

Learning to Walk in the Dark Barbara Brown Taylor, Book Study

The dark days leading to the winter solstice is a time to remember that we live very much in God’s presence even when we don’t have all the answers.

Taylor has become increasingly uncomfortable with our tendency to associate all that is good with lightness and all that is evil and dangerous with darkness. In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us "in the dark." Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most. With Taylor as our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, we will learn to find our footing in times of uncertainty. Weekly reading guide will be available.

Sisters in Faith, Mondays @ 7:30pm, Nov. 30, 12/7, 14, 21

Incarnation/Adam Hamilton, Bible Study

His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. We will use the study, Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas by Adam Hamilton to examine the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. As we look at these Bible stories in the face of uncertainty and conflict, we hope to center ourselves on that which brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness.