ChristLife Series at center of parish evangelization effort

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For seven weeks this month and last, Cherry Hill’s Holy Eucharist Parish held a “Discovering Christ Series” for any and all looking to encounter Jesus. Above, participants in prayer. Below, Jim and Sandy Scheiner (right), core team members of the program, pray with a woman seeking comfort and healing.
Photos by Peter G. Sánchez

CHERRY HILL — For the past three years, Holy Eucharist Parish here has helped countless men and women from all corners of the Diocese of Camden learn to “discover, follow and share” Christ, and thus be transformed into new creations on fire with the faith.

“The ChristLife Series is the core of our evangelization efforts,” said parish pastor, Father George Seiter. “People find renewed relationship with Jesus.”

Using materials from the Baltimore, Maryland-based ChristLife organization, Holy Eucharist has been able to offer three different programs throughout the year: Discovering Christ, Following Christ, and Sharing Christ.

Each program is seven weeks, and includes prayer and worship, video teaching, small group discussions, and a day-long retreat, all to equip participants in missionary discipleship.

In less than two months, a close-knit, engaged family of all ages and backgrounds, is formed.

“This has changed my life,” emphasized Bill Coyle, who is a core team member for the Discovering Christ program, which finished its program earlier this week.

“I started the program when it first began, when I was going through a difficult time,” and had stepped away from the faith, he said.

“I got more and more out of it, and now am move involved at the church as a Eucharistic Minister, altar server, and daily communicant,” he added.

Kathryn Murphy, who joined fellow young adults at their own table, “wanted to get to know more people in the parish, and fit more faith into my life,” she said, adding that she also desired to “be a part of (a faith) that is bigger than myself, with others.”

The Discovering Christ program ended earlier this week, but the next one in the series, Following Christ, will begin on Thursday, Feb. 28, running every Thursday evening through April 11 with a day-long retreat on Saturday, March 30.  All are welcome.  For more info, call the parish office at 856-429-1330.

“The fruits of this program have been amazing,” knows Jim Scheiner, who is a member of the core team for the series, along with his wife, Sandy.   Those who have encountered Christ have been irrevocably changed, he said. “People were lost, and now they have been found.”