IFD295 – Come to the Table
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Deepen your own and your congregation’s understanding and practice of Holy Communion, or begin a Eucharistic ministry, through this wide-ranging study of This Holy Mystery, Scripture, Church history and United Methodist theology and practice of the sacrament. This course will reference, but go beyond, the official U.M. documents to include art, music, film and video resources to enrich our understanding and participation in the sacrament. Recent conversation in the UMC about the Table in the digital age will be included.
Participants will need a Bible and, if possible, a U.M. Hymnal and Book of Worship; other materials will be downloaded. Class members should be prepared for daily reading, reflection and online discussion. This study is guaranteed to deepen your experience of Holy Communion, providing resources and ideas for all, both laypeople and clergy, who plan and lead worship and provide pastoral care.
This course has been approved by Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship) as an advanced course with 10 contact hours in Lay Servant Ministries.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
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Past participants in this course have said…
“One of the neat things about these classes [Come to the Table & Come to the Waters] is that no one is forced to take them. My goal is to learn, and learning from Beth is a pleasure. Her classes are so good. Plus, wow, I learn so much from my classmates. I am hungry to do this – to learn and prepare for whatever it is that God wants me to do.” – Steve Kesler
“I learned so much from the entire course. I could feel the Holy Spirit leading me into another realm of Holy Worship. … Although I did not need this course for certification, there was something that caused me to take this class and I am so glad I did.” – Dorothy Callaway
“I will never approach communion the same again! It has taken on a new life for me!” – Derl Littrell
Beth Galbreath is a United Methodist deacon whose specialty is “digital culture ministry,” which includes everything the Church needs to do to move from the print-literate culture of the last five centuries to the digital-communication culture of the 21st. She is one of the few (but proud!) graduates of the former Lumicon Institute’s certification program in digital culture ministry. “Digital culture ministry” is not just about technology; it includes re-emphasis on spiritual formation practices. To that end she holds a master’s from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in spiritual formation and evangelism. She loves to bring a multimedia, multi-intelligence approach to classes.
Digital culture ministry is also about ancient-future worship arts and education styles, especially an emphasis on story; to that end she is a passionate biblical storyteller and teacher. She is vice president of the Network of Biblical Storytellers International and coordinates the NBS-related Chicago-area Prairie Wind Guild. She’s taught biblical storytelling abroad in Cameroon, Bolivia, Haiti and the Philippines.
Beth serves the Northern Illinois Conference in its Order of Deacons, and is a certified Natural Church Development coach. She also serves on the pastoral leadership team of Compassion UMC in Brookfield, IL, a new church plant. Her ministry includes consulting, teaching, and small group leadership. She is the author of The Story and the Feast, a digital resource (three CDs of text and slides) of liturgy for Holy Communion, connected to the weekly stories and texts of the lectionary, and including notes for biblical storytellers.