Center for Christian Spiritual Formation (click to go to website)


PAX is a Christian spiritual formation center based in the life of the First Congregational Church of Essex. It offers a variety of programs designed to help you create an intentional rhythm of spending time with God.It is in being with God that we experience His transforming love and the gift of His peace.


PAX offerings include individual and group forms of prayer, book discussions, specialty courses, spiritual direction, retreats, and workshops. Through these offerings, you will have the opportunity to learn and experience spiritual practices that will help you to listen, discern and respond to God’s loving initiative and presence in the midst of your daily life.


Week #1: Prayer of Recollection (click to read)

Week #2: Lectio Divina  (click to read)


Week #3: The Welcoming Prayer (click to read)

Week #4: Practice of Kindness & Gentleness (click to read)

Week #5: Prayer of Lament (click to read)

Week #6: Breath Prayer (click to read)

Week #7: The Courage of Faith Lectio Divina (click to read)

Week #8: Practice Gratitude (click to read)

Week #9: Prayer of Blessing or Berakah (click to read)

Week #10: Liturgy for All Who Cry Out (click to read)

Week #11: Liturgy of Repentance (click to read)

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A Day Apart Workshops (in house 5 hr. day retreat)


The Way of Christian Prayer Monthly Series (2hr. programs, 2nd Thursday of the month, starts in Jan.)


eRetreats (week long daily emails, spiritual direction is optional)


Walk with Jesus (9 mo. program)


Transformational Listening Programs (9 mo. programs)


Spriritual Direction (individual hour sessions weekly, biweekly or monthly)

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Locate us: 

PO Box 275

39 Main Street,

Essex, MA  01929

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