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.

Upcoming Events

(men & women are welcome, bring friends, FCCOE members- no cost) (click for calendar details)

The Way of Christian Prayer Monthly Series, led by Rama Ziegenhals, 7 to 9 p.m., second Thursday of the month: Jan. 10, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11

A Day Apart, led by Rama Ziegenhals, 9 a.m to 2 p.m. (bring bag lunch): Oct. 25 (Ordinary Time), Dec. 6(Advent), March 22 (Lent), & May 24 (Penecost)

eRetreat, led by Pastor Tim Ziegenhals: Dec. 2-6 (Advent)


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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)

Call us:


Locate us: 

PO Box 275

39 Main Street,

Essex, MA  01929

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