My greatest joy is to draw people into the word of God and make it accessible — whether through formal study, practical workshops, or talks that connect faith with everyday life. I bring a passionate love of the Bible from my Protestant background, together with over 20 years of experience developing Catholic Bible study material and teaching, to talks on many topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Below is a sampling of talks I have given and can give again, or feel free to propose a topic of your own.
“Sarah Christmyer brings grace, wit and intelligence to her presentations. As a speaker, she is very accessible to her audience and at the same time her words are full of substance and depth. Sarah’s love for Christ is obvious, particularly Christ’s presence in the Scriptures, and in this way she teaches both by word and example. I highly recommend her as a speaker.”
– Meghan Cokeley, Director, Office for the New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Thank you for considering me as a speaker for your parish, Bible study or women’s group, conference or retreat.
The Power of Joy
What IS joy – true joy – and how is it different from happiness? We often find that joy is fleeting, but we are made for joy that abides. Learn why we can rejoice even in sorrow and trials and discover ways to cultivate joy in your life. Sarah Christmyer finds wisdom from the book of James and looks at the awesome power of joy to transform the way we face life’s difficulties.
Create in me a clean heart
Learn how praying with the Penitential Psalms can harness the power of God’s word to read our hearts and draw us into a deeper relationship with the Lord. A step-by-step plan for using lectio divina with these seven psalms is included.
Come to the Manger
Given the busyness of Advent, how can we “come to the manger” and find the Prince of Peace? Two thousand years ago, shepherds and magi went to the manger and did just that. Sarah shares five things we can learn from them as we try to do the same: Come and see … Come as you are … Come to the manger … Come bearing gifts … and Come and find peace.
Come to the Well: An Invitation to Discipleship
The Samaritan Woman was drawn to Jesus by his love . . . and sent on fire to witness! What happened between the drawing and the sending made all the difference. “Come to the Well” and learn from this woman’s transformative encounter with the Lord. (This talk also touches on the men who went with Jesus to the well and can be tailored to for women’s groups or a mixed audience.)
Finding the God of Love in the Old Testament
It’s easy to see God’s love in the New Testament, but where is it in the Old? And how can we reconcile a God who is Love with one who sends floods and plagues and has His people wipe out their enemies? God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Discover how God’s love is revealed in the Old Testament and learn what significance that has for us today.
Finding the Word in the words of Scripture: Learning to Pray with Lectio Divina
Scripture is more than a “how-to guide” for the Christian life. It is a living word that has power to change us from the inside out. Learn how the ancient practice of lectio divina (“divine reading”) can help you hear God speak to your life as you meditate on Scripture; receive the Word deeply into your heart; respond to what you hear; and bear the Lord’s fruit in your life.
Talks available for purchase
Conference Talks (video)
– Dr. Edward Sri, S.T.D., Vice-President Mission and Outreach, The Augustine Institute
– Jeff Cavins, Creator of The Bible Timeline and President, The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study Program
— Father Dennis Gill, Director of the Office for Divine Worship, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
– Thomas Smith, Catholic evangelist and speaker
– Fr. Chris Walsh, Pastor, St. Raymond of Penafort, Philadelphia
– Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, STD, SSL, DD, Bishop of Paterson, NJ
—Sarah D, St. Paul, MN
—Nina G, Malvern, PA
An Author Interview with Gayle Somers and Sarah Christmyer, Hearts Aflame Scripture Study
By Emily Stimpson – OSV Newsweekly, 7/7/2013
February 4, 2020, The Role of Scripture in Cultivating Fruitful Disciples — Professional Development Webinar, Ave Maria Press. Video available here.
February 22, 2020, Women’s Lenten Retreat, Mother of Divine Providence Parish, King of Prussia, PA
March 4, 2020, Parish Lenten Soup Night, Our Lady of the Assumption, Strafford, PA
POSTPONED, DATE TBD Becoming Women of the Word — A Special Lenten Retreat for Women, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Los Alamos, NM
April 24, 2020, Joy in the Face of Trials, Virtual Faculty Retreat, Conwell-Egan High School, Fairless Hills, PA
POSTPONED April 25, 2020, Rejoice and Be Thankful! Keynote, Harrisburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women annual convention
May 22, 2020 Finding Peace in Anxious Times — Virtual Theology on Tap, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Los Alamos, NM
June 12-14, 2020, Be Anxious For Nothing, International Eucharistic Congress (Complete set of talks available for purchase at the link)
CANCELLED September 30 – October 8, 2020, Walking with Mary and Jesus in the Holy Land, Pilgrimage to Israel with Dr. Edward Sri. For information: edwardsri.com/holy-land-pilgrimage
CANCELLED November 6 – 14, 2020, Walking with Mary and Jesus in the Holy Land, Pilgrimage to Israel with Dr. Edward Sri. For information: edwardsri.com/holy-land-pilgrimage
November 13-15, 2020, Once a Mother, Always a Mother: For Better or Worse!, The Catholic Moms Summit (Virtual). Free. Complete set of talks available for purchase at this link (follow links on tab “Access the Summit”).
March 22, 2019, “Create in Me a Clean Heart”, Military Council of Catholic Women, Northeast Regional Retreat, Malvern, PA
March 27, 2019, Camden Convocation for Catholic Leaders: “The Joy of the Gospel in South Jersey”, Atlantic City, NJ
April 3, 2019, Women’s Lenten Day of Prayer, St. John Vianney Parish, Houston, TX
April 9, 2019, “Create in Me A Clean Heart”, Legatus, Wilmington, DE
June 7-9, 2019, Flourish! Retreat for Women: “Life in the Vine”, Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA
July 30, 2019, Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show Event Luncheon, Lancaster, PA
October 5, 2019, Allentown, PA, Diocese 2019 Women’s Conference, Chosen to Bear Fruit!
November 10-18, 2019 Walking with Mary and Jesus in the Holy Land, Pilgrimage to Israel with Dr. Edward Sri. For information: edwardsri.com/holy-land-pilgrimage
January 26-28, 2018 Come to the Water, Women’s Resurrection Experience, Braedenton, FL
February 15, 2018 Create in Me a Clean Heart, Walking with Purpose, St. Monica’s Parish, Berwyn, PA
March 8-9, 2018 Walk in Her Sandals, “Women, Wine & Wisdom” groups W.I.N.E. (Women in the New Evangelization), New Orleans, LA
April 9, 2018 Marriage: Created by God, for God, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
May 1, 2018 Marriage: Created by God, for God, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA, Sts. Simon and Jude Parish, West Chester, PA
May 3, 2018 Marriage: Created by God, for God, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Warminster, PA
May 6, 2018 The Power of Joy!, Women’s Tea, Malvern Retreat House, Malvern, PA
May 11-12, 2018 Flourish, Women’s Retreat, St. Anne’s Parish, Broken Arrow, OK
September 28, 2018, St. Agnes Catholic Church, Sellersville, PA
November 13, 2018 “Come to the Manger”, Upper Providence, PA
November 26, 2018 St. Norbert Parish RCIA, Paoli, PA
December 2-11, 2018 Walking with Mary and Jesus in the Holy Land, Pilgrimage to Israel with Dr. Edward Sri, For information: edwardsri.com/holy-land-pilgrimage
February 21, 2017 Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God, Legatus, Harrisburg Chapter, Harrisburg, PA
May 5-6, 2017 National Catholic Bible Conference, Discipleship: Taking the Word to Heart, St. John Vianney Parish, Houston, TX
May 15, 2017 The Bible in an Hour, St Elizabeth’s Parish, Exton, PA
June 13, 2017 The Bible Made Easy, Legatus, Wilmington Chapter, Wilmington, PA
October 21, 2017 Come to the Well, National Catholic Women’s Conference, Women in the New Evangelization (WINE)
Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA, For information: W.I.N.E. National Women’s Conference
November 4, 2017 Sarah and Rahab—How to Gain Faith that Gives Hope, Women of Wonder Annual Women’s Conference, Cary, NC
November 5-13, 2017 “Walking with Mary and Jesus in the Holy Land” Pilgrimage with Dr. Edward Sri, For information: edwardsri.com/holyland-pilgrimages
December 7, 2017 Advent by Candlelight, St. Anastasia Parish, Newtown Square, PA
December 9, 2017 Come to the Manger, Inaugural Women’s Advent Breakfast, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Doylestown, PA
March 19, 2016 Lenten Women’s Retreat, St. Magdalene Parish, Flemington, NJ
April 4, 2016 The Bible in an Hour, Theology on Tap, Exton, PA
April 23-26, 2016 Mercy, Me! Finding God’s Mercy and Making it Ours, Parish Mission, St. Elizabeth Parish
April 30, 2016 Culture Project Annual Brunch, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
May 18, 2016 Lectio Divina, Theology on Tap, Lancaster City, PA
September 22, 2016 Works of Mercy, Sacrament Parish Forum, St. Joseph Parish, Downington, PA
September 27, 2016 Introduction to Acts, St. Alphonsus Parish, Maple Glen, PA
October 15, 2016 Cornerstone Women’s Retreat, Stirling, NJ
October 23 – 30, 2016 “Walking with Mary and Jesus in the Holy Land”, Pilgrimage with Dr. Edward Sri, For information: edwardsri.com/holyland-pilgrimages
November 21, 2016 Introduction to the Bible, St. Norbert Parish, Paoli, PA