Please find below details for our Lent Courses that are being run this year, across St Mary’s, St Cuthbert’s and All Hallows. All meetings start with refreshments at 7.45pm, prayer and praise at 8pm with courses starting at 8.15pm. Most courses are due to end at 9.30pm.
There is a great choice with some fabulous teaching, please select from the list below and book via the link at the end.
ST.CUTHBERT’S – Tuesday evenings
HERESIES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM – led by Mike Newman (weeks 1-6)
Was Jesus divine? Was Jesus human? Could God suffer? Can people save themselves by their own efforts? Do Christian ministers have to be perfect? These and other questions were answered by the early Christian Church so as to rule in certain orthodox beliefs and rule out certain heretical beliefs. Anyone could be a Christian, but a Christian could not believe simply anything. This course, using the book ‘Heresies and how to avoid them’, will tackle ancient heresies and showing why Christians need to remember what these great early heresies were and why they were ruled out, or else risk falling prey to their modern-day manifestations. The essays included here are scholarly but accessible, academic but highly relevant. (Note –participants will need to purchase a copy of the book before the course – cost £11)
FRIENDSHIP FIRST – led by Fiona Goode (weeks 1-6)
This Course is intended to help Christians find out more about Islam. What do Muslims believe? How should we view Muslims? How can we engage with our Muslim friends and neighbours? How can we tell them the Good News about Jesus? This is a six week interactive course for Christians from all walks of life. We will be using a DVD to support our discussions. There is a helpful course book which will be available to purchase from the group—cost £5). (note: sessions for this course will last 90 minutes)
WHO ARE WE PRAYING TO? – led by tba (weeks 1-4)
Principal of St John’s College Durham, David Wilkinson has Ph.Ds in astrophysics and theology. He features in relaxed conversation with Simon Stanley on the course audio, together with contributions from churchgoers of different denominations. “For years I have been obsessed with how to pray, as if perfecting the technique of prayer or finding the perfect method would help me to pray more. It seems to me now that it is far more energising to engage with the question of why I pray and to whom I am praying”. Session Titles: Praying with perseverance; Praying in the face of unanswered prayer; Praying for the marginalized; Prayer and Covenant.
INVESTMENT TRAINING FOR BEGINNERS – led by Luke Blakeley (weeks 1-3)
For Year 7-Year 13’s involved or are becoming involved in helping with a Children or Youth group. (Not for adults!)
If you are currently a youth member and are also a helper or leader in one of our children or youth groups (or would like to be!), this is the Lent Course for you! Come and join Luke, Bekah and Emma as we have a meal together, and invest in you with some really helpful tips and techniques of how you can become the best leader you can be, whilst learning how to invest in the younger ones you lead with! (Note: this course will take place 17:30-19:00 at the Blakeley’s)
PARTNERING WITH PARENTS: ‘The Tough Pill’ – led by Luke Blakeley (weeks 4-6)
For any interested parents, guardians and grandparents – a Seminar-style course aimed at helping us all consider faithfulness, busy-ness, cultural stresses, security, comfort, parental pressures and more, and the effects these factors can have on our children and young people. Will be plenty of time for discussion, questions, and personal application.
ALL HALLOWS – Wednesday evenings
PRAYER: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE – led by Barbara Forrest, Gilly Hall & Liz Harrison (weeks 1-6)
Come along to find out more about prayer by looking at Psalms and famous prayers in the Bible. Through discussion and examples our aim is to be inspired and challenged to develop and deepen both our personal prayer and the prayer life of our churches. The sessions will be as follows: Why do we pray? How do we pray? Praying for ourselves; Praying for others; Praying through sorrow; Praying in church. Just bring along a Bible, a notebook and a pen.
MAJORING ON THE MINORS – led by Rob Munro (weeks 1-3 & 4-6)
Often neglected, much misunderstood, sometimes undiscovered, the Minor Prophets have a major part to play in the history of God’s people. We’re going to explore their place in Bible history, the power and challenge of their message then and now, and why they are worth the effort in listening to.
PART 1 (Weeks 1-3) will explore Prophets of Judgement – 1. Understanding Biblical Prophecy, looking at Jonah; 2. Tips for Understanding Prophets, looking at Micah; 3. More Tips for Understanding Prophets, looking at Zephaniah
PART 2 (Weeks 4-6) will explore Prophets of Restoration – 1. Hearing the Prophets’ message today, looking at Haggai; 2. When prophets go wrong, looking at Zechariah; 3. Fulfilment in Christ, looking at Malachi
(note: weeks 1-3 & 4-6 are self-contained – so you can come to either or both)
A HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND IN FIVE YEARS – led by Ian Chidlow & Neil King (weeks 1-6)
We may have been members of the Church of England for a long time, but how much do we know about where the Church of England has come from. Why are we led by bishops? Why is it an ‘established’ church? And why is it a ‘broad church’ with so many different beliefs and opinions within it? In this course we’ll be looking at five important years in the Church of England’s history. Not only will we see where we have come from, but also how God has worked through our denomination and what our spiritual inheritance is as Anglicans.
ST.MARY’S – Wednesday evenings
REAL CHANGE – led by Stan Tomalin (weeks 1-6)
However long we’ve been Christians, we all have areas of our lives that need transforming. The problem is that, sometimes, we’ve been struggling with these things for years – and we may have given up hope of ever really changing.
REAL CHANGE is a six-week course in which you will learn more about how God changes us. It is an opportunity for you to grow in faith, in love, and in hope; in short, it is written to help ordinary Christians become more like Jesus in the midst of their everyday lives. Each week the Bible study and discussion will help you understand how God works in us and, in so doing, come to better understand how your Saviour meets you in your particular situation.
(note: sessions for this course will last 90 minutes. Also, each course member will need a course handbook – cost £4 – available on the first evening)
JOURNEY THRU THE NEW TESTAMENT – led by Mark Tomlinson (weeks 1-6)
This is a great introductory course for anyone wanting to explore the big picture of the story of God presented through the New Testament of the Bible. Using a range of resources this course will provide space for people to ask questions and learn together in a friendly environment and seek to help people grow deeper in their encounter with Scripture and understanding the Bible as we explore together the storyline of the New Testament.
SCIENCE & FAITH – led by Peter Budd (weeks 1-3)
This course explores how science complements a Christian faith.
Session 1 (Knowledge and Wisdom) considers the motivations for science and how science can help us learn something about God, and reflects on the limits of science.
Session 2 (Responsibility and Action) discusses our responsibility for the planet we live on, and explores how faith manifests itself in action.
Session 3 (Suffering and Resurrection) addresses the question of why bad things happen, and thinks about miracles and the laws of nature.
GLORIFYING GOD IN WORK – led by Peter Selby (weeks 4-6)
For many Christians work is seen as a tiresome necessity which helps provide the resource to enable us to undertake “real” Christian work. However, it is clear from the Bible that we worship a God who works and, even before the fall, work was something expected of humankind. These studies will help us understand the nature of God’s work, the nature of our work and how we can glorify God by the way in which we live our lives in the workplace.
HOMEGROUP TASTER COURSE – led by Steve Whitaker (weeks 1-3 & 4-6)
HomeGroups are great – we all need regular encouragement in our Christian lives and to have some accountability to others whom we trust. Belonging to a small group helps us to apply the Bible’s teaching to every area of our lives.
But people are often nervous about joining a group because they’re not sure such a group is for them. If this is you – these courses are for you. We are running two short 3-week taster courses, so that you can get a feel for homegroups and see whether or not such a thing really is for you – without feeling that you are signing your life away! So why not come along and see for yourself…..
SCARS: Understanding and Overcoming Gender Based Violence – led by Katy Adams & Sarah Corfield-Steele (weeks 1-6)
Gender-based violence affects millions of women and girls across the world, harming them, their families, and their community. Join us for a six-part course led by Press Red looking at this issue. Based on Elaine Storkey’s celebrated book ‘Scars Across Humanity’ and developed in conjunction with Redcliffe Theological College, we will cover some of the different forms abuse can take, hearing from those directly affected and those working to bring change. Participants will be challenged to respond and take action and will leave with an in-depth understanding of what is happening daily to women and girls around the world. (Note – sessions for this course will last 90 minutes – also, participants will need to purchase a copy of the book ‘Scars across Humanity’ by Elaine Storkey before the course– cost £10—available on Amazon)
Please sign up here for our Lent Courses. Any questions or queries please call the Parish office at St Mary’s on 0161 428 8050
The Lent Reading booklet can be downloaded here.Lent Readings 2020 booklet