WE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS.
We can't convince you. All we can do is share that we have found so much more.
We have discovered that the words of Jesus are true when he says:
'I have come in order to give you life to the full. " (John 10.10).
Our lives are being transformed from the inside out as we learn to trust more in Jesus.
Is there more to life than this?
We invite you to explore the question for yourself.
“The unexplored life is not worth living!” - Plato
To explore questions about life why not Try Alpha?
Over 27 million people worldwide have now attended an Alpha course, an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment, running in tens of thousands of churches, coffee shops, bars and homes across the world.
No pressure, no charge, no follow up.
"What Alpha offers, and what is attracting thousands of people, is permission, rare in secular culture, to discuss the big questions: life, death and their meaning"
- The Guardian
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Alpha runs for 12 sessions over three months.
Begin your greatest adventure. Sign up for Alpha. Contact: email@example.com
"Is it a bit like poetry?
Difficult to pin down?
Or, is it more like a conversation?"
Something shared / Something grasped / Something understood?
One thing is for sure; God is not a slot machine.
God is person.
When we pray, some one is listening. Someone who understands.
Sadly, deep down many people think that God is not that nice, he does not like us very much and he spends most of his time being cross with us. This could not be further from the truth.
Like a match strike, prayer can set events in motion that I have not yet imagined.
And so we pray, using the words that Jesus taught us...
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Whole Life learning
Whole Life learning
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ - Jesus
The Bible actively works in our lives when we read it; allow it to shape our thinking and give us a sense of purpose. Let us know if you would like to know how to get the most from your Bible. Many use the "Bible in one year" app on our phones. It is easy to install and it is free. It is great to know that others in town are using it too! The app gives a selection of three Bible readings for each day with commentary by Nicky and Pippa Gumble. Many of us have found that the daily audio commentary is easy to listen to and practical for real life. You can download it free from the App Store or from google play.
Whatever your age, there is always more to learn. Everyone is encouraged to keep exploring. Short courses are a great place to connect with others, deepen your understanding, and receive specialised training for ministry. There are no tests and many courses are free. There is something for everyone.
If you have already tried Alpha, you will want to deepen your understanding of the Bible and how to live it out.
"Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need." - Frederick Buechner
As you deepen your sense of calling and purpose, we want to support you in finding suitable training for the direction God is giving. The main areas of training include the following:
This is not an exhaustive list of training courses. We also support individuals to attend courses and/or conferences which might inspire and or provide training in areas not provided by the diocese. In the past we have sent people to courses on the following topics: Leadership, Mental Health Support, Youth Work and Food Bank food prep
The Marriage Preparation Course
Many couples spend up to 250 hours planning their wedding, but very little time, if any, planning for married life. There are many things you can do to begin building a lifelong, happy marriage. Investing in your relationship before you are married will reap rewards for many years to come. (5 sessions)
The Marriage Course
A bit like an MOT for your marriage, this course helps couples to invest in their relationship and build a strong happy marriage. It includes videos and individual workbooks which ask personal questions relating to the topic and allowing for discussion between couples in a safe environment. (7 sessions)
The Parenting Course
This course is for any parent with children up to the age of 10 years. It gives practical tips about child development and then an opportunity to discuss. The presenters talks are interspersed with thoughts and feedback from parents and guardians who have completed the course, as well as street interviews with parents and children from around the world. (5 sessions)
The Money Course
Blending down-to-earth wisdom with tried-and-tested practical teaching, the Money Course is designed to help individuals explore their personal relationship with money and take control of their household finances. (4 sessions)
'East Well, Spend Less' Basic Cooking Course
Learn the basics of cooking by learning how to cook a simple meal on a budget. This course is run by the Food Bank twice a year. (4 sessions)