“‘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 

Reading the Bible

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.

Whole Life Learning

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.

DISCIPLESHIP

If you have already tried Alpha, you will want to deepen your understanding of the Bible and how to live it out.

Course Outline

  • 1. Introduction: Growing as a disciple
  • 2. Prayer:  The language of faith
  • 3. The Old Testament: Abraham to Joshua
  • 4. The Old Testament: Joshua to Exile
  • 5. The Old Testament: Exile to John the Baptist
  • 6. The New Testament: Jesus
  • 7. The New Testament: The Gospel spreads
  • 8. The Church: The community of faith
  • 9. Mission: The response of faith
  • 10.The next step: Living as fruitful disciples

VOCATION

"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:

  • Children's Ministry
  • Communications and evangelism
  • Leading Worship
  • Ordained Church Leadership
  • Parish Nursing 
  • Pastoral Care and healing
  • Preaching and teaching
  • Safeguarding and Administration
  • Social Action
  • Youth Ministry

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

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MORE COURSES FOR LIFE

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)