Whole Life Learning

There is always something more to learn. Why am I here? What can I do? How can I understand the Bible better? Chatteris Church encourages every member to keep exploring for the whole of life. Short courses are also a great place to connect with others,  deepen understanding, and learn new skills for ministry. There are no tests and many courses are free. All abilities are welcome to attend.



To explore questions about life with others we recommend that you try Alpha. It is a great place to start.  Alpha runs for 12 sessions over three months. Each session includes refreshments, a short film, and an opportunity for small group discussion. The groups are led by supportive leaders who ensure a safe environment where everyone is welcome to share their views when respecting the views of others. #tryalpha

"I soon realized it was about a relationship, not about a religion."                             - Kate Britten, Chatteris
  • 1: Is there more to life than this?
  • 2: Who is Jesus? 
  • 3: Why did Jesus die? 
  • 4: How can I have faith? 
  • 5 : How and why should I pray? 
  • 6: How and why should I read the Bible? 
  • 7: How does God guide us? 
  • 8: Who is the Holy Spirit? 
  • 9: What does the Holy Spirit do?  
  • 10: How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?  
  • 11: How can I make the most of the rest of my life?  
  • 12: How can I resist evil? 
  • 13: Why and how should I tell others? 
  • 14: Does God heal today? 
  • 15: What about the church? 


Following on from Alpha, you may want to deepen your understanding of the Bible. What is the difference with the Old Testament and the New Testament? What is the big story of the Bible? How can I understand it and apply it to my own life? What does it mean to be a Christian at work?  The Discipleship Course explores these questions and more. It will give you a good introduction to Christian theology. Each session includes times for prayer, written work, discussion and worship. Homework is assigned each week. No marks are given but everyone gets involved. Near the end of the course we explore vocation and ministry to see how you might be equipped for the next step on the Christian journey.

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


As you grow to know more about Christ and his love, your unique gifts and calling will become more clear.  There is no one like you. God has made you for a purpose. The journey of discipleship is not just for Sunday but follows Christ out into the world for your whole life. As you respond to God's call, we will support you in finding suitable training. Some of the courses for training include the following areas:

  • 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

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


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)