Courses

Lent course

Lent course 2013: Not a Tame Lion starts Tuesday 19th February.

Following the success of 2012’s course based on The King’s Speech we will be using another course by the same author, Hilary Brand. Not a Tame Lion is a five-week Lent course based around the writings of C S Lewis and the films The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Shadowlands. The course aims to bring ideas from C S Lewis’s writing to a wider contemporary audience. In doing so it looks at issues including suffering, God’s absence, the gift of the present moment, heaven, judgement, and the force of evil. Each film clip is related to one of the sayings of Jesus as found in the gospels.

The course will start 7.45 for 8pm to 9.30 pm on Tuesdays from 19th February to 19th March at St. Johns. It will be helpful if those coming will sign up on the sheets at St Marys and St John’s so that we have an idea how many books to buy.

The Alpha course

alpha courseAn exciting time lies ahead for us with the start of this autumn’s Alpha courses at St. John’s Church, Langdon Hills.

Alpha is a 10 week course which gives guests the opportunity to explore the Christian faith and as the advertising says to ‘explore the meaning of life’. It is a chance to ask questions you may have always wanted to ask or to just look at life a little bit deeper. Over 7,000 courses are currently running across the UK and over 2 million people in the UK and 11 million worldwide have now attended an Alpha course.

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SHAPE course materials

Click here for the handouts for each week of the SHAPE course, which ran on Thursday evenings at St John’s during Lent. Materials from weeks 1-6 are now available. (See this page for details of the course.)

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St John’s and St Mary’s this Lent

Do you wish…

  • You could discover your gifts;
  • You could live a more joyful and fruitful Christian life;
  • You could serve God more fully;
  • You could become the person God has designed you to be?

Take part in exploring “Your SHAPE for God’s Service”!

What will it involve?
“Your SHAPE for God’s Service” involves six meetings in a small informal group. It will be enjoyable and interesting!
We will help each other to explore our unique God-given “SHAPE,” and how we can use it in his service.
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Lent course

This year’s Lent course is on Tuesdays from 8 pm at St. John’s. The course starts on 23rd February and runs until 23rd March.

The theme will be “A Way through the wilderness: Experiencing God’s help in times of crisis”. It will follow a format similar to previous years: meeting at St Johns on Tuesday evenings with a mixture of input together and group discussion. As in previous years we will be joining together with our Methodist friends. We hope you will want to join us. Please sign up on the sheets at the back of each of our churches to assist us in anticipating numbers and purchasing an appropriate number of books.

Overview of the Bible

Tuesday 12th January, 2010: The Old Testament
Tuesday 19th January, 2010: The New Testament

Venue: St John’s, Forest Glade. The speaker will be Ian Hollingworth.
7.45 for an 8.00 pm start.

For more information please contact Eddy Lee on 01268 412016.

Lent course

Dates: from 5th March to 2nd April:
Every year during Lent (the weeks leading up to Easter) we meet together at St. John’s for a short 5 week course about some aspect of our faith. The evenings include some worship, an introductory talk and led discussion in groups. This year we will be using a course called “Lentwise” which will help us to think about the spiritual essentials we need for our journey through life with God. The course will run on Thursday evenings, 7.45 pm coffee for 8.00 pm start, from 5th March to 2nd April. It will be a real help if we know in advance if you intend to come (so we can get enough booklets etc) so please sign up on the lists which are available at both churches. As in previous years we will be joined by our friends from the Methodist churches.
Prior to the course we will start Lent with a service on Ash Wednesday (25th February) at St. Mary’s church at 8 pm, which includes the traditional imposition of ashes. At the end of the Lent course we will be having special meals in people’s homes followed by a service together at the Methodist church on Maundy Thursday (9th April).

Post-Alpha groups

As a  follow up to Alpha we are organising two groups meeting at St. John’s on Tuesday evenings 8.00 pm from 20th January. Led by Steve Spencer and Anna Davis.
Friday afternoons 1.00 pm to 2.45 pm from 23rd January. Led by Colin Hopkinson and Gaynor Carter. (If you require childcare please speak to Gaynor or Colin).

We will be looking at stories from the gospels.  Please let us know if you would like to join one of these groups by speaking to one of the leaders or phoning Colin (542156) or the parish office (490400). You do not need to have attended Alpha to join a group.

Christian Listening course

At the last Annual Meeting there was discussion leading to the formation of a pastoral care group. Lilian ran such a course earlier this year. Another linked course has been arranged, called Acorn Christian Learning to Listen.

Dates: evening sessions on October 6th , 13th and 20th and November 11th. The location has yet to be determined and will be based either in St. Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s Hall or private homes. An invitation is extended to anyone who either couldn’t attend the earlier meetings but is interested in pastoral care,  or who would like to attend simply for personal development, with no obligation to be part of  the pastoral care team.  We hope to cover the most of the cost of the course, subject to PCC approval, so the charge for attending will be approximately £10, but concessions will be available if this would prevent anyone from attending. 

Please contact Ros Huntley or Julie Coker if you’d like more information about the course.

Alpha Course

Alpha is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thought provoking weekly sessions. Our Alpha Courses begin on the following dates:

  • Evening course: Thursday 25 September, 7.30pm
  • Daytime course: Friday 3 October 1.15pm. This is an ‘Express’ course with slightly shorter sessions and free childcare for age 2 years +.

For more information on either of these courses speak to Colin, Donna Martin at St John’s or Eddy Lee at St Mary’s. You can also find out more on the Alpha website.

Registration forms are available at St Mary’s and St John’s – simply return to the Parish Office by 7th September.