Nurturing our Faith together

Monthly Virtual Nurture Group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at 11 a.m. on Zoom

Similar to Bible Study: currently we are focusing on ‘Standing in the Sandals of the Prophets’. We have spent a couple of sessions exploring the book of Nehemiah and the Book of Amos. Join us on October 18th at 11 a.m. for our next session.

As we approach the Advent and Christmas season, we start our preparations this autumn by visiting the words of the prophet Isaiah. We will be dipping in to read and discuss some of the messages from Isaiah that we may recognise as beloved and familiar to us in the Christmas readings we hear each year.

In October, we will think about the ‘Message of Immanuel’ to be found in some of the early chapters of Isaiah.

In November, we will hear more about ‘The Prince of Peace’ by delving into later chapters.

In December, at a meeting brought forward to 6th December as Advent gets underway and before the rush of Christmas preparations, the discussion will turn to ‘Singing the Songs of Christmas’ found in Luke’s Gospel.

Invitations and notes will be sent out before each meeting. Hope to ‘see’ you then.

Each session lasts about an hour and you are welcome to listen, discuss and think about the topic under discussion before and during our time together. An invitation to this Zoom based session will be sent out the week before it takes place. Notes to help you prepare and think about the book of Amos will be sent out in advance of our time together.

Stepwise: developing your discipleship

Thinking about how you might nurture your faith? In these lockdown times, the Stepwise programme is now available online with group membership across the Synod.

Being a Christian means that you are on a journey of faith, with many ups and downs. Be reassured that God is with you as you progress on the path of discipleship. Reading  the scriptures, and being with a community of fellow disciples can be very encouraging   but sometimes we need a little more. Attending Sunday worship, Bible study groups, and conversations can help, however  below are some links to websites that are useful and I recommend them to you for further reflection.  I have also identified some books, and films for consideration.

TIP. When considering a situation,  issue  or relationship, whether it is yours or someone else’s, always ask the question ‘ Where is God ? Can I see God working? Can I see justice and love ? 

Websites for Nurturing Faith 

  • re jesus is an extensive website , which includes discussion topics , prayers, quizzes and lots more.
  • Sacred Space is an on line prayer community, with many helpful suggestions
  • Living spaces is from the Sacred Space Sacred Space website and has daily readings

The United reformed Church has a monthly magazine, REFORM; you can access REFORM from the above link.

Suggested Theological Reading

  • Marcus Borg: The God I never knew
  • Marcos Borg : Meeting Jesus for the first time
  • Brian MacClaren :A new Kind of Christianity
  • Bonhoeffer:
  • Ann Morrisey: Beyond the Good Samaritan
  • Graham Adams: Christ and the other
  • Brian Wren: Which language should I borrow
  • Geza Vermes: Jesus the Jew

Suggested Spiritual Reading 

  • Richard Rohr Falling upwards
  • Henri Nouwen

Films for Theological Reflection 

  • The Kings Speech
  • Paddington
  • Pleasantville
  • Man Dancin’
  • Lars and the real Girl
  • Harry Potter films
  • Chocolat
  • War Horse
  • The Deer Hunter