Finding Faith

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Curious?

Are you just wanting to dip your toe in the water to discover more about Jesus?

You may have questions about faith that you want to explore. 

You could have doubts and want them to treated with respect and care.

 An individual’s journey to faith in Jesus Christ is very varied. It is a journey in which we will need the help and support of other Christians. Looking back, we often discover that particular people have played a significant part in showing us the way to follow Jesus, what it means and what we need to do to grow as Christians in the months and years to come.

How about an opportunity to explore, ask questions, name doubts, discover faith for yourself?

Why not call one of the ministers in our parishes and ask for a chat over a cup of coffee?  We would be delighted to meet with you.

You can also take a look at Pilgrims Way on the Church of England website which offers some basic teaching and guidance about faith as a Christian. www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/pilgrim-way

 

From time to time we run small groups for Bible study, discussion and prayer and you would be most welcome to join us.  Services of worship can be very inspiring but a small group or an individual chat can get down to your thoughts and questions more easily. Both are important but the small group can be a place to accelerate growth to greater maturity as a follower of Jesus.

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Here are some ways of joining with others to explore and find faith:
 
Small groups are meeting regularly and offer a relaxed and friendly conversational sharing to explore and deepen our faith.
Just looking?  Christianity Explored is an easy and accessible discussion based course to come alongside others who are also exploring Christian faith.  At present the group meets on Tuesdays evenings.  If you are interested but cannot make that time then we will happily explore shaping a course that suits your availability better.
Want to go deeper?  We run three courses of about six sessions throughout the year, in Lent, in June/July and in November/December.  Our next course will be SACRED RHYTHMS: spiritual practices that nourish your soul and transform your life, by Ruth Haley Barton of the Transforming Centre.  Like our previous courses, some of our content is presented on screen.  It will run for six weeks in Ettington Church, beginning on Tuesday 8th June 2021 with sessions at 11am at 7:30pm.  If you would like to know more, please contact Sharon.
Bible Book Club meets monthly on a Monday in Ettington church from 1.30pm for an hour.  We agree each time which book of the Bible to read from start to finish before coming together, as all book clubs do, to chat about it and respond to it.  This is a lively and thoughtful discussion which brings our questions from today to the text.  Contact Jane Evans to find out more.
Bible study homegroup meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at 8pm in homes in Ettington, opening the Bible together and learning from one another.  Contact Jane Evans to find out more.
Sow Good!  SOW stands for Songs of Worship and is for all who love to sing together with others and are open to exploring different styles of worship music, from chants to contemporary, and meets on Thursdays monthly between 7pm-8.15pm.  Talent no barrier!  Contact Maggie Bannister to find out more.
If robes and anthems are more your thing, then do consider joining the warmly welcoming Pillertons choir which also meets on Thursday evenings.  Contact Jane Waters to find out more.
There are many social opportunities in our churches to come together and make friends.  The clergy team are also happy to come to see you at home – just get in touch with us to make arrangements.  We look forward to when these regular gatherings can resume after the relaxation of Covid restrictions.
Coffee and Chat takes place on Wednesdays in Newbold-on-Stour church from 10.30am - 12 Noon.  On the first Wednesday of the month, there is also a popular communion service which begins at 10am.
Chat in church takes place on the first Friday of the month in Butlers Marston church from 7–11pm and is a pop-up pub facility hosted by the church.
Tea and chat takes place on the third Thursday of the month in homes in Alderminster from 2.30pm–4pm.  Check the Village Voices posted on the parish website to confirm the venue.
Tea and Cake is served generously and extensively!!! and especially on Sunday afternoons in July in Ettington church, Sunday afternoons in August in Pillerton churchyard and on Bank Holiday Mondays in Butlers Marston churchyard.
Lent lunches take place on Wednesdays throughout Lent, moving to a different community each week, with homemade soup and the opportunity to give a gift of money through a charity which works with those in need.
Patterns for prayer: Join Sharon in her Prayer Room by phone.  It is free, simple to use and you are welcome.   She will be using the rhythm of prayer resources of the Northumbria Community.  These can be found in the books Celtic Daily Prayer published by Collins, or online, or Sharon can post you a copy.
Every Thursday: 9am Morning Prayer, Midday prayer, 5.30pm Evening Prayer, 9.30pm Compline (Night prayer)
HOW?
Step 1.  Decide you are joining to pray at one of the times above
Step 2.  Dial this number from your phone: 0333 0164 757
Step 3.  When prompted, key in the conference room number to your keypad: 82803339 #
Step 4.  When prompted, key in the pin number 8402 #
Step 5.  You will be able to hear and speak as normal on the phone, hearing Sharon leading the prayers and others who choose to participate out loud.  But you can also simply listen in.
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ.  For more information and resources visit the website at www.thykingdomcome.global.  Stourdene will have prayer stations in our churches and prayers walks in that period.  It’s a great opportunity to be creative and find new ways of praying. 
For children and young people: Teams of Storytellers bring Open the Book into our local schools, which include Ettington Church of England Primary School and Newbold and Tredington Church of England Primary School.  The clergy team are also regularly and actively involved in our schools, as well as welcoming the school communities into our buildings for seasonal celebrations.  It’s quite a squeeze but it’s worth it!
GIFT youth group meets every fortnight on a Thursday evening during term time from 7pm-8.30pm in Ettington Church.  Contact Steve Lowe or Jo Wade to know more.
Crafts and activities: As well as engaging children in our worship through activity, interaction and encouraging their shared leadership we also offer activities like the Hot Cross Bun workshop in Alderminster, and the seasonal craft afternoons in Newbold.