Some churches call these house groups, or fellowship groups, Bible study groups, class meetings, even Wesley groups. We haven’t chosen a name, but they are an important part of Castle Street life. Over the course of the 2018-19 Methodist year, we will take some time to look at three small group resources. The aim is to offer a variety of topics and approaches. In addition to the term-time weekly meeting of TableTalk for young adults and students, there will be sessions on a Friday evening, meeting at Castle Street.
Autumn term – Bible Month Book of Jonah (4 sessions)Fridays 7th-28th September @ 2000 Wednesdays 3rd October – 28 November @ 1900 as part of the TableTalk programme We will use the autumn term to look at the Book of Jonah using the Methodist Church “Bible Month” magazine.
“Walt Disney gave us Pinocchio. Herman Melville gave us Moby Dick. The Old Testament gives us Jonah who, a bit like Pinocchio, has to be taught a lesson. Although there is humour in this absurd story, there is little to laugh about. Jonah is as obsessed as Captain Ahab; not with the whale but with his own brand of religion.”We will use ‘inductive’ Bible study methods, similar to those used in last year’s Bible Month on the Book of James, to root this strange story in our daily lives. Along the way we can discuss if the story has historical truth (and if that matters) and learn more about the City of Nineveh and how Jonah may or may not be a good example in our relationships with people of other faiths. Download your copy of the Bible Month Jonah magazine here https://www.methodist.org.uk/media/5744/bible-month-magazine-2018-0118.pdf
Lent term – Exploring Spiritual Practices (6 sessions)Fridays 8th March – 12th April @ 2000 Thursdays 17th January – 14th March @ 1900 as part of the TableTalk programme In the Lent term we reflect on the means available to us as Christians to strengthen our relationship with God. We will explore the value of prayer, Bible study, fasting, fellowship and Holy Communion, using a course entitled “Exploring Spiritual Practices”. There will be weekly practical challenges to experience and share together. Together we will seek to grow as disciples of Jesus by re-awakening these ancient Christian practices.
Summer term – Talking of God Together (5 sessions)Fridays 7th June – 5th July @ 2000 Wednesdays 24th April – 12th June @ 1900 as part of the TableTalk programme “Talking of God Together” a new resource (July 2018) which encourages and equips Christians to speak comfortably about their experience of God and the Christian life.
“Is it your desire and design to be on this and all other occasions entirely open, so as to speak everything that is in your heart, without exception, without disguise, and without reserve?” (John Wesley).“Talking of God Together” helps people to take part in conversations with others, both inside and outside their church, about what really matters to them. This accessible resource includes people’s stories, Bible passages, questions and activities to increase user’s confidence and conviction in speaking more openly about their faith and experiences of God with fellow Christians. (Source: release notes produced by the Methodist Church) nb exact dates and times will be agreed by the participants, but hopefully these indications will be helpful.