Monday Evening House Group
Meets: Generally 1st & 3rd Monday of each month in a member’s home at 20:00.
Contact: David Morgan
After a long break we began meeting again in Advent using some of the images from 'The Art of Advent' by Jane Williams to direct our discussions. We have welcomed a couple of new members this year who have added another dimension to the group.
We are now using a Methodist Church publication 'Talking of God Together'. The aim of this study guide is to encourage and equip us to speak comfortably about our experience of God and the Christian faith. The resource included people's stories, Bible passages, questions and activities to increase our confidence and conviction in speaking more openly about our faith.
We try to meet twice a month on Monday evenings at 7.30pm. New members warmly invited! Contact the Morgans for more information and watch the notice sheet for dates.
Wednesday Study Group
Meets: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month in the Bradbury Centre at 14:00.
Contact: Rosi MorganBarry
We meet on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, usually in John or Luke. We are a part of our Vision: nourishing and strengthening people for their spiritual journeys. About a year ago, being an Eco Church, we decided to look at what the Bible says about food, using material provided by the Methodist Relief and Development Fund. It reminded us how well our Creator God provides for us and made us think about the plenty we enjoy in contrast to other's poverty.
Usually we base our studies on the Scripture Union "Lifebuilder" series, which suggest a number of questions to set us thinking: some elementary and some very searching. We tackled a series on Decisions: how best should make them. Obviously they must be in line with God's will but also must take into account the effect they would have on other people. Scripture and prayer will loom large in the process and following this we have just started a series of studies on prayer.
Many prayers are recorded in the Bible and we have been "eavesdropping on some of the most significant prayers in human history". We can think of prayer as conversing with God and getting to know him, but there are so many other dimensions and we have been challenged: to remind ourselves who God is (he is willing and able to answer); to pray intelligently and to consider if we can be part of the answer to our prayers.
Everyone feels able to take part in our small group discussions and if you would like to join us you would be very welcome.
Thursday-At-Two House Group
Meets: 1st & 3rd Thursdays in the month in a member’s home at 14:00.
Contact: Malcolm Ray-Smith
We continue to meet on the first and third Thursdays each month at Two in the afternoon in the home of Mrs Shirley Beasley or of Mrs Enid Trafford, and we appreciate the kind hospitality of both ladies. We pray for those in the church fellowship who we know are unwell or facing particular difficulties.
In the Spring of 2018 we discussed the book recommended for study by the whole church for Lent Entitled "Worship in the Wilderness" and from April we continued our studies of the life of David. Over the autumn we concentrated on the twelve disciples and thought about what we could learn from their example both during the ministry of Jesus and in the era of the early church. Since January we have begun to read Luke together using questions suggested by Tom Wright.
Members each contribute a pound at our meetings. From time to time we donate the proceeds to such charities as we feel led to support. During the past year we made donations to Christian Aid and the Wokingham Foodbank.