Things were challenging enough for our churches before the pandemic hit and now, after a year of loss, lockdowns and online services, surely many of us feel the burden of keeping things going even more. There is no better time, therefore, to take a step back and ask the big questions; is God really at work in our communities? What will Christianity be like in Wales in ten years’ time? Are there honest answers to be found in the Bible that could give us guidance?
These are precisely the questions behind the Explore course. In light of the success of the course last year, and the fact that so many have asked us to continue, we are pleased to announce that we will be running a second year of it this year, again in the company of Cam Roxburgh from Canada. The course content will be different from last year, but anyone is welcome to join us who weren’t with us last time!
Here is a word from Cam to introduce the course this year:
There will be discussion groups as part of each session in both English and Welsh. This year’s course will be following David Fitch’s exciting book ‘Faithful Presence’, which takes us with real life examples into the heart of how our churches can be transformative presences in our communities.
Rev Simeon Baker says of the book, ‘Many churches think that any attempt at mission is somehow beyond us and requires that we keep up with all the latest trends, to be more modern and contemporary. This simple and easy to read book by David Fitch tells a different story. It speaks to the faithful practices of the church and challenges us to rediscover how they can impact our community. Why don’t you join us once a month with Cam as we explore how to be God’s faithful presence in a world that desperately needs more of it?’
The book is available from amazon and other online booksellers for £10 or so.
You can sign up for free here – this monthly course will be starting in September so please register your interest asap!