27 Sep Vicar’s Blog 15th September
15th September 2019
As we begin a new phase of life together in the Benefice, with the launch of the Afternoon Service at Little Eaton at 4.30pm today, and with the Come and See Mission almost upon us, I thought it would be good to cast our minds beyond the next week or so, and to think a little about the rest of the term, and to particularly think of opportunities for discipleship and growth in faith.
At one level, things are business as usual, and that means that our main focus for growing in our knowledge and love for God, and our love for each other, are our Sunday Services. They are the most effective tool we have for growing together as a church family, whether in Duffield or in Little Eaton. Where possible, I would encourage you to come twice on a Sunday. I know this is not always possible, but it is a great opportunity to deepen our faith together.
In addition to that, we run small groups at various times and in various places at both churches. Evening growth groups are on Wednesdays’ in Duffield, and Thursday in Little Eaton. There are daytime groups running for women on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Do take advantage of these opportunities to get to grips with understanding and applying the bible, to share fellowship together, and to pray in a smaller and more intimate context. You may never have been in a small group before and may feel a bit daunted. If so, talk to me as we are looking to get a ‘discipleship’ group going to help people bridge into small groups.
Finally, every year we seek to run additional courses to help us understand our faith and what it means to live it out. We are having a ‘fallow year’ with our three-year cycle of Bible Overview / Church History / Way the Truth and Life courses but will be putting on a number of smaller events during the year. The first of these is our Parenting Course which will be running on the 12th and 19th October 2019 – see the flier for more details or speak to me.
Yours in Christ