Are you still thinking about joining a House Group?
You can join at any time in the year - although best to get in from the beginning in September if possible!
Housegroups meet fortnightly, avoiding school holidays. The full pattern of weeks can been seen on the Housegroup Weeks page, which include local school holiday dates as well.
Please contact Juliet Amos via the Church Office for information.
Plans for September 2012 are already underway as our current Housegroup year draws to an end. Twelve Housegroups have been meeting fortnightly and we aim to have at least that number again in the autumn. Whether you are already a Housegroup member or not, do please read on. This is an invitation to all to join, studying, discussing and sharing new thoughts and ideas about the Christian faith and the way it impacts our lives.
From September until Christmas, groups will be focussing on Acts chapters 1-12, using a Bible Study Guide which aims to help us learn from the example of the early church who took the message of Jesus way beyond Jerusalem into a much wider and more diverse world.
Then from January the subject will be Spirituality, using material initiated by Rob Hilton and others in the Housegroup leadership and drawing from a variety of resources.
There will also be the opportunity to look at the book ‘Tomorrow’s Faith’ by Adrian B Smith, author of ‘Tomorrow’s Christian’ which we have used in some of our past Housegroup sessions.
So, from the third week in September, there will be groups meeting in various home-based locations on Tuesday afternoon and Monday to Thursday evenings, fortnightly, during school term times. Most groups are in Ilkley but there is one which meets in Burley and one in Addingham. If you have not attended a Housegroup in the past year or maybe you have never been part of a group, do please consider joining one in September! The informal and welcoming atmosphere of a Housegroup is one in which friendship, faith and doubts can be shared, questions asked and answers sought. Through all of this we can strengthen our understanding of ourselves and of the Christian faith as we seek to live better lives as followers of Jesus, God’s people, in our workplaces, our families and our community.
If you would like to know more about Housegroups, enquire about joining or perhaps try a different group next year, please contact Juliet Amos.
How Do We Read The Bible? How Do We Use The Bible?
These are the questions we explored in our Housegroups from
September through to Christmas based on a series of teaching sessions which Rob Hilton gave during some evening services Autumn 2010.
+ The Bible as Revelation
+ The Bible as Story
+ The Bible as Inspiration
+ How to Question the Bible.
We explored the gospel of Mark – 'Life as it is meant to be lived’ based on a series of study sessions by Christine Platt. In her introduction she writes:
‘Jesus kept in close contact with God. However busy he was, he knew he needed time out to refocus and recharge his spiritual batteries.’
Other material will be tyaken from Adrian Smith's challenging book 'Tomorrow's Christian - a new framework for Christian living'.
There are several strands in our Housegroup Programme, catering for all elements of our church family.
Using Emmaus material, for those keen to find out about the basics of Christianity.
A course for new Christians based on Mark’s Gospel; to introduce Jesus - who he is, why he came and what it means to follow him.
SCOPE Youth Housegroup takes place weekly for young people of secondary school age. Details available from Jonathan Logan. You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Discipleship (10 Groups)
Throughout this last season, the book of Daniel using a commentary by Bob Fyall, Christian Responsibility for the Environment based on a report to the Methodist Conference and @Tomorrow’s Christians@ by Adrian Smith, have provided varied foci for study.
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