Pastoral Home Groups
How can we understand the Word of God without study, community and commitment? Regular meetings currently take place across the Parish on a weekly basis for fellowship and bible study. The second chapter of second Timothy invites us to: “work hard so (we) can present (ourselves) to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” And that’s what we aspire to do through Home Group: study, fellowship and share together over cake and hot drinks. All who are interested are free to join us.
We are blessed to have the following experienced Pastoral Care Group leaders coordinating Home Groups within the Parish: Paul and Clare Morrison and Russell Shipton.
Themed Bible Studies for the whole Parish will be introduced each year around the following study material: “That the World May Know”, used by Reverend Rickey Simpson-Gray as past Home Group Leader. The Parish is resourced with the full suite of 16 DVDs.
The opportunity to still indulge in other personal studies personally and in small groups remain. This page will be regularly refreshed with available resources in order to pursue deeper knowledge of the Word of God, with which comes deeper spirituality, greater discernment and theological insight. In the meantime, please find listed available resources referenced through the Diocesan website:
Making Disciples is a holistic model that provides small group sessions, individual resources and church resources. It has a focus on reflection on personal discipleship to aid participants as they grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Being with is an increasingly popular new course from St Martin-in-the-Fields that describes itself as ‘an invitation to invest in becoming the type of person who knows how to be with yourself, others, the world around us and through this to be with God. It is an invitation to discover faith in the context of discovering friendship.’
Discipleship Explored is an eight-session course with a focus on the love of Christ. It follows Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and involves real-life stories and brand new documentary films that build on the weekly Bible readings.
The Bible Project is a growing website based in America which provides exceptional audio-visual Biblical learning resources. It is mostly aimed at personal use by people seeking to grow their knowledge and understanding of Scripture but many of the resources can be downloaded and used within a small group.
The Bible Society offer a huge array of resources for individuals and groups to engage with Scripture including podcasts, books, daily reflections, videos, and maps of the Holy Land. Their very popular eight-part Bible Course which looks at the whole story of the Bible is available for individual and small group use.
Crowthorne is located in the Royal County of Berkshire close to the Hampshire and Surrey Borders.
The village of Crowthorne is split between the Unitary Authorities of Bracknell Forest Borough Council and Wokingham Borough Council and even those who live in the Wokingham Borough will tell you that they actually live in Crowthorne. There are few retail facilities within the Parish a small parade of shops in the east...