On Thursday 3rd February 18 people from across the parish were welcomed to St Mark’s Church for the first session of the Living in Love and Faith course. Many of us were not absolutely sure what to expect of the evening!
The sessions are in the format of a video introducing the different sections of the evening, which is then stopped to allow for small groups discussions prompted by a series of questions or for periods of individual reflection.
This week we explored what it means to learn together as followers of Jesus, making commitments to each other which would enable a safe learning environment and ensure that everyone was listened to and had a voice. We also were introduced to the 6 Pastoral Principles of the Church of England which we will look into more detail in each session.
After a short break with coffee and biscuits, we studied Matthew 7:24-29 (The Wise and Foolish Builders) together and discussed what we thought it told us about learning and about life as a follower of Jesus. The video then introduced us to people from the LGBT+ community, who will contribute in later sessions, as they gave a short insight into their experiences when engaging with church communities. The session ended with a prayer.
Everyone was asked to note what they had gained from the session or their thoughts about the future sessions or any questions they might have. Here are a few :
“It wasn’t as scary as anticipated……”
“ A firm foundation of faith helps us to get through and overcome the tragedies of life.”
“Listen, don’t judge”
“Lots about LGBT+, what about other discrimination?”
“Looking forward to the next session…”
Want to explore session 1 further? Download the LLF book* and look at Chapters 4,5,6,7,15,16,17 and Encounters or watch Podcasts 1,3,5 and 15.
*Resources for the course can be found via www.churchofengland.org/LLF
Next session focusing on Identity, will be at St Mark’s Church, Shavington on Thursday 10th February, starting at 7:30. All are welcome.