Christian Education

Equal Marriage – discussion service

Report on Equal Marriage Evening Discussion Service

Worship and Education Group

The latest in our series of successful evening discussion services was held on 31 October 2021.  Despite it being All Hallows Eve, we did not scare away our worship leader and speaker – Rev Dr Carla Grosch-Miller, even though she was not feeling very well.  Carla is a greatly respected theologian, educator and writer in the URC and beyond and we were very honoured to have her speak to us. 

The service was held on our Zoom channel and there were 27 people taking part.  The whole congregation is really encouraged to join these services which are hosted by the Worship and Education Group on hot topics which are aimed at developing our knowledge and understanding of God’s intention for us and the world. 

Carla led an act of worship with hymns and readings, and an address introducing this potentially controversial theme, yet encouraging us to listen to each other’s views without judgement and with Christian understanding.  She presented her deep research and lengthy experience on this topic and gave us insight into the four poles of our knowledge of God – Scripture; Tradition; Reason; Experience – identifying that many of us value some or all of those in differing degrees. 

The full transcript of the service (setting aside some of Carla’s asides!) is available to anyone who is interested.  Please email markgoodwillhodgson@gmail.com if you would like a copy. 

Worship was followed by a series of seven questions from a wide variety of people holding a wide variety of views, all of which helped the discussion move positively.  Carla’s responses have not been recorded, though the questions are.  She maintained her thoughtful and caring approach and answered all the questions with rigour and respect. 

At the following Worship and Education Group meeting, the service was logged as being very worthwhile and we noted our gratitude to Carla.  We acknowledged that a return to a Church Meeting discussion on our Church’s response to this issue was very much overdue.  The matter would be raised at the next Elder’s Council meeting, recognising that the Church already has a very full agenda at this time. 

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Christian Education

Report of the Evening Discussion Service

The evening discussion service led by Rev’d Arlington Trotman was very much appreciated by all those who were able to attend.

You may read a report of the discussions HERE.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2021, Christian Education, Worship

Christian Aid Tax Justice Bus

Our church was the Nottingham venue when Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty met with local MPs, councillors and church leaders when the Tax Justice Bus stopped in Nottingham on its national tour.

Tax Justice Bus

Tax Justice Bus

 

Vernon Coaker M.P. visits the Tax Justice Bus

Vernon Coaker M.P. visits the Tax Justice Bus

 

Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty teamed up to tour the UK and Ireland in the Tax Justice Bus, in a bright red double decker, for 53 days starting in August 2012 to share the message of tax injustice with churches across the country.

The Tax Justice Bus visited Nottingham on 22nd September – and parked on the pavement outside our church between 3 pm and 6 pm.

Visitors included local MPs, Civic leaders, church leaders and other supporters of Christian Aid.

Posted by gdjjennings in 2012, Christian Aid, Christian Education, World Church

House Groups – Lent 2012

The 2012 Lent House Groups were on the theme “the way to freedom”,  using a study commissioned by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

It took its cue from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian executed in 1945 for his part in the resistance to Hitler, whose thoughts continue to challenge us on what it means to have faith and to be the church in a dangerous world.   In 1944 while in prison he wrote a poem Stations on the Way to Freedom.   The ‘stations’ he highlighted are: discipline, action, suffering and death.

The focus was not a study of Bonhoeffer as such but simply took some cues from him, and each week asked question about what ‘freedom’ means for us in our context today.   Bible studies were an important part of the material which was also supported by BBC Radio programming.

Posted by gdjjennings in Christian Education, House Groups, news