Sermon Series available online

At St Mary’s we have been putting the sermons from our morning and evening services online for a while. Many of these sermons are part of a series and will build up to give a good understanding of the topics being studied. As such they are a good way to continue to develop and deepen your faith. If you have not listened to any of these head over to worship.stmarysbletchley.org and click on the sermons menu. From there you can filter to see the sermons have given.

Our first course is due to run in November

Understanding The Creeds

We invite you to join the first of our discipleship courses at St Mary’s as we begin our new program to grow deeper as disciples of Christ.

The first course will look at the Creeds, in particular the Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed.  Over five weeks we will explore some of the important questions that Christians should ask about these statements of faith:

  • What are they?
  • Why were they written?
  • What do the statements mean?
  • How can these help deepen my understanding of the Christian faith?
  • How can I use these to help explain what I believe and why?

Through history, theology and personal reflection we will carry out a range of different activities to look more deeply at these early Christian documents.  We will look at what some of these statements mean and how they came about.  Some of these statements in the creeds were there because of controversies and arguments that were happening at the time. By looking at these we will understand more about how the Christian faith helped to define some of the things we believe today.

It is also hoped that the course will help members to grow as Christians and develop a deeper understanding that will help personal faith but will also help to express to others what we as a church believe.

When will it run?
Mondays from 7.45pm to 9.15pm in Church or the Church Hall

Starts November 9th for five weeks.  We feel that this is the right amount of time as we know that many people are also involved in other ministries in church.

Who is it aimed at?
Any members of our church who would like to begin to deepen and grow their understanding of the Christian faith. This is also open to home groups that might want to join the course together and we can always be flexible if those groups want some part of the evening to meet separately.  Just let us know if that’s the case.

To sign up for the course please complete one of the forms on the information desk, or email the church office office@stmarysbletchley.org

If you want to know more then speak to:

Andrew Walmsley
Director of Discipleship

Our New Discipleship Program at St Mary’s Bletchley

VisionOver the last year there has been a great deal of thought, discussion and prayer about the vision for St Mary’s.  One aspect of this has been how St Mary’s can help church members to deepen their faith and grow as Disciples of Christ.  The result is to begin a new area of ministry that can support and develop members so that they can develop deeper as disciples of Christ, and so carry out the mission for our church.  This new ministry will be led by myself with the support of other people within St Mary’s. The plan is to run a series of courses throughout the year that all members can attend.  For more information about how this will work then please read the following article or read the article in the church Good News magazine next month.

This website will be used to provide information about our discipleship program and provide information and resources that you might want to use.

I am very excited about being asked to lead this new ministry.  I also feel very apprehensive as I will be changing focus from my old role as a Licensed Lay Minister (used to leading and preaching) to focus on leading our discipleship courses.

If you have any questions about the courses, or ideas for future courses, then please let me know.  And of course, please pray that God will bless this new ministry and help us to Be, Grow and Make disciples.

Watch out for more information in the coming weeks.

Andrew Walmsley
Director of Discipleship
Licensed Lay Minister St Mary’s Bletchley

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