Faith

The Dictionary definition of ‘faith’ is: ‘Complete trust and confidence in someone or something’.

 

 

In the swimming pool picture the swimmers have varying regard for the water and confidence in their swimming ability! This can be a bit like our ‘regard for’ and ‘confidence in’ God.

Their responses may ring a bell! …. ‘I’m too busy at the moment’… ‘I would just like to carry on with the life I have’… ‘Work is my life’ …. ‘I’ll dip my toe in the water’… or ‘I might take the plunge and find that I don’t sink and actually this is great!’

How do we get to know Jesus, and God our Father? Well first of all we have to take a bit of a step of faith. We have to at least test the notion that there may be a God.

If you have questions like ‘What does life mean?’ ‘Where do we come from?’ ‘Why do good people suffer?’ it might be good to have a forum to ask and explore these questions with folk who are in the same boat. Where no question is too silly- because we are all seeking answers!

 

Jesus said ‘If you have faith, even the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains!’

(Matthew 17:20)Matthew 17:20)

You would be very welcome to any of these small groups which offer the time and space to exercise that tiny kernel of faith and to see where it takes you!

There is absolutely no need to have had any prior Church experience.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT An evening meal of good food followed by a session of ‘asking the Revd’s’ Questions you’ve always had but never had the chance to ask!

We run this when we have over six people wanting to join us!

This runs for three sessions.

ALPHA  Alpha was started by ‘Holy Trinity, Brompton’ in London and now there are groups all over the UK and the world.

We run two Courses a year. The DVD material is really interesting and engaging and is followed by the group discussing their thoughts and views on topics like ‘Who is Jesus?’ (historic evidence of his existence and the sort of man he was recorded as being)

‘Why is there suffering?’ ‘What is prayer?’

There are 12 sessions and they all begin with a wonderful meal provided by our Church family.

You might notice that food features highly in these sessions- because friendship and fun are as important as ‘finding out’! 

Please contact us at St Marys Office if you would like to find out more about either of these groups.

 

 

PRAYER

Central to life at St Mary’s is our prayer life. Expressed in many different ways with something suitable for everyone.

 

ALPHA

If you’re keen to find out more about the Christian faith there is no better place to start than the Alpha Course. Free and no pressure. And it involves delicious food!

Prayer for the day

“When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’””

Matthew 2:4-6