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Hearing from God and learning from each other

Explore Together is a new and practical tool for helping people to engage with the Bible. It encourages the exploration of the Bible using natural learning preferences and preferred spiritual styles.

                                A CHURCH FOR EVERYONE

Introduction

 

Imagine for a moment a large bowl filled with jelly beans. The bowl is passed around and you are invited to take a handful. What is the next thing you do with the colourful sweets in your hand?

Are you someone who immediately starts to sort them into colour groups? Is there a specific order that you like to eat them in, a flavour that you just don’t like? You may be a flavour mixer! Or do you just open your mouth and throw them right in there without any thought or reason?

It may be that you just don’t like jelly beans and would decline the initial invitation to help yourself; perhaps you’re not in the mood for jelly beans at that particular time and would have preferred the option of chocolate. You can discover a lot about a person by the way they eat or don’t eat their jelly beans.

Diversity of faith development.  This observation highlights the way in which our responses to one situation differ according to our taste and preference. Within our faith communities there is a rich diversity of God’s people all at different stages in their faith development and spiritual experience.

We are a beautiful collection of artists, scholars, reflectors, dancers, data collectors, fact finders, readers, sculptors, writers, musicians, actors, talkers and listeners. Whatever our age, ability or experience we will engage more meaningfully in an activity if it releases our natural preferences.

Exploring the Bible together:  Explore Together places the Bible at the centre of this diversity and releases the community to explore the message and hear God’s voice in a way that embraces their natural preferences. It encourages the community to come together to share their thoughts, questions and revelations with each other. The elderly with the young, the new believer with the mature traveller, the learned scholar with the inquisitive toddler.

Explore Together can be used in any environment with any group dynamic. As you read this website may you be inspired to Explore Together in your community.

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EXPLORE TOGETHER :

A CHURCH FOR EVERYONE WITH FOCUS ON "THE 95”

Explore together is a unique tool & themes developed by the Scripture Union to enable the 95% of children & young adults (ages 0-20) who are not associated in anyway with church to engage with the Bible in a meaningful way.

DATE :                          TITLE/THEME                 TEXT :

2/2                   A Loving Father                                     Luke 15:11-32

9/2                   How deep is your love ?                       Matthew 5 :17-26

16/2                 Worship as part of our giving             Exodus 35:20-36:7

25/2                 Parish Nurse Sunday

1/3                   Jesus the protector                             John 10:1-15

8/3                   Death to life                                         John 11:1-44

15/3                 God always wins                                 Psalm 20

22/3                 God is near                                          Psalm 22:1-5  

29/3                 God is good                                         Psalm 23


Diary Archive & Events

Reading AGLOW Encounter Evening on Monday, 17th February, 7.30pm, at Southcote Family Church, RG30 3BL. Speaker is Esther Ross-Watson, who was born in Leicestershire and went to church as a child with her Mother. She met her husband at Bible College and they went on to work as missionaries in Indonesia, returning to the UK after ten years.  They adopted two children and now have a young grandson.  Her desire is for her neighbours to come to know Jesus! We welcome all women for friendship, encouragement and healing. Our meetings are about His presence.  Cost: £3 on the door, includes refreshments.  Free for first-timers. More info:  www.facebook.com/readingaglow

"Pornography - tackling its snares in the church?" Speaker - Andy Peck, CWR, on Tuesday 18 February, from 12.30-2.30 pm at Three Mile Cross Church. The event, including lunch, is for church leaders and is organised by the Evangelical Leaders’ Forum (ELF). For catering purposes, please email deon@tmc-church.org.uk.

Reading Men’s Breakfast - "A VERY PRESENT HELP - Meeting the challenges of life and faith” with Major-General Roddy Porter on February 29th, 8-10am at LifeSpring Church, The Pavilion, 143 Oxford Road, Reading, RG1 7UY. Major General Roddy Porter will speak about his experience and challenges as a Christian soldier. To register go to the website:  www.readingmensbreakfast.co.uk where you can also pay online. Alternatively, contact the Treasurer John Broady directly (j.broady1@ntlworld.com) to reserve your place and pay at the door.
 
The Big Sleep Out 2 – Will you make the extra day count in this Leap Year by sleeping out for the night on 29th February?  Sponsorship funds raised will support the work of CIRDIC which seeks to provide for 60 vulnerable people on 3 days a week. Register at Greyfriars Church, Friar Street (with warm clothes and your sleeping bag) from 9.00pm to10.30pm on the 29th. From 10.30pm, sleepers can settle down in their designated sleeping area, until about 5.00am. Any questions, then email: enquiries@cirdic.org.uk or phone 07817-373773. If you can’t sleep out, then please donate via www.paypal.me/cirdic or ring to sponsor a person.
 
Cafe Theologique - Interview with the new Bishop of Reading, Rt Revd Olivia Graham at Zero Degrees Bar, St Mary’s Butts from 7.30-9pm on Monday 2nd March. For more information, go to www.reading.ac.uk/cafe-theologique.aspx

MY FRIEND’S THINKING OF AN ABORTION WHAT DO I SAY? - A practical event for Christians, with Dave Brennan from Brephos, designed to instil confidence and knowledge in discussing abortion with friends, family and colleagues. Resources and refreshments will be available and there will be a chance to text in questions for the Q&A. Tuesday 10 March, 7:15pm at Carey Baptist Church, Carey St, Reading, RG1 7JS.

Keeping It Together (Mental Health First Aid for Church Leaders) - a day’s course on mental health awareness for church leaders of all kinds. The material will be of value to everyone and no-one is excluded. The entrance fee includes professional training from Dave Burke, a pastor who is now focussing his ministry on teaching these courses. The event is to be held on Wednesday, 18th March  from 10:00 to 16:00 at Abbey Baptist Church, Abbey Square. Please book early as spaces are limited and previous courses have been quickly filled. You can find out more and book direct by clicking on this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/81466116347

ADvVANCE NOTICE
Taize – a pilgrimage for young adults (15 -30) – 16 – 23 August led by the Bishop of Reading.
To find out more go to: https://www.oxford.anglican.org/mission-ministry/youthandchildren/young-people/taize/


Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers required for ReadiFood Supermarket Collections
Waitrose  - Reading - Saturday 29th February and Sunday 1st March

Centre Manager, TLG Reading Education Centre (alternative provision
) who is a qualified teacher with a passion to turn around the lives of disaffected young people aged 11-16. The Centre Manager will be responsible for delivering exceptional educational programmes with imaginative curricula and with proven skills and strategies to re-engage those on the verge of exclusion. The successful candidate will have excellent team and communication skills and a successful track record in leadership and management, as well as a strong and vibrant Christian faith, and will be required to undertake an enhanced disclosure via the DBS. Starting Salary: £31,157 - £38,768. Working hours: 37.50. Closing Date: Sunday, March 1st.

Volunteers and Part-time Workers required by REACH (formerly Learn-4-Life), which is a Christian charity reaching out to schools (mainly Secondary) across Reading for over twenty years. The vision is to see a Christian presence in every Secondary school in Reading. Volunteers can bake a cake for staff, (this really encourages them - a "Pit Stop”), join in discussions in school CU's, and build relationships with pupils and staff. Also you can help with office administration. Part-time workers (with some experience) can support schools in the delivery of their RE and PSHE curriculum. Do come and have a chat with us, so we can find something that fits. Just Email: info@reachschools.org.uk

Maternity cover, 8-13s staff post, at Wycliffe Baptist Church to support volunteers and lead ministry with our 8-13s, until September/November 2020. The post is up to 20 hours a week, core times being: Sunday morning, Monday evening, Wednesday afternoon, Friday evening (monthly); 2 weekend residentials (Feb. half-term and summer term) as well as a week-long youth camp (last week in July). Remaining hours to be agreed.  Someone with passion, gifting, skill and experience with this age group, with the interpersonal skills to encourage others to invest time and energy 'curating' a positive peer group is required. If interested contact Jane Farnworth (jane@wycliffe-church.org.uk)

Job Opportunities at Lower Earley Baptist Church, Maiden Place, Reading:
Facilities Operative - 6 Hours per week with additional hours as necessary
For a full Job description and application form please contact the Church Operations Manager, email: contact@lowerearleybaptistchurch.org.uk or phone 0118 935 3598.

Volunteer Vacancies at CommuniCare - which is a Christian led Charity offering information, advise and support to those in need. We currently have 2 volunteer adviser vacancies, one on a Monday afternoon and one on a Thursday morning. If you would be interested in understanding more about these roles, please contact the CommuniCare Manager on 0118 9263941 or Francesca.yates@communicare.org . Details can also be found on the CommuniCare website under the ‘Volunteering’ tab. www.communicare.org.uk
Christian Community Action Ministries is seeking an enthusiastic Volunteer Van Driver to work with our warehouse operations to collect and deliver furniture within Reading and its environs. The job involves working 14 hours per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.15am to 4.30pm with a half hour lunchbreak. Wednesdays may also be available. The post is based at our Cardiff Road warehouse in Reading. Requirements: You will need to have a ‘clean driving licence’ and to have held a full UK Driving Licence for at least 3 years, and be 25 years old or over. Experience of driving and manoeuvring a van within the urban environmental would be beneficial. For an informal chat about this role, or to request an application pack (CVs not accepted), please ‘phone the Warehouse Manager, Simone Radegonde, on 0118 9512 338 or contact us via email: warehouse@ccam.org.uk. The closing date for applications is Friday 31st January
 
Volunteers needed for FIRST STOP at Reading Minster. Are you bit of a night owl? Our volunteers support a SCAS Paramedic Friday and Saturday nights 9pm to 3am, helping the night-time visitors to Reading Town Centre.  Whether they have had an accident, have a medical condition or maybe just had too much to drink, we are there to prevent them from having to go to A & E and to ensure they get home safely. We ask volunteers to commit to one evening every 4 weeks. No medical knowledge required. Training given. If you think you may be interested, please give Becky a call on 07909228609 or email firststopreading@gmail.com

Volunteers (dads & other men) required to run "Manmade” - a rites of passage course for 15 – 18 year-old boys, based on Biblical principles that work – which include being part of a male community, sports, outdoor and bonding activities & talks. It has been developed by Boys Brigade, Urban Saints, Youth for Christ, Christian Vision for Men and Soul Survivor. If you can help to run a course in Reading this Autumn, ring Jeff on 07889-035012 For more details go to: 2ndreading.weebly.com/manmade

Sea Cadet Chaplaincy Vacancies in Reading - The Sea Cadet Corps provides active learning and support for 10 to 18-year-olds. Those wishing to become a chaplain in the Sea Cadet Corps must be Licensed to Minister in Churches which have a Line of Authority through which their training and competence can be verified by the senior member of that Church who has granted the Licence to Minister (e.g. Bishop, Superintendent or Regional Minister) and can be either an Ordained or Lay Minister. For more information contact Jim Horton, Area Chaplain, on 07545-896146 or email: frjim50@gmail.com. This website may also be useful.  http://chaplain.org.uk/

Volunteers for ENGAGE BEFRIENDING Do you have a spare hour during the week? Isolated, older people are waiting for someone to visit them to provide company and friendship. We would love to welcome you on our team! Please email engage@themustardtree.org.uk for more information.
 
Team Leader for Urban Saints, who is highly motivated and talented to deliver our vision at a local level. We are at an incredibly exciting time in our 113-year history; launching vision and strategy to reach the 95% of young people who don’t engage with church. This is a critical post and essential to our mission. For the right person, it is an amazing opportunity to be part of Urban Saints’ future and share in this exciting journey. For more information on the role go to:  https://www.urbansaints.org/reading

Just Around the Corner - a youth work charity based at Rehoboth, Forest Road, Wokingham, RG40  5QY.
 Volunteer/Paid Vacancies in mentoring for individuals with a heart for children and young people to be part of our team in providing 1:1 mentoring sessions to young people in a variety of different areas, depending on the skillset and interests of the applicant, i.e. horticulture, arts & crafts, pottery, small animals and equine. Training will be available to all mentors. Hours can be agreed around applicant’s commitments. Please email: admin@jacoutreach.org to further discuss this role.
Volunteer cleaner/s to help us keep our site clean and tidy by coming towards the end of each week. Hours can be agreed around other commitments. To find out further details or ask for a volunteer application form, please email  office@jacoutreach.org
Horticulture & Site maintenance volunteers to help with the general upkeep of the site and grounds and continue making Rehoboth a lovely place to come for the young people. Volunteers will be under supervision. Hours can be agreed around other commitments. To find out further details or ask for a volunteer application form, please email office@jacoutreach.org

Volunteers for REinspired which is an ecumenical Christian organisation that supports local schools in the delivery of the Christian part of their Religious Education. Our sessions are planned in response to which area of the syllabus the teachers would like support with, and are interactive, creative, experiential and fun! We have been able to start a dialogue with the new Maiden Erlegh School in Reading and a team of volunteers is needed. No previous experience is necessary, and all sessions are planned and scripted beforehand. Training events for volunteers to go over session materials and techniques for working with youngsters are planned.. All sessions are syllabus based and are designed to both broaden the young people’s understanding of Christianity, and support the teachers in the delivery of the syllabus. For more information contact: Carrie King, Team leader, REINSPIRED , St Nicolas Church, Sutcliffe Avenue, Earley, Reading, RG6 7JN or Tel: 0118 9663929.

Rail Pastors still urgently needed to patrol Reading West and Twyford Stations and be available for vulnerable people for a couple of hours during the day and early evening. If you are interested in knowing more about this amazing ministry, please contact Sally Leonard, Coordinator, on 07970-710-080 or email reading@streetpastors.org.uk 

Prayer Pastors urgently needed to support Reading Street Pastors - on a Friday and/or Saturday Night at St Mary's, Butts.
If you would like to be part of this initiative, then contact Sally Leonard on mobile 07970710080 or at reading@streetpastors.org.uk 

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Tyndale Baptist Church
2-4 Cressingham Road
Reading Berkshire RG2 7JE
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