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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 donít 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 donít like jelly beans and would decline the initial invitation to help yourself; perhaps youíre 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 donít 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 Godís 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 Godís 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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Diary Archive & Events

IMPORTANT NOTICE
The  leadership team of RCN, following the governments advice re social gatherings, have decided to cancel the Wednesday morning prayer meetings at Abbey Baptist Church until further notice.
We are hoping to set up an online forum asap for those who can access this and will send information out about how this works.
Please can you let people in your network who may not be on Facebook or this  e mail list know.
Letís continue to pray for our world, our town and for one another, and continue to be a blessing to this place God has called us to serve
 
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Events
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PLEASE CHECK WITH ORGANISER OF EACH EVENT TO SEE IF IT HAS BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED
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Reading Creation Group invitation to church leaders to a complimentary lunch on Wednesday 29th April, has regretfully been postponed indefinitely. If you have any enquiries please send to russell.baylis@ntlworld.com


ADvVANCE NOTICES
Reading Creation Group invite everyone to hear Professor Stuart Burgess, lecturer in Engineering Design at the University of Bristol.  Among his many projects, he has worked on the design of spacecraft for the European Space Agency and on the efficiency of the bikes used by the GB Olympic Cycling team.  He will give an illustrated talk on ĎThe Wonder of the Human Nervous Systemí.  Friday 29th May at 7.45pm (free refreshments at 7.30pm).  Venue: Brookside Church, Lower Earley, RG6 7HG.  Free admission.
In view of the possibility of a postponement, please check for the latest information on www.ReadingCreationGroup.org.uk (under ĎPlanned Eventsí).


Prayer Ministry Training on Saturday 13th June, 9.00am - 4.00pm, led by Tim Humphrey of Christchurch Tunbridge Wells, for those wanting to start and gain confidence.  Also it is for those who came to a previous training and would now want to be refreshed.  This will be more true as we have a different trainer from before.  His focus would not just be healing, but learning to follow the Spirit more generally. Organised by Simon Bird (simonbirdts@gmail.com) on behalf of Wycliffe Baptist Church, 233 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 4LS. Registration via link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prayer-ministry-training-tickets-99247703553

Taize Ė a pilgrimage for young adults (15 -30) Ė 16 Ė 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
 
Stand-in Cook  for Yeldall Manor (Christian drug and alcohol treatment centre  Bear Lane, Hare Hatch, Reading RG10 9XR) to work two days a week and one Sunday in three (day times only) - c. £21,098 - £23,939 pro rata (or voluntary - travel expenses only - if you are furloughed and unable to be salaried). Probably for the next two months, with a possibility of extension. For more details, please email suehedger@yeldall.org.uk. As Yeldall Manor is a Christian organisation, it is an occupational requirement that the successful candidate is a committed and practising Christian.

Engage Befriending need people with a DBS to provide a regular telephone calls to isolated older persons.  Contact engage@themustardtree.org

Readifood are looking for couples with a car who can deliver food parcels.  At least one of them will need to have a DBS, and both need to be under 70, and have no underlying health conditions.  If you have no DBS, but meet the other conditions, you can volunteer at the warehouse to pack food parcels.  Contact admin@fcg.org.uk

Help with shopping or other support Ė please register with Reading Voluntary Action who are coordinating volunteers across the town. Please complete their online form http://rva.org.uk/coronavirus-community-action/.

NOTE: if anyone is aware of someone who needs help they can contact the One Reading Community Hub online, https://www.reading.gov.uk/coronavirussupport, or by phone on 0118 937 3787 if it is an urgent welfare issue.
 
Christian Community Action is providing an emergency service to vulnerable people and those facing severe disadvantage and poverty. This is being done with a mobile van service that is contactable by email at response@ccam.org.uk . We are working with Readifood, the Red Cross as well as RBC and RVA to provide a joined-up service across the Reading area. if you know of anybody in need of help that is unable to use a computer please do let us know on their behalf. We are screening each request as we are only able to provide for those in most need at this difficult time. We are able to signpost people to the other agencies as well.
NOTE: As CCA is largely funded by the sales of donated items through our shops, we are currently facing serious financial difficulties ourselves and would gratefully appreciate your help. If you would like to provide a financial contribution to help us keep going please contact mail@ccam.org.uk or visit the donate page on our website.

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