Supporting members of our congregation and local community at various stages of faith and family life is an important part of our life as a church.  We regularly run faith-based courses designed to help us with this aim.

 

GROUND FLOOR TO THE NEW TESTAMENT / OLD TESTAMENT / CHRISTIAN HISTORY

Next running: 9 Feb, 9 March & 11 May 2019 (10-12.30pm)

Contact: office@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk

Email sign-up via: ministryandtraining@southwark.anglican.org

 

Peter Graystone leads three guides for beginners:

  • New Testament – This is for anyone who has ever wondered who wrote the Bible and when?  Or why we have four Gospels instead of one – and none of them was written by Jesus.  What does it tell us about Jesus and his first followers?  How can reading it help your Monday to Saturday life?  And what about the controversial parts?
  • Old Testament – Why have the Jewish Scriptures become part of the Christian Bible?  How can ancient words be relevant to the 21st century?  Do you have to abandon all you know about science if you are going to take the Old Testament seriously?  Why are some of the laws in the Bible so downright weird?  And what about the violent bits?
  • Christian History – How did it grow from a tiny, frightened group in Jerusalem to a worldwide throng of two billion people?  Where does the Church of England fit in the unfolding story of the followers of Jesus worldwide?  Why do different groups of Christians believe different things when they all follows the same Jesus?  And what about the parts of our history we should be ashamed of?

This event is open to anyone in Southwark Diocese.  It is free.
To book, send an email to ministryandtraining@southwark.anglican.org

 

PARENTING COURSE (Teenagers)

Next running: Jan/Feb 2019 (Wednesday evenings)

Contact: clare@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk

How sign-up: via Clare

 

THE PARENTING COURSE, while based on Christian principles, is relevant and helpful for any parent with or without a Christian faith or church background.  The course is based around watching a series of DVD episodes followed by group discussion – it is a very informal and helpful way to reflect upon your own parenting situation and mutually support others in the group.

 

MARRIAGE COURSE

Next running: tbc

Contact: office@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk

How sign-up: n/a

 

THE MARRIAGE COURSE is designed for any married couple wishing to build a strong and lasting relationship. Each couple’s privacy is respected as there is no group discussion and no requirement to disclose anything about their relationship to anyone else. The course, while based on Christian principles, is very helpful for any couple with or without a Christian faith or church background. The course is set in an environment that emulates a relaxed evening for the two of you to relax and invest in your relationship.

 

RESTORED LIVES

Next running: tbc

Contact: office@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk

How sign-up: n/a

 

RESTORED LIVES is for those who are separated, those who are currently going through a divorce, or those who are already divorced, whether recent or at any time in the past. The course, while based on Christian principles, is relevant and helpful for anyone with or without a Christian faith or church background. Restored Lives is both practical and supportive, giving any separated or divorced person the opportunity to discuss the challenges they are facing and the tools to deal with these effectively.

 

ALPHA

Next running: – tbc

Contact: office@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk

How sign-up: n/a

 

ALPHA is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith.  Alpha is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

Alpha is ten sessions with the option of a day in the middle. Each session includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. At any point, if you think Alpha isn’t for you, that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.