Jesus said “the harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:38)
It was a wonderful answer to prayer to have almost 30 people on a zoom call at the end of November. People who are either already parish readers and who would like further training, or others who are interested in becoming parish readers. It is an encouraging sign of life in our Diocese to see so many interested in serving the Lord in this way.
On Saturday 21st January from 10am-3pm we will be meeting at the Bush Hotel to launch the new training. We will be joined by Rev Dr Mark Earney, Head of Church History at Moore Theological College. It will be a great opportunity to hear from God’s Word, to receive the course book and to get to know each other a little better before we go online for our reader training course.
Tuesday 24th January at 8pm will see the start of “God’s Big Picture” on zoom. This is a 9 week course that gives an overview of the whole Bible. There will be a video to watch and an opportunity to discuss and ask any questions.
Our aim will then be to meet again in person before launching our second module “Overview of New Testament.” This will go into each book of the New Testament in a bit more detail, trying to give an overview of each individual book.
Then in September we will aim to meet in smaller local cluster groups to consider leading worship and giving reflections.
If you haven’t yet signed up, please do ask your rector to get in contact with Rev Nick.
There will not be a charge for the training, and if you can’t make a week you should be able to catch up on a recording of the zoom. Please do be praying that this course is a great help to our Diocese and to all who take part.