The Great Adventure and St Matthew’s Gospel

Fr Lawrence wants to encourage parishioners to take part in two forthcoming scripture courses. “The Great Adventure” ( a quick Journey Through the Bible) begins on Thursday 10th March at 7.00pm in the parish hall and “St Matthew’s Gospel” begins on on Tuesday 15th March at 10.00am in the parish hall.  The Great Adventure is a Quick Journey Through the Bible. It is an 8 week course. Here is the presenter of the course:

Last autumn about 25 to 30 parishioners took part in this course here are their comments taken from a questionnaire they filled in at the end of the course:

“I would like to tell parishioners that they would really enjoy it”          “very informative and interesting”                 “I now have a better understanding of the periods of the Bible”                          “extremely well presented  in simple and understandable terms”           “the skills, enthusiasm and delivery of the talks was encouraging and attention holding. It made the Bible accessible – understanding the continuity of the whole Bible was revealed simply and with meaning.”                            “it inspired us to delve and educate ourselves about the Bible and to relate it to the New Testament and our lives today.”

“ It has given me a  framework for understanding the story of the bible leading up to the birth of Christ and how this fulfilled the promises made by God. The focus on the narrative books makes it much easier to follow the Bible story.”                “I understand now how the Old Testament leads to the new”

“It will help me to understand the context of the readings we have at Mass”         “It will help you to understand how Jesus and the Church fulfils the Old Testament promises”         “The course was interesting and well presented on the video’s. The supporting documentation was good”

“I have enjoyed listening to talks that are not ‘over my head’- that I can take back and discuss with family”                                  “It was excellent! I enjoyed it because 1. It put the Bible and the books in perspective. 2. It gives Salvation History clarity and meaning for us. 3. It was made me realise how important the Bible is in our lives as it is my history / our history. 4. It has made so many connections between the Old testament and the New Testament”                              “It has spurred me on to study the Scriptures in depth. It was given new meaning to my life and what experiences I go through. It has shown me the importance of forgiveness and bowing to the will of God and to trust God

“To those thinking about coming on the course I would say: it is important to understand your heritage and mine – you will be refreshed, renewed and developed spiritually – you will understand the Sunday Liturgy – it is vital to your understanding of what your role is”                       “it has helped me understand where my faith comes from”   “very accessible, very interesting”

“Enjoyable and enlightening”                              “it has put many of the Bible stories into perspective. It showed they had a purpose and meaning which was referred to again and again. Seeing and reading this confirmation has helped and strengthened my faith. It explains a lot about our Catholic Faith.”

“As Catholics we don’t know enough Scripture and reading it is a huge revelation.”

“it picks up on things we hear in the scripture readings at Mass and relates one thing to another.”                                      “I learned more about the Old Testament. It made me want to go on reading it”                                         “It revealed the person of Christ through the Bible from the story of Adam to the Acts of the Apostles”     “It has helped me to understand how to follow Christ now”                      “It was a lively and informative presentation – no chance to get bored!”                   “To those thinking about coming – it will help you gain an understanding of Scripture which has often been sadly lacking in Catholic education.”                     “It leads people to God and to understand the Word of God”                     “shows how God is really with us from the beginning right to the end of time. How great is his love for all mankind”           “It gives hope for any distress in life”        “good DVD format in layman’s terms”                    “Thoughtful and provoking”          “ It is clear and simple to follow. Jeff Cavins, the presenter, brings humour to the story.”               “it brings greater clarity to the foundations of our faith as Christians. It helps to make the Old Teastament interesting and relevant”

“If you want to live your faith you need to know the roots of your faith and what led up to Christianity.”              “very clear and concise. Jeff Cavins is enthusiastic and communicates his passion in simple language. The study book was very helpful.”       “it is open to all – regardless of your age or previous knowledge of the Bible.”

The Great Adventure Do You Want to Read the Bible, But Don’t Know How to Begin?

If you have ever wanted to read the Bible, but did not know where or how to begin, then A Quick Journey Through The Bible Parish Study is for you.

A Quick Journey Through The Bible makes reading the Bible not only easy, but exciting. In this study, you will learn the major people, places, events and themes of the Bible—getting the “big picture” of salvation history. Perhaps for the first time in your life, you will understand the overview of the Bible story. This then makes your Bible reading and even the Sunday Mass readings come alive like never before.

A Quick Journey Through the Bible is part of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study system. This parish-based study provides an excellent introduction and overview of the Bible from a Catholic perspective. Presented on DVD by Jeff Cavins, the Quick Journey study briefly covers salvation history in a series of eight talks that are complemented by group discussion questions, useful maps and charts. This study makes the complexity of the Bible simple through an easy-to-follow narrative approach and an ingenious color-coded Bible timeline. This is a great way to “get your feet wet” and learn how to begin authentic Catholic Bible study. Each session lasts about one hour and fifteen minutes.

Fr Lawrence warmly invites you to join him on Thursday 10th March at 7.00pm in the parish hall for the first session. It is important that you register for the course so that the relevant material can be ordered for you. To cover the costs a donation of £1.50 per session is suggested.

Please fill in the Registration form at the back of church and put it in the white box or put through the presbytery door.

St Matthew’s  Gospel

Building directly on the foundation laid in The Bible Timeline, Step Two in The Great Adventure Bible Study Series, Matthew: The King and His Kingdom, shows how Jesus builds on the foundation laid in the Old Testament to inaugurate the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. Experience how Jesus relived the life and struggles of Israel to become the faithful and victorious King, and see how the promises of the Old Testament are fulfilled in Christ and his Apostles. This series is an ideal follow-up study to the basic narrative of Scripture taught in The Bible Timeline Course.

You Will:

  • See Jesus as the Son of David, the Son of Abraham, the new Moses, the true manna, the new Temple—and learn what this means for us today.
  • Learn how Jesus reconstituted the struggling kingdom of Israel around Himself and brought it to a new level in the Kingdom of God, open to all people.
  • Witness the seeds of the Church in the foundation Christ built on the twelve apostles, with Peter as His vicar.
  • Discover the roots of the sacraments, and see how Jesus’s words and actions are reflected in the holy sacrifice of the Mass.
  • Watch Jesus re-live the life and history of Israel as the obedient Son who trusts the Father to the very end, defeats death, hell, and the grave, and rises to new life.

Fr Lawrence warmly invites you to join him on Tuesday 15th March at 10.00am in the parish hall for the first session. It is important that you register for the course so that the relevant material can be ordered for you. To cover the costs a donation of £1.00 per session is suggested.

Please fill in the Registration form at the back of church and put it in the white box or put through the presbytery door.