Creation – The Big Picture

home_advertSession 3 this evening covers “Creation”, as part of the Big Picture.

Over 12 evenings during March, April and May 2017 we will be running the Big Picture Bible course as part of our Friday Night Fellowship Meetings.

The evenings will start with a short time of praise and worship at 8pm, watching the 15 minute DVD, followed by discussion in small groups with general feedback at the end.  The evening will finish with drinks 9.30pm.

For more see http://www.houseoftheopendoor.org/calendar/bigpicture

God – The Big Picture

home_advertSession 2 this evening covers “God”, as part of the Big Picture.

Over 12 evenings during March, April and May 2017 we will be running the Big Picture Bible course as part of our Friday Night Fellowship Meetings.

The evenings will start with a short time of praise and worship at 8pm, watching the 15 minute DVD, followed by discussion in small groups with general feedback at the end.  The evening will finish with drinks 9.30pm.

For more see http://www.houseoftheopendoor.org/calendar/bigpicture

The Plan – The Big Picture

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Session 1 this evening covers “The Plan”, as part of the Big Picture.

Over 12 evenings during March, April and May 2017 we will be running the Big Picture Bible course as part of our Friday Night Fellowship Meetings.

The evenings will start with a short time of praise and worship at 8pm, watching the 15 minute DVD, followed by discussion in small groups with general feedback at the end.  The evening will finish with drinks 9.30pm.

For more see http://www.houseoftheopendoor.org/calendar/bigpicture

 

Rev David Cook – “The Adventure of Living” – Friday night

Revd David Cook, previously vicar of Chipping Campden, will be speaking at our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting for February.  

David will speak on the theme “The Adventure of Living”

Join us as we seek the Lord together – All welcome

See the Diary for Friday night speakers on other dates

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David was born in Australia and educated bit in the Far East and the U.K, studying History and Theology at Oxford, and, after a brief spell of teaching, was ordained into the Church of England in 1967.

After 4 years as a curate on a housing estate in Chatham, David worked for six years in South Africa for the Scripture Union in high schools all over the country, followed by eleven years in a multi-racial parish in Cape Town.  Returning to the UK in 1989 with his wife and daughters, he became team rector of Newbury and a son was added to the family.

Thirteen years there were followed by eleven years as the vicar of Chipping Campden, and now David is retired and continues to live in the Cotswolds.

After many years of service to God and His people, David will speak from experience of the Adventure of Living, and we know the evening will be one to encourage and inspire us.

Faith to Walk with Jesus – “Faith” Bible studies (led by John Trimming)

John Trimming will lead three Bible studies on “Faith” over three Friday nights evenings this February.

Matthew 11: 4, 5 “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”

Image result for jesus lame man walkingWhen John the Baptist, near his death, began to doubt that Jesus was the one he had prophesied was coming, Jesus pointed to the effect of his being in the world.  He listed visible effects in the lives of those who accepted and believed in him.

As we believe in Jesus, we will find the same is true of us in a spiritual sense:

  • though we were blind spiritually, we begin to see and understand;
  • though we were deaf to God’s voice, we can hear and obey him;
  • through faith we can walk with Jesus

The talks over these three evenings will reflect on key scriptures on faith associated with these images. 

We hope that reflecting on faith in February will help us to prepare for in-depth meditation on Scripture during the 12 weeks of the “Big Picture” which follow on from these evenings.
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Faith to Hear Jesus – “Faith” Bible studies (led by John Trimming)

John Trimming will lead three Bible studies on “Faith” over three Friday nights evenings this February.

Matthew 11: 4, 5 “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”

Image result for jesus heals deafWhen John the Baptist, near his death, began to doubt that Jesus was the one he had prophesied was coming, Jesus pointed to the effect of his being in the world.  He listed visible effects in the lives of those who accepted and believed in him.

As we believe in Jesus, we will find the same is true of us in a spiritual sense:

  • though we were blind spiritually, we begin to see and understand;
  • though we were deaf to God’s voice, we can hear and obey him;
  • through faith we can walk with Jesus.

The talks over these three evenings will reflect on key scriptures on faith associated with these images. 

We hope that reflecting on faith in February will help us to prepare for in-depth meditation on Scripture during the 12 weeks of the “Big Picture” which follow on from these evenings.
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Faith to See Jesus – “Faith” Bible studies (led by John Trimming)

John Trimming will lead three Bible studies on “Faith” over three Friday nights evenings this February.

Matthew 11: 4, 5 “Go and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”

When John the Baptist, near his death, began to doubt that Jesus was the one he had prophesied was coming, Jesus pointed to the effect of his being in the world.  He listed visible effects in the lives of those who accepted and believed in him.

AImage result for deaf hear blind see lame walk icons we believe in Jesus, we will find the same is true of us in a spiritual sense:

  • though we were blind spiritually, we begin to see and understand;
  • though we were deaf to God’s voice, we can hear and obey him;
  • through faith we can walk with Jesus.

The talks over these three evenings will reflect on key scriptures on faith associated with these images.

We hope that reflecting on faith in February will help us to prepare for in-depth meditation on Scripture during the 12 weeks of the “Big Picture” which follow on from these evenings.
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“C S Lewis: Encounters with Aslan” led by Andy Swinford – Friday night fellowship meeting

Our Fourth Friday night speaker for January is Andy Swinford.  Andy will speak on the theme C S Lewis: ‘Encounters with Aslan’

All welcome.
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Andy Swinford lives in Birmingham where he teaches at King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls. He is an elder in his church, Pavilion Christian Community.

He has a particular interest in the writings of C S Lewis and has done presentations on the author’s work for churches in Birmingham.

He has contributed essays to the Zondervan book ‘The Christian Tradition in English Literature’ and has an MA in the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins SJ.

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November First Friday night speaker: Rev Nick Helm

Rev Nick Helm is the speaker for our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting in November.

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Nick will speak on the theme “Discernment”.

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Rev Nick Helm

Nick works for the Diocese of Hereford and is responsible for the in-service development of the clergy.

He was born and grew up in South Africa, leaving at the end of his schooling.

An Anglican priest since 1989 he has had ten years of parish ministry in the urban settings of east London and Sheffield. He was Advisor in Spirituality in the Sheffield Diocese for ten years before taking up his current position.

He continues to encourage prayer and spiritual growth through courses, talks, retreats and spiritual direction.

His spiritual journey has been greatly helped by Ignatian spirituality and he published a Grove book on the subject in 2014.

He enjoys the music of Van Morrison, Rock Climbing and regular visits to South Africa, particularly its wilderness areas.