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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“Experiences from the Desert” led by Andrew Swinford – Friday night fellowship meeting

 

Our Third Friday night speaker for November is Andy Swinford.  Andy will speak on the theme “Experiences from the Desert”

All welcome.
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Andy Swinford lives in Birmingham where until his recent retirement he taught 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 spoken about them at Hod before; he has also 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.

 

“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.

September Fourth Friday night speaker: Robert Weston

Robert Weston is the speaker as an extra invited speaker for the fourth Friday in September, at our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting.robweston

He will be speaking on 23 September on the theme of “God’s Mercy”

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Robert Weston

Robert Weston is a Christian author and speaker well known to our community and fellowship through the many talks he has given and retreats he has led for us.

You can discover more about his work with Ruach Breath of Life Ministries through his website Ruach ministries and his blog www.ruachmin.wordpress.com.

October First Friday night speaker: Russ Parker

russparkerRuss Parker is the speaker for our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting in October.

Russ will speak on the theme “The Power of Blessing”.

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Rev Dr RUSS PARKER

Rev Dr Russ Parker was Director of the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation from 1995-2013.   Russ’s contribution as Director was to teach, write, develop training materials and lead a dedicated staff of over 20 people.

Russ was Acorn’s International Ambassador in which he was responsible for developing partnerships on listening and reconciliation in 12 nations ranging from Rwanda, Burundi, Hong Kong and the United States.

Russ is now the Director of Healing Wounded Churches which exists to help churches to resolve and heal their legacies of unhealed stories and their issues and move forward in a renewed ability to flourish as God intends

Russ is the author of a number of books which include:  “Healing Dreams”, “Healing Death’s Wounds”; “Free to Fail”, “Forgiveness is Healing”, “The Wild Spirit,” “Visions in the Night,” “Healing Wounded History,” Wild Spirit of the Living God an anthology of prayer poems for public and private use.   His latest book, published in February 2014 is “Rediscovering the Ministry of Blessing.”

Russ travels extensively around the UK and abroad, lecturing and teaching in issues connected with Christian Healing and Healthcare, Reconciliation and Church Transformation.

Russ was a Baptist Pastor from 1972 –77, ordained in the Church of England in 1981.  Assistant Curate in Bolton 1981 –1985, Incumbent of Christ Church, Coalville 1985 – 1990, joined Acorn in 1990 and was Director from 1995-2013.  Russ was the Co-founder and Director of Christian Care and Counsel, a Christian Counselling ministry based in the East Midlands.

He is also a co-founder of the Community of Aidan and Hilda whose mother house is situated on the holy island of Lindisfarne.

He is a founder member of the Fellowship of Christ the Healer(UK and USA) which exists to resource leaders of residential healing and healthcare initiatives.

He is co-founder of Whole Person Healthcare Network, an initiative to support and resource Christian healthcare professionals within the NHS.

He has a post graduate degree in Phenomenology and Theology from Nottingham University in which his thesis was entitled Dreams as a Religious Phenomenon.

Russ was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from Columbia Evangelical Seminary in the United States in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Christian ministry and for his many writings and his teaching abilities.  In particular it was given for the standard of scholarship in his latest book “Healing Wounded History” which is about reconciling peoples and healing places.

Russ is married to Roz and lives near Farnham, Surrey. His hobbies are photography and visiting Celtic holy places.

He supports Liverpool Football Club, whether they are winning or losing!

May First Friday night speaker – Andy Swinford: C S Lewis and Joy

Our First Friday night speaker for May is Andy Swinford.  Andy will speak on the theme

“C S Lewis and Joy”
– ‘A walk through the wardrobe into Lewis’s Narnia for a new perspective on the stories and the man behind them.’

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We will look at how Lewis explores joy (and sorrow) in his writing, a very important theme for him, making links to his life and faith, and biblical truth.

The presentation will draw mainly on the Narnia stories, but no knowledge of these is needed to understand it.

It will include pictures and video clips, plus short readings, and reflections with music.

All welcome.
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cslewisAndy 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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February First Friday night speaker – Robert Weston

Robert is a Christian author and speaker well known to our community and fellowship through the many retreats he has led for us, as well as through his publications.

You can discover more about his work with Ruach Breath of Life Ministries through his website Ruach ministries and his blog www.ruachmin.wordpress.com

He will be speaking at this First Friday fellowship on the theme of

Jesus’ invitation (which is also a command!) to “Put out into the Deep” and to “Follow Me.” 

All welcome

See Friday Night Fellowship Meetings for more information