Teaching & Nurturing

(Please scroll down for Delta Course weekly study materials).

“Teaching and Nurturing” at St Francis’ is all about sharing the Gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ with others who wish to learn about Him, and encouraging and enabling all to grow in relationship with God according to their own personal journey of faith.

The word gospel come from the Old English gōd-spel = “good news”:  i.e.:  gōd = good, and  spel =  ‘a story’ or ‘news’  (as in modern German ‘spiel’). 

We do this through our weekly Services – which have different teaching styles; through our Home Groups and other smaller discussion groups and conversations and through specific courses which we run from time to time to explore our faith, and what it means, in greater detail.

These courses include Alpha 2 Alpha, a course designed for those who are new to the Christian faith, or who are simply enquiring about it.  Our most recent Alpha Course was in the late spring and summer of 2016.  (Scroll to the foot of this page to read more about Alpha).

and a new course:  The Delta Course, which we have developed here at St. Francis’ Church, and which we have been holding during late winter and spring of 2017.

Delta is aimed at our whole Church family – who have already embarked on their journey of faith.  It seeks to help all our people to grow in faith and make their Christian faith more relevant to their daily lives.  While Alpha – the first letter of thee Greek alphabet, is about beginnings and starting out in the Christian faith, Delta (the fourth Greek letter) is used in mathematics, science and engineering to indicate incremental change or difference.  We hope the Delta Course will help all our Church members to make some positive incremental changes to their faith and discipleship (how the follow Jesus) – and notice the difference!

The course explores the difference God makes in our lives and we as Christians can make to others around us; it also reflects the growth we’ll make as we learn together. This is in contrast to Alpha which is about Beginnings – although the programmes follow similar lines.

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Delta:  Growing in Faith; Changing Lives …

Our Delta Course has now finished, but you will be able to access the Delta Course 2017 study materials below, for a few more weeks.

CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FOR EACH WEEK’S STUDY MATERIALS:
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NB:  All Delta Materials (Documents and Files) are subject to Copyright and Database rights, and may not be used outside the Church membership without prior permission.
©  St. Francis’ Church, Valley Park 2017.

Week 1: Being Disciples

Pew Sheet Notes
Course Notes
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Week 2: Believing

Pew Sheet Notes
Course Notes
Sermon (click the arrow to play):
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Week 3: Having Faith

Pew Sheet Notes
Course Notes
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Week 3: Evening Service

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Week 4: Understanding the Bible

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 Week 5:  Practicing Prayer Pew Sheet Notes
Course Notes
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Week 6:  Being Church

Pew Sheet Notes
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Week 7:  Blessings – Talents and Skills Pew Sheet Notes
Course Notes
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Week 7: Evening Service Evening Service Notes
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Week 8: Giving:  time, talents and treasure Pew Sheet Notes
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Week 9: Sharing faith Pew Sheet Notes
Course Notes
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Week 10: Christian living – freedom to be Holy Pew Sheet Notes
Course Notes
Sermon (click the arrow to play):
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Alpha:

According to Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), the meaning of life, the universe, and everything boils down to the number 42.
If only it were as simple as that!

You can find more about Alpha at www.alpha.org.Alpha 2

Alpha at St Francis’:

St. Francis’ Church most recently held a very successful Alpha Course in late Spring and Summer of 2016.  Alpha, or a follow-on type of course is likely to be run again in the coming months.  If you’d like to know more about a course, for you, or a friend, please contact the Church Office.