“Sharing the Good News” 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, 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 down to read more about Alpha (and our next course in 2020).
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! Christians believe that the meaning of life can be found through developing a personal relationship with God, embodied in the person of His only Son, Jesus of Nazareth – the Christ and the Messiah. Alpha is an introduction to the Christian faith, designed specifically for those who are curious to explore what Christianity is all about.
You can find more about Alpha at https://alpha.org.uk/tryalpha
Alpha at St Francis’:
St. Francis’ Church most recently held a very successful Alpha Course in late Spring and Summer of 2016.
We are running Alpha again in the winter and spring of 2020, starting on Monday 20th January.
Click here for your Personal Alpha invite !
If you’d like to know more about a course, for you, or a friend, please watch this space or:
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to reserve a place.
Delta is aimed at those who have already embarked on their journey of faith, whether recently or a while back. It seeks to help 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 on an exploration of what the Christian faith is, 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 Christians, wherever they are in their journey of faith, to make some positive incremental changes to their faith and discipleship (how the follow Jesus) – and notice the difference!
Delta works best when used by a whole Church or by groups of learning Christians, and it explores the difference God makes in our lives, and that we as Christians can make to others around us. It also reflects the growth in faith that we can make by learning together.
This is in contrast to Alpha which is about ‘Beginnings’ – although the programmes follow similar lines.
Please contact St Francis’ Church Office if you would like to know more about the Delta Course.