Being a disciple is about who you identify with. We can be disciples of all kinds of people or organisation. To be a disciple in a Christian context means to learn from and to become like Jesus. We have various opportunities for discipleship; our services, house groups and courses during Advent and Lent. Groups of people within the church meet together regularly to study the Bible, discuss topics from a Christian viewpoint and pray together. This page outlines our usual activities prior to Covid-19 restrictions to give you a flavour of how you can join in with us.
Christian discipleship is focused around the person of Jesus who he was and who he is. We begin the journey towards a deepening understanding of Jesus, through reading the Bible and speaking to Christians. As we grow as Christian disciples, our view of the world around us will change. We may find a greater peace and purpose in our lives, a deeper level of security and love in a God who knows our names. House groups can provide an opportunity to explore our faith and journey together with the things of God.
Faith and Friendship group
This group meets on Mondays at 8.00 pm during school terms in homes within the Durham area. We are currently meeting via Zoom. Contact Suzie if you would like to join us. We are a group of all ages who meet together for bible study and discussion. We select a number of different bible study guides over the year and discuss in an informal way with everyone being able to take part. We are now just a study group – we are Christian friends who meet together in a relaxed environment to talk about issues affecting our daily lives. Work, family and health, amongst other issues, are discussed over tea and cake. Come along and grow in faith and friendship with us!
Thursday house group
This group meets once a month (excluding August), usually on the third Thursday at 7:30 pm – our numbers vary from eight to fourteen. Over the years we have discussed a wide variety of topics from different sources and usually led by a different member of the group each month. We try to keep to the subject but inevitably we find ourselves “going off on a tangent” and it is a time of companionship, prayerfulness and challenge – and fun! Contact Mary if you would like to come along.
Wednesday Bible study
A group of us meet on the first Wednesday of each month to study the Bible. We meet at 10.00-11.00 am in the small meeting room at church. You are very welcome to come along and join us.
This is an ancient practice in which we are invited to read and deepen our understanding of scripture by spending time in reading, reflecting, praying and contemplating.
Reading – Read the passage slowly; what is it saying to us all? (Lectio) Read it again, what stands out for you? Underline words which stand out as you notice them.
Reflecting – What does the passage mean for you in this time and place? (Mediato) Read the passage again, pausing to ask how God might be speaking to you through a phrase or word today?
Praying – As you reflect on the words which stood out for you, and what God may (Oratio) be saying to you, how do you respond to God?
Contemplating – You may want to widen your reading to other passages. Be still (Contempliatio) before God. Invite God to be with you. Give time for the words you have read and the meaning you have found to suggest action in your life.
Methodist Church Bible Month
Have you joined the Methodist Church Bible Month Facebook page yet? You can join it here. This year we are doing Bible Month differently – not just focusing on one event in the year, but offering a variety of different ways of engaging with the Gospel of Mark throughout the year. You can join Rev Adrian Roux on a study guide of the Gospel on Thursday evenings, pray Taketime meditations each Friday, join Pioneers sharing stories around a (virtual!) campfire, be in conversation with how children and young people can engage with the Gospel, listen to and join in some academic teaching, recorded conversations on modelling group bible studies and different hermeneutical readings of the key passages. And lots more – all throughout the year! Sign up to the Methodist Church Bible Month Facebook page and join in the journey!