What is Christianity Explored?
Christianity Explored does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a series of evenings for people who'd like to investigate Christianity for the first time, or for those who would like to refresh what they’ve believed for some time. It explores who Jesus is, what his aims are and what it means to follow him. The course does not assume any knowledge or faith. In fact it was designed particularly for those not sure what they believe.
What happens at Christianity Explored?
We begin by having tea/coffee and cake/pudding together. This is an important part of the course, as well as being delicious! This is a good chance to relax and get to know others.
At each session, there is a short DVD (lasting about 20 minutes) where some aspect of the Christian faith is presented. Then, in small groups, there is the chance to discuss, debate or even disagree with what has been said. No comment is out of bounds!
Christianity Explored looks primarily at the eye-witness account of Jesus' life written by the disciple, Mark. Everyone coming to the course is given a copy of Mark's gospel as well as the Christianity Explored study guide and is encouraged to read the gospel over 8 weeks. You're not asked to pray, sing, or read aloud, and you can ask any question you like. Or, if you prefer, you can come along and simply listen.
There are eight sessions each lasting an hour to an hour and a half.