Lenten Bible Study - The Prayers of Jesus
During the period of Lent we will be holding five Bible Studies on the ‘Prayers of Jesus’ over Zoom. The meetings will be on five successive Tuesdays commencing on the 23rd February from 8.00 pm. It is intended to limit the meetings to one hour. Although it is not vital for those joining the studies to have the associated booklet it might prove useful.
They are available online from the Eden Christian Bookshop and also Amazon and both sell for less than six pounds; the author is Amy Boucher Pye. For those who do not purchase a copy then we simply invite you to join us to consider the passage of scripture containing each prayer and enter the discussion prompted by the questions in the booklet. If you would like to join us in the studies please contact either Brenda, Roy or Rob.
This week Roy asks us to read Isaiah 53. Isaiah wrote these words over 700 years before Jesus was born. Just another miracle revealed, and they still happen today. How can we doubt our God who loves us and still does miracles today?
Sharing during Lent – A common theme is developing for the period of lent. Love Life, Live Lent provides us with some ideas of how we can share. We can also do this in a different way through our Lenten Bible Studies where we share our thoughts, knowledge, experience and doubts about our Christian Faith. Below, we have identified a number of other ways that we can share as a fellowship. Firstly Bob Ellison shares his experience of attending a seminar entitled ‘Digital Poverty’.
Are the older population missing out because, they cannot afford laptops, I pad and broadband, or they don't understand them or are there broadband problems in their area? If they have the right equipment but don’t know how to use it, who will teach them? Do we pick things up as easily as we did twenty years ago? During the current Pandemic, more shopping has been done online, if they are not computer literate, how have they coped? Plus, technology seems to change daily.
However, whilst going down this road, what about the increase in computer fraud, would we older people be easy targets? The seminar did not really go into as much detail as I would have liked. I think online banking is fantastic, one of my best friends will not touch it with a barge pole.
We are now becoming a cashless society with a reduction in bank branches and ATMs, even to the point where certain retail outlets will not accept cash. I am sure some of us older ones can remember our parents having various tins for the weekly, gas, electric and shopping bills. This is a tremendous change for our older generation.
As a church we have utilised Zoom to great effect and the benefits have been tremendous. Does the Government have an obligation to help the older age group get onto the current computer lifestyle? (Editor’s comment - Perhaps we as a church can run some practical sessions once we are able to meet in the hall again?)
Godfrey Gwilliam has a number of books he is willing to loan and deliver. Here is just a selection, for the full list contact Godfrey.
Killing Eve - From the Hit TV Series - Crime Block Buster.
We Need to Talk about Kevin - Lionel Shriver - Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2010.
The Guilty One - Lisa Ballantyne - Richard & Judy Book Club Best Seller.
Trump the Art of the Deal - Tony Schwartz - Enough Said!!
Other Sharing Ideas.
How about those bakers amongst us possibly making some Simnel cakes so that we can share them amongst the fellowship at Easter? How about films on DVD? Not everybody is a reader, and some people would enjoy a good film just as much as a good read. Do you have a DVD that others would like to borrow? Contact Anne or Rob if you do. More information next time.