Developing discipleship is one of our church’s commitments, and last year the church agreed that a strategic priority is to provide more ways for people to learn more about Jesus and the Christian faith. To support this, the Leadership Team has chosen the Compass Course, developed by the Methodist Church. Compass offers eight sessions in which participants can explore what they think about God, the difference Jesus makes, and what being a Methodist means. Compass fits the spirituality and culture of London Road as a place where people can honestly question, stretch and deepen their faith as individuals and as a group. More details can be found on the Methodist Church website: go to www.methodist.org.uk and type “Compass” into the Search box on the top right hand corner.
We want to run a pilot programme this spring. This pilot programme is intended primarily for regular worshippers at London Road, so that participants and leaders can gain experience of Compass and learn together. After this, we intend to offer the programme again in the autumn, particularly geared towards those who are less familiar with the Christian faith.
Details of the pilot programme are:
- The 8 sessions will be held fortnightly starting in early April (straight after Easter) and concluding in early July.
- The format will be a communal meal followed by at least a 90 minute discussion, probably taking 3 hours in total.
- The sessions will be led in turn by our minister, Paul Cockburn, and two of our local preachers, Beth Little and Rob Pitt.
- Ideally the venue will be someone’s home, possibly the same venue each time, or possibly in rotation.
- If there is an enthusiastic response, we could run a second session on alternate weeks.
- There will be no charge for participation; cost of the book and of the meals will be paid for from church funds.
April is not long away, and to make this happen we need the following volunteers:
- Participants who are prepared to commit to attending all 8 sessions on a fortnightly basis (final commitment will only be required after the dates and times have been set).
- Hosts who are willing to offer their homes for the meal and the discussion for about 10 visitors.
- Cooks who will buy and prepare a simple cooked meal and deliver it to the hosts. Cost of food will be reimbursed by the church.