Our weekly online classes
The current crisis
Whilst we are still in the midst of this coronavirus crisis, washing our hands frequently and maintaining our distance from most of those outside our own households, we are still not able to come together to enjoy the delights of being together and of Bible classes in the way to which we have been accustomed.
Many group leaders will understandably be looking at ways in which they can continue to nurture their own local communities at this challenging time, but we wanted to do something for those up and down the land who might either be feeling particularly isolated, or perhaps be in need of something extra to help pass the time as they work from home. We also recognise that there are many who are having to continue working under difficult conditions, and we are particularly thankful for their contribution to our well-being.
In light of this we are hosting a number of weekly Bible Classes online for the foreseeable future. These will be open to anyone who wants to be a part of a live, online class, and who has access to a computer or similar object. We have decided to hold these at 8 o’clock each evening, with one repeated on Friday afternoon. And you are free to be a part of whichever and however many classes you may choose.
We will also continue to host a Quiz Night each Friday evening to provide some light-hearted, educational, entertainment!
Unlike our Sunday morning messages which we are continuing to host on YouTube, we’re going to be hosting these classes on Zoom. You may want to download the Zoom client or app – you shouldn’t have to, but it would improve the experience if you did. Please find the schedule below. Clicking on the image or title should bring you to the relevant Zoom session. Thank you.
If you need help in accessing and using Zoom, please click here.
To download a full schedule of the second round of classes, please click here.
We have decided not to record live online classroom sessions so as not to impede participation and discussion. We will, however, be making available recordings of the presentations for any who wish to catch up or review the material presented in the classes. These will be available here.
To let us know your thoughts on these classes, and to help us plan the way forward, please take a few minutes to complete our survey here. Thank you.
Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians are perhaps the earliest of his extant letters. Their importance is often overlooked, but through these letters we see the love and care that Paul had for the newly founded Christian community in the city of Thessalonica. Paul writes to encourage, exhort, correct and rebuke these new Christians. His words are of interest and relevance to us today as they address matters that continue to concern us in our walk with Christ and as we await his return.
Presenter: John Griffiths
The words “gospel” and “evangelize” are prominent throughout the letter and it soon becomes evident that every topic touched upon in the letter is an exposition of Paul’s understanding of the true nature of “the gospel”. Whether it be salvation; the relationship between Jew and Gentile; justification by faith – these are all elaborations of the word “gospel”.
Over twelve weeks we will cover many of the themes presented by the Apostle and share in his mission: “Thus I make it my ambition to proclaim the good news”.
Presenter: Jack Paton
The book of Revelation is a mystery to many because of the images and symbols it contains. But this message was written to be understood and was given from God to encourage Christians. We will consider its first century setting, what the images and symbols meant in the Jewish prophets, as well as statements made by first century contemporary writers. Join us for an exciting overview of this important message!
Presenter: Jon Galloway
The book of the prophet Ezekiel is probably the easiest of the longer prophets and so serves as a useful introduction to this part of the Hebrew Bible. The writing is clear, vibrant and full of excitement, presenting a very uniform message to the exiles. It has much to say of the mission of God for his people today. You may never meet a more fascinating chap than the son of Buzi – these next twelve weeks may change your life.
Presenter: Patrick Boyns
The book of Revelation is a mystery to many because of the images and symbols it contains. But this message was written to be understood and was given from God to encourage Christians. We will consider its first century setting, what the images and symbols meant in the Jewish prophets, as well as statements made by first century contemporary writers. Join us for an exciting overview of this important message! (Live ‘repeat’)
Presenter: Jon Galloway
Some light-hearted, educational, entertainment!
This really is for everyone – nothing too testing (promise!).
You might want to have a pen and paper handy – plus a box of choccies to award yourself if you happen to win. We’d love to present these personally, but under the present circumstances …
Presenter: Steve Whitehead