Unlocking the bible in Gorleston
Thirty delegates from Gorleston, Lowestoft and Norwich churches attended the Unlock the Bible teaching workshop at Saint Mary Magdalene's Church in Gorleston at the end of February.
The free training day, led by Dawn Lonsdale, chief officer of Unlock, was to help Christians to share their faith in urban areas where traditional bible studies may not be so effective.
The group learned the Unlock method of bible study which makes the bible accessible to people who are not already familiar with the scriptures. This method is very practical and begins with the individual's own experience, thus making the engagement with the bible very powerful.
Feedback from delegates was very positive: Sean Ojeniyi, an ERMC ordinand, said 'This teaching will help us to engage with adults at our Defenders Feast and Messy Church groups in a different and more effective way'.
Eileen McMurtry, reader in training in Lowestoft added 'We have been looking for how we can engage with people who are seeking faith and the Unlock method will give us a way to teach people about the Bible and about faith.'
The Revd Susannah Ellis from Gorleston said “The course was inspiring and has provoked a few ideas!”
Since the training the Unlock approach has already been put into practice in at least two groups, with plans for more in the pipeline.
The Unlock training workshop was made possible because of a grant from Norwich Diocese. It was organised by Damon Rogers of St Andrew’s Church, Lowestoft, and Anna Heydon of Imagine Norfolk Together, with the support of Reverend Matthew Price and the church family at Saint Mary Magdalene's Church, Gorleston.
For more information, visit http://www.unlock-urban.org.uk/
Read our previous story about Unlock here.
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