Exploring Issues Group
Originating from the 2003 St John's Alpha Course, the group has expanded to include members of several local churches.
It meets in a local home or the St John's Old Vicarage, usually on the third Monday evening of the month to explore contemporary issues of concern to Christians. Normally an outside speaker with expertise introduces the topic, followed by discussion designed to be held in an open and non-judgemental manner, so that all points of view can be heard and explored. The meeting concludes with a short time of prayer and refreshments.
Attendance is typically 20-30, depending on the topic! Interestingly (and significantly), the most well attended meeting was on: Church Music: Divine or Divisive? Topics are suggested by the participants and a small planning committee. They have ranged from biblical interpretation, creation, religious extremism (by the prison Imam), Islam (by a Baptist minister), Quakerism, holiness, spirituality, marriage – heterosexual and homosexual, to end of life issues (by a retired geriatrician), church liturgy, dealing with debt and poverty, and social media.
If you would like to know more about Exploring Issues please contact Ted Evans or the Church Office.