Red Wall & Stairs

COMMUNITY GROUP RESOURCES

* For groups that meet in the church building

These are resources intended to be used in Community Groups and Bible Studies. 

Read Scripture

This year, we are encouraging the whole church to read scripture. You can find the plan here.

This reading plan is intended to guide you through approximately two-thirds of the Bible over the next 40 weeks. Each week has been divided into six days, allowing for either a day or rest or a day to catch up. If you fall more than a few days behind, our suggestion is to skip ahead so that you remain “in step” with the preaching series. You can find the full outline here.


Each time you start a new book in the Bible, you are encouraged to watch a Bible Project video. These short videos highlight important themes and literary details to pay attention to. Occasional thematic videos are also suggested. Links are embedded in the reading plan or videos can be found at https://bibleproject.com/

Although this could be a solo endeavour, we recommend that you read scripture in community. This can take the shape of identifying a reading partner or engaging this plan as a small group. Either way, you are encouraged to meet with someone each week to discuss what you have been reading. The following questions can help you have open, honest conversations:

 

  • What stood out to you this week?

  • Was there anything confusing or troubling?

  • Did anything make you think differently about God?

  • How might this change the way we live?

*Sanctuary Course

The Sanctuary Course is for anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. It requires no previous training or expertise—just a willingness to engage in dialogue with other believers.

https://www.sanctuarymentalhealth.org/sanctuary-course

12 Neighbors

The 12 Neighbors Project asks the most important question of our time, "what does it really mean to love your neighbor?" Their goal is to create a movement of people who are inspired and educated to love their neighbors like never before. 

They have created this 7-part film series so that people may gather together as a group, watch the films, discuss appropriate action in their own communities, and then take action together as a group. ​These films will challenge your perspective on poverty, marginalization, and effecting real change.

https://www.12neighbors.org/

The Character Course

The Character Course brings together the most up-to-date psychology with ancient biblical wisdom. In eight sessions, it covers key themes of Christian discipleship: learning, hope, love, forgiveness, gratitude, humour, persistence and curiosity.

This site has everything you need to run it: videos, leader notes, scripts and handouts. All free to download. It’s designed for small groups, but you can complete it however you like: alone or in a group, live or online. It works best when you share the journey with others. Each session has a short video to watch, a bible passage to ponder and a practice to try out. 

https://www.thecharactercourse.com/

The Bible Course

The Bible is a big and complicated book to read and for many it can be difficult to know where to start. Maybe you’ve been part of a Bible study group and want to build your confidence so you can study the Bible on your own, or maybe you need help connecting together the bits you’ve been reading. The Bible Course is a great resource, whether you are familiar with the Bible or just starting out.

  • The Bible Course helps you see how the books of the Bible are part of one big story.

  • Using a unique storyline, The Bible Course will show you how key events, books and characters fit together.

  • The video teaching, course guide and daily readings will help you grow in confidence as you read the Bible for yourself.

  • Acts as a great follow-on resource for those who have done introductory courses like Alpha and Christianity Explored.

https://www.biblesociety.org.uk/explore-the-bible/the-bible-course/

The ReFrame Course

Run by Regant College, the ReFrame course is a 10 course video series that aims to help you live out faith in everyday life, encouraging you to encounter Jesus afresh and allowing his story to shape your own. This first session explores how a fragmented and complex world can tempt Christians to either withdraw from or assimilate to the culture around them. However, the true story of Jesus enables Christians to resist these temptations and live integrated and faithful lives.

https://www.reframecourse.com/

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