Only From 16 March to Easter
Normally our housegroups meet every other week, with prayer between them. From Thursday 16 March to Thursday 6 April w are having a change. After 7/9 March, there will be no housegroups up to Easter.
There will be 4 different groups running every week. There is a chance to learn a little bit of the Greek New Testament; a chance to think about how we talk about the Big Questions of Life with non-Christians and a chance to read and reflect on the book, Deeper together.
This is how it will work: Charlie will lead the group beginning to get to grips with Greek; Fay will look at The Big Questions. Both of these groups will be in The Vine. Neil will lead a reading group which will be online. Ian will lead a series looking at developing spiritual practices.
For these groups to run we need a minimum of 6 people to commit to each group.
You can sign up for all the courses at the Information Point every Sunday
This is more about what each of the groups will offer:
1. A Taste of Greek
Why bother with Greek? The famous Greek scholar A. T. Robertson said (1923):
“The real New Testament is the Greek New Testament. The English is simply a translation of the New Testament, not the actual New Testament… There is much in New Testament Greek that cannot be translated. It is not possible to reproduce the delicate turns of thought, the nuances of language, in translation. The freshness of the strawberry cannot be preserved in any extract.”
Fresh strawberries really are better than those slimy tinned ones aren’t they? The thing is though, growing your own strawberries can be a bit daunting to get started with. So I’m offering a 4-week course in strawberry-picking so we can enjoy lifting the leaves, picking and eating them together.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Understand the use and meaning of a Greek word throughout the Bible
- Know how to spot an author’s intended emphasis in a text
No previous language experience is necessary though it will obviously be helpful! You will need to be able to use a web browser. Bring a laptop if you have one (or smart phone at a pinch) and expect some homework.
2. Answering life’s big questions in a world wanting rationality
This group will only be for 3 Thursdays.
Can faith in God and the Christian life ever be rationalised? Does it need to be? How do you explain the response to this to non-Christians?
The sessions will cover the following:
1. Is Christian belief rationally defensible- does it need to be?
This session will be an introduction to philosophy of religion and will consider why some people want to be able to rationally explain Christian faith and how they might go about doing this.
2. What is the relationship between morality and Christianity
This session will consider why Christians want to do good and how this links with the wider concept of morality. Discussion will include non-religious people’s concerns around this focus on being moral and whether it is achievable or even desirable.
3. How can a Christian explain miracles and prayer?
This session will look at the different opinions on miracles in world and the role of prayer and what both mean for Christians. It will look at whether it is reasonable to believe in miracles and what the purpose of miracles is. It will also consider questions around how prayers are answered.
3. Book Group
We will read the book ‘Deeper’ by Dane Ortlund.
“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” —2 Peter 3:18
The blurb from the back cover:
How do Christians grow? Few question the call of the Bible to grow in godliness, but the answer to exactly how this happens is often elusive.
In this book, Dane Ortlund points believers to Christ, making the case that sanctification does not happen by doing more or becoming better, but by going deeper into the wondrous gospel truths that washed over them when they were first united to him.
Drawing on wisdom from figures throughout church history, Ortlund encourages readers to fix their gaze on Jesus in the battle against sin, casting themselves upon his grace and living out their invincible identity in Christ.
We will read the book slowly and try and make sense of it for our own situations.
Thanks to the kindness of someone in church, the first 6 people to sign up for this course will get a free book!
4. Developing Spiritual Practices
Information alone is not enough to produce formation.
We need to practice Jesus’ teachings, to get his ideas from our minds into the muscle memory of our bodies. We do this by adopting practices from Jesus’ own life, time-tested disciplines for the spiritual life that open up our entire being to God and allow him to transform us into people of love. One of these is Sabbath; an ancient way to find rest for your soul.
The Sabbath is a 24-hour hour time period set aside to stop, rest, delight, and worship. It is the best day of the week. In our era of chronic exhaustion, emotional unhealth, and spiritual stagnation, few things are more necessary than the recovery of this ancient practice.
Each week will feature four session videos, weekly exercises and readings, and additional resources to help the group create life-changing daily rhythms as we apprentice under Jesus together. For more information, visit The Sabbath Practice — Practicing the Way
Church’s Annual Review Meeting
Zoom • Wednesday 22 March • 7.30pm
This is a chance for us to look over our shoulders and see what we have been doing over the year gone, and to chart some of the things we can look forward in the year to come.
We are holding this online so that as many of you as possible can come along. It will be an evening where we present some things, but also a chance for us to hear from one another about ways we already encourage each other well, as well as what we could do that would make us better at being a church community together.
Join us on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84175740294
Meeting ID: 841 7574 0294
Is it you we are looking for?
There are many people who serve the church really faithfully and well in the background. They can be easily forgotten because their job is to make things go smoothly and they do their work really well. One of these people is Bev Walsh. For many years Bev has looked after the financial side of church – ensuring people get paid, that budgets get written, that we don’t go into the red. Bev feels that the time has come for her to hand over her baton.
There will be another time for us to formally thank Bev. But the last task she wants to do is to hand over the work really well. Are you someone who could do this for us? Do you handle finances for your day job and so dealing with it for us would not be too much of stretch? Do you enjoy dealing with spreadsheets and keeping them updated so that the leaders know where things stand?
We need someone either who has some financial background or who is really organised and ready to learn new systems. You must be realistic and full of faith at the same time. You must want to work in partnership with the leaders. You must be reliable and willing to keep pace with the finances each week and month.
Is this you? If you would like more information, please contact Neil for a chat. We need you.
On Palm Sunday (2nd April) we will be having a Bring and Share Lunch together in the church hall after the service. We would love as many of you as possible to be with us. It’s a great chance for us to spend time together in a bit more of a leisurely way.
On Good Friday (7th April) there will be a service at 10am with St James. It will be about an hour and is a chance to reflect on the story of the crucifixion and why it is so central to our faith.
And then on Easter Sunday (9th April) we will celebrate the resurrection together at the normal time of 11.30am.
Thanks to everyone who gives regular to the church. Lots of you give by Standing Orders and that is the most helpful way because it means our budgets are likely to be much more accurate.
If you prefer to give by BACS transfer, then our details are:
Name: EFGA Salford Elim
Sort Code: 60-05-16
Account Number: 18523811
If you Gift Aid, add your name/initials as Reference
Or via the GIVT app
If you pay tax and haven’t signed (or returned) a Gift Aid form, we would be grateful if you could. It increases the value of your gift by 20% at no extra cost to you.
Dates for the Diary
Wednesday 22 March (Time TBC): Online Church AGM/Annual Review
Sunday 2 April (11.30am): All Age Service and Church, followed by Bring & Share Lunch
Friday 7 April (10.30am): Good Friday Service
Sunday 9 April (11.30am): Easter Sunday
Thursday 8 – Thursday 15 June: Salford Week of Prayer
Saturday 24 June (6pm – 9pm): Church Hog Roast
Saturday 8 July: Afternoon at the Beach Together
Sunday 16 July: All Age Service and Bring and Share Lunch
Tuesday 1 – Thursday 10 August: Criccieth Camp for Young People
Sunday 3 September (11.30am): All Age Service followed by Church Picnic
Saturday 23 September: Salford Elim’s Big Church Day Out, Wirral
Saturday 14 October: Barn Dance with St James
Saturday 18 November (Afternoon): Autumn Walk
Sunday 10 December (11.30am): All Age Service followed by Bring & Share Lunch
All these dates are on our Events Calendar and in ChurchSuite. If you are ever unsure, please check there for details.
Joint Church Lent Course
Thursday 23 February at the Methodist Church and then each week afterwards. On 2nd March it will be held at St Johns Church hall. On 23 March it will be held at The Vine.
The studies they will be following have been produced by Christian Aid: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/resources/get-involved/talking-climate-justice-small-group-discussion-guide