Resources to explore faith
Table Talk Resources
Table Talk www.table-talk.org and Puzzling Questions www.puzzlingquestions.org.uk provide easy opportunities to explore faith through life issues in social settings. Introductory courses to the Christian Faith abound including START, Christianity Explored, Pilgrim, Alpha and Essence. A locally produced review and summary of the range of these materials is available.
In what ways can those attending Baptism, Weddings and Funeral services be encouraged to make their local church a place of belonging at times of life transitions?
For the occasional visitor of special services Soul Food provides quality cards to give away that offer bite sized thoughts sent straight to mobile phones e mail addresses relevant to the service they have attended. Sample materials are available via the Diocesan Office.
www.soulfood.me | Webpage
A more comprehensive approach as how to offer further opportunities at baptisms weddings and funerals can be found at churchsupporthub.org | Webpage
Season of Invitation
The season of invitation initiative including ‘Back to Church Sunday’ provides a means of cultivating an invitational culture in your church and also helps to shape your services with visitors in mind. Making changes for one special service may beg the question why don’t we do that all the time? For local information contact Rich Henderson.
seasonofinvitation.co.uk | Webpage
A ministry of welcome is communicated by everyone and one way of improving this is to use or adapt the course ‘everybody welcome’. www.chpublishing.co.uk/features/everybody-welcome
This can help to
- make your church more visible,
- make the premises more inviting,
- consider the accessibility of the services,
- beware of different age ranges
- provide tips for welcome and encouraging belonging
- offers training for a welcome team and sidesperson
Read ‘mystery worshipper’ reports to help you see your church through the eyes of a visitor!
shipoffools.com/mystery | Webpage
London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC)
How can we encourage members of our congregations to share their story of faith in their everyday lives?
A number of people can struggle to articulate their faith and LICC offer a two session practical course ‘Sharing your Faith’ to help people summarise their own story, understand ‘God’s story’ and take practical simple steps to start to share naturally. For those who want to apply this to their work places and wider life in the community there is a range of materials to support everyday witness.
www.licc.org.uk/ | Webpage