We list here a number of ideas and resources you may find helpful to take One Step Forward with God. We will add more details as we have them. Please contact the named leaders or the church office to join a group.
* How can I know if I am really a Christian at all?
This is the place to start. God has made you for a relationship with him, and this is a lot more meaningful than 'attending church', 'growing up in a Christian country' or 'suspecting God might be there.' Here are a couple of websites that could help you start to explore his invitation to life, hope, forgiveness and eternal love. But getting involved in any of the things listed in this page will help you to discover where you are with God.
* Come back to a church service
We are doing everything we can to provide a covid safe environment for adults and children and all three of our services are back meeting in person (as well as provision online). We know not everyone is able to return in person just yet, but is there some way you can meet with others every Sunday?
* Personal time with Jesus - Daily Devotions.
Sanctification doesn’t generally happen in leaps and bounds. It’s a constant, daily and hourly process of God working in us, and one of the biggest ways he works is through his word. See Andy for some materials to support you in this.
Article - Help! I can't stay consistent with my bible reading
Article - Four things to remember when meeting with Jesus.
Article - You have more time for reading the Bible than you think.
App - Nicky Gumbel Bible in One Year - read or listen to the bible read and a daily reflection.
* Enjoying God's word with others (one to one)
We all know the value of sharing a meal with others. Reading the Bible is similar to eating food—we can do it alone, but we’re missing something if we never share it with others.
Article - 7 tips for reading the bible with another person
* Join a Housegroup
This Autumn many of our housegroups will be following the Sunday series in 1 Thessalonians, but house groups are about far more than bible study, they are an opportunity to process faith and life together with others who care about you. Please see our housegroup list and get in touch with Mary or one of the leaders if you'd like to come along for a taster. Most of them are currently meeting in Zoom but groups of six are able to meet in person.
* Try 'Dig Deeper' (a short course on getting the most out of the bible)
Five Tuesday evenings this Autumn with Phil Clements exploring ways to really hear God through his word, from 17th November 7.30pm in Zoom.
* Try taking notes during the Sermon - Journal with God
We live in a noisy world. By week's end when we arrive at church and settle into the pew for a sermon, we try to silence the noise and prepare ourselves to hear something altogether different—God's living, active Word. Good biblical teaching is more than just inspiring. It has the power to change hearts! With that in mind, taking notes on the message is a great way to stay engaged, leaving reminders for reflection later in the week to revisit the message and discuss with others.
Article - 8 tips for making good sermon notes
* Explore Prayer in 'What happens when we pray'
Sunday evenings at 6pm with Jo King from 25 October - initially on Zoom but maybe moving to St Mark's. This will start as a book discussion group reading "What happens when women pray" and experimenting in praying the way Evelyn Christensen suggests. "If my people who bear my name, will humble themselves and pray. If they seek my presence and turn their backs on their wicked ways. Then I will hear from heaven, I’ll hear from heaven and will forgive. I will forgive their sins and will heal their land, yes, I will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14). Please see Jo for more information.
* Come and Pray
Weekly – at 9.30am at St Mark's Church for 25 minutes socially distanced.
Monthly – First Wednesdays from November 7.30-8.30pm on Zoom. An hour hearing from different homegroups, areas of church life, and individuals, to pray for our church family, our church activities, and our partners in mission around the world.
For Mission - Usually a monthly prayer meeting praying for our mission partners, now temporarily by email only. See Morris for details. Recent info sheet here.
* Be inspired to share your faith - Explore Evangelism
Andy will be hosting a group exploring the ideas in the book 'Natural Evangelism' by J.John. One session a month through the Winter and Spring on Zoom for anyone who knows in their heart that Jesus is good news for people but feels awkward or unsure where to start, or who would value others to keep them motivated to live for Jesus openly in the world.