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Five-week online course: Encountering God

October 17, 2022 @ 9:00 am - November 20, 2022 @ 11:00 pm


An exciting new online learning opportunity for lay Christians starts in October. It happens in an easy-to-use online learning environment (Moodle) utilised by 200 million people worldwide, which allows you to learn and interact with others and tutor Peter Nicholls at times and places convenient to you. There will be optional video chat sessions (think zoom) but mostly it’s about reading, watching, listening, praying and responding in your own time and at your own pace. Hundreds of people in the diocese have learned this way over the past ten years and evaluations have been very good indeed.

The learning material is based on the modular Course in Christian Studies that has been developed over three decades in Chelmsford Diocese. Unsurprisingly, this first unit is about God. What is your image of God? How do any of us (and the greats of the Bible, and the Church itself) talk about God and to God? Why?

The five-week module starts on 17 October, with a ‘warm-up week’ beforehand: an optional zoom show-round of the learning environment and what it can do with time to try things out in a casual way before the course proper begins. The course is ‘facilitated’ and highly interactive, so you will ‘journey’ with a tutor by your side, hear what your fellow learners have to say, and comment – as they will do on your contributions. Devotional / worship opportunities are threaded through the course; it’s not cold, disembodied study about God. The aim is to invite the Holy Spirit to be present online as well as when we’re pondering on our own. Most people choose to check in several times a week, whenever suits each individual, probably for a total of three hours plus or minus each week. This mode of learning is convenience itself.

Further modules on the Old Testament, the Gospels and Paul’s letters will follow in 2023, so you can carry on learning if you wish. There’s a later module on prayer and others on the gospel in action.

The fee is waived for AWAs who would like to follow this module – please apply direct to Sue Hemsley Halls.

If the modest cost would stand in the way of anyone else learning, please use the contact details below to get in touch with us about a subsidised place. Your means should not stand in the way of your discipleship!


October 17, 2022 @ 9:00 am
November 20, 2022 @ 11:00 pm
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