Reflection

Reforming Christianity

Do you work with children aged between 7 and 16 years old? Then you might be interested in these religious education teaching resources.

These resources have been commissioned by the Free Churches Group and The Methodist Church, sponsored by the Westhill Endowment and produced in association with RE Today Services.

The resources were written and launched to commemorate The Reformation. They are a dynamic and engaging range of teaching and learning materials you can share as part of your work with children and young people.

If you are working as an RE teacher in schools or know someone at your church who is, why not pass these on to them too? It could help them with their planning for the next academic year.

A CALL TO PRAYER

For teachers and support staff in the teaching of RE and those studying RE at primary and secondary school. We pray for NATRE (National Association of Teachers of RE) and pray for wisdom as we engage with all faith traditions. Amen.

A CALL TO ACT

RE Reformation resources and why not register for the NATRE newsletter if the RE curriculum interests and inspires you to dig deeper

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What makes a good disciple?

Hmmm, a good question? What do you think?

The word disciple comes from the Latin word for learner (discipulus), so it well worth thinking about in our quest for learning, education and development... Discipulus is variously translated as student, disciple or pupil.

How do we learn today? What do we yearn to learn? What have you learned lately? 

In our aim to share content and ideas from our member churches, we have a feature from the URC. The magazine for the United Reformed Church (URC), Reform, has been considering this question : What makes a good disciple? You can read the full article HERE

In the coming weeks, why not think and pray about how you might become a better disciple... a better student in Christ...?

 

 

 

A Message To All This Easter

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Easter is one of those special times during the year, when despite the confusion in our world and the complexities of life, we remember Jesus Christ and His perfect sacrifice with a sense of purpose and hope. We celebrate with hearts of thankfulness the offer of forgiveness and reconciliation, to those who believe in him.

There are many challenges facing our world but the preaching of the Gospel remains, and forever will be, the answer to the needs of humanity. We must never shy away from that truth. Luke reminds us that “...the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (St Luke 19:10)

Jesus' mission is to save the lost and that is the message of hope we preach to a world desperately seeking answers to the hatred and divisions that plague nations and communities. The Church must remain committed to Jesus' ministry of reconciliation. It is possible through Christ for humanity to be reconciled to God and each other.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 speaks directly to the Church about this ministry to which we must be engaged. Verse 19 reads, “that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

Let’s share that good news with confidence and may the peace of God fill your hearts this Easter season.

Every blessings,

Revd Paul Rochester.
(General Secretary of the Free Churches Group)