Fully Human, Fully Alive

– the Parish of Chingford Education programme

St Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons and a pupil of a pupil of the Apostle John, once wrote: “the greatest glory of God is a human being fully alive.” One of the ways we can become fully alive in God is understanding what God requires of us in our lives as individuals, and our lives with others. In other words, God asks us to reflect prayerfully, in the company of others, on what it means to be a human being, and a follower of Jesus Christ today. And then, of course, to act on it.

We offer for your consideration three strands for a Christian education programme in Chingford Parish this coming year. You are welcome to try all of them, or to mix and match according to your need and time.

Who We Are — Scripture

What We Know — Theology

How We Worship — Liturgy

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Who We Are

There will be two offerings, in three places and times:

1. The Sunday Gospel

A chance to read through, prayerfully, the Gospel for the coming Sunday, and to begin to understand its context within Scripture, the times in which it was written, the people it was written for, and its meaning for us today.

Wednesdays, Old Church 11.00-12.00 noon
(following 10.00 am Holy Eucharist in Old Church)

Thursdays, Parish Church, 10.30-11.30 am
(following 10.00 am Holy Eucharist in the Parish Church)

2. How To Read the Old Testament

Christians have always seen the Hebrew Scriptures as part of the revelation of God to His people: the Hebrew Scriptures were the whole of the Bible for Jesus, his disciples, and Saint Paul. Even so, sometimes it might seem as if the Old Testament has nothing to say to us today. How do we read the Old Testament in the same way that Jesus and Paul did, as part of God’s giving of Himself to His people and His creation?

Find your way beyond the vivid stories of gardens, whales and multi-coloured dream-coats, and understand what the Old Testament means to us today.

Usually fourth Wednesday of each month (with some exceptions),
            the Vestry Hall, 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm.

What We Know

A Thinking Person’s Guide To God

Sometimes Christians are accused by those outside the church of handing in their brains at the church door. Sometimes Christians seem to be encouraged by those inside the church to do the same. Is it possible to be a thinking reflective person, aware of all the changes and developments in thought in the last two centuries, and still be a Christian?

This monthly discussion series attempts to discover just that.

Meeting the second Monday of each month, the Rectory, 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm

How We Worship

How do we read in church?

It is not easy to read the lessons in public worship. You are reading texts that were written between three thousand and nineteen hundred years ago. Some of the texts were written originally in Hebrew, some in Greek, some in Aramaic. Not all the texts are immediately clear in their wording or meaning. And yet, as Christians we believe that by reading the Scriptures in public, we allow ourselves to come into the presence of God, and to discern His purposes for us. To help us in this awesome responsibility, there will be a Readers’ Workshop to which all present readers at both churches are invited. If you are interested in reading in church at any point in the future, or if you only want to learn more about what the meaning of reading might be, then you are also most welcome to attend.

Sunday, 19 September, 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm in Chingford Parish Church

Sunday, 3 October, 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm in Old Church.

How do we pray in church?

Prayer is one of vital ingredients in making the meal that is the Holy Eucharist. The whole of the service should be infused and informed by prayer, but, within this prayerful atmosphere, the ministry of leading the  prayers of intercession is especially important. To lead worship, we need constantly to reflect on, read about and learn what it is that God is calling us to do. To help us in this vocation, there will be an Intercessors’ Workshop to which all present intercessors are invited. If you are interested in leading the prayers of intercession at any point in the future, or if you only want to learn more about what the prayers of intercession are supposed to be, then you are also most welcome to attend.

Sunday, 26 September, 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm in Chingford Parish Church

Sunday, 10 October, 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm in Old Church.

More details are available in the Parish Magazine, or from the Parish Office. To join in, or express your interest, please contact the Parish Office:

0208 529 0323