The Church one block east of Main on 15th

Christianity Explored course

Christianity Explored is an informal seven-week course for people who'd like to investigate Christianity, or just brush up on the basics. It explores who Jesus was, what his aims were, and what it means to follow him.

You won't be asked to pray, sing or read aloud, and you can ask any questions you like. Or, if you prefer, you can just come along and listen. Christianity Explored has been around for over a decade now, and it's been designed to suit different age ranges and people.

Q. Who is Christianity Explored for?

A. Christianity Explored is for anyone who wants to investigate Christianity informally with a group of other people. Whether you have previous experience of Church, Christians and the Bible, or none at all, this course is for you. Everyone is welcome - from the most sympathetic Sunday schooler to the convinced atheist. We will respect your background, culture and beliefs. Tell us as little or as much about yourself as you feel comfortable.

Q. What goes on?

A. Coffee and snacks are provided at the start of the session. The course is normally run in a group of six to nine people, and after briefly discussing the course material from the week before, there is a video on the theme for that week. Then the groups discuss any questions that have arisen. Of course, if you'd like, you're welcome to stick around a bit longer for a coffee to discuss any further issues you might have. And you can ask any question you want, at any time during the course.

Q. How long does the course last?

A. The course runs for 7 weeks , including a day away, when you can explore other areas such as the Bible, the Holy Spirit, prayer and the church.

Q. Can I pull out if I want to?

A. Of course you can.

Q. How much does the course cost?

A. Nothing - but you may make a small contribution towards any food provided.

Q. Do I have to bring anything?

A. No, all course materials are provided.

Q. Is it 'churchy'?

A. We hope not. It's not a church service. There's no praying, singing, or clapping, and you won't be asked to read aloud.

Q. Am I going to get preached at?

A. Each session includes video designed to explain an aspect of Christian belief and to stimulate discussion. Hopefully you'll find it challenging and amusing. The group leaders will facilitate discussion and try to answer questions.

Q. Do I have to speak in the group?

A. Not if you don't want to. You are welcome to come and just sit and listen.

Q. How is Christianity Explored different from other courses?

A. The focus on Mark's Gospel, with its emphasis on who Jesus was, what his aims were, and what it means to follow him, makes Christianity Explored quite different.

Next course begins after Thanksgiving, 2016. Time, date, etc in mid-summer. TBA.

To register call the church (604) 876-4310(604) 876-4310 and leave a message or email the church office.

The course

Christianity Explored is scheduled according to the number of people signed up. Group sessions usually start with a light soup dinner (no charge ... free-will donation). Please email Pastor Fred if you are interested.