Growing in faith
We are all at different stages in our knowledge, understanding and acceptance of our Christian faith. But whatever stage we’re at there is still room to learn more, to deepen our faith – and there are different places we can turn to to learn.
We have a Learning and Discipleship Group who organise a range of events aimed at developing our understanding of Christian Faith. These include:
- occasional one-off study days, often led by guest speakers
- house groups, often in the Autumn, each of which studies the same 5 or 6 week course.
- Lent courses, which are often arranged in co-operation with our Anglican cluster. In recent years these have taken a range of formats including a series of ‘interactive lectures’, and house groups
Details of these are published in advance, and all are welcome. There is occasionally a small cost (to cover the cost of the study books, or on study days to pay for lunch) but we can help with that if needed.
Bible reading notes
Many people base their study – and their prayer life – around reading a passage from the bible every day and reflecting on it.
There are lots of bible study notes around to help with this.
Each produces a range of different booklets published every 3 months. Look at their websites to see what’s available.
Confirmation is a major step in each person’s faith journeys. Confirmation is all about you ‘confirming baptism promises’, and a bishop ‘confirming your membership of the church’.
Most people are baptised as children, and don’t make their baptism promises themselves – parents and godparents do it for them. If they are still involved in the church, when they’re old enough they make the promises themselves. That happens at a Confirmation Service, presided over by one of our bishops.
Once you’re confirmed you can receive communion with everyone else in church. The service happens once a year. It may rotate between the Anglican group churches – ourselves, St Chad’s on Hollyfield Road, and St Peter’s Maney. Or a confirmation service may be held for the whole Deanery of Sutton Coldfield.
Before you’re confirmed, you attend a preparation course at which one of the clergy will teach about the key issues of faith – God, Jesus, human nature, scripture and so on – and help you reflect on what you believe.
If you’re interested in being confirmed have a word with one of our clergy.
As part of the Diocese of Birmingham, we are also able to make use of courses organised by the diocese across the region.
The 3D course happens every year, with people meeting in small groups across the diocese – there’s usually one in the Sutton Coldfield area. Groups meet once a week during term time to learn in more depth about the key themes in scripture. If you would like information on this, please ask John, our Rector.
‘Growing Gifts’ days happen throughout the year, a number of them being based at the Trinity Centre. Watch for details!
A few people want to take their study of theology deeper. The Queen’s Foundation (a Church of England and Methodist Church theological college based in Birmingham) run a range of courses in combination with the Diocese. These usually run for one session a week over a term, and cost a little more. Again, ask John if you are interested.