Bible Study Opportunities
Join Dan England and Jeff Rider Wednesday mornings at 9:30a.m. in the parlor. You don't need to know anything about the Bible and the most basic questions are always welcome (e.g. What's the difference between the Old and New Testament). What is a testament anyway? Trust me, you don't want to know. Course begins September 11. For more information, contact Dan England, or Jeff Rider.
STOP! The Bible Study No, we're not trying to stop Bible Study, we're trying to start it among people for whom the Bible is something of a mystery. Part of the trouble with traditional Bible Studies is that even if the text is explained carefully by teachers who know their stuff and who try to anticipate questions people might have, participants might have even more basic questions that can be glossed over. So STOP! The Bible Study is designed to encourage people to ask questions. Here's how it works. Let's say we're studying the Gospel of Mark, which we are, and let's say we come to the passage about John the Baptist in the first chapter. While explaining the meaning of the passage, someone might say Stop! And all will stop. "Who is John? Is this the one that wrote the Gospel of John? Is this the apostle John? And what is a baptist in this context anyway? I had an uncle who was a baptist but he wasn't anything like this. And why is Jesus being baptized?" Those are great questions and it makes perfect sense to stop and consider them. Think of this Bible Study as have an interactive text. The class meets on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am and is taught by Pastors Dan England and Jeffrey Rider. If you have any questions call Dan (203 543 0363) or Jeff (203 227 2728). Everyone is welcome.
Sunday Bible Study
Reading and Understanding Colossians – A Course in Christian Fundamentals (5 sessions, beginning Sunday, September 15 and concluding Sunday, October 13)
This little letter to the church of Colossae is a real jewel. Some so-called false teachers had come into this young church and were confusing its members with beliefs and practices contrary to what had first been taught them. This forced the author, whom many believe to be Paul, to write a very clear letter about the fundamentals of the Christian faith on both theolog- ical and moral levels. It is a letter full of hope, with the writer’s conviction of the goodness of Creation, affirmation of God’s benevolent care for us, the promise of Christ’s presence, and the necessity of living one’s life centered in love. It is a delicate and yet powerful letter, as relevant today as it was to its first readers. During these five weeks, we’ll work our way, verse by verse, through much of this letter.
The Rev. Peter Grandy is a retired UCC pastor who served the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford as their Sr. Associate Minister for 37 years. During those years he taught over 35 different courses on a wide variety of spiritual topics.
Originally from Philadelphia and a chemistry major in college, Peter graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in 1969 and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Comparative Religion from Hartford Seminary. He married his college sweetheart, Jeanne, who he tutored in chemistry, and they have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Dan England will be back in mid-October to lead a study on the book of Galatians, a fertile field of Christian thought.
So join us as we give content to our faith and witness.