Paying Taxes

This starter was used at the South Western Synod meeting on 11th October 2008. The powerpoint incorporates an update of where Vision4Life is up to at present but you can use the handout as it is without the Powerpoint.

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Download the Paying Taxes with accompanying Powerpoint (includes a V4L update)

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Jesus' Life-Line

A way of remembering Jesus' life for people of all ages and abilities using pegs and string. This is a more extensive version than the one in the booklet. Download the Jesus' life-line pdf

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How to read a newspaper



This could last up to 15 minutes and lead into a main course or dessert. The idea is to get people recognising the skills they use to understand everyday writing and how this can be applied to seeing the different sorts of writing in the Bible.

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Starters

Starters are brief taster sessions of up to about 15 minutes that help to lead people into engagement with the Bible. They could be followed directly by an appropriate 'main course' or you could go straight to 'dessert'.

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Woodwork Nativity


This is a project for those of you who are handy with wood and can be shared with those who are not!

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Mary's Yes

This bible study is suitable for Advent. Download Mary's YesSelect from the menu on the right or view the Bible Year Menu Card

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Advent resources

advent special - one - The story we all know

re-examining the Christmas Story and the Gospels

This is an ‘advent special’ Bible conversations that probably should have been available at the start of Bible Year but didn’t seem to have made it onto the website, so here it is now at the start of Prayer year, to help groups that are still engaging with the Bible even whilst they are extending their explorations in prayer.

Download v4l-advent-special-one.pdf

advent special - two - Mary's Yes

This Bible study is about Mary, as she is presented to us in the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel, but also her other appearances in that Gospel and the Book of Acts. Mary’s story lays before us just how costly saying “Yes!” to God can be. We are invited to place our own story alongside hers and see what we can learn about the effects of an intervening God let loose in our lives.

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Woodwork Nativity

This is a project for those of you who are handy with wood and can be shared with those who are not! It is a little late for 2008 but maybe you could plan it for next year?

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Extra Advent Materials

Here you will find access to additional materials that have been supplied to the V4L steering group and are commended by the group for your use but not produced by them. There are also some suggested titles from other sources - scroll down to see

Advent Booklet produced by Eastern Synod

The booklet is meant to be able to be used by individuals and study groups for meditation and reflection or for worship starters.

Download the Advent Booklet designed to be printed as separate pages
Download the Advent Booklet designed to be printed double-sided and stapled together

Advent Booklet produced by Churches in Manchester

Chorlton Centre Church (Baptist and URC), Chorlton Methodist Churches, Manley Park Methodist Church, Wilbraham St Ninians URC
Daily reflections for Advent from various contributors. The preface says:

'At the beginning of Advent, we invite you to join us in reading, reflecting, and praying: with prophets, poets, evangelists and apostles – through Biblical texts and through the eyes of people of Chorlton and beyond. Many of the people who contributed discovered a fresh engagement with the Bible that was exciting and challenging. For some, it was the first time they had worked with the Bible in this way; others returned to the Bible, seeking fresh understanding on familiar stories. For all, it became a journey of new insights and a deeper awareness of something greater than themselves.'

The document is intended to print as a 32 page booklet on A4 paper with two A5 pages per side but is not laid out in booklet form.

Download the Advent Booklet produced by churches in Manchester

From Other Sources:

 

Grove Biblical Series - B9   The Christmas Stories in Faith and Preaching

John Proctor

A brief review by Rev Brian Harley, Shanklin
John taught me New Testament when I was at Cambridge and I always enjoyed his clear, detailed and well thought through presentation of material. Here is a brilliant resource for helping consider how one handles the Biblical material concerning Jesus’ origins and the appropriate emphasis for preaching from each gospel. This is a concise booklet packed with really useful insights and I commend it to you as well worth the investment of a couple of hours of reading. As well as considering the different gospels, John looks at the “closely connected” doctrines of incarnation and the virgin birth.

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Grove Booklets, Ridley Hall Cambridge                 01223 464748 sales@grovebooks.co.uk

ISBN 9781851743827    £3.50

Cover to Cover 31 Day Advent Guides – A spiritual focus for personal or group use.

During the last two Advent seasons I have used these respective guides for my personal devotions and found both to be very stimulating and helpful in keeping me focussed during this busy ministry season. They are each different in style and approach but have a practical edge that makes one think and then to apply the passage of Scripture to daily life. I found them a them refreshing change from other materials I have used and would thoroughly recommend them to others, even if you get started a bit late!


Rev Brian Harley, Shanklin
 

A Journey Through Advent   Rob Frost   2004

ISBN 1-85345-312-9      £3.99

Advent Hope      Joel Edwards   2007

ISBN 978-1-85345-426-4 £4.99
CWR  Cover2cover Available from most Christian Bookshops
New this year in the same series (but untested!): 

Joy to the World     David Coffey 2008

ISBN 978-85345-475-2 £6.99

www.cwrstore.org.uk
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Seasonal Selection

Resources specially designed for the seasons of the Christian year will appear here. Please check back periodically.

Advent

See Advent Resources

Lent

See Film for Lent and Waiting at the bottom of a mountain

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Steering Group

The Vision4Life Steering Group came out of a consultation on Evangelism and Spirituality in the URC, which first met in 2005. The group has enlarged a little since then and seeks to represent a broad cross section of the URC.

Francis BrienenFrancis is Secretary for Mission for the United Reformed Church based in London
John CampbellJohn is principal of Northern College in Manchester.
Susan DurberSusan is principal of Westminster College in Cambridge
Bob DayBob is a URC minister in SW Manchester
John HallJohn is a retired URC minister living in Newcastle-under-Lyne and Director of the Romans One Eleven Trust.
Brian HarleyBrian is a URC minister in Shanklin, IOW, and is Chairman of Group for Evangelism And Renewal
Michael JagessarMichael is secretary for Racial Justice based in London
Janet LeesJanet is Co-ordinator for Vision4Life and is based in Sheffield

Lawrence MooreLawrence is Director of the Windermere Centre
John ProctorJohn is Director of New Testament Studies at Westminster College, Cambridge
Roberta RomingerRoberta is General Secretary of the United Reformed Church and is based in London
Paul SnellPaul is a hospital chaplain at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and also Vision4Life Website Manager.
Steve SummersSteve is a URC CRCW Development Worker based in Northampton and London
Kirsty ThorpeKirsty is a URC minister in Wilmslow and is convenor or the Communications Committee. She is co-moderator elect of General Assembly 2010-12
Mike WalshMike is a URC minister in Heald Green near Manchester and is a member of the new Mission Committee
Sally WillettSally is a URC minister in Warrington and Evangelism and Renewal Advocate for GEAR
 
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Four Ideas One Text

These nibbles aim to be flexible, adaptable and easy to use at any sort of meeting which begins with a Bible-based reflection, for example Ladies Fellowship, Choir, Men's breakfast, Christian Education Leaders, etc. They use one text in 4 different ways for 4 different occasions.

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Pastoral Meeting Moments

This material is for you to use before you visit someone. It is offered as part of the planning and preparation that goes into a meeting moment, when one person goes to meet another in circumstances of particular need.

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Mealtime Moments

The following nibbles aim to be flexible, adaptable and easy to use at times when people are sharing food. For example they could be used as a series for a Luncheon Club, or one could be selected for an event such as a Harvest Supper. Use them in whatever way works best for your group. Each nibble is based around a Bible passage. This is followed by questions and reflections.

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Nibbles

Nibbles are short and snappy discussion starters or question raisers related to a Bible story or Bible idea. They can be included within any meeting which has another purpose (everything from a Badminton Club or a Sewing Group to a Church Meeting or an Elders Meeting) with the aim of spicing up the Bible connections and enticing folks to consider another aspect of the Bible Year Menu at a later date.

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Waiting at the bottom of the mountain

This is a new Main Course contribution which helps us explore the experience of waiting through our remembered Bibles and the experiences of families with children who have disabilities.

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The Gospel of Mark

A series of 4 studies to tie in with Mark's gospel, the core gospel in the Common Lectionary for 2009. The studies by Lance Stone are based on John Proctor's book 'Mark's Jesus'

You can download the pdfs of each study below.

Study 1: From action to passion

Study 2: On the way

Study 3: Mark's women

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Film and the Bible

Here you will find some resources which can be used to link films that have been on general release and are now available on DVD, with biblical themes.

This is a Main course which can be used over 5 weeks, based on the film The Terminal. After a first week viewing and discussing the film, the course looks at themes of identity, loneliness, promises and  punishment & forgiveness. This course was originally offered for use during Lent but can be used at anytime.

Download The Terminal film course in pdf

Download The Terminal film course in Word

Big Screen Theology

Dave Hopwood of Lee Abbey in North Devon, an Anglican community, retreat and conference centre, has generously given permission for us to use his Big Screen Theology resource. It makes links between 52 films and bible passages and might be a useful resource for people who liked the Terminal bible study and want to take it further.

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4. Welcome to Corinth - The Church's story

This is the fourth of the 4 main courses which you can download in pdf format: Welcome to Corinth pdf There is a template which is needed for printing out for this study: Template for Welcome to Corinth (pdf) Select from the menu on the right or view the Bible Year Menu Card

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3. Remembering Him - Jesus' story

This is the third of the 4 main courses. You can download the Remembering Him - Jesus' story PDFSelect from the menu on the right or view the Bible Year Menu Card

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2. Who do you think you are? - Israel's story

This is the second of the 4 main courses which you can download in pdf format: Who do you think you are? - Israel's story

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1. And God said... Creation's Story

This is the first of the 4 main courses.  Download the And God said... Creation's story pdf

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