Main Courses

The Main Courses illustrate four key episodes in the big Bible story, which holds together the Old Testament, the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament.

2 of the main courses (1 & 4) appear in the Bible Year booklet (see the Bible Year pdf booklet).


  1. And God said
  2. Who do you think you are
  3. Remembering Him
  4. Welcome to Corinth

Additional Main courses

Film and the bible including  a 5 week course using the film "The Terminal" and other resources based around the use of film

Waiting at the bottom of the mountain is a study using a remembered bible technique and using the experience of families with children who have disabilities.

Studies in Mark's Gospel is a series of 4 studies useful for anytime and tie in with this year's common lectionary gospel.

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Making a Bible Quilt

This is a fun way of sharing experiences of the bible whilst making a quilt.

Download the Making a Bible Quilt study guide pdf

 

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Kennings and Cookies

This study uses cooking and bible concepts and appears in the main booklet.

Download the Kennings and Cookies pdf

See also the Extra Kennings generated by other groups

 

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Desserts

To round off the menu there are desserts, which mix in discussion and creative activities in imaginative ways.

Deserts will appear throughout the year

Select from the menu on the right or view the Bible Year Menu Card

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Bible Year Videos

Welcome to Corinth

Click on the links below to download .wmv files of the videos of characters in the Welcome to Corinth study. You can play these in Windows Media Player. They vary from 5Mb to 22Mb in size so you will need a broadband connection to download them.

Gaius_low resolution

Gaius high resolution

Junia low resolution

Junia high resolution

Paul low resolution

Paul high resolution

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All Age Materials

These are all age activities that are a bit alternative to the main courses. Fun for everyone! But please be patient - some of them are still cooking.

Getting creative with creation

This all age session makes use of multi-sensory techniques to discover new things about creation and is an alternative way into the main course "In the Beginning". Download the Getting creative with creation pdf

Who do you think you are - all age -

This is an all age version of one of the main courses which you can download, see Who do you think you are - all age pdf

The four friends -

This all age study explores the theme of friendship and inlcudes work-sheets for colouring in.

Download The Four Friends pdf

Select from the menu on the right or view the Bible Year Menu Card

Bible Smells

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FAQs

FAQs Who is Vision4Life for?

Vision4Life is for everyone who wants to renew their relationship with three core elements of our life - the Bible, prayer and evangelism.  It's for any Christian community where people want to gain fresh confidence and energy for the future.

Who needs it?

It could be your church is weary or would like a confidence boost in some of the basics of being a Christian community.  Perhaps you don't spend much time together with the Bible, reading its stories and relating them to your everyday lives.  Maybe the time you spend praying together is almost always in worship on Sundays.   Possibly very few of you have confidence about sharing your faith story with other people, or those of you who once did this have got out of the habit.

Do we have to pay?

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Feedback

this page is also available in pdf form: Download the feedback document.

Vision4life is what you make it. Therefore, we need to know what you think about Vision4life.

  • You can visit the website and use the ‘Contact us’ link to send in your comments.
  • You can join a Forum and contribute to the discussions.

However, evaluation and feedback are two very important parts of the Vision4life process.

Evaluation

This is a vital part of all the Vision4life activities. You will notice three simple questions at the end of all the downloadable documents from the website. Here they are again to remind you:

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Bible Year Contributors

Contributors to Vision4life Bible Year Material

The material has been prepared by

Bridget Banks

Joyce Berry

John Campbell

Susan Durber

Sarah Hall

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Bible

Vision4Life is a process which the United Reformed Church is following for 3 years from Advent 2008 through to Advent 2011. It is three years of focus on re-engaging with the Bible, Prayer and Evangelism with the purpose of bringing transformation to the URC and its partner churches. Take a look through the contents of the site using the menu above or select items from the Bible Year menu to the right. You can sign up to the process as a local church or join in the forums as an individual below. There’s lots to discover and the site grows week by week with resources, comment and news. Enjoy!

Click here for a guide to using the site.

Check out the full Bible Year Menu page

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.

A second conversation “Mary’s Yes” was available last year and can still be found through the link below.

Find the Advent specials here along with all the other Bible Year Advent materials

Encounters in Mark’s gospel – a BRAND NEW resource by John Campbell

‘Encounters in Mark’s Gospel’ brings you suggestions for a series of up to fifteen small-group conversations based on particular stories in Mark’s Gospel. These conversations all share the same basic shape. They aim to help you, and everyone else in your group, to:

  • build up your confidence in actively exploring bits of the Bible
  • make connections between the biblical story and your own life story
  • find fresh vision for the business of being human today

all from watching and talking freely with each other about encounters between Jesus and those he meets – as we find them recorded in Mark’s Gospel.

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Bible Year Menu

 

The Vision4Life Bible Year

menu

This is where you can select various courses - the choice is yours!

You can also download the pdf version of the Vision4Life booklet

Nibbles

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About

Vision4Life

...is a process which the United Reformed Church followed for 3 years from Advent 2008 through to Advent 2011. It is three years of focus on re-engaging with the Bible, Prayer and Evangelism with the purpose of bringing transformation to the URC and its partner churches. The resources for the process are now archived here for churches and individuals to freely use. A fourth introductory year was also followed by many churches and that year’s materials are also here with introductions to each year’s theme along with a booklet to challenge churches to take a further step forward into the whole process.

If you are new to Vision4Life and want to find out how the first year was introduced, visit our list of articles on Vision4Life

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