Stepping towards the Light
A Lent Pilgrimage
You have been told, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6.8
A course for our times…
We live in times of uncertainty. Lent 2021 may occur at a time of transition from lives restricted by coronavirus to the hope of life lived in greater freedom. As Christian disciples, how can we walk this path in a way that acknowledges the pain and griefs experienced and yet looks forward in hope for ourselves and for our world?
Why this course?
Stepping towards the Light is designed to enable individuals, groups and congregations to make Lent a time for considering their recent experiences in light of their lives as Christians and their longing for a better world. It will nurture participants to be Christian citizens in their homes, workplaces, local and global communities.
Who is this Lent Pilgrimage for?
The course is for anyone who sees themselves as part of the Scottish Episcopal Church in Renfrewshire. No prior experience in theology or formal Christian education is needed, just an open mind and heart! Participants will need to be able to access Zoom on a computer, tablet or phone. (Help with connecting to Zoom can be provided if required)
Week One – 7.30pm 18th February
Trusting in God’s mercy: finding God in the pandemic
Week Two - 7.30pm 25th February
Loving mercy 1: owning our individual losses and seeking forgiveness
Week Three -
Loving mercy 2: looking at our society: reasons to mourn and signs of renewal
Week Four - 7.30pm 11th March
Walking humbly: reflecting through the eyes of Christ (Scripture)
Week Five - 7.30pm 18th March
Discerning how to act justly
A reflection on the Passion story
A reflection on the meaning of resurrection
Pentecost recall session: 7.30pm
How have we put this into practice?
Who is providing this course?
The course is jointly offered by the Craighead Institute for Life and Faith and St John’s Johnstone & St Margaret’s Renfrew. The Craighead Institute has over 30 years’ experience of delivering Christian adult education to congregations and groups in Scotland and internationally. St John’s & St Margaret’s have been pioneering faith development for church members at home during lockdown. The lead course facilitators are Lisa Curtice, Anne Macdonald and the Very Rev’d Reuben Preston, all of whom are experienced in adult education, group facilitation and Ignatian Spirituality.
Comments from participants on previous Craighead courses:
“I feel that the experience of the course has changed me in the ways I relate to people, in my work and in how I am in myself.”
“…each time I came for a module I have left with a renewed hope and energy.”
What the course involves….
On five Thursday evenings there is a one-hour session on Zoom (7.30- 8.30pm). This introduces the week’s theme and provides an opportunity for reflection and discussion in small groups. Attendance at all sessions is expected.
A leaflet is provided for each session, which will include further material for reflection and an activity to be completed during the week before the next session.
Leaflets will also be provided for participants’ own personal use during Holy Week and Easter week.
There will be a follow up Zoom session at Pentecost to talk about what the experience of the course has meant and consider whether it has led to any personal changes or new perspectives.
We will also explore if anyone wishes to continue with a further discipleship course in the autumn.
How to join in – registering your interest in your Charge
All you need to do is let your Charge Contact know you want to join in the Lent Course, give them your email & phone number – they will be responsible for sending you the leaflet by email or in print as you choose. Or contact your own priest. Also please let us know if you have any access requirements, such as large print. There is a general cost of £5 per person which will be gathered by your Charge Contact. If this is an issue, let the course director know in confidence.
Course Director Contact: Lisa Curtice
Telephone: 07802 888 423