Exploring the nature of God, the faithful response of Christ-followers and the future of the church in light of the COVID-19 virus crisis.
Jesus brought good news to the poor and the early church lived out his teaching – feeding widows, rescuing orphans, and helping victims of plague and famine. What is the Christian response to what we are seeing today?
Each session will comprise of two 15 minute talks followed by group discussion. The sessions run on consecutive Saturdays between 11 am and 12 noon. Please sign up for each session if you can. Joining instructions will be sent out at least 24 hours before each session.
There is no charge for this event – we are encouraging participants to make a donation to the HOPE worldwide COVID-19 response at https://www.hopeworldwide.org.uk/ by selecting the ‘COVID-19 International Relief’ option at https://www.hopeworldwide.org.uk/donate/
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Overview of the three sessions:
Sat 30 May: Session 1 – Why do these things happen?
Why does suffering happen? Where is God in it? How can we grow and develop as we go through times of trial?
In this session we will explore what key passages from the Bible say about these and other related questions – starting with the creation account. We continue by considering the ministry of Jesus, and how the writings of the apostles and prophets give us hope now and for the future as they point to the ultimate hope.
(Session Coordinators – Chris Birtles and Simon Dinning)
Sat 6 June: Session 2 – How do we respond?
How can we respond to what we’re seeing? What doors is God opening because of the virus? How do we best serve others and bring hope?
In this session, we will look at what we can learn from the way the early church responded to times of trial, and consider how our prayers, gifts and resources can help bring hope.
(Session Coordinators: Andy Ezeilo and Robert Payne)
Sat 13 June: Session 3 – How may we live differently in the future?
In what ways may followers of Christ want to live differently as a result of the pandemic? Can we perceive the Spirit prompting us to think and live differently? How does the virus change the way we think about our mission, lifestyles, social responsibilities, and our impact on the planet?
In this session, we will consider how the world is changing and what role Christians and churches play in responding to and bringing about change.
Our session coordinators
Chris Birtles. Member of the Thames Valley churches of Christ.
Dr Andrew Boakye. Member of the Thames Valley churches of Christ.
Malcolm Cox. Minister to the Watford church of Christ and part of the staff of the Thames Valley churches of Christ.
Simon Dinning. Member of and teacher to the Belfast International church of Christ.
Andy Ezeilo. Member of the East London International church of Christ and leader of worship.
Rob Payne. Member of the North London International church of Christ and coordinator of the work with the homeless at HOPE worldwide.