Lent: Take the Pilgrim study course
Two new books for The Church of England’s national discipleship course, Pilgrim, have been published as Bishops recommend Lent as an “excellent time” to use the latest resources. To encourage online discussion and story sharing, Church House Publishing will be supporting a twitter hashtag, #pilgrimprogress, throughout Lent.
The new materials, which cover the biblical teachings in the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes of Jesus, complete the first stage of the course which is intended to introduce newcomers to the Christian faith or for those affirming their faith.
The Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, said: “Pilgrim aims to be a rich resource for teaching and learning the Christian faith to enquirers and new Christians in every kind of parish. Christians began keeping Lent as a period of preparation for baptism for enquirers. Lent is an excellent time to offer a Pilgrim course to anyone wanting to explore the Christian faith for the first time.”
Billed as offering an approach of “participation, not persuasion”, Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey is published by Church House Publishing http://www.pilgrimcourse.org/ and is part of the Church of England’s focus on spiritual and numerical growth.
Assuming little or no knowledge of the Christian faith, Pilgrim can be used at any point on the journey of discipleship and by every tradition in the CofE. The course is endorsed by both Archbishops.
It is the first national course commissioned by the House of Bishops. It is in two parts:
Follow introduces the Christian faith for newcomers or those exploring confirmation or affirming their faith. The full set of material for this course is now available.
Grow is designed for those who want to go further and learn more in discipleship. The material for this stage will be launched in September 2014.
Each stage features four six-session books accompanied by a leader’s guide, with extensive, free video and audio resources to support every session online at www.pilgrimcourse.org
The Lent campaign, #pilgrimprogress, will provide an opportunity for anyone participating on or leading a course to tweet their progress and engage with the online community on Twitter.