Autumn Explorations 2017

Faith seeks understanding. As a Parish we want to help people on their journey with God. Here are a few opportunities we’re offering this Autumn:

Firstly, as part of St. Mary’s 150th Anniversary

Reflective Day

Saturday 21st October

A day with different elements: please dip in and out – or enjoy them all!
· 9.30am walk from St Michael’s (AL3 4SL) to St Mary’s
· 10.30am coffee
· 11am Quiet Hour: reflections and silence on the themes of faith, hope and charity, inspired by St Mary’s windows
· 12.30pm Fish and chip lunch
· 1.30pm walkers return to St Michael’s
Lunch will cost £5 (£4 children); please order in advance via Bronwen Parr: 01727 86464



We’re delighted to be able to run three evenings of talks and debate in response to the survey of parishioners’ Burning Questions last May.
These will be in the Parish Centre 8-9.30pm on the following Mondays:

Why is the Bible so hard to understand?!

Kenneth Padley, 6th November

Issues in Modern Medicine

Dr Jules Summerfield, 13th November

An evening with Bishop Stephen Venner: Religion and World Conflict

20th November – Stephen was Bishop to HM Forces



We are gathering another group of adults who are looking to explore the major building blocks of Christianity. Course participants may wish to proceed to Confirmation. These sessions can also serve as a refresher for those who were confirmed in the past. Space is given for issues raised within the group, but across the six one-hour sessions we aim to reflect on:
• Can God exist?
• Do science and religion clash?
• Why does Jesus’ life matter?
• What is Anglicanism?
• Is there life beyond this life?
• What is prayer?
Dates, times and venue tbc to suit participants; please get in touch if you are interested or want to find out more:


October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Martin Luther’s 95 theses. This innocuous act by a little-known academic in an obscure German city ignited a religious revolution.

This five-week series of lectures will explore the background to the Reformation, chart the development of Protestant doctrine and practice – plus the Catholic rejoinder, and consider the ongoing impact of this seminal moment in history upon theology and culture.
Two 45 minutes lectures with refreshments in between; 8pm in the Parish Centre on Mondays – 18th and 25th Sept; 2nd, 9th and 16th Oct. Led by Kenneth Padley.
This course is being run by the Cathedral Study Centre. It is housed at St Michael’s because of the refurbishment works at the Cathedral (not because Kenneth is leading it!) Those attending this course will need to be registered with the Study Centre and pay the Study Centre’s fee which covers administrative and academic costs. We have negotiated with the cathedral a discounted rate of £50 for parishioners. Please see Kenneth for details.