There are times in the history of God’s people when rebuilding is needed. Calamity has struck; the people of God are scattered, scarred and possibly scared. Eventually, after a long and challenging season of crisis, the word of God comes with fresh urgency: it is time to take courage, rise up, rebuild, and rejoice.
That is the story of Nehemiah, a Jewish butler in the Persian court who returned to Jerusalem after the exile to restore its honour and rebuild its walls. In an extraordinary joint effort, the people of Judah rebuilt the city in a matter of weeks, persevering and fighting off all kinds of opposition. They prayed, worked hard and sought justice. They celebrated, repented of sin, and worshipped. The book of Nehemiah tells their story, as they first rebuilt the walls (chapters 1-7) and then worshipped the Lord (chapters 8-13).
It is also our story. The Covid pandemic and accompanying lockdowns have scattered the church, scarring and frightening many of us. Our walls are still standing, but there is plenty of rebuilding work needed, both at individual and corporate levels. Many of us have hardly worshipped together for eighteen months.
And into that context comes the word of God with fresh urgency, as it did to Nehemiah. We need to take courage, rise up, and rebuild. There is hard work and opposition ahead, as there always is, but God is with us, and he is inviting us not just to repair but to celebrate. As we study this book and listen to the voice of God, we are trusting that he will both call us and equip us for the task ahead: to rebuild, and rejoice.
Come and join us at King’s – online or in person – as we look at lessons from Nehemiah.
It is both practical and supportive, giving anyone who has been impacted by the end of a serious relationship the opportunity to discuss the challenges they are facing and the tools to deal with these effectively. These include:
- Facing the effects of separation and divorce
- The importance of good communication
- Resolving conflict
- The impact of breakdown on other relationships
- Legal issues
- Parenting issues
- Moving forward with hope
Each session begins with a short talk followed by opportunities for discussion in small groups. The setting in welcoming, relaxed and unthreatening.
The course is for anyone who has been impacted by the end of a serious relationship whether separated, currently going through a divorce or already divorced, either recently or at any time in the past. Although based on Christian principles of coming alongside those in need, the course is suitable for those of all faiths or no faith at all.
Cost £5 to cover book and course materials.
Alpha consists of ten sessions looking at topics such as Who is Jesus? How to have faith? Why and how to pray? and How to read the Bible?
It runs on a termly basis, starting with an introductory evening on Thursday 30th September, although you can still sign up anytime over the first few weeks.
|30th Sep||Is There More To Life Than This?|
|7th Oct||Who is Jesus?|
|14th Oct||Why did Jesus die?|
|21st Oct||How can I have faith?|
|28th Oct||Why & How do I read the Bible?|
|4th Nov||Why & How do I pray?|
|11th Nov||Who is the Holy Spirit?|
|13th Nov||Alpha Saturday (In person)|
|18th Nov||Does God heal today?|
|25th Nov||Who and How should I tell others?|
|2nd Dec||What about the Church? (In person)|
Please complete this form to sign up for Alpha. If you have any questions or would like further information, please visit our Alpha web page or email email@example.com.
New Life consists of nine sessions looking at topics such as:
How do I get to grips with prayer?
How do I deal with temptation?
What is Christian baptism?
It runs on a termly basis on Thursday nights. It starts on Thursday, 30th September, 8-9.15pm, and continues until 25th November.
Please fill in this form to sign up for our next course. If you have any questions or would like further information about New Life, please visit our New Life webpage or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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