In this new season, we are running a range of courses designed to help us all grow as disciples.
Together we have learnt how to run courses and small groups effectively online and while different from physically meeting together it does have benefits such as joining in even if you are away from home.
If you would like to know more about any course, please contact us or if there is an introductory session join us online for that and then decide if you would like to do the full course.
Freedom in Christ Discipleship Course at FFMC
“Freedom in Christ” is designed to help every Christian become a fruitful disciple and make their life count. It is appreciated by Christians of all backgrounds, from those who have been Christians a long time to the very newest. It has been completed by over 70 people at Fulwood in the last 18 months and by over 350,000 people in English and translated into 30+ languages.
Each session consists of short films followed by small group discussions. The groups are facilitated by a team who have done the course several times and each group will become a community during the course if previous ones are anything to go by.
The course will be online using Zoom. There will be catch up arrangements for anyone who misses a week and each participant will receive a manual and other materials.
Join us for an introductory session at 7.30pm on Tuesday 22nd September.
During the introductory session there will be live stories from those who have recently done the course.
The course is 10 sessions, finishing on 8th December.
An Introductory Course to Christian Theology
The course will be based around “Café Theology” by Michael Lloyd and published by ALPHA.
This is an entry level course and ideal for anyone wishing to explore Christian Theology. Whether you have recently completed an Alpha course or are a long-term Christian looking for a refresh this is for you.
There will be lots of opportunity for questions and comments so that we all learn together.
The sessions will be via Zoom on Saturday mornings at 10am, starting with an introductory session on 19th September.
There will be 10 sessions finishing at the end of November.
Join a Homegroup
Every week over 230 adults meet in 21 small groups, which are currently meeting online. While we have not been able to see each other face to face we have been able to connect using Zoom and WhatsApp.
We would like to encourage everyone to join a group this term as we start a new series (Frontline Sundays) linked to the Sunday morning online Gatherings.
Following on from the “Talking Jesus” series earlier this year we will be imagining together what would happen if every Christian looked around at the people they spend their days with and asked God: how do you want me to be good news to the people here today?
The series titles are:
1: All the difference in the world – 13th Sept
2: Wherever we are – 20th Sept
3: Whatever we do – 27th Sept
4: Whoever we are – 4th Oct
5: Together we grow – 11th Oct
We ran a Growing Leaders course last year and although interrupted at the end by the lockdown, it was highly valued by the 9 participants who went all the way through with us.
This year, commencing in September, we are planning to run the course online fortnightly.
We are also going to make it more widely available to young leaders and potential leaders and also to others who later in life are taking on leadership challenges. Because it is online it will be possible for students who are away from home to participate.
There are three parts to the course, each one having a particular focus:
Part 1: Firm foundations for Christian leadership
Part 2: Key skills for Christian leadership
Part 3: Keeping faithful in Christian leadership
Between sessions, participants meet with a mentor to help them integrate what they are learning into their life and leadership.
If you are interested please contact Pastor Lawrence and we will send you an invite to the introductory session.
Sunday Mornings – 12th January 2020 to 16th February 2020
Conversations with Christians are one of the most important influences in bringing people to faith. This series will inspire you to share your faith and will give you practical suggestions to help you to be natural and relevant as you talk about Jesus with the people you meet.
This series is accompanied by video and group discussion material that will be used in home groups as we explore TALKING JESUS together.
Jesus’ parables through middle eastern eyes
Sunday Evenings – 12th January 2020 to 22nd March 2020
Jesus told many parables, stories that had a deep meaning. They mean a lot to us today, but what did they mean to the people who heard them first? These people didn’t live in Preston in 2020 though, they lived in Israel 2000 years ago, they saw these stories through middle eastern eyes.
Sunday Mornings – 8th September 2019 to 22nd September 2019
What do you think about money and the Kingdom of God?
How does you attitude to money affect your spiritual journey with Jesus?
What you give and how you give can become one of the key ways you serve God.
This three part series looks as three different passages of scripture to help us think, pray and practise a healthy attitude to money and to giving…and then what?
1 Corinthians – Keys to Christian living
Sunday Evenings – 8th September 2019 to 3rd November 2019
Paul’s letter to the young church at Corinth is packed with practical teaching and advice about how to live the Christian Life – both individually and within a Church community. Join us in our evening series as we discover key truths in chapters 8 to 16. This is a continuation of a series that we started in early 2019 when we looked at chapters 1 to 7.
Journey to Christmas
Sunday Evenings – 24th November 2019 to 15th December 2019
Join us as we journey towards Christmas alongside Elizabeth, Zechariah, Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
Sunday Mornings – 20th October 2019 to 8th December 2019
The Bible is full of interpretations of Jesus’ sayings, but the direct words of Jesus quoted are relatively few – you could read them in a couple of hours. In some Bibles Jesus’ direct words are printed in red. A red-letter day is of special significance or opportunity – Jesus’ red-letter words are full of significance and opportunity, so join us as we explore some of Jesus’ key teaching. You will be amazed at its relevance and power.
Set Free – Unpacking what it means to be “born again”
Sunday Mornings – 6th January 2019 to 24th February 2019
In John 3, Jesus states that all who want to be his disciples must be “born again”. The purpose of this series is to improve our understanding of what is involved in someone being “born again” and entering into the full freedom of a proper new birth.
Reading contemporary Christian literature it is easy to get the impression that all that is needed to “born again” is to say a “sinner’s prayer”. We will be exploring how being “born again” is a process that involves the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
A series of study notes will be issued weekly to accompany the series. They will be designed for personal study and reflection, and also for study in our home groups.
…and then what?
Sunday Evenings – 13th January 2019 to 27th January 2019
In this Mini-series we answer questions along the theme … and then what?
Most people have only the sketchiest idea of what happens the second after we die. Do we float around with wings and take harp lessons? Is there really a hell? Will there be existence as we know it? Will we know and recognise our friends here, there or ‘in the other place’? Is there going to be a second coming of Jesus?
Sunday Evenings – 10th February 2019 to 17th March 2019
A letter written about 2000 years ago to the Church in Corinth turns out to be surprisingly contemporary! In this series we see how God wants His Church to flourish in a multi-cultural and secular society with more than its share of social and moral problems – sound familiar? Join us as we look at the first 7 chapters.
The Prayer Course
Sunday Mornings – 10th March 2019 to 14th April 2019
We take a journey together through the Lord’s Prayer as we seek to understand more about prayer and to discover it’s blessings and acknowledge the challenges.
Morning Series – 16th December 2018 to 30th December 2018
John’s Good News about Jesus does not have a traditional Christmas story. When it comes to Jesus arriving on planet earth, John unwraps the big picture and dazzles us with his portrait of Jesus as he shouts from the roof tops who Jesus is and what it meant that God became a man.
Evening Series – 2nd December 2018 to 23rd December 2018
God became a man? What does this mean?
How could it happen? And how does it affect us today?