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"Hear the Word of the Lord"

Chichester Diocesan Lent Course for 2017

Our Lent Course for 2017 - The Year of the Bible - is now available for download. Audio files (in MP3 format) are available now - they're on the same page as the rest of the downloads.

To download the files, follow the guidance on the right of this page.

The six-session course may be offered by your local church during the weeks leading up to Easter - Lent began on Ash Wednesday which was on 1st March 2017.

A 'young persons' version of the course has been masterminded by Dan, our youth officer. For details, see here.

Bishop Richard writes:

I’d like to begin by thanking all the folk who have contributed to this year’s course – it really has been a labour of love! All the authors give their particular ‘takes’ on different aspects of the Bible but now it’s all come together it’s very clear that God has been inspiring individual contributors. The result is a course that is much more cohesive than one might have expected, centred around the message that God really does want us to listen!

When we first started thinking about 'Year of the Bible' we hoped that, as part of the diocesan commitment to know, love and follow Jesus, everybody in Sussex might have an opportunity to find an activity that helps him/her to develop an ongoing engagement with the Bible and learn a new way of understanding its texts, so that they may more fully respond to the call of God.

This Lent Course provides just such an opportunity. I commend it to you, and encourage you to tell others about it too!

+Richard Lewes

Structure: each of the six sessions has an introduction by James Dunn, who was until recently the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the University of Durham. The sessions then have material contributed by other authors as shown below, and the whole course is being edited by Rebecca Swyer.

The sessions are:

  1. "Bible overview" - Ann Holt - our Diocesan Director of Education
  2. "The Torah" - Mark Gilbert - the Rural Dean of Petworth
  3. "The Prophets" - Alice Whalley - a curate in Moulsecoomb, near Brighton
  4. "Other Old Testament Writings" - Guy Bridgewater - the Rural Dean of Horsham
  5. "The Gospels" - Lisa Barnett - the incumbent at Scaynes Hill, near Haywards Heath
  6. "The New Testament Letters" - Rory Graham - an associate Vicar in Hailsham

Papers for each session (in PDF format, 6 sides each) are now available for download (just follow the instructions on the right of this page) and printed copies are available from our online store. Local churches can also download audio tracks in MP3 format.

Watch the introductory video by clicking or tapping above!

Downloading the files

Over 200 parishes in this diocese have indicated they may use the Lent Course material, as well as several communities beyond our diocesan borders and even beyond our Anglican family! Thank you to everybody who has told us - it's a great encouragement to the authors.

We're no longer asking you to identify your church - you can go straight to the download page by clicking or tapping here.

If you would like to see the list of parishes in this diocese that have already identified themselves as potential users of the material, please click or tap here.

Further Resources here