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COURSE IN CHRISTIAN STUDIES
For any one interested in taking the course, there is a taster evening at St Mary’s on -
Tuesday 24th July at 7.30pm.
(Speak to one of the ministry team if you are interested.)
Read on for more general details of the course:
CCS has a foundational first year and a more flexible second year and leads to the Bishop’s Certificate.
Course dates for 2018-19
AUTUMN TERM 2018
Week commencing: Monday 17 September
Monday 24 September
Monday 1 October
Monday 8 October
Monday 15 October
(Half term break Monday 22 October)
Monday 29 October
Monday 5 November
Monday 12 November
Monday 19 November
Monday 26 November
Monday 3 December (1st years only)
SPRING TERM 2019
Week commencing: Monday 14 January
Monday 21 January
Monday 26 January
Monday 4 February
(Half term break: Monday 18 February)
Monday 25 February
Monday 4 March
Monday 18 March
Monday 25 March
SUMMER TERM 2019
Week commencing: Monday 22 April*
Monday 29 April
Monday 6 May*
Monday 13 May
Monday 20 May
(Half term break: Monday 27 May)
Monday 3 June
Monday 17 June
Monday 24 June
Monday 1 July
* Monday groups will meet on Tuesday 23 April & 7th May
CCS is also available online.
About the Course in Christian Studies
Since it began in 1987, over 2500 lay people from Essex and East London have joined the Course in Christian Studies.
What has it given them?
What could it give you?
The excitement of discovery and learning together: members bring their own varied stories and experiences and share them, finding new truth in themselves and in each other through lively discussion.
Knowledge of the Bible
... and of the huge riches of Christian tradition, nurtured by tutors and textbooks, and whetting members' appetite for more knowledge - but not providing all the answers.
Delight in that biblical and Christian tradition, finding in it a field for imaginative and practical exploration, for wonder and worship and decision.
Constructive Reflection on the Bible
... and tradition and on the contemporary world: the Course does not shirk the hard questions posed by the Church's history or by believing in God and seeking peace and justice today.
... of both the local group and its individual members: the Course does not set out to convert or evangelise, but it is concerned with the whole life of prayer and activity and relationships - not just with the mind.
For those who desire it, the Course also provides a foundation for further education or training. This could be other local courses; it could be a degree or diploma. Or it could be training for a specific ministry in the Church including the ministry of: Reader, Pastoral Assistant, Lay Evangelist or Priest
CCS groups and CCS online
There are two ways in which you can take the CCS:
The online CCS:
Would you like to take the Course in Christian Studies, but your job or your personal time-table makes a weekly meeting difficult? Or do you prefer to learn online, and want to be able to study at the times which suit you? The online CCS will take you through the same material as the face to face version – the Bible, prayer and sacraments, church history, ethics and doctrine and our part in God’s mission, and the assessments – which are optional – are the same. This will be available from September 2017.
The on-line version has elements such as teaching, discussion, thought-showering and worship happening on-line using tools such as forums, wikis, quizzes, questionnaires, and multimedia learning and worship materials. You will ‘journey’ through each week’s ideas with a facilitator and a group of a dozen or more learners, learning from teaching material, from each other, from the facilitator, from your own developing inner resources – and, we pray, the Holy Spirit.
As a guide, three to five hours a week would allow you to do justice to the material, and you will be encouraged to log on to the website every other day (to participate fully in ongoing forum discussions and other interactions with fellow learners). The great thing is that how and when you log on is down to you. The on-line material aims to be tablet- and smartphone-friendly, so if you commute, you can learn as you go.
CCS will follow the same unit order as the group version, i.e. A - F. A certificate will be presented on completion of all the units.
The cost of the online CCS is £150 for 6 units, or £30 a unit. To apply please complete the application form by ------- and also the Data Protection form by --------- and return them to Diane Hardy, Diocesan Office, 53 New Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1AT, with your payment. Or you can return the form online to firstname.lastname@example.org and make your payment via BACS - details are on the form.
Local face-to-face groups:
Baptismal Service video
Unit K is a Lent module
For more information please contact http://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/discipleship/course-in-christian-studies