Our new gathering cycle (beginning Sunday 17th June) is entitled ‘What is the point in going to church?’ – a question all of us must have asked at one point or another on our faith journey! For many of us who have a sense of having left something behind (for example, the church of our childhood or teenage years, the ‘institutional’ church or ‘organised religion’) the question remains – ‘how can I have a healthy relationship with the church?’ or even perhaps ‘Is church necessary at all?’
In a culture where the church seems increasingly out of touch and irrelevant how do we avoid throwing the ecclesiological baby out with the bathwater and maintain a good, honest, and genuine participation in this thing we call church? What is the church really there for? What does it do for us or provide for us? What is the meaning of our participation in it?
These are some of the questions we will be exploring over the course of the next cycle. Pete Ward – member of the Home community and also the author of ‘Liquid Church‘ – will be kicking off the cycle with a talk on Sunday 17th June, with the by now familiar elements of the cycle following over the subsequent weeks.
Sundays 17/6, 24/6, 1/7, 8/7, 15/7, 22/7 @ St Albans Church, Charles St, Oxford