Big Read update
Big Read update
Churches in the Newcastle Diocese are gearing up for Lent's Big Read in which Christians across the North-East will be getting together to study Luke's gospel with the aid of a new book written specially for the project by the Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright.
The Gospel book for the Revised Common Lectionary Year C, which begins on Advent Sunday, is Luke, and the Big Read will help us focus on Luke's Gospel in a variety of ways.
Churches can use the material for their own Lent Course or combine with other local churches during Lent. Lindisfarne (the Regional Training Partnership) is currently running a one-off training session for group leaders in different areas.
Bishop Tom will be speaking on Luke's Gospel at venues across the region between January and Easter, followed after Easter by a series of talks on Acts. And, of course, it will also be possible to study Luke's Gospel on your own with the study guide to help you.
The locations for Bishop Tom’s talks are as follows:
Before Lent - Evenings
AN INTRODUCTION TO LUKE
January 14 Stockton Tabernacle
January 21 St Nicholas, Durham
January 28 All Saints, Lobley Hill
February 4 St Paul's Alnwick RC church
During Lent - Evenings
THE STORY OF THE PASSION IN LUKE
February 18 St Hild's School, Hartlepool
February 25 St Mary & St Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street
March 4 Newcastle Cathedral
March 10 Methodist-URC Church, Crook
After Easter - Mornings
EASTER AND BEYOND
April 24 Teesdale School, Barnard Castle
May 1 St Bede's, Lanchester
May 8 The Ven Bede School, Sunderland
May 15 West End Methodist Church, Hexham
The Big Read book called "Lent for Everyone - Luke" will be available in the shops in December. Churches which group together to order 100 copies or more direct from SPCK will be given a 55% discount, making each copy available at £3.15p. Clergy will get details shortly after Christmas on how to buy in bulk.
The Book contains Bishop Tom’s translation from "Luke for Everyone" but with a completely new (shorter) accompanying text which provides specific topics for discussion. The whole of Luke can be read during Lent but for those who prefer something shorter there is a highlighted passage for each day along with Bishop Tom’s reflection. Each week the Saturday reading will be the Lectionary Gospel reading for the following day.
For information on the Big Read facilitator training, go to the Lindisfarne website: www.lindisfarnertp.org and click on News
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