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Christian disciples develop their faith and grow in Christ-likeness through study and learning. This is best done in community and replicates the way Jesus deliberately taught his disciples. We learn in community because others keep us faithful to the task of growth in Christ, and we cannot learn spiritual qualities such as foregiveness, grace, love,and humility by our selves, but only by practising our faith with others.

- Faith development includes bible study, reading books related to Christianity and attending courses and discussion groups about Christianity.

We read the Bible as part of a faith community, and read the Bible to put ourselves into the story of God's dealings with humanity. The Bible can be puzzling but it is continually a source of inspiration and direction in our lives. The minister emphasised the importance of studying the bible regularly in his monthly letter. If you have not got a copy of the bible you can read it on-line at www.biblegateway.com.

A regular time for Bible study is on Thursdays 10.30 to 11.30 a.m. at Banner Cross Methodist Church in Room 6. This is a drop in session with no requirement to read the Bible before the session. Everyone is welcome. There is more information on the study session For those who want to study the Bible in more detail we are running a Disciple course from September 2014. Various options to Bible study for those groups who are stuck in a rut and want to try a new way of running a bible study are available. We would like to hear about how the Bible has impacted on your life. Just fill in the Bible Reading form.

We also run short study courses during the year at Advent (the time before Christmas), Lent (the time before Easter) and also at other times. These are open to everyone.

- There is a bookshelf in the coffee lounge containing Bibles, books, magazines and leaflets which anyone can borrow. The books covers topics such as worship, prayer and the witness of Christians in the modern world. Reviews of some of the books and magazines can be found on the bookshelf page.

- Banner Cross Methodist Church runs class groups for those adults who wish to explore the Christian faith further.

Learning is required by certain members of Banner Cross Methodist Church so that they can be effective in their job. The Church is a registered charity and as such has to conform to the requirements of various laws. This is not optional and non-compliance can result in large fines. The church encourages people to undertake any training that is required so that risks of non-compliance are minimised.

- The Church places great emphasis on Safeguarding of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults so it makes sure that people working with children, young people and vulnerable adults attend the Methodist training course on safeguarding. In addition we encourage people who run or help run children's, young person's and vulnerable adults activities to attend external training courses.

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Banner Cross Bookshelves
A bookshelf containg books, magazines and pamphlets is available in the Coffee Lounge.
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Bible Readings That Mean A Lot To Me
Bible readings that have made an impact on my life.

Corrie ten Boom
A biography of Corrie ten Boom

Disciple Course
Becomimg disciples through Bible study.
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Discipleship and the people called Methodists
A review of the book by Martin Atkins

Love Wins
A think again book by Robert Bell

Messy Church Course
Notes on the Messt Church Course held on 1 October 2011

Reading the Bible Together
Reading the Bible in New and Creative Ways Together

Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults

The Message
A contemporary rendering of the bible.

The Minister's Letter On Bible Study
The Minister's comments on Bible Study

The Purpose Driven Church
Areview of the book "The Purpose Driven Church (Growth Without Compromising Your Message And Mission) by Rick Warren"

The Purpose Driven Life
A review of "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren.

The Radical Disciple by John Stott
A Review of The Radical Disciple by John Stott

The Shack by William Paul Young
A review of The Shack by William Paul Young

Thursday Bible Study
A drop in Bible study where everyone is welcome.

What is Messy Church
An outline of what Messy Church is all about and what it is not.
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