Lent Lectures

Once again this year St James is running a series of open lectures during Lent. As before the evenings are free, and open to anybody who wants to attend, and will take place on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Centre starting at 8pm, with coffee served from 7:45pm.

The selection of speakers and topics is as varied as ever.

First up on 13th February is Berdine van den Toren who works for the Church Mission Society, who along with her family spent over eight years living in the Central African Republic as an educationalist helping the church to cope with the AIDS pandemic.

She is followed on 20th February by the new Bishop of Oxford, Rt Rev John Pritchard, who is speaking on the subject of developing your prayer life.

On 27th February we hear from Dr Lawrence Turner, a lecturer in the Old Testament at Newbold College in Binfield. He has written a book called Back to the Present: Encountering Genesis in the 21st Century, and will base his lecture around the topics in the book.

The lecture on 5th March is entitled “Underneath the Skin of South Africaâ€?, and will be given by Brynn Bayman, a member of our congregation, and a South African himself, who is currently teaching at Wellington College. Through the lecture he is hoping to give us a better understanding of life, and the problems of his native country, to help us better understand life for the members of our twin Church, St Matthew’s in Kimberley.

The final lecture on 12th March is again being given by a member of our congregation. Captain Abi Brown is an officer in the British Army who was married in St James a couple of years ago, and has recently returned from a six-month tour of duty in Iraq. In her lecture she is going to talk about what life was like for her and her colleagues, and also how she as a Christian deals with what she saw out there.

As you can see, a pretty varied selection of topics and speakers. As before I’m aiming to attend all the lectures, so hopefully I’ll post reports and pictures as the weeks go by.

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