News: We would like to invite anyone within the Leith Hill Benefice to come along to some evenings this autumn. The idea is to meet together over a meal both to enjoy each others company and to learn together more about our faith. Some of us have met in various guises as a Life Group over the years, sometime using DVD clips, bible passages, courses etc. to help us. We thought we might try something a little different this time so we will be using a book by Brian McLaren called "We Make the Road by Walking." The book is divided into chapters that each give a bible reading, followed by some thoughts and questions that may be thought provoking.
The evenings would start with a general catch up and then we sit together for supper, moving on to the reading and discussion around the table. It would be absolutely fine to come along and listen rather than feeling you have to say anything, so we wouldn't want anyone to feel intimidated. There are bound to be plenty of opinions! So its fine if some would like to just listen and join in like that.
The dates we have for these evenings are Mondays;
October 15 and 29
November 12 and 26
December 10 with a Christmassy flavour!
We hope you would like to join us for these evenings; depending on numbers we will either meet in the Rectory or the North Chapel. Over the years these types of gatherings have been a lot of fun; do ask us about them if you have any questions.
Really hoping we'll see you - please let us know if you are hoping to be there.
Mad and Tony
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As you will gather as you browse over these pages, we are a church with a long history and, as a community, Abinger goes back even further. Even if we take the Domesday Book as a start point, we have been a Christian worshipping community for a very long time. So, we are very proud of our church building. It has had a very chequered history, not least in the 20th Century. But now we are doing our best to meet the challenges of the 21st both for our building and church community.
Worship, praise, prayer and the reading of God's word are all part of our regular Sunday services, and if you are ever passing and would like to join us, we'd love to see you and make you feel welcome. But we don't believe that our church building any more than our faith, is just for Sundays. We are always looking for ways which enable the building to be a community resource during the week. We use the church for a Café morning on Wednesdays in term time from 8.30am until 10.00am. We also believe in developing our understanding of the Christian faith, so we meet in small groups to study what practical things the Bible has to say about living out the Christian faith in today's world.
Again, if you would like to join us you are more than welcome; you should be able to find the dates somewhere on the website, failing that then do by all means get in touch. Thank you for visiting the website; I hope you find it helpful, informative and enjoyable, and we look forward to giving you more than a virtual welcome when you visit us for real!
Tony Berry, Rector
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