In this group of studies, we’re looking at four Old Testament women who have a common connection with King David; three (Michal, Abigail and Bathsheba were wives and the fourth, Tamar, was his daughter).
The stories of these four women are intertwined at times, and include other members of the extended family, some in a helpful role, others very definitely not! It is possible to see them as stories that would fit nicely into the soap operas that form part of our TV viewing, and there is also great tragedy, violence, intrigue and betrayal to add to the mix!
Lots of info and discussion questions, plus suggestions for prayer, designed for ease of use and copying - only one copy needed per group!
For more info, and a sample study, head to this page!
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If we go back to the very early Christians, living in the Middle East in the 1st and 2nd Centuries AD we find them spread thinly around the Roman world and beyond. They lived quietly in a pagan society, meeting in homes and informal gatherings. But they lived different lives to their pagan neighbours, living by simple creeds or confessions of faith....
An eleven part Bible Study on a broadly Celtic-inspired theme of Faith and Creation, which you can look at online or click the printable version if you want to use it offline or with your local Bible Study group. Connexions Bible Study
A collection of prayers for those who need a bit of reassurance that all is not without hope in this world!
Quite often our hope comes from the faithful witness of Christians, and also the offering of love by those of other faiths or none, in helping others in need. All love, ultimately, has its source in God.
There are Bible Studies suitable for any time of the year, not just Advent and Easter! There are also several books with collections of prayers on the download page
Bless all those who are,
through no fault of their own,
forced to flee their homes
and take, along with family,
only that which they can carry
and seek a safer place to live.
Remind us of our Saviour who,
as a child, was also a refugee,
finding shelter in a foreign land,
and give us hearts and hands
willing to reach out and help
these, our distant relatives
within your worldwide family.
In a world which cares more
for the needs of self than others,
and is increasingly becoming
more inward-looking and fractured,
give us a heart for the vulnerable,
the refugee, the forgotten, the lost;
a heart that is based on yours,
poured out for the needs of many
and not for the comfort of a few.
Give us a heart which looks out
and sees your beauty in all people,
and welcomes them as a friend.
You have gifted the Church
through the goodness of your Grace
to be your hands and do your work,
to be your voice and share your words,
to bring healing to a fallen world
and broken lives make whole.
You have gifted your people
with the blessings of your Spirit,
the power to transform lives
and make all things new.
Now may our hearts receive,
our mouths proclaim,
our hands prepare for service,
that the love that we have known
might overflow the lives we live
and pour into the hearts of others,
that all might receive your Grace,
your renewing Spirit and your love. Amen