Study Groups

Study groups are held throughout the year at various times. If there a topic you would like to explore with others, please suggest it to Sue.

St Andrew’s has a Covid-Safe plan. Please do not attend in person if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat or shortness of breath. Social distancing measures will be in place and must be adhered to.

Bible Study: Love should never hurt

(12, 19, 26 May and 2 June 10:15 am – 11:30 am)

May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month. Small group studies reflecting on power, abuse and the meaning of love will be offered through the lens of the Sunday lectionary readings. Join us in the church after the Eucharist for four Wednesdays from 12 May for a short study and discussion using reflection materials produced by the ACSQ Domestic and Family Violence Working Group. See www.faithfulandeffective.com/healthy-churches/resources/domestic-and-family-violence/ for the study materials. (Our study will use weeks 2–5 of these materials.)


External study group (online)

Pauline Dogmatics: The Triumph of God’s Love

Thursdays 8 Apr – 27 May 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In his book Pauline Dogmatics: The Triumph of God’s Love, Douglas Campbell has written a textbook on Paul’s thought (drawing on many biblical theologians including Barth, T. F. Torrance, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Stanley Hauerwas) intended to help us to see how our starting-points shape the way we read the Bible and hence how we think about God.

Douglas Campbell was a recent guest on the On the Way podcast.

Costs:

  • approx $75 for the book
  • $50 for access to the pre-recorded lectures, discussion groups and final Q&A session

Awakening my Faith

(Finished! Was Thursdays 18 Feb – 25 Mar)

Head to Heart to Hands – Practicing faith in our time

As the Sunrise marks a new day…..
so too can it make a new day in our Faith.

This year’s Lenten study groups ran for 6 weekly sessions from Thursday 18 February to Thursday 25 March.

The Lenten studies invited us to explore the Year ‘B’ Gospel, and consider what it might mean for us to practice faith in our time. The cost of the book is $9.95, and can be ordered via the Parish Office. These studies are wonderful ways to get to know one another more deeply, and to open new insights into what the Gospel means to each of us.


Walk this way: An Advent Journey Towards Jesus

(Finished! Was Thursdays 26 Nov – 17 Dec, 10:00 am)
Walk this way

Walk this Way is a four week program using videos and discussion questions from the St Francis College Short Course series. 

Journey is a word often used in the context of Christian learning, or faith education, and we love to travel! Of course, the season of Advent is full of references to travel. Take Mary’s mid-pregnancy and hasty trip to visit Elizabeth, and the most famous Christmas journey when Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem to participate in the census. Jesus is born on a journey.  

And what an intriguing journey we are on – we look forward to the arrival of a defenceless infant when so many anticipated the advent of a mighty and strong vanquisher. We learn about the ministry of a radical who offended the ruling elite and was put to death for sedition and treason when so many expected a great warrior who would defeat their enemies. We anticipate the stirrings of hope in the resurrection when Jesus’ closest friends were in despair, and so the journey goes.

‘Walk This Way – an Advent journey with Jesus’, aims to enrich Christmas preparation – travel with and learn from the Gospel stories, from others who have walked this way before, and from your fellow walkers. 


Climate for Change

Climate for change
(Finished! Was Tuesdays 8 Sep – 6 Oct 2020, 10:00 am)

Climate for Change seeks to strengthen hope through a determination to work with others to create a future for all. Our hope lies in the knowledge that God has not abandoned creation but rather has called us all to help restore and respect it.

Jeni Nix, a Third Order Franciscan, will lead these studies which have been produced by the Anglican Board of Mission as a contribution to the global ecumenical Season of Creation.