SPBC, Monday 11:00-12:30.
Over coffee/tea/biscuits we study the Bible at a gentle pace and pray. There are around eight people at most sessions. There is always time to share and to be listened to sympathetically.
The group originated from the concern the church has for all – specifically, those who feel keenly the emotional/social/mental/
We rarely follow a study plan; we read through a book of the bible as guided by the Holy Spirit – usually finding something new and relevant. We also discuss our experience at our recent church gatherings. Sometimes we devote our whole time together to something raised by one member.
Our prayer time is focused on the needs within the group and their friends and family. We often pray for those persecuted for their faith around the world.
There are many references to olive trees in the Bible: this one [out of context] works for us – whatever our circumstance, we share nourishment from the same root:
“If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: you do not support the root, but the root supports you.” Romans 11:17-18