A FEW QUOTES Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important. C.S. Lewis
Copies of the other ‘Simple Guides’ in this series are available from Diocesan Church House 01865 208225. Please note the Simple Guide’ series is paid for by Church Commissioners funding, not through parish share.
Sustaining the sacred centre
M CHR INISTRY IN THE ITY ISTIAN COMMUN
TRY IN THE MINIS ER COMMUNITY
Hold fast to Christ and for the rest be totally uncommitted. Herbert Butterfield
OR – WHY NOT GO TO YOUR LOCAL CHURCH NEXT SUNDAY? • www.achurchnearyou.com
God is always the life-bringer, and therefore the heart of the Christian faith is not threat but invitation. Alan Bartlett
Tokens of Trust, Rowan Williams (Canterbury, 2007) Simply Christian, Tom Wright (SPCK, 2006) What is the Point of Being a Christian?, Timothy Radcliffe (Burns and Oates, 2005) A Generous Orthodoxy, Brian McLaren (Zondervan, 2004) The Reason for God, Timothy Keller (Hodder, 2008) How to Explain your Faith, John Pritchard (SPCK, 2006) READING THE BIBLE: A Simple Guide (Oxford leaflet) PRAYER: A Simple Guide (Oxford leaflet)
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At least five times the Christian faith has to all appearances gone to the dogs. In each of these five cases it was the dog that died. G.K. Chesterton
Books You can get the following books from Amazon, your local Christian bookshop and from Waterstone’s.
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The whole Christian message is less an outline of information and more a wonderful song, less a thesis to be argued and proved and more a mystery to celebrate, sing and dance. Brian McLaren
A SIMPLE GUIDE
Cr v e co Ch ibr atin m ri an g m sti t un an iti es
Diocese of Oxford 813 churches in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire 600 clergy 300 Licensed Lay Ministers 280 church schools attended by 50,000 children 59,000 average weekly attendance at church services
Some useful websites • www.christianity.org.uk (the Christian Enquiry Agency) • www.rejesus.co.uk (lively, contemporary website) • www.churchofengland.org (with lots of links) • www.oxford.anglican.org (our own diocese) • www.sacredspace.ie (daily prayer)
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• Christians in the world – 2.1 billion (one third of the world’s population) • Worldwide rate of growth – 70,000 more Christians every day. • Number of people in church each week in England and Wales – over 3 million • Proportion of people who go into a church during the year – 86 per cent
TO FIND OUT MORE
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A FEW FACTS
Sometimes we miss the most obvious questions. In an age where more and more people miss out on a Christian upbringing, the basic question needs to be answered: ‘What is Christianity all about?’ This is just a simple guide to that big question, but I hope it will be worth following up.
PRAYER Living God, daily you create the world, remake it, and fill it with possibilities. When it comes to faith, help us to appreciate what we understand, to enquire about what we don’t understand, and to enjoy the journey in between, for grace and truth have come together to give us Life, in Jesus Christ our Lord Amen John Pritchard Bishop of Oxford
Published on Jan 23, 2012
Sometimes we miss the most obvious questions. In an age where more and more people miss out on a Christian upbringing, the basic question ne...