Explorer Course

This course teaches about the Christian basics in the context of how we worship here. It is ideal for those who would like to explore the possibility of Confirmation, and for those who would like a ‘refresher course’ because they were confirmed more years ago than they care to remember.  It is a good course if you simply want to explore a little further, with no obligation.

This course is team taught by Fr Gary, John Sorrell and Diane Gordon. Please feel free to approach any of us if you want more information. See below for a sample course programme.

Session One – Exploring the Church Year and the Life of Jesus 

  • The shape of the Church year – whys and whens
  • Thinking more about the life of Jesus
  • Introducing Incarnation and Resurrection 

Session Two – Exploring Bread and Wine – the sacramental life 

  • Introducing Sacraments
  • Why the Eucharist
  • What we call it
  • Looking at what it all means

Session Three – Exploring The Bible                                   

  • Old and New
  • The Bible as a library
  • Beginning to find our way around
  • Why it is important 

Session Four – ExploringPrayer – being with God            

  • Why & when & how
  • The Bible, Jesus and prayer 

Session Five – Exploring the Sunday Mass                    

  • Looking in detail at our Sunday worship
  • Silverware and vestments
  • Making the most of it – participation and preparation 

Session Six – Exploring Church: I believe in One, Holy, Catholic Church

  • A brief history of the Church
  • St Peter, catholicity and universality
  • The Sacrament of Holy Order
  • Heresy, Creeds and councils 

Session Seven – Church Membership – Exploring Baptism & Confirmation 

  • John the Baptist
  • baptismw and the “mystical body incorporate”
  • confirmation and the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Water and Holy Oil 

Session Eight – Exploring Mary, Mother of God  

  • Who is she
  • Why she is honoured
  • Hail Mary, full of grace
  • Pilgrimage and Walsingham 

Session Nine – Exploring Church: the building               

  • Having a good look around the church building
  • Altar, font, altar candles, crucifixes, paschal candle, stoup, piscina, votive candles, the kitchen(!) etc etc 

Session Ten – Exploring wholeness and healing 

  • ilasterion – Health and salvation
  • The Epistle of James
  • The Sacrament of Holy Unction
  • The Sacrament of Penance – confession



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