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Service Times

Visitors are welcome
to join with the Community
at any or all of the services.

They will be held in the chapel unless otherwise shown

For normal service times please CLICK HERE or on the picture above

 When: 24th to 26th April 2020

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A new course introducing the New Testament in Greek to complete beginners. 

This is the ‘Year of the Word’ - why not celebrate with a weekend introduction to the Greek in which the Gospels were first written?

Why God in Greek?

Jesus spoke Aramaic, but the language in which his words were first written down is Greek. Greek was the universal language of the region. It was used by the Jews who lived outside the Holy Land and by many inside it. When Jesus’ disciples wanted to hand on his teachings they chose Greek.

Alison Samuels, our Course Tutor writes:

“The story of this course began shortly before the First World War when a bright Welsh-speaking farm boy in South Wales was taken out of school at 14 to work on the railways. He was an eye-witness to the Senghenydd pit disaster, he fought through the Great War, he eventually became stationmaster of Maesteg and an Anglican lay reader. He did two other things. He taught himself Greek so that he could read the New Testament, and he educated his three daughters. My qualification to teach this course is my MA in Classics from St John’s College, Cambridge, and thirty years teaching Greek and Latin and other Classical subjects. My inspiration for teaching it comes from my Grandfather, his longing for his lost education and his determination to draw closer to Jesus by reading his words in Greek.

“There are many courses for people who wish to gain academic qualifications in Greek or use it professionally, but our aim is just to gain a foothold in the Greek text which could be a base for learning more, but is equally a worthwhile experience in itself.

“No-one should be put off by ‘not being good at languages’ – it isn’t that kind of a weekend. I am hoping that our weekend at Boarbank will teach me new ways of opening the Greek Testament to people outside the world of professional theologians. And I hope it will inspire you with new love of the Scriptures and closeness to Jesus.”

Alison will be assisted by Sr Margaret Atkins, of the Boarbank Community, who was a fellow-student of Classics with her some time ago.

By the end of the weekend you will have read Jesus’ seven ‘I am’ sayings, from St John.

All you need to do before you come is try to learn the Greek alphabet.

Please contact SR MARGARET for more information, or to reserve places.

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