Over Lent, many people give up a variety of foods, but with #bigread12, you get a chance to feast upon the Bible, in this case Mark.
Part of the joy of being in a housegroup is to take the time to get to know others within the church very well, to encourage each other in tough times and celebrate the good times. Getting to know each other socially, and to catch up on the intervening week is an important part of being in a housegroup. Take the time to catch up with each other, if possible the opportunity to eat together, and chat and pray in preparation.
(Allow 30-40 minutes if eating together, or 10-15 minutes otherwise)
- Social time to catch up with each other is important, to build relationships and allow space for trust to develop.
- We’ll suggest some particular topics of conversation that can be discussed over a meal.
- Ask a member of the group if they would be happy to read the passage for that week, in whichever translation they prefer.
The Big Bible Project is keen to encourage people to read, engage with, and apply the Bible, to our everyday lives. This section offers a focus on the main topic of the week, which may include ‘hot potatoes’, life applications, getting into the ‘meat’ of the Bible, using specific passages from Mark.
(Allow 30-40 minutes)
Facilitator’s note: Ask each question alone and see what discussion happens. This material is not designed as a teaching exercise with right and wrong answers, but is designed to enable interaction and conversation, both individually and within the group. It may be appropriate to offer some confidentiality boundaries for the group before you start.
As a group: Think about issues, images and emotions discussed. Think about the connections that it makes for you in your life, your church, your relationships, your community.
PUDDING (Pick One!)
Want a hot debate?
We want to encourage people to participate, not only in your local housegroups, but also partake in ‘Bigger Conversations’ online where you will be able to talk to people from other backgrounds, denominations, etc. Some ideas you encounter may be challenging, but we hope helpful! Think about questions you have to take to the online areas for debate … just watch out for the ‘steamed’ puddings!. We have three key areas where we expect to see the conversations develop: via the blog comments, the Facebook group, and the (Twitter) hashtag of #bigread12. We’d love to see you reflecting upon the material on your own blogs, videos, photos, etc., and if you use the hashtag we will find them.
Prefer something more chilled?
Take the opportunity to reflect and respond creatively. We are looking to encourage an opportunity to engage in more reflective/less academic way with what we’ve learnt from the Bible. We would love to see some of the material that you may come up with, and 12Baskets are offering us hosting space for #bigread12 material.
(Allow 20-25 minutes)
AFTER DINNER CHOCS
Our Biblically inspired lives don’t stop once we leave Church/Housegroup, so what can you take into the next week? Choose an action for the following week: will it be minty fresh, a bit nutty, soft & sweet or hard direct action?
(Allow 5-10 minutes)