Over Lent 2010, the people of the North East got together for “The Big Read“. #BigRead10 was such a success that The BigRead11 went national, in conjunction with CODEC (Centre for Christian Communciation in a Digital Age, University of Durham). Planning commenced in July 2011, and opportunities were created to use new media to create layered online/offline communities.
Bex Lewis introducing Big Read 2011 from Big Bible on Vimeo.
The #bigread2011 launched with locally hosted Mardi Gras/Fair Feast events. All the materials required for the housegroup were available for free from this site, or linked partner sites. A housegroup named ‘Koinonia’ blogged their way through The Big Read 2011.
- Leader’s/Group Materials (full document)
- The Lent ‘Biblical Feast’ Weekly Menu
- Weekly Specials / Housegroup Themes 2011
- Who can participate and what is required for #bigread2011?
- Organising a Mardis-Gras event
- General Homegroup Advice
Required something more introductory?
For those ‘seeking’ to engage with the Bible for the first time, Russ Gant, an ordinand in training at St John’s College, Durham, prepared a Seeker study.
How did The Big Read 2011 Work?
- See all posts tagged ‘The Big Read 2011‘.
- We have some feedback available on visiting numbers, time spent on site, video downloads, etc.
- We experimented with a forum, but were aware this may be too Web 1.0 (it was).
We used Tom Wright’s Matthew for Lent:
A Lent lectionary resource using Tom Wright’s For Everyone Bible translation, this is the second in a three-volume series to cover the three years of the Revised Common Lectionary. For each day of Lent, there is a reading chosen from the Gospel designated for the year, plus a reflection by Tom Wright.
About the Author
Tom Wright recently took up a new appointment as Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews, having served previously as the Bishop of Durham. He is a regular broadcaster on radio and television. Tom Wright is the author of over forty books, including the other For Everyone guides to the New Testament, the best-selling Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, and Virtue Reborn; and the magisterial series entitled Christian Origins and the Question of God.