CanIL offers a Scripture Engagement class June 12-August 11, 2017 and training track for those interested in assisting local communities to engage with the Bible.
Enroll through May 30 at: www.canil.ca/scripture-engagement
Here are some example Scripture-infused commissioning projects from an assignment presented in Chapel:
Available in both English and French.
The training workshop described in this guide was developed in West Africa and includes input received from around the world. It is for listening group leaders (those who lead/facilitate the groups) and for group promoters (those who visit groups to encourage them and mentor the facilitators).
A listening group is an opportunity for people to get together to listen to a passage from the Bible and talk about it together. In this guide, you’ll find elements which focus on the ‘why’ of listening groups as well as the practical details of ‘how’ to lead a group.
Group leaders need to know why they are doing what they are doing. What is the aim of a listening group? What kinds of group can we have? How will we know if a group is working well or not? Why are they gathering together to listen? The aim should be transformational Scripture engagement: that people encounter God’s Word in life-changing ways.
The workshop guide includes sections on how to lead the listening time, how to manipulate the audio player and how to ask good discussion questions. It can be taught in an interactive way and participants should have plenty of opportunity during the workshop to practice participating in and leading listening groups.
An ideal time for such a workshop could be when new audio Scriptures in the local language have been recorded for a community and when audio players are available. It would work well at the launch of a listening group programme in a region, after some initial promotion work has been done to get churches involved and committed to running groups.
Bible Book Club, from the British and Foreign Bible Society, provides ideas and resources for running a book club with friends, where you read through books of the Bible together.
A guide for each book for the Bible is available for download. They give background information including tips, discussion questions and some hints for handling tricky sections.
"Today, so many children could miss out on the great classic stories from the Bible – Noah, Daniel and the life of Jesus could be closed chapters if youngsters don’t get an opportunity to engage with the Bible."
Open the Book offers primary school children in the UK an opportunity to hear the major stories of the Bible, presented chronologically, in a three-year rolling programme. It is a free service given to each school by a team of Christian volunteers from local churches, who present a series of stories during collective worship.
The volunteers use drama, mime, props, costume – and even the children and staff themselves – to present the Bible stories in lively and informative ways.
Open the Book began in 1999 and since then thousands of school children have discovered Bible stories, during assembly and collective worship. [more...]