Toolbox

Toolbox is a series of online courses and discussion groups to help us continue to grow together during this time of lockdown. Register your interest at the link below.

Courses

All sessions, apart from the marriage course, will run from 5pm to 6pm on Sunday evenings.

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Evangelism training

Andrew Turnbull will lead these sessions discussing some of the common objections to Christianity. The discussions will be based on selected chapters from Rebecca McLaughlin’s book, Confronting Christianity.
The series will also include a session on Reading the Bible 1-2-1 led by Sarah Pickett.

When? Sunday evenings, beginning 17th May.

Session 1 PDF (17th May) available here.

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Bible overview

Pete Wilkinson will lead the God’s Big Picture course, created by Vaughan Roberts, which traces the story of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation to see how it all fits together, telling of God’s wonderful plan to save the world through Jesus Christ.
More information on the course is available here.

When? Sunday evenings, beginning 24th May.

Church history

Glenn Nesbitt will lead six sessions from Michael Reeves’ course, The English Reformation and the Puritans.
Few stories contain heroism, betrayal, ricocheting monarchs, bold stands against repressive authorities, and redemption like this one. And fewer generations have modelled commitment to the gospel and the application of God’s Word like the Puritans of England. In this introductory series, Dr. Michael Reeves surveys Puritan theology and the work of the Holy Spirit when the Reformation flourished in England. Major milestones of this movement underscore the Puritan’s special place in history, as they displayed spiritual wisdom and discernment still benefiting pulpits and believers today.

When? Sunday evenings, beginning 17th May.

Pastoral care 

David Field, Lizzie Ling, Nancy-Page Lowenfield and others will lead sessions on how we might care well for ourselves and for each other during lockdown.
Sessions currently planned are:

 

Growing as Disciples through Change and Loss (David Field) 17th May.
Audio recording available here. Talk outline here.

Looking after our Mental Health
(Lizzie Ling) 31st May
Anxiety: Hope for ourselves and others (David Field) 14th June
Identity Challenges and Finding Christ (Nancy-Page Lowenfield) 28th June

When?  Alternate Sunday evenings, beginning 17th May.

The Marriage Sessions

Ian and Nina Fry will lead this four-part course for married couples from Care for the Family.
The course explores how couples can build a lasting relationship. Whether you’re newlyweds or have been married for years, these sessions will help your marriage blossom during these uncertain times.The key themes that are covered in the four sessions are:
CHERISH – the forgotten vow and how to keep your love alive
CONNECT – understanding each other and the art of communication
COLLABORATE – dealing with pressure points and handling conflict well
COMMIT – love is a choice when the going gets tough

More information on the course is available here.

When? Sessions organised individually. Please contact Ian Fry (ian.fry@stebbes.org)

 

Book groups

Book group meetings will be organised to try and suit the availability of those participating.

Standout

Stand Out of Our Light by James Williams
Led by Glenn Nesbitt

Former Google advertising strategist, now Oxford-trained philosopher James Williams launches a plea to society and to the tech industry to help ensure that the technology we all carry with us every day does not distract us from pursuing our true goals in life. As information becomes ever more plentiful, the resource that is becoming more scarce is our attention. In this ‘attention economy’, we need to recognise the fundamental impacts of our new information environment on our lives in order to take back control.

7myths

7 Myths about Singleness by Sam Allberry
Led by Nancy-Page Lowenfield

While singleness is often widely misunderstood by many in the church today and often viewed in negative terms, the Bible speaks about it very differently.
This book sets forth a positive vision of singleness by responding to 7 common misconceptions, such as the notion that singleness is too hard, requires a special spiritual gift, is a hindrance to ministry, or is a waste of sexuality.
Addressed to the church as a whole and written by single pastor, Sam Allberry, 7 Myths about Singleness will help readers better understand, support, and empower the singles around them to contribute to the flourishing of the church as a whole.

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Fatherhood by Tony Payne
Led by Ian Fry

“In the course of this book, I want to change your mind about fathering. I want to change the way you think about it, both consciously and instinctively. And if I succeed, it will change the way you act every day in a thousand ways. It will make you a better father.” – Tony Payne

In this very readable book, Tony Payne takes a fresh look at what the Bible says about dads. What does it really mean to be a father? What should fathers be trying to achieve? And how can they do a better job?

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The Madness of Crowds by Douglas Murray
Led by Joel Knight

Douglas Murray examines the twenty-first century’s most divisive issues: sexuality, gender, technology and race. He reveals the astonishing new culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and ‘intersectionality’.

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Enjoying God by Tim Chester
Led by Henry Swayne

We believe in God, we serve God, we trust God, but would we say that we enjoy God on a day to day basis? What exactly does a personal relationship with God look like, and how is it even possible?
This seminal work by Tim Chester shows us how we can enjoy God in every moment of every day, whether we are experiencing good times or hard times; whether we are changing nappies, or stuck on a train. He explores how the Father, the Son and the Spirit relate to us in our day-to-day lives, and how to respond.

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God’s Grace in your Suffering by David Powlison
Led by Frankie Knight

It’s easy to see God’s grace when things are going well. But in the midst of suffering—when we don’t sense any positive change in our circumstances on the horizon—we can start to question God’s goodness. Exploring the biblical truths found in each stanza of the classic hymn “How Firm a Foundation,” experienced biblical counsellor David Powlison invites us to hear God’s perspective and see God’s purpose in our suffering. Rather than offering abstract theory or mere sentimentality, Powlison writes to anchor our hope in the God who promises to be with us and transform us in the midst of even our darkest trials.

To register your interest in any of these courses or book groups, please complete the form at the link below.
Contact / Location

Contact info

123-456-7890
123, New Lenox, Chicago IL 60606
info@yoursitename.com

Gathering Times

Saturday:
5:30pm

Sunday:
8:00am, 9:15am, 11:00am

Events / Calendar