Formation and Learning

The Christian life is one of ongoing discipleship in community, and it is helpful to meet with other Christians for Bible study, to explore aspects of the faith, or to grow in the practice of prayer. This page shows upcoming events for 2019-2020 that provide an opportunity for this: anyone is welcome to attend.

For more information or to talk about study and formation, please contact one of the clergy or visit our website. 

The Rev Anna Matthews 
vicar@stbenetschurch.org

The Rev Dr Zachary Guiliano 
zack@stbenetschurch.org

 

Credo series

Credo in unum Deum: “I believe in One God.” The Creeds begin in this way and set forth the outline of the Christian faith. We offer four sessions each academic term on key topics in the creedal tradition. These Sunday sessions at 4:30pm are suitable for those exploring faith for the first time, preparing for baptism or confirmation, or looking for a refresher. 

Michaelmas term
13 October: God
27 October: Jesus Christ
10 November: The Church
24 November: The Holy Spirit

Lent term
19 January: Bible (1)
26 January: Bible (2)
9 February: Prayer
23 February: Liturgy

Easter term
3 May: Baptism
17 May: Eucharist
31 May: Sacraments and sacramentals
14 June: Christian Hope

 

Study Days

Two study days on Saturdays each term offer an opportunity to explore topics in a deeper way. 

19 October
“The Symbols of the Liturgy”
The Rev Dr Zachary Guiliano (Book here)

16 November
“Hoping and Waiting: How Music Can Prepare Us for Advent”
The Rev Prof Jeremy Begbie

18 January
“Paradoxes in a Mountain Landscape: On God, Society, and Creation”
The Rev Canon Mark Clavier

29 February
“Prayer and Authenticity” 
Dr Luigi Gioia

23 May
“Gothic and Gothic Revival: Theology, Architecture, and Medievalism in Cambridge” 
The Rev Dr Ayla Lepine

6 June
“The Church and Politics: Past and Present” 
Dr Beth Phillips

 

Reading Groups

Two groups meet throughout the year to study Scripture, share hospitality, and to read various books together. 

  • Wednesdays: 6:45pm, after Evening Prayer. 
  • Fridays: 12:30pm. Silent prayer begins at noon.

The groups start meeting from Wednesday 9th October and Friday 11th October. In the autumn, we are beginning with the first volume of Henri Nouwen’s trilogy on the spiritual life (Spiritual Direction), followed by a study of Isaiah in Advent and Epiphany.

Reading groups will choose a new book to read during Lent, followed by a study of the Acts of the Apostles during Easter and Pope Francis’s encyclical Evangelium Gaudii (“The Joy of the Gospel”).

Bible studies will draw on SPCK’s For Everyone commentary series.

 

20s and 30s

Students and young professionals at St Bene’t’s meet each week for social events, to share life together, and for Bible study and other reading. Members of the group alternate leading Bible studies.

During Michaelmas term, the group is reading Paula Gooder’s book Body: Biblical Spirituality for the Whole Person. In Lent term, the group plans to read Being Disciples: Bible, Baptism, Eucharist, Prayer by Rowan Williams.

See the 20s and 30s termcard for more details, visit our webpage, or write to the group’s leaders, Sally-Marie Gardner and Oli Marjot, at our dedicated e-mail address (20sand30s@stbenetschurch.org).