The Course in Christian Studies is a two year course exploring the Christian Faith with others, delivered weekly in local centres around the diocese. CCS has a foundational first year and a more flexible second year and leads to the Bishop’s Certificate.
Since it began in 1987, over 2500 lay people from Essex and N.E. London have joined the Course in Christian Studies. What has it given them? What could it give you?
The excitement of discovery and learning together: members bring their own varied stories and experiences and share them, finding new truth in themselves and in each other through lively discussion.
Knowledge of the Bible and of the huge riches of Christian tradition, nurtured by tutors and textbooks, and whetting members' appetite for more knowledge - but not providing all the answers.
Delight in that biblical and Christian tradition, finding in it a field for imaginative and practical exploration, for wonder and worship and decision.
Constructive Reflection on the Bible and tradition and on the contemporary world: the Course does not shirk the hard questions posed by the Church's history or by believing in God and seeking peace and justice today.
Spiritual Formation of both the local group and its individual members: the Course does not set out to convert or evangelise, but it is concerned with the whole life of prayer and activity and relationships - not just with the mind.
For those who desire it, the Course also provides a foundation for further education or training. This could be other local courses; it could be a degree or diploma. Or it could be training for a specific ministry in the Church including the ministry of: Reader, Pastoral Assistant, Lay Evangelist or Priest.
The course begins in September each year with centres in each of the three Episcopal Areas. Click here for details of the proposed centres for this year (2016) and for an application form please contact Diane Hardy or download by clicking here. You must also complete the Diocese Data Protection Consent Form which cab be downloaded by clicking here.
|Title of Unit||A brief description|
|Unit A||Encountering God||How not to be scared of doing Theology!|
|Unit B||Introducing the Good News||The Old Testament|
|Unit C||From the Old Testament to the Gospels||Seeing Jesus as God's answer to the needs of Israel and the world|
|Unit D||Applying the Good News||The letters of Paul|
|Unit E||Living Spirituality||Exploring Life with God|
|Unit F||Living Water, Living Bread||The sacraments of Baptism & Eucharist|
The present Second year will remain as:
|Unit G||The Church, The World and Essex||The story of the Church|
|Unit H||Real Life Choices||Introducing Christian Ethics|
|Unit J||Matters of Faith||Exploring Faith in today's world|
|Unit K||Free Choice Module||A choice of modules across the diocese|
|Unit L||Mission and Vocation||Talking and Listening. Discipleship in the whole of life|
|Double Module - 10 weeks|
|Cathedral Presentation Service|
Download the unit information
- Unit F Introductory Notes
- Unit F Study Material
- Unit F Holy Communion Series 1
- Unit F Holy Communion Series 2
- Unit F Holy Communion Series 3
- Major and Minor Sacraments
- Lima text on Baptism
- Liturgical Commission on Baptism
- House of Bishops' Statement on the Eucharist
- Lima Eucharist
- Requirements of various churches for church membership
- Optional Summer Projects are detailed at the end of Unit F
Baptismal Service video
Units G & H = 2nd Year
- Unit G Introductory Notes
- Unit G - The Church, The World and Essex (compulsory introduction reading)
- Unit G Study Material
- Unit G - The Church, The World and Essex (full document)
Unit K is a Lent module
- Lent Modules
- Student Application Form
For more information please contact Diane Hardy
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