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Course in Christian Studies

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.

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.

Click here for details of the course dates for 2016-17 and click here for details of course dates for 2017-18.

If you would like a promotional poster to display please click here, or for details of the Taster Evenings taking place during July click here.

Year 1

  Introductory Day  
  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
     
  Christmas Break  
     
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
     
  Summer Break  

 

The present Second year will remain as:

 

 

Year 2

  Quiet Day  
     
Unit G      The Church, The World and Essex The story of the Church
Unit H Real Life Choices Introducing Christian Ethics
     
  Christmas Break  
     
Unit J Matters of Faith Exploring Faith in today's world
Unit K Free Choice Module A choice of modules across the diocese
     
  Easter Break  
     
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 A


Unit B 

Unit C

Unit D

Unit E

Unit F

Baptismal Service video

Units G & H = 2nd Year

Unit G

Unit H

Unit J


Unit K is a Lent module

Unit L

 

  • Lent Modules
  • Student Application Form

For more information please contact Diane Hardy
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