All are called to follow Jesus: the poor, the rich, the sinners, the sick, the disgraced and forgotten, the lost and weary, the unclean and the oppressed, women and men, the young and the old.
God's acceptance of us just as we are, enables us to overcome our alienation and to experience the joy and the fulfilment of personal communion with God.
'John Sentamu's Faith Stories' book features twenty inspiring stories from ordinary people with extraordinary experiences and their stories are a compelling testimony to the resilience of Christian faith.
As a 10-year-old it was Christians like that who created in me a thirst for Christ, the living water. 'I stooped down and drank, new life flooded my whole being.Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu
For those who are thinking about becoming a Christian, or who are already on their journey of faith in Jesus Christ, there are a number of courses available which are intended to help with this. Local churches will often run one of these at various times throughout the year and you will be able to find out more through individual websites or by contacting local clergy.
To find your local Anglican church visit A Church Near You website
Courses for DiscipleshipAlpha
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone's welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes—you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.
For those new to the Christian faith
Start! introduces Christianity through six DVD based interactive, small-group sessions. The Start! course makes no assumptions about participants’ background or experience or knowledge of Christianity or the church. It really does start from scratch.
Emmaus: The Way of Faith is a course designed to welcome people into the Christian faith and the life of the Church. It aims to involve the whole Church in evangelism, the nurture of new believers and ongoing Christian discipleship. Growing as a Christian is one section of this material.
It includes five short courses to encourage believers toward maturity in key areas of the Christian life: Growing in prayer (4 sessions) Growing in the Scriptures (5 sessions) Being church (4 sessions) Growing in worship - understanding the sacraments (5 sessions) Life, death and Christian hope (3 sessions) Growing as a Christian is ideal as a follow on from: an enquirers' group; a Nurture or Alpha group; a new Christians' group; a confirmation class.
Pilgrim is a major teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.
Pilgrim takes a different approach to other Christian programmes. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers.
Pilgrim is comprised of two stages: the Follow stage for those very new to faith, and the Grow stage for those who want to go further. Each stage contains four short six-session courses which focus on a major theme of Christian life.