Simon writes: February 2013

Type, delete, think, try again, correct a spelling … that’s what usually happens when I write for the magazine. Some would call it writers block! But I don’t think it is just journalists or authors who get that feeling of being stuck or lost for words.

Many of us feel at sea when we are asked about our faith or to explain who Jesus is and why he came. We also feel lost for words.

The apostle Peter wrote to the early Christians scattered across modern day Turkey “in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:16).

So how do we ‘give the reason for our hope’? That’s where our Lent course comes in. Across the churches we thought that we could do with some help in explaining and sharing our faith. So we’ll be running “Lost for Words” – a course for those who would like some help to share faith naturally.

The aim of the course is simple: To learn to speak about our faith with anyone, in a relaxed, natural, helpful way, so they may discover and respond to God’s love for them. The course will run on Monday evenings (7.30-9.30pm) and Tuesday afternoons (2.00-3.30pm) at the United Church beginning on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th February for five weeks.

How encouraging it would be to get to Easter feeling encouraged and confident about sharing our hope in Christ!

If you’d like more information, pick up a flyer in church or speak to me or John Seedell.