From Rev. Dana

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Greetings as we move into the fall and the resumption of our various programs. This month I want to share with you some various programs and opportunities.

Study group
We will be embarking on a new nine-week study starting October 16, “Religion and Science: Pathways to Truth” which is a DVD and discussion study. Over the years many Christians have struggled with how science and faith fit together, if at all. In this study, each week a different expert or scientist will consider if and how religion and science might coexist and even complement one another in the 21st century, looking at different topics such as Creation and Evolution, Hope and the End of the World, and Genetics. All are welcome to be part of this study, whether for the whole nine weeks or only one or two as you are able.

Prayer Breakfast
The Christian Churches of Bradford are hosting a Prayer Breakfast on Saturday October 27 at St. John’s Presbyterian Church and invite everyone to attend. It has been a few years since the last time that such an event was hosted in Bradford. Building on the popular Lenten Series that the churches have been presenting together, we are planning a time of inspiration and prayer. We begin with breakfast at 8:30 am followed by a series of three short stories on Faith, Marriage and Family and Poverty and Unemployment, which will each be followed by prayer relating to the theme and singing as a transition to the next theme. There will also be time to offer your prayers written or short spoken prayers. The morning will wrap-up by 10 am. Tickets are only $10 and will available from me before the event.

Opportunity: Community Seminars
One of the suggestions that has come up as I have been making my parish wide visits is community seminars. The idea is to host various speakers or presentations that are interest to the wider community, using our gift for hospitality that is seen so readily in the various meals and receptions that we host, as well as our groups like Krafty Knitters. We are occasionally contacted by people and organizations offering presentations on topics such as mobility devices, or coping with anxiety. I also know churches that have hosted seminars on making final preparations such as pre-planning your funeral, wills and end of life decisions. These types of seminars are a great way to connect with the wider community around us. At the same time there would need to be a small group who took on the coordinated the seminars, including arranging the speakers, advertising, hosting and providing light refreshments. If this is something that you think you might be interested in or would like to explore further, please speak with me.
If you have questions or would like more information about any of these programs please contact me.

Rev. Dana