Joining the dots between Sunday and Monday
How BRF's Holy Habits discipleship resources are helping congregations connect church life with life in the community.
What happened when 20 churches adopted Holy Habits
'They told me Holy Habits has really made them think about the connectedness between their life within
For the past twelve months, Superintendent Minister Kate Cook has led the Methodist Telford Circuit on a Holy Habits discipleship journey.
Unleashing the creativity of the local church
It was important for each church to adapt the resources for their particular situations: Telford Circuit covers a large, diamond-shaped patch between the Welsh borders and Birmingham. The southern end is Shropshire market towns and the north is more urban and more ethnically diverse. Some of the churches are small and rural, others much larger, with urban congregations.
Kate explained the creative ways some of the different churches went about this. 'One of the larger churches decided to have a monthly film night and choose a film that was mentioned in the booklet, watch extracts together and have a discussion. In one of my own churches, I run a Bible study group, and we used the Holy Habits resources in quite an interactive way. We also used them in Messy Church and in Café Worship.
'Another church runs a mums’ and toddlers’ group three times a week. They began to see that the work they do there is not just befriending these young mums; it’s deeper than that. It’s about welcome and hospitality and generosity. So they’ve set up a prayer box that mums can pop their prayer needs into and know they will be prayed for.'
At a café church service held to review the Circuit’s work with Holy Habits, Kate asked people which habits they wanted to develop as individuals and as a church. 'From that has