When you think of Bible reading, most people think of themselves as being curled up in a chair in their home quietly reading. And that is an important way to read the Bible. But there is another way of Bible reading that many have found to be very useful and exhilerating and that's reading the Bible in community. At Trinity we have two different groups who meet each week to read the Bible community and then together discuss what they have said. Led by Heidi Armstrong, a Women's group meets each Tuesday morning at 9:30 am in the 2&3 year old classroom at the church while another group, also led by Heidi, meets on Sunday mornings before worship, at 8:50 AM in the Learning Center (in the basement of the church). Both groups examine the passage relevant to the upcoming Sunday sermon.
Deb Saxon (pictured to the right), a participant in the Sunday morning group, reflects on her experience: "I absolutely love reading scripture with my faith community. Based on my limited biblical skills, I do not get much out of reading by myself. I enjoy reading the text, discussing and then re-reading. Each time we read it together I learn something new. It is a privilege to come together and hear what others have to say. Each week I come away inspired!"
Want to be inspired too? The format is casual, discussion-based and you can "drop in" and try it out without making a commitment. So go boldly this new year into one of these groups and see the difference it can make to read the scripture in community.
Here are the times and places each group meets:
"Women Reading Scripture in Community," Tuesday mornings at 9:30 am in the 2&3 year old classroom
"Reading Scriputre in Community" Sunday mornings at 8:50 am in the Learning Center at church