Thursday evening from 7:30 pm to approximately 8:45 pm is our regular weeknight prayer meeting and Bible study time. The first half hour is spent in prayer, when different members lead in prayers covering a wide range of subjects from global and national issues to the needs of individual people in the church or known to us.
From approximately eight o’clock or eight-fifteen we have a Bible study. The passage is announced in advance so that people can prepare by reading it at home. For each week someone is nominated to introduce the study, taking around ten to fifteen minutes after which we discuss the passage. We seek firstly to understand what it was saying in the context of Biblical times and then (especially important) to identify lessons for ourselves in our own day.
On the first Thursday of each month we do not have the Bible Study. The whole of the meeting is given over to prayer. Also occasionally one of our Supper Evenings may be on a Thursday.
The Gospel of Mark
At present (September 2018) we are working our way gradually through Mark’s Gospel. Instead of fixing a programme we’re simply starting each week where our discussion left off the previous time. As of October 18th we’re starting chapter 11.