Old Trafford Christadelphian Church,
Henrietta Street, Manchester, M16 9GA
Considering how God works today
10.30am - 8pm, Stretford Grammar School, Manchester, M32 8JB
A day of worship, teaching and fellowship for all.
Main sessions will be led by Charles Crawford and there will be sessions for children age 5-16, 16+ and a crèche.
Food: Bring your own picnic lunch. We will be providing a hot meal in the evening. Drinks will be provided throughout the day.
Accommodation: Basic accommodation will be available
on Saturday night for those wishing to stay over, and a simple lunch offered after the Sunday morning service which will be at The Bethel in Old Trafford.
Cost: We don’t want anyone to be put off coming because of finances, so our charge will be £10 for adults and £5 for 16 and under. (The true cost of this event will be around £20 per adult, and Old Trafford will be subsidising the cost of Bethel 17. If you feel able to pay a little more, you can do so either in your booking payment, or on the day). We will also be taking up a collection for Meal-a-Day.
Booking is essential. Please follow the link at the bottom of this page.
Programme for the day:
10.30am: Arrival and registration
11.00: Opening worship
11.45: Main talk 1 / Youth session 1
12.45pm: Bring your own lunch
2.00: Main talk 2 / Youth session 2
3.00: Workshops (see overleaf) / Youth session 3
5.00: Hot meal
6.30: Evening Worship
For further details please contact Liz Green at liz (at) evisionservices.co.uk or 01925 755058
Bethel 2017 Workshop options
Discussion with speaker
An opportunity to develop the theme of the main talks further in a more interactive setting.
This workshop will be a forum to debate the issues. It is likely that there will be a range of opinions and experiences within the group, so we want to share those in order to help us develop our own thinking. In listening to each other we will seek opportunity to grow in our understanding of and confidence in God’s work, both in our lives and in the world.
God at work through His spirit
The main focus of this workshop will be on the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer today. Taking note of disagreements in the past, we aim to come to a view which is: true to scripture, honours God and the Lord Jesus and takes account of the Father’s “incomparably great power for us who believe” Ephesians 1:19
God at work – through suffering
We don’t always like to think of God at work through suffering – because we don’t like suffering. But not thinking about it does not make the suffering go away. So is suffering just something that gets in the way of God’s work, or is God working through suffering? How can we understand the way God might work through suffering – and how does that affect our response to suffering?
God at work through the person of Jesus
“The Son is the image of the invisible God”, Paul writes in Colossians and we therefore have in Jesus a glimpse of God at work. As God’s son he represents his Father’s mission and purpose, but above all, his character. How would God interact with a blind man; healed but disfellowshipped? How would he respond to hostile questioning from a Samaritan woman? How would he comfort the family of his dead friend? And how would he use these interactions with real people - flesh and blood - to continue the work begun in creation?
In Jesus we have deeper insight into Gods character than anywhere else in scripture, illustrated by his day to day concern for individuals - like you and me.
God at work through prayer…
Well, does God work through prayer? I know he does - but not only through prayer. However, prayer is the key to getting to see how God works. Prayer is more than ‘talking to God’: it also involves listening to Him. It involves opening up our lives to Him: in this workshop we shall be looking at some of the effects of ‘opening up ourselves to God’ - the changes that take place - often in us as well as around us! We hope to consider these questions and ideas, help one another through sharing experiences, feel how precious we are to God and be encouraged to see how He can work through YOUR prayers!
As one writer put it: Prayer is a conversation of friends. It is not a mere convenience for letting God know what we want or what we are thinking. Prayer is that for which we were made. It is at the heart of God’s plan of Salvation. To understand the tremendous privilege and importance of prayer we need to see it in the context of God’s purpose to have a relationship with His people.
God at work through politics
What is the relevance or otherwise of local and national politics to our lives as Christians? What sort of involvement should we have? Should we seek to influence the political agendas and if so why? We will seek answers to these challenges using learning from the life of Jesus and will draw on our own experiences from work, home and church life.
God at work through kings and rulers
The Bible tells us that all the authorities that exist have been established by God and that they are God’s servants. It gives several examples, including Pharaoh, Cyrus and Nebuchadnezzar, who were seemingly put in place specifically to achieve particular purposes as part of God’s plan. And it tells us to submit ourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority and urges us to make ‘petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving’ for kings and all those in authority.
What are we to make of all this? How does God work through world leaders? Does he really have a purpose with each one – Donald Trump, Fidel Castro, Theresa May …? And what about Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin and other unarguably brutal dictators? Were they really God’s servants, and should we have prayed for them?
We will explore these challenging questions and see what that means for how we should behave today in relation to our own and other world leaders.
God at work through evolutionary creation
Interpretation of Genesis can be among the most contentious of issues among believers, as well as leading some to see a conflict between faith and science. We will look at some of the clues Scripture itself gives us that the early chapters of Genesis, along with other parts of the Bible, provides a powerful figurative, pictorial - but not literal - depiction of how God works in and through the natural world, and will consider the framework against which early Hebrews might have understood those writings. Instead of attempting to reconcile Genesis with modern science, we will see how faith and science go together - God’s word and God’s works in harmony.
With the help of some practical scenarios, we will then look at how to engage with fellow Christians who feel uncomfortable about these matters, how to respond to the sometimes strident calls of Christians who insist that only a literal view of Genesis is compatible with fellowship, and importantly how to help those young (and older) people who find ‘creationism’ a barrier to belief and faith in Christ. Like Job, the psalmist and other writers, we will welcome scientific study as enriching faith.
God at work through the ‘other’
Jesus said: “When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends…”.
He also said “…if you only speak to your friends have you done anything out of the ordinary?”
How much time do you spend with people who are not like you? We all have different strengths and weaknesses, and by God’s grace and the Holy Spirit, our faith is developed by the people and circumstances we least expect. Join us to explore through the scriptures and personal experience the way in which God works on us through the ‘other’.
God at work through asylum seekers
Over the last 18 months I have become involved with a number of Iranian asylum seekers who have become Christadelphians.
This workshop will explore their particular circumstances and problems, the contrasts in culture between Islam and Christianity, how we can help them, and what we can do to further God’s purpose in calling all people to him. I am planning for one or two of our Iranian brothers to be part of the workshop.
God at work through mental illness
The two concepts in this title need clarification:
God at work: Jesus is called Emmanuel, God with us. Paul says that we see the glory of God in the face of Jesus. In the gospels therefore we see how God works with and amongst us.
Mental illness: If we take mental health as a balance between rationality and emotion or feelings, then when that equilibrium is disturbed we are, to a lesser or greater degree, suffering mental illness.
The workshop and discussion will explore how God works in those periods of our lives when our thinking lacks balance and clarity. It is hoped that our discussion will be of help to both sufferer and helper alike.
God at work through families
Mel de Witt
‘...the Father from whom his whole family in heaven and earth derives its name’
What does being in a family teach us about God and our relationship with him? How does God use family life to help us grow as Christians? How can God work through our church as a family? How can we do God’s work through and in our family? Family life can sometimes be our greatest blessing but also our biggest challenge. Whatever stage of family life you find yourself, please come and share your experiences and we will learn together.
God at work through music
A chance to learn about and join in singing some of the wide range of musical worship through the ages. No auditions required – just a love of singing!
God at work through friendship – make & mull!
Come and enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones as we sit and chat and use our God given talents to make some crafty items to sell for Meal-a-day!
God at work through friendship – a walk on the meadows
Come and enjoy God’s lovely creation – even here in urban Manchester – you will be amazed - and chat to old friends and make some new ones!
Please read before booking: the link below will take you to a booking form for up to 6 people - if you would like to attend the main talks you have the opportunity to attending a workshop - the choices are listed above. To help out the workshop leaders, we ask that you make your choice when booking, so please make your choice before clicking the link below.
When you've completed the form, you will see a confirmation message and receive a confirmation email. We will then email you directly with payment details (you can pay via bank transfer or cash on the day - unfortunately we're not accepting cheques this year).