We gather for dedicated reading, dialogue and contemplation of Scripture. We see the Scripture as God’s letter to humanity reminding us of who he is, what he has done, who we are and how this all points to what we should be doing with our lives. We believe interacting with the Scripture is literally listening to the voice of God.
In these interactive dialogues, we desire each person to grapple with the text, consider its claims and seek to derive its meaning and application to our lives. This is not a free-for-all of opinion, but an open dialogue in which we allow the text to challenge and direct our personal discovery and insight. In this type of format there is plenty of opportunity for propositions and presuppositions to be challenged by the Scriptural text. Ultimately, we desire each participant to be a mature learner, able to confidently approach the Scriptures, ask relevant questions and come away with life-changing truth to apply.
We gather for dedicated prayer. Prayer is certainly about speaking to God but it is also about listening.
For dedicated prayer, we often use a prayer-circuit as a device to help us focus our prayer beyond our immediate personal needs. Five or six spaces are designated for a specific prayer topic. A variety of printed readings, videos and music are used to prompt prayer. Participants move from space to space either on set intervals or at their own pace.
We gather for dedicated singing of hymns and songs of praise and encouragement.
For this dedicate song worship, a song leader leads the gathered through a number of songs of prayer, worship and praise. The participants may either sing along or simply listen and reflect. Often the singing time allows for opportunities for open reflection and response, so participants will share what they are feeling and thinking, some may read an timely passage of Scripture and some my pray. The leader will likely encourage some specific time of reading and prayer.