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The Pilgrim Course, published by the Church of England, offers an approach of “participation, not persuasion” and is written to help people explore what it means to be a Christian. The CofE is calling on parishes to use The Eucharist – one of four books in the ‘Grow’ stage of Pilgrim in preparation for Easter.
Across six sessions, The Eucharist explores why Holy Communion stands at the very heart of Christian worship and invites us to consider the place of worship in our own lives.
A social media campaign will run on Twitter (@PilgrimCourse and #LentPilgrims) throughout Lent to support and encourage churches and individuals to follow the course and share stories. The accounts will include resources to inspire anyone considering running the Pilgrim Course:
The Bishop of Exeter Robert Atwell, one of the authors of the course, said:
"The disciples Jesus met on the road on the first Easter Sunday recognized him in the breaking of bread. This Lent as we journey towards Holy Week and Easter, this course offers us a unique opportunity to explore how Christians encounter God in worship and above all in Holy Communion.”
Pilgrim is made up of two parts:
the Christian faith for newcomers or those exploring confirmation or affirming
their faith. The full set of material for this course is now available.
Grow is designed for those who want to go further and learn more in discipleship. The Grow stage was launched in autumn 2014 with The Eucharist and The Creeds and will be completed with the publication of The Bible and Church & Kingdom on 31 January.
Each stage features four six-session books accompanied by a leader's guide, with extensive, free video and audio resources to support every session online at www.pilgrimcourse.org
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What's it really like?
Lynne Fox from Bewdley helped run the Pilgrim Course in her parish. Her group followed Book 1: Turning to Christ. Lynne said:
"This course uses the six questions asked at Baptism to explore what Christian’s believe. Ideally it is undertaken over six weeks, led by an ordained or lay minister. The format is the same for each week: prayer, Bible reading, questions, reflection by a well-known theologian, further questions, prayer, further reading if desired. Those new to Christianity found the course challenged them to think and enabled them to ask questions. It encouraged openness and sharing within the group. It was a very useful tool as preparation for Confirmation."