The Pilgrim Course is a major teaching and discipleship resource produced by the Church of England. It takes a different approach to other Christian programmes, such as the Alpha Course; it approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers on the road of faith.
Pilgrim aims to create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day. The Course works on the assumption “No previous experience necessary” so it is open to all – from the life-long Christian to those who are just approaching faith. For this reason, Pilgrim also fosters a friendly atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to read passages from the Bible, to gently meditate on the Word of God and on the teachings of the saints, and to openly discuss topics of faith.
Each session of Pilgrim lasts about an hour and refreshments are provided.
Lent 2018 - The Beatitudes - 19 February to 26 March
How can we build our lives on the teaching and example of Jesus? The Beatitudes explores the Christian vision for the world, including openness to God, thirsting for what is right, peace making and living as citizens of God's Kingdom.
Session One: Living with Openness to God
Looks at what it means to live with openness to God and to the world.
Session Two: Thirsting for what is right
What does it mean to live with obedience to God and with a desire to put things right in the world?
Session Three: Living Transparently
Exploring what it means to be transparent in all we do and are, this session looks at how we show others the mercy God gives to us.
Session Four: Peacemaking
What does it mean to be a peacemaker after the example of Christ and what is the cost of this witness?
Session Five: Living as Citizens of God's Kingdom
Looks at what Jesus meant by the kingdom and how we can live as its citizens.
Session Six: Foundations
Explores what it means to build our lives on the teaching and example of Jesus, as we have seen in the beatitudes.
Pilgrim Course at All Saints' Academy
Turning to Christ - Summer Term 2018
What do Christians believe? Turning to Christ, explores the heart of Christian belief looking at the six questions people are asked at their Baptism.
Session One: Do you turn to Christ?
Explores the attraction of Jesus Christ. What happened when people met him? What would happen if you did?
Session Two: Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
What do Christians believe about God? This session uses the Old Testament to look at how God is like a Father.
Session Three: Do you believe in his Son Jesus Christ?
Looking in more detail at who Christians believe Jesus is, this session looks at what Jesus' baptism reveals about his identity.
Session Four: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?
Uses the story of Pentecost to show how Christians believe the Holy Spirit makes Jesus present today.
Session Five: Do you repent of your sins?
Looks at what Christians call sin: a tendency to get things wrong and God’s great desire to put things right.
Session Six: Do you renounce evil?
Explores the reality of evil, and how the Christian faith invites us to set the moral compass of our lives.