We are really excited for Bible Month this year, and as well as our weekly celebrations focussing each week on one of the four chapters which make up the book of Ruth, we have bible study groups which we'd love you to think of joining.
It would be helpful if you watch the introductory videos, and make some notes, if that's helpful, for discussion in the groups during the week. Watch out for emails, and for posts on our Circuit Facebook Page (Chorley and Leyland Methodist), where there will be regular updates and reflections during this coming week, to get us going. There are resources we recommend, if you are looking forward to getting the most out of this month - both can be downloaded (to read on your devices) - or ordered for a hard copy. I have three spare copies of Mark Greene's (LICC) Study Book on Ruth : Drawing on a Deeper Love (cost around £3.50), if anyone would like to have one - first come, first served. Bible Month magazine, designed by The Methodist Church 'Ruth : Drawing on a Deeper Love' by Mark Greene (six-session bible study (which we're going to do in five sessions)) (e-book is £2.00 (on sale, currently)) It is not necessary to have either of these books to engage with the midweek sessions, although you may find it helpful to have one as you work your way through - it has space for writing your own answers / reflections. We strongly believe that this short story, at the heart of the Old Testament, has rich blessings and a surprising wealth of teaching for us regarding our own peculiar and unprecedented times. Do join with us on this exciting and revealing journey of discovery, along with Naomi, Orpah, Ruth, Boaz and the community within a small town on the outskirts of Jerusalem - a 'little town of Bethlehem'.
This is our introduction to the book of Ruth by Reverend Phil Gough, Superintendent Minister: