“Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.”
Looking closely at a topic in groups allows us to express ourselves and share ideas. It helps us establish relationships with others and to make the best of the circumstances we’re in. That’s why we run courses at TBC and in partnership with other local agencies.
Discussion, and some input from a facilitator help us find our way through seasons of growth and change. Spaces can be limited, so we encourage registration before hand – contact the church office.
All our courses are free of charge unless otherwise specified.
A free 6 week course for anyone exploring the basic issues of life. We look at questions such as ‘Does God exist?’ or ‘What about suffering?’ – we base each course around the questions you ask. Faithlook is held in various locations but food is always involved! We meet to eat, hear a short talk and discuss your questions in a friendly warm atmosphere. The first week is always a taster session – we hope you’ll want to come back for the second. After Faithlook, for those who want to learn and experience more on their faith journey can join the next Alpha course.
Over 2 million people in the UK have attended an Alpha Course – an opportunity to explore the meaning of life, running in churches of all denominations across the world. Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over 8 thought provoking weekly sessions. People of all ages are welcome to come and find out more about the Christian faith.
The course is completely free and we’re sure you’ll have a great time and make new friends. Alpha is a place where no question is regarded as too simple or too hostile. Ask anything. Chatting in small groups, you will have a chance to discuss issues raised in the evening. We meet at TBC for a meal together. There will be a talk, followed by an opportunity to discuss the topic or ask questions of a more general nature.
Periodically, we run Alpha tailored to our Seniors. Meeting fortnightly at TBC for coffee at 11am, we’ll hear a talk, followed by an opportunity to discuss the topic or ask questions of a more general nature. We then join our friends in Luncheon Club for a free lunch.
The Recovery Course
A free, 15 session course for anyone struggling with any sort of addiction, or compulsive behaviour.
The Money Course
Run by Crosslight Debt Advice, this course blends down-to-earth wisdom with tried and tested practical teaching. It is designed to help you explore your personal relationship with money and take control of your individual or household finances.
Internet for Beginners
Running for four week blocks at various times during the year on Mondays from 11am-1pm including a free lunch. During this course, you will learn how to create and use emails to keep in touch with friends and communicate with colleagues and employers. The course will teach you how to get the most out of the internet and make browsing a more efficient and personal experience.
You will learn how using the internet can potentially save you money on everyday essentials and household bills and how to use social media safely and responsibly. You will also learn how you can connect with friends and how to follow people of interest such as actors, musicians, celebrities etc. and the importance of staying safe and protecting your privacy online.
The Third Act
A short course at TBC in, or approaching, retirement on two Saturday mornings. An opportunity to invest in our well-being through understanding and processing an ‘ending’ and embarking on a new ‘beginning’. Retirement is a major change involving loss of routine, colleagues, status, identity, and security. And it impacts partners too who find their world altered.
While work-based courses help with planning our finances and many practical arrangements, it is harder to anticipate the disorientation that can result as we transition from Act 2 of life where routine, identity and priorities revolved around our work, to Act 3 where we are apparently free to make many choices, but increasingly limited by family, health and financial considerations.
This course will provide an opportunity to reflect – that potential feelings of discomfort, loss, denial, shock, anger, stress, frustration, and apathy are quite normal, and even healthy as a phase in the transition. This process needs to take time, coming to terms with the ‘ending’, and only then working through choices involving family, hobbies, voluntary work and new projects. There are useful tools that can help us, which will be shared.