‘To all who received him … he gave power to become children of God.’ (John 1.12.)

This raises big questions. Aren’t we all children of God anyway?
Just how can we receive Christ?
What does it mean to have ‘a relationship with God’?

In a course crammed with discussable questions, John Young teases out from the New Testament at least three different ways in which we receive Christ. John’s course booklet is supplemented by four leading Christians, from a variety of backgrounds. Together they demonstrate that St John’s theology has very practical implications for our day-to-day lives.

The five sessions will be:

Session 1: Receiving Christ: as children of God
Session 2: Receiving Christ: in the stranger and the needy
Session 3: Receiving Christ: in Holy Communion
Session 4: Receiving Christ: through prayer and fellowship
Session 5: ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1.27)


Booklet / CD participants on the course are:

• Bishop Nick Baines
• Margaret Sentamu
• Revd Dr Ken Howcroft
• Theodora Hawksley (Closing Reflections)

BISHOP NICK BAINES worked as a Russian linguist at GCHQ before ordination. He chairs the Sandford St Martin Trust promoting excellence in religious broadcasting and is a member of the House of Lords.

MARGARET SENTAMU is an independent diversity and leadership development consultant and a Non-executive director of the Leeds & York Mental Health Trust, and Traidcraft Plc. She is also a trustee and patron of several education, health and poverty charities.

REVD DR KEN HOWCROFT is a former President of the Methodist Conference. He served the English-language Methodist congregation in Rome; establishing an ecumenical office there on behalf of the worldwide family of Methodist churches.

THEODORA HAWKSLEY trained as a theologian before leaving her academic career to become a nun. She is currently a novice at the Bar Convent, York.

The course booklet is written by Canon John Young who worked for two Archbishops of York, and was for many years a member of the General Synod of the Church of England. A Canon Emeritus of York Minster and Co-Founder of York Courses, he’s written over 30 books/booklets. John’s work has been translated into several languages, including Chinese and Russian.

There are two courses running. One begins on Monday 13th March at 9:30am which Sandra Morgan is leading. The other starts on 14th March starting at 7:30pm in the Church hall upper room and is led by Mark James.