Recommended reading
Chryssides, George D. (2010). Christianity Today. London: Continuum.
Dowley, Tim (1977). The History of Christianity: A Lion Handbook. Oxford: Lion.
Hill, Jonathan (2007). The History of Christianity: The New Lion Handbook. Oxford:
          Lion Hudson.
Taylor, Richard (2003). How to Read a Church: An Illustrated Guide to Images,
          Symbols and Meanings in Churches and Cathedrals.
London: Rider.
Young, John (1996). Christianity. London: Hodder and Stoughton (Teach Yourself
          Series).

Session 1
The session introduces you to
-- the key events in the life of Jesus and their significance
-- the scope and role of Christian scriptures
-- how what is done in our churches reflects these
-- the role of the Old Testament and why Christians retained it
-- other sources of authority: the Churchís tradition, the ancient creeds,
          confessions of faith

In this session we wonít be able to cover the following, but it would be a good idea to
          follow these up:
-- Paulís contribution to Christianity
-- the Christian creeds (the Apostlesí Creed; the Nicene Creed)
-- how Christianity came to England and how it developed in the West Midlands


In
Session 2 we shall explore the features of a church building and why different traditions have different designs. This should enable us to understand something of the history of these different denominations, and why they developed as they did. One important aim is to help you identify key features of your church that will help you to explain your form of the Christian faith to visitors.

In
Session 3 we look at community activities, issues and challenges involving our respective congregations and denominations, and how we present these to visitors.
Faith Guiding Certificate Course (Walsall)

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