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Have you ever wondered what the Bible means?
Is the Bible relevant to us today?
Three seminars at three different times to suit you.
Learn to Read the Bible Effectively
7:00pm Sundays at Linwood,
starting on 3rd February for 6 weeks
This series of seminars will help you piece together and understand what
the Bible's basic message is all about.
Key to Unlocking Bible Prophecy
7:30pm Thursdays at Riccarton, starting on 14th
February for 8 weeks. (A further 8 week seminar series on Bible
prophecy will continue on from this seminar in Term 2)
7:30pm Wednesdays at Mairehau, starting on
17th April for 8 weeks.
Explore the amazing predictions made by the Bible and the keys it
provides to understand the message of its prophecies.
KEY TO THE BIBLE SEMINARS
Seminars are free of charge and include course
materials and refreshments
To find out more, or to register;
Phone: 0508 GOSPEL (0508 467 735)
Sponsored by the Christadelphians of Christchurch
Those with an interest in the Bible
have an opportunity to explore it in
depth at a series of upcoming
seminars presented by the
Christadelphians aim to promote
They believe that anyone can
understand the Bible for themselves.
Local Christadelphian Ian Clark
says the objective of the seminars is
to help participants understand how
the Bible interprets itself.
''By understanding a few key
concepts in the Bible the whole
book will open up to you,'' he says.
''What may look confusing and
disjointed on the surface will
become a clear and consistent
message. People attending our
seminars will see how the Old and
New Testaments are interwoven
together and are not different from
Clark says many people doubt the
veracity of the Bible, yet the
evidence for the reliability of the
text of the Bible and its historical
accuracy are well documented.
''Christadelphians believe that
there are many predictions made by
the Bible that can't be ignored. The
restoration of Israel as a nation in
our modern times is perhaps one of
the most obvious fulfillments of
Christadelphians also believe that
the Bible has a message and a hope
that is just as relevant today as it
ever has been.
''There are many different beliefs
about what the Bible says and
Christadelphians believe it is
important to have your own faith
and conviction,'' Clark says.
''We encourage individuals to read
and understand the Bible for
The first seminars take place in
February in Linwood and Upper
Riccarton. For more information
phone 0508 GOSPEL (0508 467
735) or see keytothebible.org.
Learning from events: Linwood Avenue School is taking part in a UNESCO research project looking at post-disaster
Research helps school regain its focus
After a challenging year last year,
Linwood Avenue School principal
Gerard Direen is pleased the school
can return its focus and energy ''to
the main reasons we open the front
gate each day''.
get involved in research projects.
''Teaching and learning are
complex matters,'' he says. ''They
require our best attention and
commitment. It was a challenge in
2012 to give our best to these, with
disruptions from Government
decisions about schooling in
Christchurch, and other matters
such as the breakdown of the school
Direen says Linwood Avenue
School is embarking on research
into what works best for children.
''In term 1 we will be contributing
to an international research project
run by Unesco, regarding post-
disaster schooling and communities.
We're also part of a research project
from Canterbury University looking
to unpack some of the mystery
surrounding the difficulties some
children have with literacy learning.''
Direen says the school is
establishing a ''language nest'' class
in the junior school, to foster
language development for children
who have English as their second
language, and for young children
experiencing significant delays in
their language development.
''Let's hope we have a calmer year
in 2013, to focus on learning and the
things we can do to help children
achieve their best.''
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