Learning - Holy Trinity, Prestwood

This is a regular weekly event, open to all, where we can step back from normal life and take stock for an hour.  We hope you will find it a safe place to come and explore questions of life and faith, to share experiences and ideas, take time to reflect and to notice God more in our lives. 

Open to all, Time Out will run throughout the autumn: just drop in, each week is standalone. The format will be more 'drop-in' than 'course'.  So while we expect a similar shape to each session, there's a level of informality for the conversation to be shaped by those present and what's on our minds that day (just in case, leaders will always come with a conversation starter).  The 'drop-in' nature also means we don't expect everyone to come every week (though you will always be very welcome of course!)

To make this as accessible as possible, we'll be offering Time Out at two different times each week:

  • Mondays at 8:00pm (mostly with Fran)
  • Tuesdays at 2:00pm (mostly with Kevin)

Always in the Annexe (behind the church hall), every week (with breaks for half term and school holidays).

We do hope you'll come along - feel free to bring a friend. 

For more information, talk to Fran or Kevin.

At Holy Trinity we believe that Church should be a place of encounter, where we engage with the issues and challenges of modern life.
Whether you’re a regular member or an occasional visitor, one of the ways you can get more involved is by learning with us. As well as listening to the teaching in the sermon each Sunday, you could also join one of our popular courses.

What kind of courses do we run?

Throughout the year we run a varied programme of courses, groups and workshops to give us all an opportunity to deepen our understanding of God and our Christian faith, and to reflect on our lives, our world and our relationships with others. We want them to be interesting, varied, stimulating and fun.
For example, two groups recently met at Holy Trinity for five weeks to explore The Big Questions—Who is God? What is the Bible? Who are we? What is life about? The programme to date also includes Confirmation classes for adults and young people.

We also keep an eye on the many other things happening locally which people might be interested in, for instance at the Pelagos Centre. We also organise quiet days and mini-retreats from time to time.

Is it for you?

Anyone can come along - you don’t need any special knowledge or qualifications, just a willingness to contribute to the group and to engage with and explore the big questions about life and faith.
Some courses are specifically targeted (e.g. for those enquiring about the Christian faith), and some will have limited places—usually because they’re taking place in somebody’s home.
We always encourage people to book a place on a course, or find out more.

What happens?

There is no single format, but often meetings last about an hour with a mix of teaching and discussion.
Some courses are written and delivered by our own clergy and Education Group, while others follow a book or series of video clips (such as the 10-week Beta Course, on being Christian, becoming whole, and building community).
Everyone brings their own varied stories and experiences, so the emphasis is less on telling you the answers, than on exploring the questions together.

What does it lead to?

Our courses aren’t meant to be training or preparation for anything specific—so you’re not committing to anything beyond the meetings themselves. However, for some people this learning and exploration can lead to an explicit commitment of faith (through baptism or confirmation) or to thinking about other ways of getting involved at Holy Trinity and putting their faith into action.

How can I find out more?

The details of all our courses are in the weekly notice sheet or on the website, or send us an email.

Our work continues, but our income is now significantly reduced. Please support us by donating securely online and help fund the work of Holy Trinity, Prestwood.

The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Holy Trinity, Prestwood is a registered charity, no. 1129233.

Holy Trinity, Prestwood is an Inclusive Church. We are part of the Church of England.
We are in the Oxford diocese and the Wendover Deanery.

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