St Martin-in-the-Fields provides a broad, diverse and exciting education programme seeking to provide opportunities for people to grow in their understanding of the Christian faith and what it means for today.
This programme includes an Autumn Education Lecture Series, a Lent Study Programme, a Sunday Group entitled “Inspired to Follow: Art and the Bible Story”, as well as Away Days and Weekends.
There are Study Groups for all ages, Bible Study Small Groups, a Children’s Club, Confirmation Classes each year, and many other workshops, seminars and events.
The Autumn Lecture Series
September – November 2017
On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther pinned 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, protesting against the practice of indulgences and touching on questions of grace, repentance and forgiveness. The Reformation was a culmination of events and circumstances that led to a seismic shift in the religious framework of Britain. It established the image of an island nation, separate and supreme, still resonant today. It triggered a religious and political redistribution of power. It led to renewal and reform but also deep division, persecution and violence. And out of this turmoil were born the concepts of state and church as we know them today.
The 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation provides the opportunity to explore and reflect upon issues of church, state, and religious and cultural diversity that are still at the centre of our national life: the conflicts that divide, and the convictions which diverse parts of the Christian church hold sacred. How are we called to be reformed by the Gospel? How do we build the unity Christ called for with those whose convictions are very different from our own?
In this autumn lecture series we will be exploring