What is it?
Exploring Faith is a course of Christian Education aimed at helping us grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Who is it for?
Anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of the Christian faith and explore deeply what the Christian heritage means for them and the way they live their life and serve God.
Why should I do it?
Because we are called to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our mind and with all our soul and with all our strength.
What will we study?
Each year we study the Bible, how the faith looks outward and how it looks inward. For example this year the standard modules are Beginning the New Testament, Communicating the Bible and Call and Vocation.
There are many courses out there. What’s special about Exploring Faith?
What is most special about Exploring Faith is how we learn. We meet in small groups with a facilitator. It is most like a book group. Together we study a book and discuss it. The questions generally try to get us to see what this has to say to our own Christian journeys and to build up our discipleship, not just teach facts.
Will I have to travel far?
No. The aim is for the groups to be as local as possible. There are ten groups in St. Davids Diocese and the number is growing.
How much time would I have to give it?
The local groups meet for about two hours a week over three ten-week terms. In addition there’s the preparation time you need and there’s a Saturday School each term where all the groups get together for some expert teaching on the term’s subject.
Is it just for people who want to be priests?
No. People with many different callings find their place on the course and the experience we all bring is one of the group’s greatest resources. The diocese does direct some people who are training for the priesthood and for reader ministry to join Exploring Faith groups, but most groups are mainly made up of people who are following many different paths.
Is it hard?
It is stretching. It has to be, but people with no formal qualifications have been through the course successfully as have people with many letters after their names. There is plenty of help available. If you are doing the course for your own discipleship, you do not need to submit any written work if you don’t want to.
Can you get a qualification from it?
Yes. The course is validated by Glyndwr University, Wrexham, through the St. Seiriol Centre in Bangor. If you do the written assignments (usually two 750-word reflections, a 1500-word essay and a 1500-word reflection on your own faith journey each term) you can earn a Certificate in Higher Education after two year’s study on the course, a Diploma after four and a BA after six.
What does it cost?
Each term the module text book and handbook cost £15. There is help available should this very modest charge be too much for you.
Where can I find out more?
From the Diocesan Course Director, Rhiannon Johnson, on 01437 781279 or Email