Our second summer reading challenge saw hundreds of disciples across the diocese signing up to www.ruleoflife.org.uk
to receive weekly reflections and challenges from Bishop Paul. We were also reading the Denis McBride book “Journeying with Jonah” which helped inform our thinking.
The main challenge also inspired Suzanne Finch from Newburgh and Westhead who put together a reading challenge for her Sunday school which she kindly shared with us all. This proved a popular addition and reminded us that we need to continue to develop resources for all ages to journey on the rule of life.
We asked those who took on the challenge what they thought. 86% of respondents said they completed the challenge with those who didn’t saying they didn’t have the time. Most people took on the challenge on their own with only five respondents stating they did this in a small group or with their church. Nearly all said they would do the challenge again which is really pleasing,
Encouragingly 95% of those who took the challenge found the Monday reflections useful or very useful while 89% appreciated the Friday challenges.
We asked people how they felt about the challenge as a whole and
said they found it inspirational
said they thought it helped develop their faith
said they found out something new about the book of Jonah
said they learnt something new about themselves
said they will put into practice something they learned.
It is clear from our research and the response to this challenge that people appreciate this structure and as we journey on the Rule of Life together we will keep finding ways to reflect and challenge ourselves to Pray, Read, Learn, Tell, Serve, Give.
Bishop Paul said “we are all disciples on a journey together, we learn from each other and we grow as we learn. I am encouraged by the numbers and response to Jonah’s challenge. We have a building block where, as a diocese, we can grow together as we work to have a bigger church to make a bigger difference.”