Lent group

A romp through Mark’s Gospel

Instead of having our usual service of Morning prayer, we will be having five sessions examining the Gospel according to Mark. Feel free to join in at any time. It will be helpful if you have read the chapters for each meeting before hand, in any translation you like.

These sessions will be online only.
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Session 6
8th April at 10.00am
Mark Chapter 16.

For the final session, please read chapters 16 in Mark’s Gospel in any translation you like. Please also read Matthew chapter 28, Luke chapter 24 and John chapters 20 and 21

A final session to discuss the Resurrection accounts in Mark, and compare them with the accounts from the other gospels.
Are the accounts compatible with one another? Does the fact that they are different matter? If they cannot be reconciled, are any of them trustworthy?

Session 5
18th March at 10.00am
Mark Chapters 13-15

For the fifth session, please read chapters 13-15 in Mark’s Gospel in any translation you like.

This session will ponder the passion and crucifixion of Christ using art and music

Session 4
11th March at 10.00am
Mark Chapters 10-12

For the fourth session, please read chapters 10-12 in Mark’s Gospel in any translation you like.

This session will consider some of the recurring themes in Mark, comparing them with the other gospels

Session 3
4th March at 10.00am
Mark Chapters 7-9

For the third session, please read chapters 7-9 in Mark’s Gospel in any translation you like.

This session will examine the healing ministry of Jesus and his movement around the Galilee by means of a virtual pilgrimage. The map (reproduced below) would assist for those who find maps helpful
It can also be downloaded here.

Session 2
25th February at 10.00am
Mark Chapters 4-6

For the second session, please read chapters 4-6 in Mark’s Gospel in any translation you like.

This session will examine themes from these chapters using a piece of artwork.
It can be downloaded here.

Session 1
18th February at 10.00am
Introduction to Mark

For the first session, please read the first three chapters in Mark’s Gospel in any translation you like.

The leaflet for the first session is available here

Map of the Holy Land

The concentric circles centred on Jerusalem represent 10 miles each.

From Capernaum at the north end of the Sea of Galilee to Jerusalem is 80 miles in a direct line – so rather less than the distance from Bangor to Cardiff. More like the distance from Shrewsbury to Cardiff. Slightly more than the distance from Dollar to Fort William, but slightly less than to Aberdeen or Inverness.

The distance from Jerusalem to the Jordan beyond Jericho, where John the Baptist was working, is just over 20 miles, so perhaps rather more than half a day’s walk, but no great distance for people used to travelling by foot.