Paul writes that “… the Holy Scriptures … are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” - 2 Timothy 3:15-17

That, in essence, is the manifesto for Open Word. It is not so much a course as an adventure, enjoyed in community over a couple of hours as we journey together through God’s word.  

In covering (somewhat ambitiously!) the whole Bible over 18 evenings, we want to see how God’s Grand Story hangs together and how He speaks to us though the unfamiliar as well as the more well-known bits.  A particular aim is to see how Jesus inhabits the Old Testament. 

We shall ask the Holy Spirit to draw each one of us closer to our wonderful God of love. 

Whatever our stage in the Christian life, we will recognise that we need to know and to love the Word of God more deeply and to be trained in how to read and to use it, so that Jesus Christ may dwell by His Spirit more fully in us and we in Him.  Together we humbly trust that the Holy Spirit will enable us to do just that. 

What can you expect?

There will be 18 taught sessions, delivered over three terms (on a fortnightly basis) on Monday evenings. 

The teaching will be presented in the context of Church relationships, within a familiar formula for small groups.

7.00pm Welcome (coffee/tea)
7.20pm Worship
7.30pm Word
8.30pm Witness, in two’s and three’s (for reflection, discussion & prayer)


By the end of the course we aim:

  • To have a clear idea of what the Bible contains and what it means (to some extent, at least!);

  • To be able to relate different parts of Scripture to each other: ‘The New is in the Old contained: the Old is in the New explained’; and 

  • To have reinforced (or to discover anew) the delight of spending time each day in God’s inspired word and of allowing His Holy Spirit to speak to us through it, experiencing and enjoying various ways of approaching Bible reading both personally and in groups.


Course Dates

23 September 2019 - 29 June 2020

23 September, 7pm - 9pm
7 October, 7pm - 9pm
21 October, 7pm - 9pm
4 November, 7pm - 9pm
18 November, 7pm - 9pm
2 December, 7pm - 9pm

13 January, 7pm - 9pm
27 January, 7pm - 9pm
10 February 7pm - 9pm
24 February, 7pm - 9pm
9 March, 7pm - 9pm
23 March, 7pm - 9pm

20 April, 7pm - 9pm
4 May, 7pm - 9pm
18 May, 7pm - 9pm
1 June, 7pm - 9pm
15 June, 7pm - 9pm
29 June, 7pm - 9pm


9 Months

Hosted By

Matthew Hutton


Free (Donations for refreshments welcome)


STN Grove Walk (St Albans)
Grove Walk


Email (courses@stn.org.uk)
01603 624390