Essence, an exploration in contemporary spirituality
This resource was compiled by Rob Frost, originally published in 2002 by Kingsway & CPAS.
In 2009, all stocks of this acclaimed resource had been sold, and so, in order to allow you to continue to use Essence, you can now download all of the sessions and the accompanying soundtrack from this webpage.
Essence is a six part course designed to be run off church premises. It aims to give an experiential introduction to the Christian faith in a culturally relevant way. The overriding objective is to help people who may view themselves as ‘spiritual’ to journey towards the Christian faith.
The course seeks to start where people are, so the concepts explored are all recognisable to those familiar with New Age spirituality. Essence seeks to help participants look at these concepts and issues from a Christian perspective.
The course material is contained in a leaders’ handbook and accompanying Audio Files.
The six sessions are:
- the journey so far,
- the journey within,
- the journey to a better world,
- the journey to wholeness,
- the journey to spirituality,
- the journey to the future.
Each session contains a rich blend of Biblical material, reflection, and a great range of activities. Activities include:
- salt dough modelling,
Considerable use is made of music, poetry and symbols. Each time, participants are given simple homework tasks to do.
A particular highlight of Essence is session three, ‘The Journey to a Better World’. This is a welcome recognition that Christian discipleship involves caring for God’s creation – an area often overlooked in many courses. The discussion in session five of ‘What is a spiritual experience?’ is also very helpful.
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