The Big Read

Every year we celebrate Easter and Jesus’ gift of life to us in many ways.  As well as the familiar pattern of services over this week we also hold what we call “The Big Read”.  In one evening we read an entire gospel out aloud.  Chapters and ‘speaking parts’ are allocated to each person who attends.  This is a very moving and instructive way to understand the life of Christ as recorded by each of the Gospel authors.

The theme of this year’s Big Read is:

“Feasting with Jesus”

The Gospels were written as stories to be read aloud to their listeners as mostly people in the ancient world were unable to read. They were written to be heard not just in short section s but in their entirety: as one big story.

Join us to read the Gospel of Matthew as one big story on:

Tuesday in Holy week 15th April 2014

St Andrews Church Hall Martinborough

The reading will be centred around sharing a meal together and will include a simple Eucharist
We begin at 6pm and will finish no later than 9.30pm.

To prepare for the dramatized reading, be briefed on the context and to allocate parts we will meet the previous Wednesday 9th April 7pm –8.30pm at the church hall

Not being able to attend the briefing doesn’t exclude you from taking part in THE BIG READ.

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Below are links to the studies prepared and presented by Steuart Henderson in previous years:

Hearing Mark   (click on this link to download the entire 20132study)

Here is Steuart’s analysis of the book of Mark prepared for the Easter 2012 ‘Big Read’.  Please note Steaurt’s modest disclaimer:”This document does not pretend to be a properly referenced research paper.  It is indebted to many sources, although the content is of course the author’s responsibility, including its deficiencies.  These notes have been produced simply to provide some background information for a communal reading of the Gospel by a local Christian congregation.  Others are very welcome to use this material on that basis.”

 The 2013  ‘Big Read” – Steuart’s analysis of the book of Luke – may be downloaded here: 
The Big Read 2013
 The Gospels were written as stories to be read aloud to their listeners as mostly people in the ancient world were unable to read. They were written to be heard not just in short sections but in their entirety: as one big story.