A few people took up the challenge to run a special Bible programme at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace seven years ago. Since then, close to 600 people, including people from other parishes and non-Catholics, have attended it.
Many said the programme, called The Bible Timeline (BTL), boosted their faith.
“I share Bible readings with my children with more depth now, so it is really enriching and so much better for us as a family,” said Ms Noeline Wong, a mother of four.
For Ms Rosalind Teo, going to Sunday Mass now takes on a deeper significance for her “because I finally understand the Word of God much better”.
“This deeper understanding has allowed me to enjoy the homily, unlike previously when it depended on who was giving the homily!” she said.
The programme is conducted over 24 weeks and focuses on 14 books from the Old and New Testaments. Based on a weekly lesson plan, small groups of about 15 gather with facilitators to review the books covered. The programme ends with a 45-minute DVD commentary.
The course follows the Catechism of the Catholic Church closely, and provides an overarching study plan for other related books as well.
According to the organisers, cell groups have consistently sprouted after each run of the programme, made up of Catholics from various parishes, catechumens, as well as non-Catholics from across the island.
Many of these cell groups have grown to become a community of believers who evangelise.
Said Mr David Ong, a Queen of Peace parishioner, “The BTL makes it easy to navigate the books of the Bible and see the underlying salvation story thread throughout. It helps us to make connections of the stories with our daily lives so that the Bible has become more accessible, understandable and relevant to Catholics.”
The next run of the BTL programme in the parish will take place next January.
Registration will start in November. Check the parish’s bulletins for announcements. For more information about The Bible Timeline, visit http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/about/.
By Grace Foo