St. Mary's Church, Theydon Bois

Course in Christian Studies (CCS)


The Course in Christian Studies is run by the Diocese of Chelmsford and it is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith with others from different churches across the area over a two year period. Modules include the Old and New Testaments, Spirituality and Prayer, Church History (focussed on the local area), Ethics and the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. The final module is on Mission and Vocation, and is a time to think about how to put the learning into practice. For those who desire it, the course can be a foundation for further learning or training, for specific ministries such as licensed lay ministry, pastoral care, evangelism or priesthood. The nearest groups will take place weekly during school terms, on Wednesday evenings beginning in mid-September, from 7.30-9.30p.m at either St Luke's Ilford or St John's Stratford. There is also a daytime group which meets at the Chapter House in Chelmsford. More details can be found at