The Weekly Menu for The Lent Feast

Over Lent, many people give up a variety of foods (especially chocolate), so with The Big Read 2011, you get a chance to sample a different kind of feast, a feast upon the Bible, particularly the text of Matthew!!


Part of the joy of being in a housegroup is to take the time to get to know others within the church very well, to encourage each other in tough times and celebrate the good times. Getting to know each other socially, and to catch up on the intervening week is an important part of being in a housegroup. Take the time to catch up with each other, if possible the opportunity to eat together, and chat and pray in preparation.

(Allow 30-40 minutes if eating together, or 10-15 minutes otherwise)

Facilitator’s note:

  • Social time to catch up with each other is important, to build relationships and allow space for trust to develop.
  • We suggest some particular topics of conversation which can be discussed over a meal.
  • Ask a member of the group if they would be happy to read the passage for that week, in whichever translation they prefer.


The purpose of Biblefresh is to encourage people to read the Bible, engage with the Bible, and look for ways to apply the Bible to our everyday lives. A focus on the main topic of the week, which may include ‘hot potatoes’, life applications, get into the ‘meat’ of the Bible, using specific passages from Matthew.

(Allow 30-40 minutes)

Facilitator’s note: Ask each question alone and see what discussion happens.  This is not a teaching exercise in right and wrong answers.  It is a method of teaching that enables interaction with the text both individually and within the group.  It may be appropriate to offer some confidentiality boundaries for the group before you start.

As a group: Think about the images and emotions discussed.  Think about the connections that it makes for you in your life, your church, your relationships, your community.

PUDDING (Pick One!)

We want to encourage people to participate, not only in your local housegroups, but also partake in ‘Bigger Conversations’ online. We are currently setting up a forum where you will be able to talk to people from other backgrounds, denominations, etc. Some ideas you encounter may be challenging, but we hope helpful! Think about questions you have to take to the online forum for debate … just watch out for the ‘steamed’ puddings!

Prefer something more chilled?: take the opportunity to reflect and respond creatively. We are looking to encourage an opportunity to engage in more reflective/less academic way with what we’ve learnt from the Bible. We would love to see some of the images, videos, poems, etc that you may come up with, and 12Baskets are offering us hosting space for #bigread2011 material.

(Allow 20-25 minutes)


Our Biblically inspired lives don’t stop once we leave Church/Housegroup, so what can you take into the next week? Choose an action for the following week: will it be minty fresh, a bit nutty, soft & sweet or hard direct action?

(Allow 10-15 minutes)


About bigbible

The #BigBible Project. Educating in the digital spaces, creating 'bigger Bible conversations' between #digidisciple(s). Look out for #bigread14.