St Helen's Church
St Michael's Church
We meet twice month on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 1pm. We often follow the York Study Course, this involves listening to a CD often very simply we listen to people points of view and their personal story of faith. This is very interesting because they involve famous people’s points of view.
I mean, how do we know that God is with us in our everyday lives?
Everyone is welcome even if it is only to see what we are about.
6 Cock Robin Lane 1 pm.
Audrey 01995 238748
The Bible that was thrown away
The story is told by Brother Andrew, who worked for many years with the Persecuted Church, of a Christian pastor who was travelling some years ago on a train in the old Soviet Union. There was just one other passenger in the railway car and soon the two men were chatting. The subject of religion came up, and the other man extolled the logic of atheism and criticized religious belief. Then the Christian bravely expressed his own views, and even took out his Bible to show the man some relevant verses. But the atheist was both unmoved and annoyed. As the futility of their argument became clear, the men lapsed into silence. When a little later the Christian was nearing his stop, he left the compartment for a few moments to get his suitcase. He returned to find his bible was missing. The atheist was just closing the train window and sneered at him. It was clear that he had thrown the bible out. The journey continued the final few miles in stony silence. A few months later, a stranger came to call upon the pastor in his village. It was a man from a neighbouring village who asked to be baptized. The pastor was astonished and asked him what he knew about such things. The stranger then told this story: “Until a few months ago I knew nothing of Christianity. I am just a local builder working on a site near the railway track. Then suddenly one afternoon a book came flying out of the window of a passing train and landed in the dust nearby. I walked over and picked it up; it was a Bible the first I had ever seen. So I took it home and out of curiosity began to read it. I was amazed by what I read and I have become a Christian. Now I want to be baptized and meet with other Christians. I have heard rumours that you are also a Christian, so I hoped that you would help me.” The astonished pastor did indeed baptize the builder, and also confirmed his side of the story of the flying Bible. Within a few years the builder had converted several of his neighbours, and a tiny Christian church had been planted within his own community; all because of a thrown-away Bible.