What To Expect...
Building Strong Foundations is a Christian Spirituality course that interweaves Christian faith practices of scripture reading, prayer, testimony and worship alongside counselling models as a way to explore and strengthen participants in their personal relationship with God and themselves.
Private reflection time during each of the sessions invites participants to engage with personal, explorative questions. Counselling models have been used to shape the questions, helping deepen self-awareness. These answers are written in journals and kept private from the group.
The course involves group discussion and activities where information is shared at a general level. Personal disclosure is at the liberty of the participant and protected at all times.
There are limited spaces available on the course. While each course size may vary, participants are seated around tables creating a small group experience.
Building Strong Foundations is suited to participants aged 16+ years. Everyone is welcome wherever they are at on their faith journey.
What We Provide
A safe space to be where you are at on your journey.
A warm, welcoming environment that facilitates connection and support.
Privacy and autonomy with regards to sharing personal information.
Three Golden Rules
Building Strong Foundations is offering courses at Changepoint Church during Term 1 and Term 4 in 2024. There are two sessions available to choose from (AM and PM).
Term One, 2024
Monday Night: 7pm-9pm
12 February - 25 March
Tuesday Morning: 9:30am-11:30am
13 February - 26 March
Term Four, 2024
Monday Night: 7pm-9pm
14 October - 02 December
Tuesday Morning: 9:30am-11:30am
15 October - 03 December
*Please note: The course will not take place the week of Labour Weekend.
The course is free-of-charge, participants are welcome to gift a koha / donation to assist with running costs.
Terms and Conditions
Participants must contact HOTR at least three days prior to start date if they are not able to attend the course. This will allow their space to be filled.
If a session is missed, notes and handouts will be forwarded.
What are the group activities on the course? How am I expected to participate?Group activities consist of reading scripture, discussing the passage and answering questions. Groups are asked to recap what happened from the previous session.
What are the Christian spirituality practices?The Christian spirituality practices consist of: Scripture exploration, reading and discussion; opening and closing sessions with Karakia (prayer); Christian worship songs are played as well as live worship on the final session of the course; and Christian video testimonies.
What if I have a physical disability that prevents me from participating fully in some of the group activities (reading, writing, verbal)?While the team are always here to help, we recognise that some participants may require extra support. Should this be the case, we invite participants to organise support persons on the course to provide assistance where needed. Please email the team to advise if you will be bringing a support person with you: email@example.com
Will I receive personal counselling on this course?Whilst counselling models are used to aid personal reflection; counselling is not provided during this course.
Is this group counselling? Will I be asked to share my personal journey with God and my struggles with the group?No, although counselling models are used to aid personal reflection, this is not group counselling. The course involves group discussion and activities where information is shared at a general level. Your personal information is protected at all times. You are not required to share this with any person in the group or on the course.
Do I have to be a Christian to attend?The course is open to everyone who wishes to attend, and who would like to grow closer in their relationship with Jesus.
What if I have social anxiety and find it hard to participate in a group?While the team are always here to help, we recognise that some participants may require support. Should this be the case, we invite participants to organise support persons on the course to provide assistance where needed. Please email the team to advise if you will be bringing a support person with you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this course suitable for teenagers?The course is suited to participants aged 16+ years.
What if I have mobility requirements?Level access and reserved parking close to the building will be provided.
Can I choose where I sit?Yes, participants can choose where they would like to sit at each course session.
What happens if I miss a session?Notes from the session you missed will be emailed to you. Should you miss the first two sessions, our policy is for you to re-enrol in another Building Strong Foundations course as there has been too much information missed for you to gain the full benefit of the course.
What happens if I become triggered during the course?We have a quiet, private space provided for participants should they become triggered during the course. A team member will check on you to check you are okay.
Will food and drink be provided?Yes, light refreshments will be provided. Please advise if you have any dietary requirements upon registration.