We believe that the Holy Spirit continues to speak to us through the texts of the Bible - for this reason it is central in our worshipping life.  When passages from the Bible are read aloud in Sunday worship services, the reader concludes by saying "Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church"; the congregation responds, "Thanks be to God."  However, the texts of the Bible are neither simple nor easy.  In the Bible we read the story of God's love of humanity, but we also read of the struggles people have had over time with understanding and responding to God's love.  Some have even used the Bible to promote a message of hate rather than a message of love.  How we read the Bible matters.  In this informal gathering we read and reflect on the Gospel passage assigned by the Revised Common Lectionary (the calendar of assigned readings we use) for the upcoming Sunday.   We share stories and experiences, laugh, struggle with the different meanings of words, consider the passage's historical context, support one another through doubts, questions and life challenges, and occasionally are profoundly moved as the Holy Spirit leads us to a deeper understanding.  If you're interested in lectionary studies of the Bible, check out textweek.com which links to many resources and the comments and clippings by Chris Haslam.

No experience or knowledge is necessary.  
You need bring only an open spirit!

BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
— 2nd Advent Collect, The Book of Common Prayer (1662)