The Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people are actually reading it? A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles, but only 16 percent read the Bible every day.
The First United Methodist Church is hoping to reverse this trend, starting with its own congregation. The Rev. Mark Holland believes that The Story will help readers understand God’s story from Genesis to Revelation and how their own stories intersect with God’s.
Consisting of 31 chapters of carefully selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, The Story presents the word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel.
“I want the people in my congregation, as well as the city of Huron, to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in His story,” said Holland.
The Story Church Campaign is a unique program providing 31 weeks of curriculum for children, teen and adult Sunday school and 31 weeks of corresponding sermons. When accompanied by reading through the five age-related books (The Story, The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids, The Story for Children, and The Story for Little Ones), the entire church can be literally on the same page for 31 weeks.
First UMC plans to begin the experience today with books for the entire family being dispersed during Sunday school and between services.
Everyone is invited to experience The Story. Sunday services start at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.huronfumc.org.
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