>> during the bible study
THE BIBLE STUDY:
Always start the lesson with prayer. If someone voices a request,
suggest that the group write it on the Prayer Request page at the
back of the Study Book as a reminder to pray during the week
If the request is urgent, include it in your opening prayer.
Remember that at the first session of each series eg ‘Who
is Jesus?’ each person will write her answers in the Study
Book during the first lesson. For the remainder of that study encourage
the group to complete the lesson prior to the meeting filling in
the answers in their Study Book before coming to class.
Read and present the information in the Guide book in a conversational
way, while maintaining eye contact. The Guide is studying and learning
with the rest of the group; you don’t have to be an expert
in the Bible.
The Guide sets the tone and pace of the study by:
• Starting and ending on time, remember many of these Bible
Studies will be in conjunction with the Stonecroft Women’s
Empowerment Program, so the mums will have to leave and go onto
their Vocational Training Program afterwards.
• Use the Guidebook and Swahili Union Bible or the relevant
translated Bible in other countries, no other supplemental material
• Encourage everyone to participate in the discussion and
seeing that no one dominates. Be kind as you encourage others to
participate without upsetting the person that is dominating the
• Keep the focus on the study of Jesus Christ, not doctrinal,
political or social issues. Doctrinal questions are best handled
in another setting.
Always look for those in your group who would make good Guides for
As a Guide be an example of discretion. Discourage people from
discussing things that should be kept confidential such as domestic
disputes. Apart from the group setting, pray with them and encourage
them to seek appropriate Godly counsel.
After the Stonecroft Women’s Empowerment Program is completed,
any potential Guides should be identified and trained, using this
Handbook and the Training Videos if available, enabling the qualified
students to return to their homes taking the Stonecroft Bible Studies
with them into their village and local churches.
Ask participants to think of people who they can invite to another
Bible Study. Encourage them to begin praying for each other by name.
• If you are unable to lead the Bible Study for any reason,
an approved and trained substitute should be called upon to take
• You do not hand your Guide book over to another class member.