03 March 2011
People across Great Britain are getting ready to take a fresh
look at the Gospel of Matthew during Lent with the Big Read.
The Big Read is part of the Big Bible project, an online digital community that promotes regular Bible reading and engagement with contemporary culture. After the success of last year's Big Read, which was based in York, this year's project is bigger and better as it aims for a wider outreach. This year, it's gone national on Twitter and Facebook and with multimedia resources available through the Big Bible blog, with a 'blend' of physical and digital materials. The latest statistics show that the website has more than doubled its visitors between November 2010 and February 2011*.
The Project is launching this year's Big Read with Tom Wright's Lent for Everyone: Matthew. As well as using the book, house groups will be able to take advantage of free online study materials from a range of contributors, including week-by-week group resources, videos and audio reflections, and a challenge to carry that learning through the week. The Big Bible website also allows people to discuss the text with people all over the world, from a range of different perspectives.
Bex Lewis, Big Bible Project Manager: "People become really comfortable in their own house groups, staying in the same one for years. The Big Read offers another layer of conversation in the online forums, where they can engage with others and where thinking can be challenged."
Revd Dr Peter Phillips, CODEC: "Researchers at Durham University have found that although three quarters of the population own at least one Bible, only one fifth of people commit to reading it week by week. BigBible offers a great opportunity to dust off your bible, share with your friends and neighbours and learn more about what God wants for your life."