- Have you ever wanted to follow up something you have heard in a sermon?
- Do you need something different for your House Group to study?
- In an interregnum and responsible for worship?
Or perhaps it’s a more practical matter like fundraising, producing the parish newsletter, becoming a churchwarden, restoring the bells or churchyard. You will find material on all aspects of church life in the Resource Centre’s catalogue of over 9,000 books, videos, CDs, DVDs, posters and artefacts.
The Education Resource Centre was established 25 years ago in The Old Deanery, Wells, by the Diocese to provide a religious library for the people of Bath and Wells. Today this lovely old building just opposite the Cathedral houses a treasure trove of resources on Christian life and faith, available on free loan. There is also a section on world religions. And you do not have to live in Wells to take advantage of what we offer.
Opening hours are 9 – 5 Mon – Thurs, 9 – 4 Friday. Visitors are always welcome and people often call in to browse when they are in Wells for a meeting or a shopping trip. But how can people who live miles from Wells and have no transport take advantage of the wealth of information in the Centre? The answer is that you do not actually need to come to Wells in person to borrow.
- You can access our catalogue online at www.bathandwells.org.uk You will see a link to the Resource Centre on the Home Page.
- You can telephone for advice on resources (01749 685129). There will always be a friendly voice on the end of the line with the time and experience to answer your questions.
- When you have chosen what you want, we can get the resources to you via your local library where you can collect them. You can send them back to us using the same system. If you are in a hurry for them, we can put them in the post if you are happy to pay postage.
Worship leaders, church administrators, students, teachers, individuals looking for a challenging or a comforting read will all find something of interest.
In Yatton, Sue Titheridge is doing the Exploring Christianity course. She appreciates the flexibility of loan periods the Centre offers and says it’s so easy to pick up the phone and renew her books when the essays somehow take longer than she expects!
In the south of the diocese, Alison Cursham in Staplegrove has been using the Centre for a number of years. “I find it so useful,“ she says. “The staff are always willing to suggest books on the topic I am researching and it’s so handy to be able to collect books from the main library in Taunton or from Priorswood.”
Tanya Lord, a Reader from Compton Martin, needs resources for many different areas of ministry, from school assemblies to multi sensory prayer trails to sermon illustrations. “With limited funds available I find the resource centre invaluable,” she says.
We are open all year round, including school holidays, and we always look forward to meeting new visitors. Please ring or email if you would like more information.
Telephone 01749 685129 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
New: Changing Lives
These are exciting times of change for the diocese, as they are for the wider church. The Changing Lives initiative under Bishop Peter’s leadership is challenging us to think about the different forms church can take as we try to honour the traditions handed down to us whilst reaching out to a secular culture desperate to find meaning in life but resistant to any form of organised religion.
The Resource Centre has developed a new section of books under the heading Changing Lives: Changing Church for Changing Communities. Here you will find background reading on contemporary culture, the future of the Church, mission, new ways of being church, national and local initiatives. If you aren’t quite sure what Changing Lives is all about but don’t like to ask, this is the place to look.