Reflections on Salvation History Through Story and Song

This was the first Bible study for both of Pat and I. We were looking for an introductory level class to ease ourselves into where we could learn more about God’s word and deepen our faith. It was a very positive experience and we were very glad we took the “baby steps” to participate.

It is a good introductory level class. We would highly recommend it to those who are just starting out on their faith journey to deepen their faith AND to those who are more advanced in Bible studies that have more knowledge and experiences to share with the newcomers. The group setting and sharing opens the door for discussion to perceiving thoughts and ideas that we would not have thought of on our own. This allows both sides to learn from each other – a win/win situation for the newcomer and for the more experienced.

There is always something new to learn or a new way of looking at things through another person’s eyes. One thing I would like to emphasize is that no one was ever put on the spot or stressed out and felt pressured to share, thus it was a comfortable setting for all. The smaller group table discussion amidst the larger class discussion benefited all those attending.

It was a relaxed atmosphere throughout the whole class setting. Participation in a class opened up the door for a sense of community through new friendships and support on our faith journey.

It was a good introduction of the Bible. The stories told were more condensed and helped simplify the more complicated Old Testament scripture.

The songs used were a very big plus to the class and truly inspirational as God can speak to us in many ways. We each received a CD as a gift. It was a very thoughtful gift which I shared with friends and family. They too found it very inspirational and comforting.

The crafts and objects were also such a good way for us to interpret and retain the lesson of the class. It was a visual reminder of the main teaching of the class. After each class, I would send a picture and text to each of my children as a summary of what we had learned from that class. Thus, spreading God’s word and impacting them. We are all children at
heart and a simple visual is “worth a thousand words!”

We all have busy lives and trying to fit another thing into our schedules can make things stressful. The fact that there was no homework to prepare for this class was nice. By scheduling time in bible study it helps us
feel the presence of God in our daily lives.

This class was very good in strengthening our faith and to make you think and act as a better follower of Jesus.

A big THANK YOU to Lyn Pajk for all her hard work and dedication in making this program available. Lyn is a truly gifted “teacher” guiding us on our faith journey through her strong faith, leadership and “discipleship!”

Ellen was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario – Canada where she graduated from the University of Western Ontario. She began her career with Dow Chemical in the accounting department, and that is where she met her husband, Patrick. The two have been married for 29 years and have been blessed with four beautiful children; Angelika 28, Paul 26, Jason 25 and Adam 23.  As the two started their family, Ellen decided to stay home to raise their children, and she definitely feels that it has been the best and most rewarding job in the world.  The Regiers have lived in Midland for 25 years and have been members of Blessed Sacrament since the beginning.  All four of their children participated in faith formation, youth ministry, and outreach programs, and their daughter was married at Blessed Sacrament Church in August 2015. Over the years, Ellen has participated in events like Women’s Christ Renews as well as many other programs offered at Blessed Sacrament to enrich her faith life.  Most recently she has taken part in THE JOURNEY, parts 1 and 2.  Ellen has also been an active volunteer in various parish ministries and for the past 3 years has helped with church bulletins every Friday morning. She likes to joke about her bulletin work saying that she is “spreading the word!” When Ellen isn’t at Blessed Sacrament volunteering and participating in worship and programming, she enjoys cooking, baking, travelling and going for walks, but most of all loves to spend time with her family!
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