2020/1 Year of Biblical Literacy (YOBL)


Personal Experience

We want to encourage each person in St Giles to experience Scripture as part of their daily lives.

During 2020, as a church, we followed a daily reading plan, reading the whole bible over the year.  Many of us have started to do this again during 2021.  This is available as a paper plan, or on the Read Scripture App (see below).   The plan includes some videos from the Bible Project, which give an overview of each book and some helpful guides on important topics.



You can find the videos that go with the reading plan on the bible project website by clicking the logo above.

The Read Scripture App is free to download. It gives you the readings and videos for each. It is available for both IOS and Android devices. Remember to set the start date on the app at the 1st of January so you can follow along with our plan. You can also set a reminder for when you want to read. Click the logo above to go to the Read Scripture website.

Lived Experience

Scripture helps us draw closer to God and helps guide us in life. Reading and discussing scripture with friends or ‘running mates’ is an important part of this. At St Giles we define Running mates as people who you share your life with; being open about your real struggles; your inner and secret life. These are mutually-accountable, challenging, real relationships. These are people you do life with.


The big story of God - picture
The Symbols of Christ

Shared Experience

The bible was written to be read in community. Reading scripture regularly with others is an important part of our discipleship.

We want to encourage everyone that can to join a home group. There will be groups that will be looking at the passages from the daily reading plan and others following the Sunday teaching.

We would love to help you join a small group this year.


Gathered Experience

At our Sunday Services we shall be exploring the story of the bible together. We will be looking at topics such as;

‘The meaning of the Bible’,

‘The Big Story of God - the 6 major themes in the Bible’

‘Exile, Return, Renewal’ - A study in Ezra and Nehemiah


If you miss Sunday’s teaching, why not download the talks by clicking here.

YOBL Launch Day

On Saturday 11th of January, we met at St Giles for a day of teaching and building community to launch the Year of Biblical Literacy. Below are some of the audio recordings from the day and some of the notes from some of the seminars which took place.


Click here for 60 minute overview slides 

and here to download the Bible Timeline  
referred to in the 60 minute overview

Notes from 'Reading the Bible together as a Couple' TED talk 


First published on: 31st December 2019