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New weekly Bible reading group launches at local church

By Staff | May 27, 2016

A dozen people were present for the first session in a weekly bible reading group titled, Noon Day Bible Reading Fellowship Cafe at Asbury United Methodist Church at 4257 Kearneysville Pike in Shepherdstown.

Open to the public, this group will meet every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. to share a time of lunch, fellowship and Bible reading.

Participants listen to renown actor, Max McLean read the New International Version of the Bible and can follow along in their own versions.

Group organizer, Barbara Burger said, “My husband and I listen to his (McLean) Bible reading and we use it in our couples’ group. When I heard how he (McLean) reads the bible, I wanted to share it with everyone. His voice is so expressive and it’s a pleasure listening to him.”

Starting in Genesis 1, it took approximately 30 minutes to read through nine chapters.

Participants said they enjoyed listening to the Bible being read. Many said they didn’t want the reading to end because the continuity of uninterrupted reading provides a whole picture and better insight into the verses, as well as a less intimidating way to read through the entire Bible.

Burger emphasized that these sessions are not a Bible study and there is not a teacher involved, but instead are geared toward anyone who is interested in the Bible being read aloud. She also pointed out that some people have challenges when it comes to Bible reading due to pronunciation of names, places, words or titles, poor eyesight, wandering minds and fitting reading into a busy schedule.

The reading time begins promptly at noon, however, latecomers are welcome. Optional items to bring are a lunch, Bible, pen and paper.

For more information, contact Asbury United Methodist at 304-876-3112.