First Presbyterian Church of Upland, California Launches Groundbreaking Bible Reading Campaign Joining Thousands Nationwide Participating in The Story

“I want the people in my congregation, as well as the city of Upland, to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in His story,” says Pastor Noel Anderson.

“The Bible is central to our faith,” says Pastor Noel Anderson of First Presbyterian Church of Upland, “but many people are intimidated by its scope and size. The Story gives us a way to journey from Genesis to Revelation together in 31 sessions so everyone understands God’s story and how their own stories intersect with it.”

The Bible is the best-selling book in history but how many people in Upland, California are actually reading it? While a Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles, research by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2008) finds that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day.

First Presbyterian Church of Upland is hoping to buck this trend, starting with its own people. Pastor Noel Anderson believes that The Story, a Zondervan best seller, is a great tool to increase Biblical literacy and help readers understand God’s story from Genesis to Revelation, as well as learning how their own stories intersect with God’s. Consisting of 31 sessions of carefully selected scriptures sequenced in chronological order, The Story presents the word of God in an engaging format, reading like a novel.

“I want the people in my congregation, as well as the city of Upland, to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in His story,” says Pastor Noel Anderson.

The Story Church Campaign is a unique program providing 31 sessions of curriculum for children, teen and adult Sunday school and 31 weeks of corresponding sermons. When accompanied by reading through the five age-related books (The Story, The Story: Teen Edition, The Story for Kids, The Story for Children, and The Story for Little Ones), the entire church can be literally on the same page for 31 weeks. First Presbyterian Church of Upland plans to begin the experience on January 7, 2018.

With thousands of participating churches nationwide, The Story is becoming a movement that is bringing wide-ranging benefits to local churches. Many have reported increased community outreach, increased Biblical literacy, congregational growth, and a greater understanding of how God’s story reveals the reasons for the things that happen in the story of humankind.

First Presbyterian Church of Upland is located at 869 N. Euclid Ave, Upland, CA 91786. Sunday services meet at 10am.

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