2020 Year of Biblical Literacy (YOBL)

The Year of Biblical Literacy is designed to help us get to know the bible better and to experience scripture in every part of our lives. There are a number of ways in which we are going to do this throughout this year.

Personal Experience

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

This year as a church we will be following a daily reading plan, reading the whole bible over the year. This is available as a paper plan, the Read Scripture App.  The plan includes some videos from the Bible Project, which give an overview of each book and some helpful guides to important topics that we will read about. We will also be using this as our Food for Thought emails this year.

To sign up for the daily email click here

You can pick up a paper copy of the reading plan in church, or you can click on the image above to access a printable pdf of the reading plan.

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.

This year we will be providing help for those who wish to find ‘running mates’ to read the bible with and providing simple resources to help you read Scripture with others. These will follow each preaching series and we will add to them as we go through the year. You can find these on the YOBL stand in church or by clicking on the relevant image below.


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