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Events for September

'What is truth?' That old chesnut. And St Martin's Autumn Education Series has more questions:  'Why did Jesus use narrative as his favoured form of teaching? How is it that these narratives and the story of his own life subvert expectation, disorientate, re-orientate and challenge us to find truth beyond the literal and the formulaic? How do we appropriate these stories for ourselves?' These are not rhetorical. With His Story, Our Story: Jesus and the storyteller's art, the Trafalgar Square church has invited some top-notch speakers to address how the poetry, metaphor, parable, action and the drama of story lead us to a deeper comprehension of truth.

The series started last month with Jo Bailey Wells talking about 'The Story Jesus Knew'. But still to come in October are (on the 8th) Sam Wells on 'The Story Jesus Told' and (Oct 22) Richard Carter 'The Story Jesus Became'. November sees Richard Holloway, Paula Gooder and John Bell add to the numbers.

The lectures take place in St Martin-in-the-Fields Church from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. They are free and no booking is required. There will be a retiring collection to cover some of the costs of the programme. See

Do you know a small person with a thespian bent? The Christian Theatre Company Riding Lights is launching a new Youth Theatre Group to start this month - the Riding Lights 7-11s'- at Friargate Theatre, York. The children will be encouraged to explore their creativity through acting, storytelling, physical theatre, script writing, comedy and mask theatre. Children who have never acted before are as welcome as those who are regulars on stage, and there will be a chance to share new skills with family and friends at the conclusion to the term.

'Youth theatre can help young people grow in confidence and develop social awareness skills, and it's fantastic to witness this on a weekly basis,' says Jonathan Boustead, Riding Lights youth theatre director.

The company has Riding Lights has had a busy year with two tours and the critically acclaimed York Mystery Plays 2012. It also gained a 'Good Place to Come' Award from the Children's Society for the way it meets the needs of young people with additional needs and disabilities.

The group will run on Thursdays after school, for an hour. For further information e-mail or visit