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Archbishop challenges worshippers to read Bible in a year

Posted on: December 17, 2012 12:00 AM

From the Church in Wales

The Archbishop of Wales is inviting people to make a New Year’s Resolution to read the whole Bible in 2013.

Dr Barry Morgan is launching a Bible Challenge to encourage people to become more familiar with the book at the centre of the Christian faith. He is asking people to join him by putting aside 20 minutes a day to read passages from both the Old and New Testament.

The scheme is being launched in the Diocese of Llandaff. The Archbishop and the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, David Wilbourne, are also asking people to nominate their favourite book from the Bible. They will then lead a course on the top five books nominated, during Lent, in the weeks before Easter.

Writing to parishioners, Dr Morgan said, “How much of your busy and hectic day is spent watching TV, listening to radio, scanning newspapers, social networking, and reading (or even writing) blogs? How much is spent reading the Bible? If, like me, you feel guilty about the comparatively little time spent reading God’s Word, you will welcome the Bible Challenge, which sets out a simple-to-follow scheme to cover the whole Bible in a year, with daily readings from both the Old Testament and New Testament. It would be marvellous on so many levels if, from January 1st onwards, you could join me across the Llandaff Diocese in committing around 20 minutes each day in 2013 to reading through the Bible.

“My earnest prayer is that deciding which Biblical book has been the deepest influence in your life, followed by the Lent course, together with our daily reading of the Scriptures in 2013 will enrich and transform our faith and lives.”

To nominate your favourite book from the Bible, send a post-card or email, to: Llys Esgob, The Cathedral Green, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2YE Email:

The Bible Challenge scheme can be downloaded at