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More information about BRF

BRF (The Bible Reading Fellowship) is a Christian charity (No. 233280) that started in January 1922 in an Anglican church in Brixton, where the vicar wanted to help his congregation, in his words, 'to get a move on spiritually'. He began to offer a monthly leaflet of daily Bible readings, coupled with a midweek discussion group and the encouragement to pray for the parish. This so transformed the spiritual life of St Matthew's Church, that before long other churches were asking for copies of the leaflets for their own congregations.

Today Bible reading, Prayer & Spirituality and Discipleship are still the three core strands of BRF's ministry, which as a whole is defined in our statement of purpose: 'resourcing your spiritual journey'.

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The heart of our ministry

At the heart of BRF's ministry is the desire is to help people of all ages - children, adults and families - to explore Christianity and to grow in faith. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey - just starting out, or having been a Christian all your life - we'd like to think that BRF has something to offer to help you continue and go further and deeper on that journey.

We do this through the Bible reading notes and books that we publish, through our training and face-to-face work in primary schools and churches, through our specialist websites (many of which offer free downloadable resources along with information about our publications and events) and through the growing Messy Church movement (which is supported, resourced and enabled by BRF).

Our core ministries

Alongside publishing four series of dated Bible reading notes, a prayer and spirituality journal and approximately 40 books each year, we also have four other core ministries:

Resourcing Christian discipleship

We're passionate about helping people to engage with the Bible and prayer, and about resourcing Christian discipleship.

Examples of this include:

Office, staff, trustees & funding

Based in Abingdon, England, BRF has a staff team of 29 working in its publishing and face-to-face ministries. It is governed by a Board of 18 Trustees, chaired by the Anglican Bishop of Dorchester, The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher.

BRF's publishing ministry is funded primarily through sales of publications; all other core ministries are funded through grants and donations from charitable trusts, churches and individuals.

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