In the bible, Jesus comes to the town of Jericho. A man called Zacchaeus is so curious about Jesus that he climbs a Sycamore tree to get a better view. When he finally meets him, they begin a conversation, and his life is changed forever.
Sycamore is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today. It gives people space to meet others, share ideas, explore their beliefs, and think about questions that really matter.
Each Sycamore session involves a short film and some time for discussion. There’s no pressure and no commitment. People can be themselves without any fear of being judged. There’s a real sense of community, a spirit of friendship, some great conversation, and often some delicious food. Everyone is welcome.
The high-quality films are engaging, thought-provoking, and accessible to those with little or no religious background. They explore the richness of the Christian tradition from a Catholic perspective, connecting the core Christian message with a vision of the sacramental and moral life. But they will appeal to people from different Christian traditions and backgrounds as well.
Sycamore can work as a stand-alone enquiry course, or it can form part of a wider programme of evangelisation, faith formation or sacramental preparation. Series 1 explores the basics of Christian faith. Series 2 will go deeper into Christian life, prayer and worship. There will be different catechetical “pathways” through the films (RCIA, Confirmation, Baptismal Parents, etc).
Sycamore has been created for parishes, schools, university chaplaincies and beyond. It develops leaders, builds community, creates genuine friendships, and helps the wider Christian community to become more open and welcoming. Discussion questions are built into the films, so the sessions can be run with minimal preparation or training and without the clutter of handouts.
The films, supplementary resources and training materials for group leaders are available online through a paid subscription. Sycamore is a registered UK charity ("Sycamore Roman Catholic Charity", a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Number 1182843).