Opportunities for learning and development
for lay people, ministry teams and authorised ministers
You’ll see that this bulletin has a new title, to reflect that much of what it includes is open to anyone. Learning together is a sure way of growing together in our calling to serve God’s mission – a calling that is as diverse as it is common.
We are willing to visit individual ministers, deanery chapters and synods, and parish/benefice groups to support you in anything to do with learning.
We hope you find what you read here interesting and valuable. Please contact Lesley Steed at the office with information of events and courses that you’d like to publicise.
With all good wishes,
John Parr (Director of Ministry, Education and Training)
Paul Nelson (Associate CMD Adviser, Suffolk Archdeaconry)
Jenny Seggar (Associate CMD Adviser, Sudbury Archdeaconry – West)
David Herrick (Lay Ministry Training Officer)
Conferences and Day Events
Refilling the Glass Realising Resources for Mission and Ministry Organiser MET team When Saturday 15 March 2014 at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew from 9.30 am – 1.00 pm Cost Free Description How can we make best use of our gifts, passions and other resources to develop the ministry and mission of our church, benefice or deanery? These workshops will build on the Beyond Teamwork: Towards Partnership morning on 5 October 2013, by exploring the potential of the asset-based approach that is being increasingly used in church and community development. They are open to anyone who wants to focus on gifts and resources rather than needs and deficits. Information For enquiries or to book contact Lesley Steed on 01473 298510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crying Out Loud Why and how should we engage with injustice in a hurting world? Organiser Spectrum When Saturday 1 March 2014 from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm Where West Road Church, Bury St Edmunds Cost £20; full-time students: £10. Bring your own lunch Description Debt… Genocides… Human trafficking… Domestic violence… Third world poverty… Deprivation in the UK… …we all seem to know when something isn’t fair. Every day there are headlines which scream ‘injustice’. We live in a world of inequality, corruption, violence and greed. As well as exploring the biblical view on justice, we will look together at practical responses locally, nationally and internationally. So let’s stand against injustice and play our part in changing the world around us. Information Book on-line at http://www.spectrumchristianstudies.com or see the Spectrum website for more details.
Who Touched Me? Healing for us today Organiser Simeon Centre When Saturday 1 March 2014 from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Where Simeon Centre, Ridley Hall, Cambridge CB3 9HG Cost £20 (includes refreshments; bring your own lunch) Description The Simeon Centre’s Lenten Quiet Day this year is on the theme of healing. The speakers are Mike Thompson, Ridley Hall’s Vice-Principal and New Testament tutor, and Pam Thorn, who is a member of the Ely Diocesan Healing Advisory Group. There will be silent time and space for your own prayer and reflection, the opportunity to share with other Simeon friends at lunch time, and the offer of anointing for healing in the final act of worship. Information Book on-line at http://www.simeoncentre.co.uk or see the Simeon Centre website for more details.
Adults Learning: Developing Understanding and Skills Organiser MET team When Saturday 22 March 2014 from 9.30 am – 1.00 pm. Where St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Cost £10 (includes refreshments; bring your own lunch) Description This is organised by the Ministry, Education and Training Team and West Suffolk College. It will give you a better understanding of how you learn, so that you can help other adults to learn more effectively. It is open to anyone who wants to become more confident in running effective courses and events in church settings. Information For enquiries or to book contact Lesley Steed on 01473 298510 or email email@example.com.
Living Partnership Organiser Friends of the Church in India and Church of South India & Church of North India Relations Forum When 29 March 2014 Where United Reform Church Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX. Cost £20 Description How can a Theology of the Holy Spirit inform our Partner and Link Relationships with Churches in India? – Prof. Kirsteen Kim (Leeds Trinity University). Values and Practices in Partnership Relationships: Past and Present – Prof. Daniel Jayaraj (Liverpool Hope University). Plus news from the churches in India and from local/regional partnerships; discussion groups on practical partnership issues; prayers and informal fellowship over lunch and refreshments. Information For further details or to book a place, email Adrian Watkins firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01638 661765.
Why People Don’t Believe Organiser Spectrum with Thetford Christians Together When Saturday 10 May 2014 from 9.30 am – 2.30 pm Where Cloverfield Community Church, Yarrow Close, Thetford IP24 2TZ Cost £12.50. Bring your own lunch. Description There are plenty of good reasons why people don’t believe in God and, in particular, the Christian Faith (of course, there are plenty of good reasons why people do believe too)! This course explores the reasons why people don’t believe today. It is for people who have a strong faith in God – and those who don’t. This course will help when people talk about their faith (or lack of it) in the future. So whether you think your faith is riding high with a ten or rock bottom with a zero this course is for you. Information Book on-line at http://www.spectrumchristianstudies.com or see the Spectrum website for more details.
Bang! Do God and Science have to collide? (Formerly, the Life, Universe and Everything course) Organiser Spectrum When Saturday 17 May 2014 from 9.30 am – 3.00 pm Where Hyndeman Centre, Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3JT Cost £20; full-time students: £10. Bring your own lunch. Description Science and faith are often portrayed as being opposites. However, historically and still today, there are many Christians fully at ease with their faith in this scientific world, intelligently defending their faith through reasoned argument. What is the average Christian to make of this? Should we shut out the claims of science or engage with it? Should we seek an understanding of the world that encompasses both science and faith? In this course we will look at what ‘science’ is, how it relates to faith and how both approach the big questions of life in the universe. Information Book on-line at http://www.spectrumchristianstudies.com or see the Spectrum website for more details.
Reclaiming the Christian Funeral Organiser The Guild of All Souls When Thursday 5 June 2014 from 10.45 am – 3.00 pm Where The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Norfolk Cost Free of charge, includes coffee/tea on arrival Description A Day Conference for clergy and lay ministers of all denominations. Keynote Addresses: Funerals in Church and Crematoria • Training your Funeral Director • Good Funeral Practice – Urban and Rural • Pastoral care: preparation and follow-up. There will be Presentations * Displays * Resources Information Places are limited, book by Tuesday 27 May with Fr Paul Lockett, 20 Cleaves Drive, Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6EQ, email: email@example.com or phone 01328 820030. See website for more details: www.guildofallsouls.org.uk
Wounds that Heal
A day for all those interested in the church’s ministry of healing
Organiser Diocese of Norwich
When Saturday 22 March 2014 from 9.30 am – 3.30 pm
Where St Luke’s Church, Aylsham Road, Norwich NR3 2HF
Cost FREE and lunch provided.
Description What do we Christians mean by ‘health’ and ‘healing’? We will be helped to reflect on these questions by the clergy who direct Holy Rood House, a pioneering centre for health and pastoral care in Thirsk. After their key input, a choice of workshops will help us consider how a Christian ministry of healing might develop in our own church communities. Concluding panel for emerging questions.
Bookings Caspar James at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01603 882335.
Advance notice – All Inclusive?
The Church and Disabled People
11 October 2014 at All Saints, Bury St Edmunds with Prof John Swinton as keynote speaker. Details to follow.
Courses The Sanctity of Life? Organiser Society of Catholic Priests When 8 – 10 July 2014 Where Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham NR 35 2DZ Cost £230. £20 en-suite supplement. Description The Revd Dr John Hare will reflect on accompanying women who seek pregnancy termination, the Revd Canon Jonathan Gough will share his experience of chaplaincy to soldiers on operations and the Revd Professor Paul Badham will present a Christian case for assisted dying. There will also be plenty of space to relax with friends, a visit to the shrine of Mother Julian in Norwich and a concelebrated Mass in St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Information For more information please contact the Revd Dr Liz Varley email@example.com or 01449 781108, or the Revd Canon Barbara Bilston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01449 781253. The conference brochure and booking form are available from www.scp.org.uk/witness/conference.
Human Sexuality Biblical, scientific and pastoral perspectives Organiser Spectrum When Tuesdays 11, 18 and 25 March 2014 from 7.30 – 9.30 pm Where Hyndeman Centre, Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3JT Cost £20; full-time students: £10. Description The subject of human sexuality goes to the heart of our identity as people. Recent debates over equal rights and same-sex marriage have brought the subject of human sexuality and diversity into the realms of politics and religion. The Human Sexuality course looks at this broad subject from biblical, scientific and pastoral viewpoints. What framework for approaching the subject of human sexuality might the Bible give us? How are Christians interpreting the Bible today in this debate? What is the current scientific understanding of human sexuality? What can bio-medical science tell us? Is human sexuality a matter of nature or nurture? How can the Church pastorally steer a path through the challenges human sexuality brings showing both grace and truth? Information Book on-line at http://www.spectrumchristianstudies.com or see the Spectrum website for more details.
Oxford Institute for Biblical Studies Organiser Vacation Term for Biblical Study (VTBS) When Sunday 27 July to Friday 1 August Where St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HS Cost Residents: £610.00 (en-suite), £475.00 (wash-basin rooms). Non-residents, all lectures and readings £120.00; non-residents, single lecture or reading £15.00. Description In addition to the Inaugural Lecture in nearby St Giles’ Church on the opening Sunday, the week’s programme will comprise 20 one hour sessions. The two main courses cover Old and New Testament topics. Each main course consists of four lectures, two related ‘Readings’ in which exegetical and translation issues are discussed; and a concluding question and answer session. There are also two separate supplementary series of three lectures each. Optional daily language classes in biblical Greek or Hebrew are available. Information See the VTBS website http://www.vtbs.org.uk for more information, booking details are here: www.vtbs.org.uk/booking.
Sarum College, Salisbury runs a range of events and courses on Christian Spirituality, Liturgy and Worship, leadership and Ministry, and Theology and Culture. For further details see the college website at www.sarum.ac.uk.
St Paul’s Cathedral has a series of Saturday afternoon workshops and Sunday lectures on a range of topics including Celtic Spirituality, the Gospels, the Death of Christ and Prayer. For further details see http://www.stpauls.co.uk/forum.
The Spirituality Advisor, Anne Spalding, can offer support in exploring ways of praying and in noticing and responding to God’s grace among us. Anne is pleased to hear from anyone wanting to explore spirituality further, and to know if you have relevant knowledge and experience to offer. She can be contacted at email@example.com or 01394 610065.
Spiritual direction / accompaniment: if you want help in finding a spiritual companion, please contact Canon Sylvia Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01473 462109. If you would like to offer – or think you might like to offer – spiritual direction, please contact the Spirituality Advisor at email@example.com or 01394 610065.
For more information on the spiritual direction, the Diocesan Spirituality Group, quiet days, retreat and quiet space listings, and links to other spirituality websites, see www.cofesuffolk.org/index.cfm?page=landf.content&cmid=299
Training Day: ‘New Monasticism’
Organiser Diocesan Spirituality Group
When Thursday 6 March 2014 (Note: this one is on a weekday)
Where Barham Church Room, IP6 0PT
Cost £15. The whole fee is due in advance. It is non-refundable.
Description The Revd John Ansell is a parish priest and Franciscan tertiary in Southwark Diocese. He has studied new monasticism and has been working with a group setting themselves up in a form of new monastic community. These training days are particularly for those involved or interested in the ministry of spiritual accompaniment but are open to anyone.
Bookings Caroline Redman, The Cottage, Great Livermere, IP31 1JG or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next training day: Saturday 18th October 2014
Diocesan Spirituality Group
This group supports the ministry of spiritual direction and of the spirituality advisor. For more information about the group, and for suggested books on spirituality, quiet days, retreat and quiet space listings, and for links to other spirituality websites, see the Diocesan website page: www.cofesuffolk.org/index.cfm?page=landf.content&cmid=299.
Retreat in Ordinary Life Organiser Clare Priory When 8 March – 5 April 2014 Where Clare Priory, Ashen Road, Clare CO10 8NX Cost £70 Description For many people the idea of making a retreat, although appealing, is likely to be impossible. The commitments of work and family take up the whole of life and it is not practical to get away for any length of time. However, there is another way. A “Retreat in Ordinary Life” is a supported retreat that could fit into the ordinary life of most people. There will be two full days at Clare Priory and between these dates the retreatants will be asked to commit to two periods of silent prayer each day of between 20 and 30 minutes each. Each retreatant will be accompanied by a prayer companion who will be in contact with the retreatant once each week in person or via the telephone. Information Book with Kathy Reddick on email@example.com or 01787 277326.
Beyond the Edge: an exceptional retreat for spiritual directors
Organiser Canon Dr Andrew Mayes, Chichester Diocesan Adviser for Spirituality
When 16 – 24 June 2014
Where St George’s College, Jerusalem
Cost £988 (Single supplement £100) includes college fees, full board, guiding/teaching, admission fees; EXCLUDES cost of flight; each person to book their own flight.
Description The aims of this pilgrimage/retreat are • to engage with God in prayer, reflection and meditation in the holy places • to travel on some of the journeys of Jesus into the liminal spaces of the Holy Land as we respond to his call ‘Follow me!’ • to experience an inner journey and explore some of the spiritual transitions that Christ’s journeys represent. The exciting itinerary across the Holy Land and the themes of this retreat are explored in Andrew’s book: Beyond the Edge: spiritual transitions for adventurous souls (SPCK). The retreat will be of special interest to spiritual directors and those exploring this ministry: there will be opportunities to receive spiritual direction each day as we process what is happening to us!
Bookings Information from firstname.lastname@example.org or 01323 892964.
Otley Hall Quiet Day: ‘Finding strength in the Lord’
Organiser Otley Hall
When Monday 17 March 2014, 10 am – 4 pm
Where Otley Hall, Otley IP6 9PA
Cost £22, includes refreshments and a buffet lunch
Description Led by Christopher Chapman. A day of deep silence. The ancient prayer known as ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate’ has been an inspiration for many generations of Christians over the centuries and during the day we shall explore some of its ideas through worship, silence, addresses and activities to see how they can help us today.
9 April Why did Jesus die? With varied musical illustrations
24 April Broad of Church and Broad of Mind A day to enjoy the poetry of John Betjeman and explore some aspects of his life
8 May Julian of Norwich with Bishop David Thomson
19 May Woodbine Willie Goes Forth The prayers and poets of the Great War. Finding God in the trenches
Information Email email@example.com or call 01473 890264 for further information. Our 2014 Retreat Day Programme is now available to view and book online at our website www.otleyhall.co.uk.
Alive Festival: Grace Unpacked
The Alive festival office is buzzing! Work is well underway to bring you Alive 2014 – Grace Unpacked which takes place on Saturday 24 – Monday 26 May 2014. Top national, regional and local speakers have been contacted and their remit is to share how God’s grace has worked in their lives and to encourage us to unpack God’s gift of grace for ourselves.
‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ Eph 2:8-10
We look forward to seeing you in May, for a great weekend.
The Alive Team
Edmund Centre for Christianity and the Arts:
Creation Human and Divine
This year’s programme will focus on two Saturday study days:
12 April 2014 The Dream of Rood Kevin Crossley-Holland – Author and poet
14 June 2014 Smelling the Dew and Rain: the Green Heart of Poetry Elizabeth Cook – Writer and poet
Each day lasts from 10 am to 4 pm and includes a keynote address, a response, discussion and a practical exploration of the theme. Drinks are provided, please bring a packed lunch (or the Refectory is open for lunches). To enrol for any of the sessions, please contact Helen Willingham on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01284 748720.
Suffolk Theology Forum
Exploring Christian theological issues in an open, non-partisan way
Suffolk Theology Forum was founded in 2008 by representatives of several Christian denominations and Suffolk Inter-Faith Resource (SIFRE), supported by Churches Together in Suffolk. It is for all who wish to explore issues of Christian theology with an open mind, whether or not they are members of a faith community. The Forum attracts quality speakers from within and beyond Suffolk, on a range of topics. It meets five evenings a year in or near Ipswich. All meetings are on Wednesdays, start at 7.30pm and are at St Michael’s Church, The Drift, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich IP5 3PL. Members and occasional attendees are welcome, no need to book. There is a public car-park adjacent to the church. Yearly subscription to the Forum is £20 (£16 concessions) or £5 (£4 concessions) per meeting. Secretary: Elizabeth Moore 01359 230161, email@example.com.
14 May 2014 How could a good God create nature so red in tooth and claw? Revd Dr Christopher Southgate
2 July 2014 Child Theology: what it is and why it matters Dr Keith White
Tuesday Evenings at the Cathedral
Lent: Pilgrims in Time
Time 7.30 – 9 pm
Where The Lecture Room at the Cathedral Centre
Cost Admission to all lectures is free, but participants are invited to make a donation towards the costs incurred. The suggested donation each month is £3.00.
Description Lectures and discussion on God and the world, religion and spirituality, the Bible and the Church:
11 March 2014 Pilgrims to St Edmund, England’s first Patron Saint Dr Tom Licence
25 March 2014 Are we nearly there yet? Aspects of 21st Century Pilgrimage Mrs Sarah Friswell
8 April 2014 The End of the Reformation? Relics, Recreation, and the Revival of Pilgrimage Canon Peter Doll
Information More information from Sarah Friswell on 01284 748726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor Training 2013-14
The next training session for new Governors: ‘Effective Governance in Church Schools’ is at St Peter & St Paul CEVAP School, Eye on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 starting at 18.30. To book, please contact Governor Services at Suffolk County Council on 01473 263993.
The Revd Dr John Parr Email: email@example.com
Director for Ministry, Education and Training
Diocesan Office, 4 Cutler Street, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Tel: 01473 298553
The Revd Jenny Seggar Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate CME Adviser
The Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, Bramford, Ipswich IP8 4AE Tel: 01473 748914
The Revd Canon Paul Nelson Email: email@example.com
Associate CME Adviser
The Rectory, Molls Lane, Brampton, Beccles NR34 8DB Tel: 01502 575859
The Revd Canon David Herrick Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lay Ministry Training Officer
Diocesan Office, 4 Cutler Street, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Tel: 01473 298553
Mrs Lesley Steed Email: email@example.com
Administrator for Ministry, Education and Training
Diocesan Office, 4 Cutler Street, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Tel: 01473 298510