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TRANSFORMING CHURCH CONFLICT A Foundation Course for Leaders

Felden Lodge Conference Centre, Hemel Hempstead

Sunday 04th February 2018, 17:00

Led by Bridge Builders
Conflict is a normal and inevitable part of life, yet church leaders often feel ill-prepared to face conflict, and disturbed that it is happening amongst professing Christians. Transforming Church Conflict is designed to help! Attend this training course if you are in a leadership position in the church and you want to:
 Develop new skills for handling and transforming conflict
 Give time to personal growth in a learning, worshipping community
 Be part of a movement that is changing the culture of the church
 Help put the church’s energy to more creative use
This five-day residential course is focussed on conflict in church settings, and will help you to be a more resilient leader, and a more faithful disciple. Explore what it means in practice to seek transformation by the work of the Spirit, to walk a path of reconciliation that begins with facing and blessing enemies, to lead with a spirit of power, of love and of self-control.
Transforming Church Conflict serves as the foundation for further Bridge Builders courses. It builds on our experience of leading similar training since 1996, and our commitment to peace-making.

The course includes teaching, group work and guided practice. Active and practical in focus, the sessions provide hands-on skills training and use role-plays based on the kinds of conflicts encountered in the church. Each day includes times of prayer and worship. The course is intensive and includes some evening sessions; we strongly recommend avoiding any other commitments during the week.

Spaces are limited to a maximum of 23, so do apply early, as our courses are regularly over-subscribed. To apply, please complete the online form at  https://www.bbministries.org.uk/course/transforming-church-conflict-a-foundationcourse-for-church-leaders-5/ and arrange payment of the deposit. The balance of the fee is due eight weeks before the start of the course (i.e. by 11 Dec 2017). Once accepted, the £100 deposit is a non-refundable. The full fee is owed if a place is cancelled within eight weeks of the course start date (i.e. from 11 Dec 2017 on).

Tuesday Evenings in Lent on Prayer and Passion

The Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 19:00

Tuesday 20 February           7.00pm for 7.30 –  9.00pm   The Revd Canon Dr Jessica Martin

Tuesday 27 February           7.00pm for 7.30 –  9.00pm   The Revd Charlotte Cook

Tuesday 6 March                7.00pm for 7.30 –  9.00pm   Professor Ben Quash

Tuesday 13 March               7.00pm for 7.30 –  9.00pm   Rupert Shortt

Tuesday 20 March               7.00pm for 7.30 –  9.00pm   The Revd Canon Mark Oakley

More information from the Cathedral Office at www.stedscathedral.co.uk or phone 01284 748720.

Rule of Life: a pattern for following Jesus 24/7

All Saints' Church, Park Rd, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3QW

Saturday 03rd March 2018, 10:00

Saturday 3 March               10.00am – 4.00pm

We all have a sense that living well doesn’t happen by accident. We have habits and patterns to get us through the day: alarm clocks to get us up, regular meals and exercise, and budgets for expenses. Even though keeping a diary or planning exercise can feel a chore, really these liberate us to be healthier and happier people.

Having a Rule of Life extends this principle so that we choose the patterns of life we need to be joyful and faithful disciples of Jesus. That doesn’t mean that our Rule of Life just has religious things on it; we follow Jesus 24/7 in everything we do, not just one day a week or when we pray or come to church.

This day will help us explore how to find a life-giving rhythm to our days - to identify those patterns that lead us become balanced and generous disciples. It will be a practical and hands-on day; and you will be leave with a working Rule, and with tools for reviewing how living with this Rule is deepening your walk with God.  Led by the Revd Chris Palmer, Rector of Merton Priory Team Ministry in South London and the Bishop of Southwark's Adviser for Spiritual Formation.  This is part of the ongoing Diocesan spirituality group initiatives aiming to encourage living prayerfully, attentive to and aware of the love and presence of God in all we do

To book this free event, go to rule-of-life.eventbrite.co.uk.  For more information, email spiritual.direction@cofesuffolk.org or phone Caroline Redman on 01359 269335.

Readers’ and LLMs’ Study Day

Stowmarket Parish Church, Stowmarket IP14 1ET

Saturday 10th March 2018, 10:00

Saturday 10 March              10.00am – 3.30pm

The annual Study Day for Readers.  Readers have a commitment to undertake ongoing study throughout their ministry. This event is the annual opportunity to meet together for a Study Day, for networking, and to review the previous year. Topic and speaker to be confirmed.  Free of charge, please register your attendance at readers-study-day-2018.eventbrite.co.uk.

Rhythm, Habit, Direction: Accompanying others in shaping and keeping a Rule of Life


Tuesday 20th March 2018, 10:00

Tuesday 20 March     10.00am – 4.00pm

This day is a follow-on from the Prayer & Spirituality Day on Rule of Life on 3 March.  A Rule of Life can help us establish patterns of spiritual engagement and habits of holiness.  How can a good Rule resource us in spiritual direction? And how can directors help others as they seek to shape and live out their own Rules of Life? This development day will tackle all these questions and more, offering both practical guidance and space to explore questions.  Led by the Revd Chris Webb, a Benedictine Anglican priest, author, speaker and teacher dedicated to helping people experience a richer walk with God by growing in prayer and the spiritual life. Chris works as Deputy Warden of Launde Abbey and Diocesan Spirituality Adviser to the Diocese of Leicester. He is the author of two books: The Fire of the Word (2011) and God-Soaked Life (2017).  Cost: £15.  To book or for more information, email spiritual.direction@cofesuffolk.org or phone Caroline Redman on 01359 269335. 

Holy Week 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

Monday 26th March 2018, 19:00

Led by Bishop Tim Stevens on the theme of Prayer and Passion.

Bishop Tim was ordained in 1976, and became the Bishop of Dunwich in 1995 until 1999 when he was appointed the Bishop of Leicester. He was appointed Commander of the British Empire in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to the Church of England and the community in Leicestershire, and on 1 September 2016, he was appointed as the Prelate of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. He retired to Bury St Edmunds in 2015.  More information from the Cathedral Office at www.stedscathedral.co.uk or phone 01284 748720

Monday 26 March                 7.00pm Compline with address

Tuesday 27 March                7.00pm Compline with address

Wednesday 28 March           7.00pm Compline with address

Maundy Thursday 29 March 7.30pm 

Good Friday 30 March          12 noon The Three Hours    

Deviate Youth Weekend 2018

Skreens Park Activity Centre, Chelmsford

Friday 06th April 2018, 19:00

Friday 6 April – Sunday 8 April

A Youth Weekend packed with Discipleship, Fun and Activity for young people and their youth leaders.  This active weekend residential (for young people aged 11-18 and their youth workers) is designed to bring together smaller youth groups from across Suffolk.

It will involve plenty of team-building activities, physical challenges, new opportunities, as well as the chance to relax, eat lots of food and have a great time too!  Activities include: air rifle shooting, archery, and raft building.  Hear from a selection of inspiring people as well as spending quality time with old friends and new.  Led by Lynne Bailie, Josh Hunt and Phil Bailie.  £45 per person.  For more information and to book, contact the event organiser at www.deviateyouth.org.

Suffolk Theology Forum:  Justice for animals

Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW

Thursday 12th April 2018, 19:30

Suffolk Theology Forum Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW

  • Thursday 12 April                7.30 –  9.15pm         Justice for animals:  What is the Christian response?  Dr Deborah Jones, Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. 

Lecture details to follow on www.eefa.net/stf or www.facebook.com/suffolktheologyforum.  Non-members entry £5 (£4 for retired and students) payable at the door. Queries to Elizabeth Moore eymoore@talktalk.net or 01359 230161.

Vocation, faith and work: nurturing ourselves, nurturing others

St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ

Wednesday 16th May 2018, 10:00

Wednesday 16 May             10.00am – 4.00pm

A day for all chaplains in any sector from any denomination, lay and ordained, full or part-time, to come together to explore how we nurture and sustain our own sense of vocation in our place of work and how we nurture explicit or implicit spiritual hunger in others. The day will be led by the Revd Dr Michael Moynagh who works for Fresh Expressions as Director of Network Development and Consultant on theology and practice.  Drinks and light lunch provided.  For more information contact the Revd Jeanette Gosney, Bishops’ Ministry Officer, at jeanette.gosney@cofesuffolk.org or 07710 479497.  To book, go to chaplains-day-2018.eventbrite.co.uk.

Ministry to Diverse Congregations

Earl Stonham Village Hall, Forward Green IP14 5HJ

Saturday 19th May 2018, 9:30

Saturday 19 May                 9.30am – 12.30pm

Our congregations differ widely. Not only across the diocese but also with benefices and parishes we have a mix not only of ages but of differing needs, abilities and spiritual styles. How do we cater for those with varying degrees of autism, dementia, hearing loss, learning needs, mobility limitations and other access issues? How do the housebound remain connected to the Body of Christ? How do we facilitate worship across the spiritual styles? How can we ensure that all are enabled to become and remain part of the Body of Christ? This event seeks to raise awareness of, and address, some of these questions.  Contact Ruth Dennigan at email or 01473 298503 for more information.  Aimed at clergy, Readers, LLMs and Elders but all are welcome. To book, go to diverse-congregations.eventbrite.co.uk.  Cost £5.  If you are a minister (clergy, Reader, LLM or Elder), you may use your CMD grant and attend for free. More information from Lesley Steed at email or 01473 298510.  

Sustaining our Sacred Centre: how to make prayer real for us and for others


Thursday 24th May 2018, 10:00

Thursday 24 May                10.00am – 4.00pm

The oxygen of our life as Christians is prayer. Without some form of living prayer, being a Christian can seem like hard work. But how to make prayer real is another matter; we get used to failure, tinged with guilt. This day won't sort everything out but it will hopefully offer some realistic spiritual maps and a good number of practical ideas, both for us and our churches. Led by Bishop John Pritchard, this is part of the ongoing Diocesan prayer and spirituality initiatives aiming to encourage the priority of prayerfulness at the heart of all we do.  Free of charge.  For more information, email spiritual.direction@cofesuffolk.org or phone Caroline Redman on 01359 269335.  To register your place, please go to sacred-centre.eventbrite.co.uk

Suffolk Theology Forum

Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW

Thursday 14th June 2018, 19:30

Suffolk Theology Forum Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW

  • Thursday 14 June               7.30 –  9.15pm         The Revd Dr Calvin Samuel, Principal of the London School of Theology.  Topic: TBA

Lecture details to follow on www.eefa.net/stf or www.facebook.com/suffolktheologyforum.  Non-members entry £5 (£4 for retired and students) payable at the door. Queries to Elizabeth Moore eymoore@talktalk.net or 01359 230161.

Growing Younger: Children’s Work Conference

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

Saturday 23rd June 2018, 10:00

Saturday 23 June                10.00am – 3.00pm

For clergy, children’s work leaders and lay ministers, but open to all.  Workshops to Engage, Enquire, Explore and Express our Christian faith through the eyes of the young and young at heart.  Cost to be confirmed.  Contact Kim Judge at DCOffice@stedscathedral.org or phone 01284 748731 to book.

family@church Workshop

Parish Room, Great Blakenham IP6 0LN

Saturday 30th June 2018, 10:00

For all those leading all-age worship. Speakers include the Revd Carl Melville, Irene Leech, Karl Hunnibell and Christine Stainer.

  • 10.00am - 12.00pm  family@church presentation for those unfamiliar with the model. 
  • 12.00 - 2.30pm         sharing afternoon for those already leading family@church in their own church

Free of charge, to book please contact carlmelville@hotmail.com or irene_m_leech@yahoo.com.

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