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Southwold Lent Lectures

United Reform Church, Southwold High Street

Sunday 19th March 2017, 18:00

This year’s Lent Lectures will be on the subject of Christianity and the Arts. Following an introductory lecture on the subject in general, speakers who are also artists in their own right will reflect on the relationship between their Christian faith and the particular artistic form of expression in which they have expertise. More information from Hugh Williamson by email or phone 01502 722319.

19 March       Medievalism Made Modern: How the Gothic Revival Transformed British Christianity: Dr Ayla Lepine

26 March       Fiction - finding the truth about the human condition: Jo Browning Wroe

2 April           Poetry of the Passion: The Revd Dr Malcolm Guite

9 April           Painting: Mark Cazalet


Who Cares? Vision Night

St John’s Church, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich IP4 4QE

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 19:00

Who Cares? is very simple.  Ordinary Christians like you, from every type and flavour of local church across West Suffolk, listening to the needs of local people and responding with the hope of the Cross.  Though a one-question survey asking “What hurts the most?” we want to answer the question “Who cares?” by saying “We care” and “God cares”.  More info here: www.who-cares.org.uk/the-mission/.  Guest speakers: Bishop Sandy Millar and Bishop Mike Harrison.


Readers’ training day

Stowmarket Parish Church, Station Road West, Stowmarket IP14 1ES

Saturday 25th March 2017, 9:30

Following the publication of the diocesan vision, which builds on all the work that has already been done through the ‘Growing in God’ process, Bishop Martin will be speaking about his vision for Reader Ministry in the diocese.  Having looked back and celebrated in 2016, the Study Day offers an opportunity to focus on the future of the ministry in the diocese in 2017.  

Please book here. Contact Lesley Steed by email or on 01473 298510 for more information.  Drinks will be provided, please bring a packed lunch.


Engaging with Primary Schools

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

Saturday 25th March 2017, 9:30

9.30am - 3.30pm

Do you know how the Christian faith is taught in your local Primary School?  Do you need to build links with your Primary School?  Join us for this workshop based training including:

  • How is Christianity being taught in your Primary School?
  • How can your Church play a part in the learning process?
  • Ideas for Belonging Days, Incarnation Days, Kingdom Days and much more...

Cost £10 (light refreshments available).  To book contact the Discovery Centre at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on 01284 748731 or email


Tuesday Evenings at the Cathedral: A Rock in a Hard Place - Faith under Pressure

St Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral  IP33 1LS

Tuesday 28th March 2017, 19:30

Jeremy Moodey   Chief Executive of Embrace the Middle East 

Refreshments are served from 7pm.  Admission is free, with a retiring collection.  Contact the Cathedral for more information on 01284 748720 or reception@stedscathedral.org.


‘To go gentle into the good night’ - lecture by Salley Vickers

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

Friday 31st March 2017, 19:00

Salley Vickers was born in Liverpool, bought up by committed Communists in a family where the only book not available was the Bible, provoking in her an abiding interest in religion of all kinds.  Many of her best-selling novels (e.g. Miss Garnet’s Angel, Mr Golightly’s Holiday, The Other Side of You) have taken biblical narratives and worked them into contemporary psychological stories.  Her latest novel, Cousins, explores the effects of inherited family trauma and considers the moral issues around assisted suicide.  Salley now writes full time and lectures on the connections between art, psychology and religion.  Tickets £5 with a glass of wine, book here or 01284 748720.


Tuesday Evenings at the Cathedral: A Rock in a Hard Place - Faith under Pressure

 St Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral  IP33 1LS

Tuesday 04th April 2017, 19:30

John Parr           Parish Priest of Hadleigh, Layham and Shelley  

Refreshments are served from 7pm.  Admission is free, with a retiring collection.  Contact the Cathedral for more information on 01284 748720 or reception@stedscathedral.org.


Death, Dying and Bereavement

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

Saturday 08th April 2017, 9:30

Guidance for those who help people and families facing death and bereavement.  This includes dimensions of loss, grief reactions, philosophical and spiritual responses and practical support.  Led by the Revd Sister Sharon Connell CA, Chaplain at St Nicholas Hospice and Sally Coldrey, Senior Nurse: Clinical Educator at the Hospice.  Please book here.  Enquiries to Lesley Steed by email or on 01473 298510.


Engaging with the Creative Church

Methodist Church, Haverhill

Saturday 29th April 2017, 9:30

9.30 am - 3.30 pm.

Are you involved in Children's Ministry?  Do you organise Messy Church?  How can creative activity enhance the spiritual journey?  Join us for this workshop based training including:

  • Messy Church ideas and activities
    • Planning Christian themed arts exhibitions for children
    • Thinking out of the box construction projects

Cost £10 (light refreshments available).  To book contact the Discovery Centre at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on 01284 748731 or here


Introduction to Training Supervision

Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham, Norfolk NR35 2DZ

Wednesday 03rd May 2017, 12:00

Wednesday 3 – Thursday 4 May  

For new Training Incumbents in the Eastern Region dioceses.  By DDO’s invitation.


The Gospel, Sexual Abuse and the Church - Sudbury

St Gregory’s Church, Gregory Street, Sudbury CO10 1BA

Monday 08th May 2017, 19:00

Aimed at clergy and Readers: using the publication of  "The Gospel, Sexual Abuse and the Church: A theological resource for the local church" by the CofE as a resource to get people reflecting on how the church can be more accessible for those who are survivors of abuse, how it can safely welcome those who have abused in the past, how it can ensure everyone's safety whilst doing these things, and how it can appropriately reflect on the place of themes such as forgiveness and redemption alongside recognising the damage caused by abuse and the need to keep safeguards in place.   Please book here.  Enquiries to Lesley Steed on 01473 298510 or email.


Youth Workers’ Forum - May

St John's Church, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich IP4 4QE

Wednesday 10th May 2017, 9:30

A gathering to hear news from and to support paid full- and part-time Youth Workers.  This month we shall focus on supporting young people through sudden bereavements with input from professionals. This has been raised as an issue by Youth Workers and we seek to offer appropriate training/support. Please contact Dave Gardner for more information by email or on 01473 298521.


The Gospel, Sexual Abuse and the Church - Holton, Halesworth

St Peter's Church, Beccles Road, Holton IP19 8NG

Thursday 11th May 2017, 14:00

Aimed at clergy and Readers: using the publication of  "The Gospel, Sexual Abuse and the Church: A theological resource for the local church" by the CofE as a resource to get people reflecting on how the church can be more accessible for those who are survivors of abuse, how it can safely welcome those who have abused in the past, how it can ensure everyone's safety whilst doing these things, and how it can appropriately reflect on the place of themes such as forgiveness and redemption alongside recognising the damage caused by abuse and the need to keep safeguards in place.  Please book here.  Enquiries to Lesley Steed on 01473 298510 or email.


Suffolk Theology Forum: Luther’s Reformation – 500 years on

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

Thursday 11th May 2017, 19:30

Dr John Bradbury, Director of Studies in Systematic Theology and Church History, Westminster College, Cambridge.  Non-members entry £5 (£4 for retired and students) payable at the door.  Queries to Elizabeth Moore eymoore@talktalk.net or 01359 230161.


Preaching

Riverside Centre, Great Glemham Road, Stratford St Andrew, Saxmundham IP17 1LL

Saturday 13th May 2017, 9:30

Led by Bishop Martin.  Book with Susan Lowery on 01473 252829 or susan.lowery@cofesuffolk.org


Pre-Retirement Conference

Pleshey Retreat House, The Street, Pleshey, Chelmsford CM3 1HA

Tuesday 16th May 2017, 10:30

Tuesday 16 – Thursday 18 May, Tuesday 12.00pm – Thursday 2.00pm  

This regional residential event for stipendiary clergy is designed to look at the more personal and spiritual issues around the question: what do I hope for in retirement?  CMD Officer’s invitation to eligible clergy.


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