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Spirit of Ministry Day

Village Hall, Church Road, Stowupland IP14 4BQ

Saturday 25th November 2017, 9:30

Pastoral Ministry: reflections on its significance and developing good practice

A Spirit of Ministry Day, led by Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike.  Open to all in ministry: clergy, Readers, LLMs and Elders. Free of charge. Drinks will be provided.  Enquiries to the Bishop's Office at terry.atkins@cofesuffolk.org or phone 01473 252829.To book, visit spirit-of-ministry-2017.eventbrite.co.uk.


Theological Refreshment in Ministry (TRiM) 2017

Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham NR35 2DZ

Tuesday 28th November 2017, 9:00

This 24 hour conference provides an opportunity to learn and pray together in a relaxed atmosphere away from church duties. Each conference focuses on a particular area of theology. This year Angela Tilby will lead on: Recovering Confidence: Ressourcement and Aggiornamento. The two most used concepts of Vatican II set the agenda for this conference. Ressourcement involves a return to the sources; scripture, tradition, experience; to rediscover the well-springs of faith. Aggiormento turns our attention to our present context and to how we are best equipped to discern and minister to the specific needs of our time. We then move on to consider four themes:
Recovering Theology– rediscovering the energy of core Christian beliefs and reflecting on how to communicate them; Recovering the Spiritual Life – rediscovering the essentials of prayer and reappraising our own practice and discipline; Recovering Worship – revising our expectations of worship and restoring our confidence in the liturgy; and Recovering Pastoral Care – building resilience in ourselves and in others.

Downloads

TRiM brochure  |  PDF 

TRiM booking form  |  DOC

For enquiries, please email Lesley Steed or phone 01473 298510.


Navigating Reviews and Endings on our journeys of Spiritual Accompaniment

Barham Church Hall, Church Lane, Barham IP6 0PT

Tuesday 28th November 2017, 10:00

Tuesday 28 November         10.00am – 4.00pm   

'The openness of a space is created by the firmness of its boundaries.' (Parker Palmer)

In this development day for Spiritual Direction, we will be thinking about how to ensure dynamic and healthy relationships with the directees we accompany. We will look at how and why we might introduce a pattern of regular review and will explore when and how to make good endings. Many of us struggle to acknowledge endings in life or plan for them well, so modelling a good ending in a Spiritual direction relationship can be a loving gift.  Guest speaker: Sister Rachel Overton, Bishop’s Advisor for Spirituality in Peterborough Diocese.  Sr Rachel's professional background is in medicine and therapeutic counselling.   After qualifying in medicine she became a member of a religious community where she remained for 23 years before being professed as a solitary religious. She has been involved in leading retreats and spiritual direction since 1989 and teaches on the Holy Listening course for Leicester and Peterborough dioceses.  The day will include the opportunity for group discussion as well as personal reflection, and prayer.  Cost: £15 per person.  To book or for more information, email spiritual.direction@cofesuffolk.org or phone Caroline Redman on 01359 269335.


Understanding Dementia - Wickham Market

All Saints' Church, Wickham Market IP13 0SA

Thursday 30th November 2017, 13:30

Led by Lynne Kentish of the Contented Dementia Trust.  The first step towards lifelong well-being: an introduction to the SPECAL® Method, for everyone who knows and cares for someone with dementia.  The SPECAL® method offers a simple way of understanding how dementia is experienced by the person with the condition.

This short presentation shows how the introduction of simple SPECAL skills can change life for the better for the person with dementia and everyone concerned with their well-being.

The three hour session will cover:

•  The SPECAL Photograph Album understanding of dementia  •  How normal memory works

•  The impact of ageing   •    The single, dramatic change introduced by dementia

•  SPECAL’s Three Golden Rules for communication

 

£5 per person.  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 lesley.steed@cofesuffolk.org or 01473 298510.  Please go to understanding-dementia-beccles.eventbrite.co.uk or phone 01473 298510 to book your place.

Also at St Luke's Church, Beccles on 6 November.


New Monasticism: Radical Christian Discipleship and Service Today

St Thomas's Church, Bramford Lane, Ipswich IP1 5EP

Saturday 02nd December 2017, 10:30

10.30am - 4.00pm.  All welcome, especially church leaders of all denominations; anyone working with younger adults; young adults exploring calling.

An information day about new monasticism, with worship, talks, workshops and the opportunity to meet people who are involved in the St Thomas Pilgrim Community in Ipswich, in two communities in London and other places.  Guest speakers: the Revd Ian Mobsby, Wellspring Community, Peckham; Fr Gareth Powell, Community of St Margaret the Queen and others.  Free event, includes lunch.  To book, go to new-monasticism.eventbrite.co.uk.  For enquiries contact the Revd Jutta Brueck at jutta.brueck@cofesuffolk.org or 07958 360564.


Conversations at the Cathedral: CANCELLED

Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Tuesday 05th December 2017, 19:00

This series of talks has been cancelled.


Ministers as Teachers - 6 session course

Stowupland Church Hall, Church Road, Stowupland IP14 4BQ

Tuesday 09th January 2018, 19:30

Ministers as Teachers    Stowupland Church Hall Hall, Church Road, Stowupland IP14 4BQ

Tuesdays 9, 16, 23 and 30 January, and 6 and 13 February   7.30 – 9.30pm

A course which aims to help ministers – lay or ordained – prepare and lead small groups effectively.  Led by the Revd Barbara Gallagher, the six sessions explore learning in the Gospels and learning in Church; theories of, and obstacles to, learning; theories of faith development; what to consider when planning a group course; methods of Bible study; the use of published materials. There will be an opportunity to put this into practice through writing, and delivering a small part of, a teaching session on a given topic.

IME1 training but open to clergy, Readers and LLMs.  Contact ruth.dennigan@cofesuffolk.org or 07468 474252 for more information about the course.  Cost £20 (free of charge to trainee Readers), book at ministers-as-teachers-2018.eventbrite.co.uk.   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 lesley.steed@cofesuffolk.org or 01473 298510.


Parish Giving Scheme launch - Saxmundham

St John's Church, Saxmundham IP17 1ES

Thursday 11th January 2018, 19:30

11 January     St John’s Church, Church Street, Saxmundham IP17 1ES at7.30pm

                   Register here pgs-saxmundham.eventbrite.co.uk

Particularly aimed at clergy, Treasurers, Gift Aid Secretaries, PCC members but open to all.  The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a 21st Century solution to offset one of the greatest threats to parish income: static giving.  The scheme helps you to collect and maintain parish income on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.  Each donation is restricted to your parish church and Gift Aid is collected and remitted to the PCC each month.  If this scheme becomes the principal funding method for your Church, you will have inflation-proofed your giving, maximized your cash-flow and minimised your administration. This will free up your parish to focus on other important priorities.  Come and hear from other parishes how they have benefitted from the Scheme and how your PCC can join. 

Guest speakers include the Bishop, Dr John Preston (National Stewardship Advisor) and Eleanor Stead (CEO Parish Giving Scheme).  This event is free.

Sessions also at:

  • 31 January     Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral IP33 1LS at 7.30pm

              Register here pgs-bse.eventbrite.co.uk

  • 20 February   St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ at 7.30pm

                   Register here pgs-ipswich.eventbrite.co.uk


Parish Giving Scheme launch - BSE

The Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Wednesday 31st January 2018, 19:30

31 January     Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral IP33 1LS at 7.30pm

              Register here pgs-bse.eventbrite.co.uk

Particularly aimed at clergy, Treasurers, Gift Aid Secretaries, PCC members but open to all.  The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a 21st Century solution to offset one of the greatest threats to parish income: static giving.  The scheme helps you to collect and maintain parish income on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.  Each donation is restricted to your parish church and Gift Aid is collected and remitted to the PCC each month.  If this scheme becomes the principal funding method for your Church, you will have inflation-proofed your giving, maximized your cash-flow and minimised your administration. This will free up your parish to focus on other important priorities.  Come and hear from other parishes how they have benefitted from the Scheme and how your PCC can join. 

Guest speakers include the Bishop, Dr John Preston (National Stewardship Advisor) and Eleanor Stead (CEO Parish Giving Scheme).  This event is free.

Sessions also at:

11 January     St John’s Church, Church Street, Saxmundham IP17 1ES at7.30pm

                   Register here pgs-saxmundham.eventbrite.co.uk

20 February   St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ at 7.30pm

                   Register here pgs-ipswich.eventbrite.co.uk


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).


Suffolk Theology Forum:  Is theology natural? 

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

Thursday 08th February 2018, 19:30

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

  • Thursday 8 February           7.30 –  9.15pm         Is theology natural?  Exploring whether we are all born theologians.  Dr Russell Re Manning, Lecturer at the Divinity Faculty, Cambridge. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.


family@church Workshop

Parish Room, Great Blakenham

Saturday 17th February 2018, 10:00

For all those leading all-age worship.  Speakers include the Revd Carl Melville, Irene Leech, Karl Hunnibell, and Christine Stainer.  Various workshops based on communicating the gospel message to all ages all the time! Free of charge, to book please contact carlmelville@hotmail.com or irene_m_leech@yahoo.com.

Also on 

Saturday 28 October 2017 10.00am – 3.00pm

Saturday 30 June 2018        10.00am – 3.00pm


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.


Parish Giving Scheme launch - Ipswich

St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 19:30

20 February   St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ at 7.30pm

                   Register here pgs-ipswich.eventbrite.co.uk

Particularly aimed at clergy, Treasurers, Gift Aid Secretaries, PCC members but open to all.  The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a 21st Century solution to offset one of the greatest threats to parish income: static giving.  The scheme helps you to collect and maintain parish income on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.  Each donation is restricted to your parish church and Gift Aid is collected and remitted to the PCC each month.  If this scheme becomes the principal funding method for your Church, you will have inflation-proofed your giving, maximized your cash-flow and minimised your administration. This will free up your parish to focus on other important priorities.  Come and hear from other parishes how they have benefitted from the Scheme and how your PCC can join. 

Guest speakers include the Bishop, Dr John Preston (National Stewardship Advisor) and Eleanor Stead (CEO Parish Giving Scheme).  This event is free.

Sessions also at:

11 January     St John’s Church, Church Street, Saxmundham IP17 1ES at7.30pm

                   Register here pgs-saxmundham.eventbrite.co.uk

31 January     Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral IP33 1LS at 7.30pm

              Register here pgs-bse.eventbrite.co.uk


The Gospel and Western Culture

Earl Stonham Village Hall, Forward Green IP14 5HJ

Saturday 24th February 2018, 9:30

Saturday 24 February          9.30am – 12.30pm

We are shaped by our context. This event seeks to understand some of the elements of contemporary western society which influence contemporary Christian thinking and practice, and to consider how we can recognise and respond to their impact. Participants will be encouraged to reflect critically on their own cultural and ecclesial traditions and to engage with wider perspectives, and to consider appropriate strategies for missionary engagement and involvement in contemporary society.  Aimed at clergy, Readers, LLMs and Elders - all others very welcome.  Enquiries about the session to Ruth Dennigan at ruth.dennigan@cofesuffolk.org or phone 01473 298510.  To book, please go to gospel-western-culture.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 lesley.steed@cofesuffolk.org or 01473 298510.


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.  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.


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