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Mission and Ministry Events Programme

Clare Deanery Pitstop

Stoke by Clare Barn (Village Hall), Ashen Lane, Stoke By Clare, CO10 8JA

Thursday 23rd February 2017, 19:30

An opportunity to pause, refuel and refocus on how your Church is Growing in Depth, Number, Influence and Younger.  A facilitated evening of learning from each other, hearing some practical ideas that encourage growth and discovering mutual support from across the Deanery.  With the Revd Canon Dave Gardner and members of Discovery Centre Team introducing their ‘Toolkit for parishes’.  For more information, please contact the Revd Stuart Mitchell at thevicarage8ny@btinternet.com or 01787 278482.


Who Cares? Vision Night

St Mary’s Church, Honey Hill, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1RT

Saturday 25th February 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.


The Spirituality of Ministry - a morning with the Bishops

St Michael’s, Church Street, Framlingham IP13 9BJ

Saturday 04th March 2017, 9:30

9.30am – 12.30pm

For clergy, Elders, Readers and Chaplains only: Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike will be walking from Dunwich to Bury St Edmunds from Ash Wednesday to Saturday 11 March.  On Saturday 4 March they will stop at to lead us in reflecting on sustaining and resourcing our spiritual lives.  To book your place please email Susan Lowery or phone 01473 252829 (please include the name of your parish).


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

St Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral  IP33 1LS

Tuesday 07th March 2017, 19:30

Chris Chivers, Principal of Westcott House, Cambridge, and Chair of USPG. 

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.


Gravetalk

Sancroft Hall, Back Road, Fressingfield IP21 5PN

Wednesday 08th March 2017, 10:00

It’s not easy to think about your own funeral. Talking about death, dying and funerals raises big questions that we need to face at some point, but it’s hard to talk to family and friends.  Come and think about these questions in a café space.  More information can be found here.


Suffolk Theology Forum: From Jerusalem temple to parish church: the confusion of tables with altars in Christianity

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

Thursday 09th March 2017, 19:30

Prof Tom O’Loughlin, Professor of Historical Theology, University of Nottingham. Non-members entry £5 (£4 for retired and students) payable at the door. Queries to Elizabeth Moore eymoore@talktalk.net or 01359 230161.


Sacred Spaces: History, Mission and Church Architecture

Westcott House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BP

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 10:00

Led by an art and architectural historian and exploring examples of ancient and modern sacred spaces in relation to practical advice on caring for and being inspired by Christian buildings, this study day combines specialised tours of some of Cambridge's finest holy places with intensive focus on sacred architectural practice and theory and how it relates to mission in contemporary contexts. £35/person. Westcott Foundation events@westcott.cam.ac.uk or 01223 741000.


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

St Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral  IP33 1LS

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 19:30

Ann Morisy       Community theologian, writer and lecturer

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.


Gravetalk

St Nicholas Hospice, Hardwick Park Gardens, Bury St Edmunds IP33 2QY

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 18:00

It’s not easy to think about your own funeral. Talking about death, dying and funerals raises big questions that we need to face at some point, but it’s hard to talk to family and friends.  Come and think about these questions in a café space.  More information can be found here.


Sharing Faith Today

St Matthew’s, Portman Road, Ipswich IP1 2EX

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 19:30

A practical course designed to help you share God’s good news both as part of intentional mission activity of the local church such as in Good News Weekends and in daily life.  Topics include: factors that inhibit sharing •  motivations to share  •  who we might share with  •  how we practically engage in evangelism  •  stages by which people come to faith over time.  Two interactive evening sessions of two hours with ‘homework’ between the sessions!  You will need to attend both sessions. Free to all.  Please book by contacting St Matthew’s Parish Office – parishoffice@smast.org.uk or 01473 251630.


A Spirituality for Every Day: The Sermon on the Mount

Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral IP33 1LS

Thursday 16th March 2017, 10:00

A day led by Bishop Mike

Bishop Mike writes: “One of the greatest gifts of Jesus to us is his Sermon on the Mount - but some of the ways we interpret it can seem like bad news in terms of how high the bar is set or what we are required to do. This day looks at Jesus' teaching on the Sermon on the Mount and how it is wonderfully wise teaching, enabling our spiritual transformation, a transformation rooted in the action of actually following Jesus and his teaching in ways which enable us to begin to take on something of his character. The Sermon on the Mount is not about a new and sterner legalism but pointers to what life can become for devoted disciples and apprentices of Jesus. There will be three talks during the course of the day with plenty of room for silence and reflection.”

This event is free and drinks will be provided.

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.

To book click here. Enquiries to Caroline Redman by email or phone 01359 269335.  The event is also being run on 15 August 2017 in Rushmere St Andrew, Ipswich.


Chaplains’ Day

St Nicholas Centre, Cutler Street, Ipswich IP1 1UQ

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 10:00

“Where we find ourselves” – looking at the social, political and religious landscape we minister in as chaplains across a host of institutions with Key Note speaker Prof. Grace Davie. There will also be a variety of workshops run by chaplains.

Lunch will be provided.  Please book by clicking here.  Enquiries to Lesley Steed on 01473 298510 or email.


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

Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral  IP33 1LS

Tuesday 21st March 2017, 19:30

Malcolm Guite  Poet-priest and Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge

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.


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, 21:30

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.  


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.


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