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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.  

Vocation, faith and work: nurturing ourselves, nurturing others

St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ

Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 10:00

Wednesday 23 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.

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.