Course in Spiritual Direction
Autumn 2017 – Spring 2019 The Chelmsford Diocesan House of Retreat, Pleshey, Essex.
Spiritual Direction is a one-to-one ministry of prayer and listening. The Course in Spiritual Direction is an ecumenical one, sponsored by the Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops of the diocese, which has been offered for some twenty years. It is open to lay and ordained Christians of all traditions. It takes place at the Retreat House in Pleshey, a quiet place, offering space for prayerful reflection and spiritual renewal. The Aim of the Course is to provide an opportunity for course members to grow in spirituality and personal development. Through shared experience, participants will be challenged to a deeper awareness and effectiveness as they help others discover what God is doing in their lives.
The Course Programme runs from September 2017 to March 2019. It includes three residential periods and fourteen whole days. Residential periods will take place as follows: 12-14 Sept 2017; 17-18 Jan 2018; 18-20 Sept 2018. Course Days are usually on the first Thursday of each month. The Day begins at 9.30am and ends at 4.00pm.
Are you looking for a challenge? Would you like to engage in Mission around the globe? Are you ready to learn, grow and develop through a programme of work and education with young people from other parts of the world?
The Council for World Mission (CWM) has been investing in equipping the young people for the ministry and mission of its member churches since 1981, especially through its flagship 'Training in Mission' (TIM) Programme. In 2017, participants will engage in mission work and education in Fiji, Kiribati and New Zealand from 1 May to 31 November. Want to join them?
Every year, 10-12 participants, aged 18-30, from member churches including the United Reformed Church, are brought together for about seven months of intensive mission training. In every member church, TIM participants are to be seen as living expressions of CWM's understanding of partnership in mission, making this programme crucial, not only for participants, but for their home denominations.
Training in MissionTIM aims to:
- provide training for life. It is intended to act as a stage in one's Christian formation to encourage a life–long involvement with the Mission of the Church.Training in Mission
- offer training with a wide vision, deepened commitment and a strengthened sense of fellowship and partnership with other Christians around the world, particularly through CWM member-churches.
- be an enabling experience, offering an adventure of faith, rooted in God and enacted in the world
- be a journey of transformation, dialectic of self and society. Though initiated three decades ago, CWM is constantly re-defining the content and methodology of the programme, just as it hopes participants will do themselves.
Website: CWM Training in Mission 2017
Rural Ministry Course details
The Rural Ministry Course is offered twice a year for those, lay or ordained who are new to rural ministry. The most excellent course I've done in the church. Thank you so much for the information and, more importantly, the inspiration. Distinctive rural contexts require particular expertise and strategies and the ARC is the recognised leader in equipping and resourcing the church in creative and credible ways. The course includes sessions on:
* Rural context * Mission and growth * Leadership * Working with children and young people in the countryside
25 - 27 April 2017 at King's Park Conference Centre, Northampton
The three day residential programme, employs a variety of approaches including practical sessions, group work and workshops led by practitioners. It is designed for lay and ordained ministers across the denominations who may be entering a rural appointment for the first time, or who may already be in rural ministry but feel the need for a 'refresher'. it attracts those who are keen to examine the challenges and opportunities that this ministry offers. Each course can accomodate up to 20 participants and early booking is advised.
The fee for the course is £245 per person. This includes a free subscription for one year to Country Way magazine. A non-refundable deposit of £75 is required at the time of booking. RESERVE YOUR PLACE
Download, complete and return the form for the April 2017 course here
The Arthur Rank Centre is launching the fourth national Germinate Leadership programme. The programme is targeted at leaders within the rural church to help them develop creative and entrepreneurial skills for effective leadership.
- It is open to lay and ordained leaders in the rural church from all denominations who have already displayed some creative and entrepreneurial flair in ministry and are keen to develop themselves and their skills.
- A cohort of around 15-20 people both lay and ordained from a mixed denominational background take part in the programme which enhances learning and personal development.
- Each participant will have a mentor to support them through the programme and will also become part of small self-supporting peer groups.
- The programme starts on Wednesday 5th October 2016 with an induction day at Stoneleigh Park Warwickshire.
- The costs of the programme is £1,200 including a three day residential. There are some bursaries available where this will help participation.
Germinate Leadership delivers an understanding of leadership theory, style and skills and their application context, encouraging a systematic approach to entrepreneurial leadership in the rural church. It involves theological reflection on the nature of leadership in ministry and explores particular areas of expertise such as envisioning, strategic development, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, group dynamics and team building. The programme fosters a collaborative, ecumenical approach and a culture of continuing personal and professional development.
Fresh Expressions Mission Shaped Ministry Courses 2016/17
You are invited to share a one year part-time learning journey in a supportive community. Equipping you to plant and sustain fresh expressions of church and apply mission shaped values to traditional church settings. For a lifetime of good practice and learning in growing fresh expressions of church.
Courses are held on Saturdays from 10.00 to 16.00 at Christ Church, Moreton Hall, Lawsons Place, Bury St Edmumds, IP32 7EW and Tuesdays from 19.30 to 21.30 at St Mary's Church, Ely, St Mary's Street Ely, CB7 4HF.
Your local course Eastern Synod, dioceses of Ely and St Edmundsbury Ipswich, East Anglia Methodist District, and the Eastern Baptist Association and the Eastern Synod of the URC are delighted to make Mission-Shaped Ministry msm)available locally. We believe it will be a significant resource for building the Kingdom of God in this area.
Individuals are most welcome, but we particularly hope that small groups from a church or fresh expression will come as this will deepen the impact of the course. Cost is £175 includes exclusive acces to on-line Mission Shaped Ministry Materials, printed materials, refreshments, ploughman's lunch (Saturdays) and Project Coaching.
'A well organised course’
‘We may not know which way to go at the crossroads but we are able to see the crossroads’
Training, Learning & Serving is the name of a three year course which enables participants to train for new skills, learn more about the Bible and Faith, and serve God’s people in the community and in the Church.
Easy-to-use ecumenical courses, bringing famous voices and challenging opinions into your discussion group. ''Over the years, the York Courses have proved a huge success, and deservedly so. The format works brilliantly.''
A NEW 4-SESSION COURSE - IDEAL FOR ADVENT 2016
This course is just right for the 4 weeks of Advent - but suitable for any time of year. "York Courses really do offer some of the best material for group use, attractively presented, ecumenical, and not tied to a particular season."
ABOUT - Living in the light - Witnesses to a single event often give contrasting reports. When the event is God's coming to this world as a child it is not just fascinating, it is highly instructive. It opens our eyes not only to what God is like, but to how life can be lived to the full. This course explores the 'reports' of Luke, John, Mary and Paul. In doing so it engages with the distinctive nature of Christian spirituality and how we can give expression to it in our lives, thus living the light of Christ's coming.
RECEIVING CHRIST - IDEAL FOR LENT 2017 - or any time
An ecumenical course in five sessions written by Canon John Young comprising course booklet, CD and transcript; ideal for Lent, yet not Lent-specific. 'To all who received him ... he gave power to become children of God.' (John 1.12.) This raises big questions. Aren't we all children of God anyway? How can we receive Christ? And what does it mean to have 'a relationship with God'?
In a course crammed with discussable questions, John Young teases out from the New Testament at least three different ways in which we receive Christ. John's course booklet is supplemented by four leading Christians, from a variety of backgrounds, on the course CD. Together they demonstrate that St John's theology in his magisterial Gospel has very practical implications for our day-to-day lives. Website: York Courses for booking details
SPRINGS Dance Company - Dance for Churches
If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, springs of living water will flow from within him. John 7 verses 37–38
SPRINGS DANCE COMPANY offers churches, cathedrals and Christian organisations an exciting programme of performances and workshops to suit every occasion. Springs Dance Company offers:
- Church Dance Performances - full performances to entertain and inspire
- Dance for Special Events & Services - short performances to fit into special events or services
- Church Dance Workshops - workshops for adults and children
Springs Dance Company aims to make dance accessible for everyone and encourages the use of dance as a form of praise, worship and teaching. Dance can be used along-side speakers ‘saying’ what words sometimes cannot and giving opportunities for reflection. Dance is also an innovative and effective outreach within the community. To find out more about how to use Springs Dance Company effectively in your Church contact the SDC office. Dancers of all levels can apply for courses, each with a different focus.
To book or for more information on courses, call us or visit Springs Dance Website. Website: Springs Dance Company for details
"Spectrum" Contemparary Christian Studies 2016
Spectrum is a provider of contemporary Christian learning in the form of courses, conferences workshops and longer-term initiatives. All these help people consider how aspects of our culture and society relate to the Christian Faith today.
In 2015/16 the focus of much of Spectrum’s work will be on the 18-30 age group entitled Missing Generation?
This project will seek to develop training for this age group in Communication and Leadership, provide forums for church leaders to consider and discuss their provision and strategy as well as providing a network through which initiatives can be made known.