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NFP Workshops Bid Writing

NFP Workshops 2017- 2018 Bid Writing : The Basics

NFP-WorkshopsAffordable training courses for charities, schools, associations and social enterprises

TOPICS COVERED  - Who are the winners and losers in grant funding. How to identify the weaknesses in your project. What questions will funders will ask themselves about your bid. Common reasons for applications being rejected. The key terms in bid writing explained with examples of each. Make your application short but effective.

Start telling funders the things they really want to hear. How to build greater credibility in the eyes of funders. Demonstrating that the beneficiaries of your project are involved. The importance of getting your numbers and totals right. What to do with all your supporting documents. Make your proofreading fool proof. Each attendee will receive a full set of notes and copies of eight real successful funding bids by e-mail after the workshop.

ATTENDEES - Staff members, volunteers, board members or trustees of charities, schools, associations or not for profit organisations who are about to submit grant funding applications to grant making trusts and foundations.

TRAINER - The workshop will be run by Ian Benson. COST - £95. Refreshments provided. No VAT. No booking fees.

PAYMENT - All places must be booked using a debit or credit card through the online booking system. We do not issue invoices or accept bank or cheque payments. If you do not have a debit card from your organisation please use a personal one and claim reimbursement using the booking confirmation e-mail as proof of purchase.

BOOKING TERMS - Workshop bookings are non cancellable, non refundable and non transferable between dates. If you are unable to attend on the date booked you may send someone else in your place.    If you have a question about the workshops please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   and you will usually receive a response within 24 hours.

Website: NFP Workshops 

Course in Spiritual Direction

Course in Spiritual Direction

Autumn 2017 – Spring 2019      The Chelmsford Diocesan House of Retreat, Pleshey, Essex.

course-in-spiritual-directiSpiritual 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 2018Course Days are usually on the first Thursday of each month. The Day begins at 9.30am and ends at 4.00pm.

Application forms, which must be completed and returned by 15th March 2017, are obtainable from:
Course Administrator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 25 Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea,  Essex, SS0 9RY

Prospective candidates will be invited for interview. The aim of the selection process is to discern whether the course is appropriate for the candidate at this time. Selection interviews will take place at the Diocesan House of Retreat at Pleshey on 2nd & 3rd May 2017.

Download: Course in Spiritual Direction Programme and Booking Details

CWM Training Mission 2018

CWM Training in Mission 2018 

TIMLOGOAre 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 2018, participants will engage in mission work and education in Fiji, Kiribati and New Zealand from 1 May to 30 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. Employing an action-reflection model of learning, over 350 young people have so far been changed for life by this magnificent programme, developing a new practical and radical understanding of what witnessing to Christ means. CWM is known for its commitment to mutual encounter, in which peoples and cultures form across the planet meet together to learn from one another. TIM participants are able to see, first-hand how this works on the ground and, in turn, to incorporate their findings into their own practice. 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 Mission

TIM 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.

If you would like more information or an application form, please do have a look at the Programme Brief, or call us on 020 7916 8683. The deadline for applications is 15 November 2017.         

Arthur Rank Rural Ministry Course 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

If you have any further questions about the courses, please email    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      Website: Arthur Rank Ministry Course

Germinate Leadership 2016-18

poverty-and-wealth-2016The 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.

Website: Germinate Leadership 2016            Website:  Arthur Rank Centre

Fresh Expressions Mission Shaped Ministry Course

Fresh Expressions Mission Shaped Ministry Courses 2016/17

mission-shaped-ministry1You 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.

msm rucksack 2015jpgCourses 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.

View Website: Mission Shaped Ministry     msm Course Dates and Information   Download: msm Flyer and Booking Form    

TLS Training, Learning, Serving

tls prospectus 2015 15 1'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.

Website: TLS Training Learning and Serving for further Information


York Courses 2017-2018

'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.''

So what are you waiting for?

A 4-session course written by Revd Lucy Winkett – ideal for Advent, or any time you need a 4-part course

“Simon Stanley brilliantly explores the whole business of time, waiting and rushing with Lucy Winkett. The course booklet is a so-what-are-you-waiting-for-2018must-read before engaging with the CD, which forms the icing on the course’s very substantial cake.” (Church Times review October 2017)  comprising course booklet, audio and transcript

The season of Advent bends time itself. And for us, time drags or speeds by, depending on our circumstances and stage of life. Our attitude to time gives us clues about our attitude towards God.It’s a cliche to say that we live our lives often waiting for life to start, but that’s what many people experience, until they realise that they were living their lives all along. Whether you’re always in a hurry or have too much time on your hands, this course is for you, as we explore a spiritual life that encourages us to be active in the chronological world, and rooted in Kairos, God’s time.

On the Third Day

A brand new 5-session ecumenical course for discussion groups written by Bishop John Pritchard – ideal for on-the-third-day-2018Lent, though not Lent-specific Comprising course booklet, audio  and transcript

Rationale: The resurrection is the Big Story that turned a little Jewish protest movement into a world-transforming religion. And yet by Easter Monday we’ve almost forgotten about it and are planning our summer holidays. How can we re-capture the explosive power of the resurrection that ricocheted around the world? How can we live in the glow of resurrection and be an Easter people? How can ‘there and then’ become ‘here and now’? The course booklet includes a good selection of questions at the end of each of the five sessions, designed to stimulate wide-ranging discussion.    Website: York Courses for booking details  

Springs Dance Company for Churches

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 excitingSprings-dance-14 programme of performances and workshops to suit every occasion.  Springs Dance Company offers:

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 Christian Studies 2016

"Spectrum" Contemparary Christian Studies 2016

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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.

Website: Spectrum for Further Information and Booking Details 

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