Learning Opportunities: Spring 2018
Mission Shaped Introduction
Our world and our lives change at an ever faster pace. How does the Church respond to this change? Are new ways of being Church possible? What might they look like?
MSI helps us to reconnect with the communities we are called to serve, taking us on a creative and reflective journey to re-imagine the forms of Church that are needed for the 21st century.
The 6-session course will be running in Mission Communities through 2018, including:
Criffel View: January – February
Kendal South: January – February
Furness: January – February
Barrow: January – February
Kendal North: January – March
East of Eden: February – March
Workington: February – April (tbc.)
Allithwaite, Cartmel Peninsula: February – April (tbc.)
Carlisle: April – May
More dates and locations to be confirmed. For details in your area contact your local Mission Community leader or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introduction to the New Testament
This module is taught over seven two-hour evening tutorials and one day school, and is part of our validated training programme for ordinands and readers. It is also open to anyone who is interested in developing their biblical knowledge and is willing to commit to the time involved. Led by Dr Karl Möller.
Tuesdays, 7.00pm – 9.00pm (various dates, January – March. Pease ask for details.) and Saturday 3rd February, 9.30am – 4.00pm. All tutorials held at Rydal Hall.
Costs: £135.00 for the full module.
For further information about the content and any other enquiries, please contact James Bober (01768 807765; email@example.com).
Tragedy and Congregations
The aim of Tragedy and Congregations is to resource churches to respond in a healthy way to the impact of tragedies, local and global, through training in good practice, careful reflection, and personal resilience.
Led by Dr Christopher Southgate, Revd Hilary Ison,
Revd Canon Dr Carla Grosch-Miller and Dr Megan Warner
Saturday 13th January 2018, 9.00am – 4.00pm, Rydal Hall, £28.00
For further information, see https://tragedyandcongregations.org.uk
or contact James Bober (01768 807765; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hidden Wounds in our Midst
Facing the challenges of domestic abuse from a faith perspective, through preaching, worship, prayer, listening and learning. Calling us to repentance, and enabling restoration and healing. A resource for all, lay or ordained, in our Churches and Mission Communities. Internationally renowned practical theologians Elaine Storkey and Kathy Galloway will be keynote speakers at the event.
Workshops include: Responses from theology and scripture: Esther 1:1-2:6; Responses from theology and scripture: Ephesians 5:21-33; Responding prophetically in our preaching ministry; Responding pastorally; Responses informed by sociological perspectives; Responding in and from our faith communities; Responding in worship.
Saturday 20th January, 9.30am – 4.00pm, St Thomas’s Church, Kendal
£20.00 (or ask for reduction)
Social Media Training
This day will cover the basics: What social media platforms should churches have? What content should churches be sharing? How can churches with limited resources create quality content? Should we be looking at analytics and paying to promote posts? The dos and don’ts of writing for the web. The content your website must include – and what you could delete.
Delivered by the Church of England’s National Communications team.
Saturday 27th January, 10.00am – 4.00pm, St Aidan’s Church Hall, Carlisle
Free to attend but places are strictly limited!
Maximum one participant per Mission Community, please.
Explore your Calling in the Kingdom of God
Featuring: ‘What’s Vocation All About?’; What’s my Line? – interviews with people who serve in many different ways; Worship and Drama; The Vocation Advisory Service – how does it work?; and time to talk, ask questions, view information.
We’ll conclude by exploring possibilities more personally over lunch.
Tea, coffee, juice will be available; please bring lunch.
Led by Revd Canon Ruth Crossley, Revd Elaine Bates and Maureen Stevens.
Saturday 3rd February, 9.45am – 1.00pm,
St Mary’s Parish Centre, Dalton-in-Furness. Free to attend.
Bookings: 01229 822149 or email@example.com
or you will be very welcome to simply arrive on the day.
Nourishing The Soul
(Cumbria Ecumenical Spirituality Group)
Discover more about your Christian spiritual heritage; learn and experience
different ways of praying; meet others on a similar journey; find new resources
to feed and enrich your soul.
A one-year programme over nine one-day sessions, from Saturday 3rd February
£20.00 per session, Hawkshead Hill Chapel, Ambleside
For bookings and more information contact CESG secretary Anna Walker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Developing Quality Relationships
A 2-hour workshop for anyone with any kind of pastoral role, or considering one.
Enabling all members of church to explore the development of quality relationships from a Christian perspective.
The workshop will be led by Teresa Onions, Pastoral Care UK.
Tuesday 27th February, 7.15pm – 9.30pm, St George’s Church, Kendal, £3.00
Revisiting Theological Reflection
Led by Prof. Pete Ward, Professorial Fellow in Ecclesiology and Ethnography, Durham University. This teaching day will be based on Pete’s most recent publication: ‘Introduction to Practical Theology: Mission, Ministry and the Life of the Church.’
Saturday 3rd March, 9.30am – 4.00pm, Rydal Hall, £28.00
Bookings and more information: email@example.com
Looking Ahead: Dates for your Diaries
Saturday 21st April: ‘Grief, Loss and Care of the Bereaved’
Enabling reflection on how we can offer support and care
to those affected by grief.
St Mary’s Church, Harrington
Bookings and information: firstname.lastname@example.org
May – June 2018: ‘Calling’ Roadshows
Exploring your Christian vocation
Venues around Cumbria
Tuesday 10th July : ‘Taking Funerals Seriously’
Wednesday 11th July: ‘Baptism Matters’
Led by Revd Dr Sandra Miller (Archbishops’ Council).
How can we engage better with those who join us for the pastoral offices?
Venue & booking details tbc.
Saturday 15th September: Whole Life Worship Conference
with Sam & Sara Hargreaves
(Engage Worship / London Institute of Contemporary Christianity)
Church House 19-24 Friargate Penrith Cumbria CA11 7XR
Charity registration #1105055
01768 807765 email@example.com
Chaplaincy to the Tourist Industry
What is it? What are we aiming to do?
The Tourism Chaplaincy Project is about organising small teams of people to reach out to, and get alongside people involved in the tourist industry.
A chaplain is a person who is: “among people, with people, for people, providing a caring listening ear”.
A chaplain is a person who gets alongside others, in their daily life, workplace, or in our case, also places of rest and relaxation, listening to the stories people want to share – about their work, their families, their life, maybe their worries, and even sometimes about God.
It’s about being present, being available, being where we are invited, not imposing our ideas on others in any way, just showing love and care towards all.
The project aims to develop this type of ‘listening presence’ for those who work in the tourist industry.
We are looking at how we might reach beyond the walls of our church buildings, to engage in new, exciting but relevant ways with those who work in and visit this beautiful, but challenging, part of the world.
As part of this project, you are invited to following event:-
Chaplaincy Project Exploration Forum’ On Thursday 25th January
3:00 p.m. and repeated at 7:30 p.m.
At Ambleside Parish Centre where we will share a little more about the project, and listen to how YOU think this project might work, and how we can develop it.
This meeting is for you if you:
- work in any way in a hotel, restaurant, or other tourist outlet
- are connected to any church of any denomination, and are interested in this project
- are a B&B or hotel (of any size) manager or owner
- connected to the hospitality and tourism industry in any other way
- are just interested in what we are hoping to do
- might even consider volunteering as a member of a chaplaincy team
If you can’t make it, but would like to know more, then please contact me, Maggie Patchett, firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 015394 42971, or via Ambleside or Windermere Methodist Church.
UNITY WEEK: 21 – 28 January.
‘That all may be free’
comes from the Caribbean, and a number of events are planned for the week.
Joint Service (Coniston & Torver) , 21 January, The Methodist Chapel, 11 a.m., Coniston
WALK (led by John Dixon) on Monday 22nd, January
(meet at 2.00 p.m. at Tarn Hows car park for a walk around the tarn),
BRING AND SHARE MEAL at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 24th January,
Hawkshead Hill Chapel. More details to come.
On Sunday the 7th of January, The Venerable Vernon Ross will be officiating at the Licensing Service of The Revd Brian Streeter as Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Coniston and Torver.
This will be the only service of the day on Sunday the 7th at Brian’s other local churches. We look forward to meeting together at the 2:30 p.m. service at St. Andrew’s Church in Coniston.
Everyone is welcome to attend the service to meet Brian and Anne and for the refreshments afterwards.