September 2017 St Hild College: MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission based in Mirfield or Sheffield 

St Hild College is now offering a range of academically stretching and ministry-focused postgraduate courses validated by Durham University (Common Awards). Students can specialise in biblical theology, leadership or liturgy and ethics. Flexible programmes of study are possible, based at our Mirfield Teaching Centre, or at the Barnabas Teaching Centre in Sheffield. See for details.

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Messy Church Family Weekend, Peak Centre, 1-3 September

A very affordable and fun weekend spent with your loved ones; meeting new and old friends, eating well, learning more about God's boundless love, being crafty and having a go at some outdoor activities. 

Get Messy, Get active, Make new friends, Learn together, Pray together.

What is it? An opportunity to meet other families and people involved with Messy Church, to spend time together being creative, to find space and rest, to be part of a community and to find God through adventure, relationships and God's wonderful creation. Who is it for? Anyone involved in Messy Church across Derbyshire, whether you are a leader or a family group. What does it cost? £35pp (family price) or £50 (individual price). For further information or to book your places don't hesitate to contact us: 01433 670254


Praying with the music of John Tavener, 4 September, Launde Abbey

John Tavener's music has been influenced by the universality of prayer and traditions found in many world faiths. Using his music, we have the opportunity to reflect on this spirituality and our own; encouraging us to look again at the intentions and purposes of prayer, with a view to stimulating and feeding our own prayer life. More information 


Literature Lecture, 7 September, Launde Abbey

Billy Budd The Sailor, An Inside Narrative by Herman Melville. Learn more about the book and enjoy lunch afterwards with friends.  More info and booking


Praying with Thomas Aquinas, 11 September, Launde Abbey

Just before his death, Thomas Aquinas had a profound mystical experience of God which led him to claim: " Everything I have written is straw". Nevertheless, generations since have his thinking about prayer, spiritual formation and the contemplative life to be inspiring and of great practical help. During this day we'll talk about the rich Dominican spirituality of this greatest of medieval thinkers, and discover how his understanding of habit and virtue, of contemplation and action, of spirit and sacraments can help shape our prayer and practices today. More information 


Sustaining Joy, 11 - 14 September, Launde Abbey

Led by Paul Swann. During the retreat we will reflect on motivation, identity, gratitude and our image of God, to help us rediscover and sustain joy while being realistic about the pressures and demands of everyday life. To book 01572 717254 or email 


Welfare Rights  - Free -  Universal Credit Seminar Friday 15th September 9.30-30 Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell Street, Chesterfield, S40 1QN.

The aim of the seminar is to develop your knowledge of what Universal Credit (UC) Full Service is and how the roll out will affect your service users. UC replaces six working age benefits with one. UC Full Service begins in the proximity on 29th November. The course is aimed at health and social care professionals in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.Attendees will by the end of the seminar:

• Have increased confidence about how to deal with UC Full Service Matters

• Be able to explain the rules about Alternative Payment arrangements

• Be able to explain to service users how the roll out of UC Full Service may affect them

To book e: Use UC Seminar Chesterfield as the subject and give your full name., email address, contact telephone number, organisation, any special access requests, workshop choices.Choose 2 of the following workshops:-

A The UC online claim process- hints and tips

B Getting the Claimant Commitment right

C Specified Accommodation- the relationship between Housing Benefit and UC

D Claiming UC when you are sick or disabled- the WCA process

Lunch will not be provided.

Favouring the Young and Respecting the Old: Generations, Church and Mission, St Johns College, 12 September, 1.45pm - 3.15pm

A public lecture by Dr David Hilborn. Free entry - all welcome. Tea and Cake afterwards. Much is made these days of 'generational differences' in society, and Christian books, mission strategies and growth plans are often shaped around perceived distictions between 'Boomers', 'Xers', 'Millennials' and 'Generation Z'. The need to attract young people to faith is more intense than ever, yet we live in an ageing society. David Hilborn has been researching and writing in this area for two decades, and in this lecture, he will update the findings of his and Matt Bird's influential book "God and the Generations:Youth, Age and the Church Today" (Paternoster). Where do generational categories come from? What should we make of them theologically? How important are they compared to distinctions like race, class, gender and economic status? And how should we do church and mission practically in relation to them? These and other aspects of generations will be explored in this talk, with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion. There is no charge for this lecture but it would help with planning if you could let us know you're coming. To do so please contact Gill Benson tel 0115 968 3222. Lunch is available beforehand at 12.45, for a charge of £5. If you would like to book this, please contact Gill by email or phone as above. 


Lift Up Your Voice, 19 September, Thorpe DE6 2AW, 2.30pm - 5pm

Miles Quick, the RSCM’s Head of Congregational and Instrumental Music will explore new vocal material from refreshing traditional hymns to Taize, Iona and worship songs and ways of introducing instruments into worship. There will be material for churches small and large, rural and urban, with music resources or none, choirs, singing groups or none.

Everyone will be welcome, be they members of congregations, clergy, worship and music leaders, occasional singing groups, choirs, organ maestros, reluctant keyboard players or shy instrumentalists. There will something for everyone to take away. There will be a concluding act of worship using some of the music featured during the afternoon. Advance booking advised. £8 per adult (£6 for RSCM members or affiliates)  Students free. Further details from Michael Halls      01335 372064


Walking holiday / retreat, 25 - 29 September, Launde Abbey

Join us for a spiritual and physical journey, involving prayer, meditation, worship and exploration of this wonderful corner of the East Midlands. More info 



Transforming Church Conflict  Residential Course 24 - 29 September 2017 at Felden Lodge in Hertfordshire

 A course run by Bridge Builders - designed for anyone within a church leadership role (lay or ordained) who would benefit from developing new skills in handling tension and difference within their communities. Apply on line by following the link below: .

Please note the early bird rate offering a £80 discount expires on Monday 31 July.The early bird rate for the course is £840 which includes all training materials, accommodation, meals and refreshments for the week


The Morecambe Bay Festival of Gospel Music, 29 September - 1 October

Hosted by Eurovision winner, Dana, and featuring top gospel artists from across the UK. 

Information and tickets 

In the footsteps of Thomas Merton, 2 October, Launde Abbey

Led by James Shakepeare. Thomas Merton's writings provide a helpful backdrop for a deeper life of prayer. Among the themes we will be exploring are turning to God our centre, finding integration, paying attention and contemplation in a world of action. The outline of the day is coffee at 10am, followed by a talk, a short service in the chapel and lunch. In the afternoon there will be a second talk, Holy Eucharist followed by tea and cake at 4pm.  More info and booking


PCC Tonight, St George and St Mary's Church, Swadlincote, 4 October

How's your PCC doing? Focused, fun and fruitful? Or a little different to that? Following the launch of a new resource to help PCCs function well in July 2015, CPAS is running an event to clarify the purpose and place of PCCs, to explore some common dysfunctions, and to introduce material you can use to shape its life. Intended for all PCC members, bring several car loads and come ready to enjoy a fun and informative evening. For more information and to book click here


Matins and Evensong for Licensed Readers, 7 October, London

Organised by The Prayer Book Society this one day conference key aim is to affirm the importance of The Book of Common Prayer in the ministry and spiritual life of Readers whilst helping them overcome difficulties they might encounter when using it to conduct services. £27 to include tea/ coffee and lunch. More information to book email 


Literature Lecture, 12 October, Launde Abbey

The Mill on the Floss by George Elliot. Learn more about the book and afterwards enjoy lunch with friends.  More info and booking


Churches Visitor and Tourism Association Annual Conference, York, 13 - 14 October

The theme is welcoming prilgrims and visitors in the 21st Century and is being run in partnership with Christianity and Culture, University of York. Join us for our friendly, informative and fun annual conference. For churches: meet other volunteers and clergy from churches open and wanting to open, share stories, get great ideas and learn from the experience of those working in church tourism across the UK. For professionals: meet others in the sector, inspire joint working or new projects and ideas. More information and to book 


Autumn Retreat, 13 – 15 October, Convent of the Holy Name

Led by Sr. Pauline CHN. For more information 


Just as I am: Living Theology, 14 October, London

This will be exploring questions such as "What does it mean to be disabled, and what might that say about God?" " Do our stories tell us something about God's story?" "Are we living theology" Through plenary talks and working in small groups, with a silent space and a marketplace, we explore ideas arising from our experience and consider how we can resourse each other and the church. This conference is organised by and for disabled people, supporters and people with an interest in disability issues. To book 


Journey through EcoChurch, 21 October, Sheffield

Delegates will have the opportunity to put practical questions from their churches to experts and hear the stories of other churches working towards the Eco Church Award. Free to attend. More infromation 


Women of Peace Conference, 21 October, Leeds

BRF and Women Alive join forces to host 'Women of Peace' an exciting day conference in Leeds with keynote speaker Liz Babbs and seminars by Bridget Plass, Rachel Turner and Amy Boucher-Pye. For more information and to book


Autumn Encounters, Iona, 21-28 October

Short seasonal programme with the Iona Community. 

Walking into Winter: Led by Jan Sutch Pickard, Joy Mead and Ruth Burgess. Book online at or phone 01681 700 304


Autumn Encounters, Iona, 28 October - 4 November

Short seasonal programme with the Iona Community. 

Stillness, Silence and Song. Led by Alison Adam and Cara Riley. Book online at or phone 01681 700 304. 


Women and Men as God intended, 30th October - 3 November, Launde Abbey

Are men from Mars and women fromVenus? John Bell opens the 'Pandoras Box' of the Bible to discover surprises, contradictions and enlightment to show us how we can all learn to live together on planet Earth. More information 



The Buck Stops Here Conference, Elim Conference Centre, Malvern, 31 October - 2 November

For first time incumbents and those moving from assistant to senior minister. Run by CPAS. For more information 

Autumn Encounters, Iona, 4 - 11 November

Short seasonal programme with the Iona Community. 

Cycles of Grace: Exploring the Ten Beatitudes led by Alastair McIntosh. Book online at or phone 01681 700304.


The vow of yes: A life open to God, 6 November, Launde Abbey

"All the promises of God" says the Bible, "Find their Yes in Christ". And the Spirit draws from our hearts a "Yes" in responce: yes to God, to one anither and to life in this world. Come and prayerfully explore the ways of humility, openness and wonder that help us experience more fully God's Yes to us in Jesus. More info and book


New Chapters Conference, 6 - 9 November, Elim Conference, Malvern

For all clergy moving to a new incumbency or area of ministry. Run by CPAS. For more information and booking 


How to get your church noticed, 9 November, Westminster

Does your local community know about all the good things on offer at your church? For more information and booking


Magazines and Newsletters, 10 November, Westminster

Master the skill of writing, editing and designing your church magazine. For information and booking


Literature Lecture, 16 November, Launde Abbey

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Dame Muriel Spark. Learn more about the book and afterwards enjoy lunch with friends.  More info and booking


Streams of Contemplative Prayer, 20 November Launde Abbey

Led by Cathy Davies. 'Though silance sometimes involves the absence of speech it always involves the act of listening'(Richard Foster). An attentive silence where the heart is seeking to listen to God is the essence of contemplative prayer. We'll be exploring the roots of contemplative prayer in scripture and tradition and also some mre contemporary streams of contemplative prayer to deepen and inform our own listening to and living for God. More info and to book


Advent Retreat, 21 - 24 November, Launde Abbey

Led by David Newman, Warden of Launde Abbey. An opportunity to spend some time away from the busyness of life at this time of waiting. Spiritual guidance and support will be available throughout the retreat. More info and booking


Social Media for Beginners, 23 November, Westminster

If you don't know your 'likes' from your 'favourites' this is the course for you. For booking and information


Moving On, 23 November, Coventry

Led by CPAS patronage secretary, John Fisher, this forum-style event will offer insight into the tricky subject of moving jobs. It will provide some biblical framework to the discernment process and how to make good choices. It will also look at the practicalities of completing good applications and handling interviews well. Moving On will give godly space to think about this important subject. For more information and to book click here 


Fresh Expressions National Conference, 25 November, York

Will take place in the centre of York with workshops in several city centre churches. The conference is for everyone committed to evangelism and growth. it is an opportunity for those involved in fresh expressions of church, growing our parish churches, church planting / grafting and pioneering or who are interested in knowing more. This is a ticketed event and is £12.50 to attend. For more information and to book your ticket


A God Soaked Life: A retreat before Christmas, 28-30November, Launde Abbey

Led by Chris Webb. Looking towards Christmas, in this retreat we'll explore the rich preserve of God in every aspect of our day to day lives: in our relationships, communities, work and families to help us discover how to be ever more loving people in a world drenched in God's love. More info and booking



Advent Quiet Day, 2 December, Convent of the Holy Name

Led by Sr. Rosemary CHN. For more information


A quiet day for Advent: Is Advent really necessary? , 4 December, Launde Abbey

Advent is the four weeks anticipating Christmas Day, but Christmas is often anticipated with Carol services and Christmas Dinners. We wouldn't dream of singing an Easter Hymn in Holy Week, would we? We'll be reflecting on that question by exploring Advent and its ricj imagery - The Four Last Things, The Coming, the hymns - while trying not to lose the wonderful atmosphere that builds to a climax on Christmas Day! More info and to book


Literature Lecture: Peter Pan, 4 December, Launde Abbey

Learn more about the fabulous book and afterwards enjoy lunch with friends. More information and to book



Is your church biblically inclusive, 6 Dec at St Giles Normanton


A day for all church leaders, lay or ordained, who are concerned to be inclusive and help those who experience same-sex attraction to stay faithful to Biblical teaching on sexual ethics and flourish at the same time. On the LOCAL (Living Out Churches And Leaders) Course we will show you why many churches fail – but how the Bible wonderfully meets the challenges we all face.   More details of the day at St Giles' here:






A God-Soaked Life: A retreat before Christmas, 8- 10 December, Launde Abbey

Led by Chris Webb, Deputy Warden of Launde Abbey. Looking forward to Christmas, in this retreat we'll explore the rich presence of God in every aspect of our day to day lives: in relationships, communities, work and families to help us discover how to be ever more loving people in a world drenched in God's love.  More info and booking

Epiphany Taize Retreat, 12 - 14 January, Launde Abbey

Led by Cathy Davies and Emily Walker. A retreat with periods of silance for anyone who wants to pause as the year begins and enter the light and joy of Epiphany more deeply, using imagery, icos, music and worship from the Taize community. More info and to book


Quilting and Textiles Sewing Retreat, 15 - 19 January, Launde Abbey

Led by Claire Goode. A creative sewing retreat including the opportunity to make a small wall hanging, cushion cover or table centre using a variety of sewing techniques. Beginners are very welcome. More information and to book


Living with Loss, 19 - 23 February, Launde Abbey

A retreat for anyone who is currently grieving or has sufered recent loss, allowing retreatants to face up to some of the spiritual, emotional and practical challenges of their grief, and then look at practical and creative ways to cope with life as it is now. More info and to book


Pilgrimage to Isreal, 23 April - 2 May 2018

Run by Maureen and Chris Graham. Visits will include Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and Capernaum, with free time for relaxation and reflection. We are confident that this pilgrimage will not only be enjoyable, but also a spiritually enriching experience. For more information contact, or tel 01773 747223 

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