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.


Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service with Rural Action Derbyshire  Training Course  - Helping to keep village halls and community buildings safe. 7 November Darley Bridge

 This training event is being held at:  South Darley Village Hall  on Tuesday 7th November 2017 between 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Cross Green, Darley Bridge, Matlock, DE4 2JT  Delegate fee - £25 + VAT (£30)

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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


Wrestling with Modernity: Enlightenment to ISIS, 13 November, Multi Faith Centre, Derby, 6pm - 8pm

MFC Annual leacture by Dr Ataullah Siddiqui, Director of Markfield Institute. Booking by Eventbrite ot call 01332 591285


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


Building Bridges Being Community, St Helen's Darley Dale, 16 November, 7pm

An open table meeting. This is a chance for people who are LGBTU+ to tell their stories, ask questions and for churches to reflect on their own views. Theme: 'A call to listen to people whose stories Christians have often not heard" People of all views are welcome - but everyone is asked to respect the views of other people. 7pm for 7.30pm start, refreshments served from 7pm.


Reflection:Dialogue: Action:-Exploring diverse expressions of faith in Youth Work, 18 November, 9.30am - 2.30, Britannia Mill Derby

This training event will provide a reflective space for practitioners of all faiths and none, to gather in exploration, dialogue and recognition of the positive and diverse contribution that faith makes to working with young people in their communities of faith and place. To book  


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


The 'Bible' - exploring the maze of translations, 21 November, Multi Faith Centre, Derby 6pm - 8pm

By Emeritus Professor Jonathan Powers, Hon.Vice-president of the Multi Faith Centre. To book call 01332 591285


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

 Derby's Expansion New Mission and Housing Workshop Sat 25th November 9.30 - 12.30pm at St Francis Mackworth Derby DE22 4LR with Capt Jim Curran , National  Churches Together Group for New Housing, Rev Liz  Rawling, vicar of Hope Church, a church on a new development , Revd Dr Simon Cartwright , Community Minister and Former Town planner .  Come along to discuss the impact of new housing on mission and ministry in the parishes and the deaneries,  explore  how Derby can be served and the gosple shared with 50,000 new residents learn practical skills to discover where the new developments are planned and how best to ensgage new residents to book contact

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


'Listening Derby', Saturday 2nd December at St Werburgh’s Church, Spondon at 2.00pm. All Are Invited to an Inclusive Church response to the Archbishops’ invitation for the whole Church to explore ‘radical Christian inclusion.’The afternoon will begin with a time for LGBTQIA+ people to share experiences and be listened to in a safe space, with the understanding that all are affirmed and included in the Body of Christ.Followed by 5:00pm Open Table Eucharist celebrated by the Venerable Cherry Vann, Archdeacon of Rochdale and Prolocutor of the Convocation of York. Followed by supper at 6pm.Come for all or part of the afternoon.  All are welcome.To register for this event and receive material for the day, please email


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:


From Christmas to Easter - The Spirtituality of Ageing Advent Retreat, 8-9 December, St Osmund's Wilmorton, 10am - 3pm

You may opt in for either or both days. Each day will follow a programme of opening worship, guided and personal times of reflection and closing worship. The retreat theme is drawn from a week of memories spent with residents in a Methodist Care Home and brings together in poetry and prose the week before Christmas and the week before Easter as holy weeks of waiting and anticipation. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available through each day. Please bring your own packed lunch. Please email Revd Trudie Morrris or phone 01332 704226 to book a place on either day. 


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


Epiphanies and other divine surprises, 8 January, Launde Abbey

A quiet day led by Revd Chris Webb. Like many of our lives, the story of teh epphany is a tale of the unexpected: strange visitors discovering an unlikely king in the weirdest of places. This quiet day will provide time and space to reflect on the surprises God brings into all our lives, the disruptive wildness of the Holy Spirit, and the joy and struggle of coping with a gospel that turns our world upside down. For more information and to book, 

Science and Faith in the Local Church 10 - 11 January 2018 at St Edmund’s College,Cambridge

A professional workshop aimed at church leaders, lay or ordained, and those in training. The workshop will include lectures by leading experts on key issues at the intersection of science and Christian faith such as cosmology, evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology and neuroscience. There will be plenty of opportunity for group discussion and practical application to local church contexts. Register by visiting our website tel 01223 748888


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

The Entheos Trust  -Toddler Rocks Sat 27 Jan 2018 day 9.30 - 4.30 Broadway Baptist Church 166 Broadway DE22 1BP A day to encourage and equip Toddler Group Leaders  to help you think about your vision and discover new ways to see your group reach its full potential.For more information  email web

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 22- 29 January 2018

Led by Very Revd Geoffrey Marshall. A special week including four short sponsored walks in support of a Boys Home in Bethany and a School for the Blind in Bethlehem. Staying in Jerusalem and by the Sea of Galilee. More information call 01332 280452 or email


'The Three Visitors' (Genesis 18), 5 February, Launde Abbey

A quiet day led by Revd Andrew Hall. Abraham and Sarah's encounter with The Lord is one that changes their life trajectory. In the quiet day we shall explore this theme using the ancient practice of Lectio Divina and an image from the painter Marc Chagall " Come away a while and awaken your soul to the possibilities of the Lord". For more information and to book, 

 The Entheos Trust  -Toddler Rocks Sat 10th Feb 2018 day 9.30 - 4.30 Limbrick Wood Baptist Church Jardine Crescent, Coventry CV4 9QS A day to encourage and equip Toddler Group Leaders  to help you think about your vision and discover new ways to see your group reach its full potential.For more information  email web

Ash Wednesday Quiet Day including Holy Communion and the Impositon of Ashes, 14 February, Launde Abbey

 This special quiet day to mark the beginning of Lent will be led by the Revd Hilary Surridge, Co-ordinating Chaplain at DeMontfort University. For 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 Ethiopia, 22 February - 5 March

Led by the Very Revd Geoffrey Marshall. On a trail of the Ark of the Covenant, visiting the rock-cut churches of Lalibela and Lake Tana, the Simien Mountains and the source of the Nile. For more information 01332 280452 or email 


Prepared to Grow: A Christian Creative Arts Retreat 23 Feb 7.00pm -25th Feb 2018 at St Thomas’ Brampton, Church & Centre, Chesterfield S40 3AW

a weekend to help you grow in your creative & spiritual journey

    • creative reflections, prayer & worship
    • a choice of art workshops led by experienced artists from across the UK
    • encouragement in your Christian faith, art & outreach
    • delicious lunches of home-cooked soup, bread & cake

£85 per person. This event is run by Harlequin Arts (

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A Tale of Irritability and Life - Numbers 21.4-9, 5 March, Launde Abbey

A quiet day led by Revd Bruce Thompson. We will explore how annoying life can be even though we have so much to be thankful for. Being aware of this can sometimes lead to a sense of guilt; but it is only getting it out in the open that we can continue the journey. For more information and to book, 


Chaplaincy with children and young people, 5-8 March, St John's School for Mission

This course will cover basic skills in chaplaincy and key aspects of chaplaincy including religious, spiritual and pastoral care in a range of contexts of school, college, young offenders and hospital. It will consider the history and theological basis of chaplaincy and engage in exploring various models from a theoretical and practical perspective. Using a range of interactive learning approaches to reflect on chaplaincy in contect and develop skills relevant to ministry within a chaplaincy setting. For more information, costs and booking 0115 968 3222 or email 


Lent Retreat: Be Radiant, 5 - 8 March, Launde Abbey

How can we experience the abundant, fulfilling life Christ offers? During this retreat, as we reflect on the story of transfiguration, we'll explore the invitation of Psalm 34 to 'Look upon him and be radient" For more information and booking 


Rethinking Mission: Living in a Religiously Diverse World Saturday 17th March 2018, 9.30am – 3pm, Birmingham Cathedral 

Speakers from around the world will inspire, challenge and enthuse us as together we reflect on how we live and engage in mission in religiously diverse situations.  The speakers will be: The Very Revd Canon Hosam Naoum, Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem and Secretary of the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, Deaconess Yit Ching Li, Deaconess in the Diocese of West Malaysia, Anglican Province of South East Asia, The Revd Christine Benoit, First woman ordained in the Diocese of Seychelles, Anglican Province of the Indian Ocean, Richard Reddie,Theologian, researcher and author, UK.  

Each will present from their own context; there will be group discussion and a plenary as we reflect on how mission, dialogue and praxis in the contexts shared may help us in our own understanding as Christian leaders both locally and globally. 

 USPG wish to promote this event particularly amongst Ordinands and Lay Ministers in training, and those recently ordained or licensed; they will gain perspectives from global theologians which will assist in their theological formation. To this end, the cost for Ordinands, Lay Ministers in training and those in their first three years of ministry will be half price, at only £5. Others, of course, both clergy and lay, with an interest or desire to widen their knowledge of global theology, will be very welcome.  The full cost is £10. This cost includes lunch. registration is via

 The Entheos Trust  -Toddler Rocks 17th March 2018 day 9.30 - 4.30pm Bewdley Baptist Church 61 High Street Bewdley DY12 2DJ  A day to encourage and equip Toddler Group Leaders  to help you think about your vision and discover new ways to see your group reach its full potential.For more information  email web

3 Day Individualy Guided Retreat, 19 - 23 March, Launde Abbey

Led by Glenn Martin. This individually guided retreat provides an opportunity for you to enjoy some space apart with a spirtual guide to accompany you every day. For more information 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 


Religious Education, 7 - 10 May, St John's School for Mission

This course will consider the role of Religious Education in the School Curriculum, its cultural and theological issues and its impact upon the emotional and spiritual development of young people. It will include the history of RE, the content of the curriculum, policy issues and the place of RE within the school. It will explore the role of the school, youth and community worker within the RE Curriculum. Participants will develop their skills in planning and delivering relevant programmmes appropriate to a range of learners in both school and youth work settings. The course will incorporate various engaging learning strategies, including discussion, group activities, student ed work and skills practice in context. For more information, cost and booking please contact or call 0115 968 3222


Pilgrimage to Northumbria, 23 - 27 July

Led by the Very Revd Geoffrey Marshall. In the footsteps of the northern saints; staying in Durham. visiting Holy Island, Chester-le-Street. Hexham and Whitby. For more information 01332 280452 or email


Pilgrimage to Jordan, 20 - 28 September

Led by the Very Revd Geoffrey Marshall. In the footsteps of Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, John the Baptist, the Wise Men and, of course, Jesus and his disciples; a day in Petra and a day by the Dead Sea included. For more information 01332 280452 or email

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