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June 2019

Tuesday 11 - Thursday 13 June 2019

Incumbency Skills: A three day conference

For anyone who has been appointed to a first incumbency in the previous 6 to 9 months. The three day conference will work on some of the practical skills required to lead a parish.

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High Leigh, Herts EN11 8SG

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Tuesday 25 June 2019

Fearing the Workhouse: Reflecting together on Poverty and Power

Speaker: Sue Richardson, Christian Aid’s Theological Education Advisor 

How do we learn about poverty and how do we see it today? Jesus tells his audience that they will have the poor with them always. Do we hear this as affirming the inequality we see, or do we resonate with the implied ‘therefore do this….’ and strive to respond in the face of poverty’s challenge? Can the practice of our faith resource us in prayer, generosity and action?

The talk will be at Sacrista Prebend Retreat House, where we will have lunch (suggested donation £5.00 per person) before going on to the Southwell Workhouse. Entrance is free to card carrying National Trust members. Entry will cost £9.60 for non-members.

About the Southwell Workhouse: The Workhouse was built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the destitute. It was influenced by prison design and housed around 160 inmates. The regime was harsh. Visiting the property prompts reflection on how society has tackled poverty through the centuries.

Southwell Workhouse, Nottinghamshire

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July 2019

Saturday 13 July 2019

Using PowerPoint in Worship

Speaker: Mark Lane works in IT and is a Reader in the Daventry Ministry Team.

Have you ever wanted to start using a computer and digital projection for church services? This morning session will help you learn how to set up and use PowerPoint on your computer. 

St Peter's, Irthlingborough, Wellingborough NN9 5WB

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September 2019

Tuesday 3 September 2019

Financial Planning During your Ministry & Beyond

Speakers: Subject experts from The Church of England Pensions Board, clergy pension and housing teams; plus independent financial advisers from Ecclesiastical Financial Advisory Services.

This session is aimed at helping clergy (and their partners) demystify financial matters and helping you plan for your financial future no matter how far you may be from retirement. The speakers will address personal financial planning issues and questions that in their experience face most clergy, the key themes of the session centre around:

  • General financial planning hints and tips
  • The importance of planning ahead
  • Housing options including how the church can help and buying property (or remortgaging) during your ministry
  • What to expect from the clergy pension scheme and considering the options for saving more
  • Protecting your family
  • Saving & investing hints and tips including tax efficiency, investment risks and ethical investment options
  • Answering your financial questions (questions from the audience are encouraged)

During and after lunch, there will be an opportunity to meet one to one with any of the speakers for personal advice. If you would like to arrange a meeting in advance, please let us know when you book your place. 

Bouverie Court, Bedford Road, Northampton NN4 7YD. Parking is limited so please car share if possible or/and park if need be up at the nearby hotel and walk to Bouverie.

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October 2019

Tuesday 8 - Thursday 10 October 2019

New Posts: A Three Day Conference

For anyone who has been in a new post for 6 to 18 months. The three day conference is an opportunity for you to share with others, explore your new context, and set some aims and objectives.

Book a place at:

Belsey Bridge, Ditchingham NR35 2DZ

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Sunday 13 - Monday 21 October 2019

A 9 day Pilgrimage to Israel and Palestine

Following in the Footsteps of Jesus led by The Rt Revd Donald Allister

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a very special experience. My testimony, shared by many who have travelled with me before, is it that the bible comes to life in remarkable ways. In addition, today’s situation in Israel and Palestine, inseparable from the very complex history, is seen and experienced quite starkly.
We will have opportunities to meet, listen and talk to ordinary people as well as community and other leaders.

The pilgrimage is open to all. However, please bear three things in mind: first, we will be worshipping as Christians each day; second, a reasonable degree of fitness is needed, as we will have to do quite a bit of walking, including up hills and steps and on uneven rocky ground; third, although we will eat well with lovely Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food, and the restaurants we use are very helpful and hospitable, it may not always be possible to meet every dietary requirement in the way you might be used to.

This won’t be a holiday, though it may well refresh those parts that holidays can’t reach.  It will be stimulating, deeply moving, perhaps emotionally exhausting. You will almost certainly be changed.

I hope you can join us.


For prices and more information please click here to view the brochure.

The Holy Land

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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Gender Variance and Pastoral Care

Speaker: Susannah Cornwall is Senior Lecturer in Constructive Theologies at the University of Exeter. She leads the Modelling Transgender Spiritual Care project in partnership with the West of England NHS Specialist Gender Identity Clinic.

How can Christians best respond to gender-variant, trans and nonbinary people? This day gives an opportunity to reflect on recent social and medical trends in the care of people going through gender transition. We will explore some biblical and theological responses to gender variance, including examples of both conservative and liberal responses and engaging closely with trans Christians’ experiences and testimonies. Finally, we will explore gender variance and church policy, looking at some practicalities surrounding matters such as welcomes and celebrations, naming liturgies, and implications for individuals' journeys of discernment for ordained or other ministry.

Bouverie Court, Bedford Road, Northampton NN4 7YD. Parking is limited so please car share if possible or/and park if need be up at the nearby hotel and walk to Bouverie.

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November 2019

Thursday 21 November 2019

The Theological History of the Civil War

Speaker: Bishop Donald Allister

Where did the divine right of kings come from? Why did Charles try to impose episcopacy on the Scots? Did Laud cause the Civil War? Why was the Act of Uniformity so strict? And what can we learn from all of this?

The talk will be at St Bartholomew’s, Greens Norton (near Towcester) before going on to a buffet lunch at The Butcher’s Arms for lunch (£9.00 per person to include a hot drink). We will then go on to Canons Ashby. Entrance is free for card carrying National Trust members. Entry will cost £8.50 for non-members.

NOTE: Sometimes the house is shut in November for conservation reasons. If so, our visit will be to the church and the gardens.

About Canons Ashby
: The house was home to the Dryden family, who during the Civil War were Puritans and supported Parliament. A fight between Parlimentarian and Royalist soldiers took place on the grounds and the nearby church. The only casualty was the shepherd boy who had kept watch, and a statue honouring his sacrifice stands in the gardens.

Canons Ashby, Nr Towcester

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