HeartEDge: An Ecumenical Day : 24 Nov, Penzance and ONLINE

A day with Sam Wells and guests to explore theology and ways of being church engaging HeartEdge approaches and Celtic spirituality.

About this Event

Join Sam Wells, Bishop Hugh Nelson, Michelle Brown and guests for an ecumencal day at St Mary’s, Penzance, via Zoom. We’ll look at the HeartEdge 4Cs and how they work across Cornwall – including:

  • Congregation: Liturgy, worship & congregations.
  • Commerce: Being entrepreneurial, rethinking church buildings, growing income via enterprise.
  • Compassion: Growing participation to address social need.
  • Culture: Art, music & ideas connecting with communities

How are we being church in a global pandemic? What is the emerging ‘new normal’ in Cornwall and what could church look like emerging into this? How are ancient ideas of Celtic spirituality and new approaches like HeartEdge – offering helpful ways to reimagine church?

A day relevant for rural, coastal and towns and village church communities.

On Zoom, arrive for 10am for introductions. Use this page to book in to attend via Zoom.

In person, arrive for 9.45am – programme starts at 10am. Use this page to book in to attend this socially-distanced event in person.

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Churches’ Refugee Network meeting : 29 Oct, ONLINE

This meeting, via Zoom, will discuss immigration issues and include presentations from refugees and those who work with them.

The session will be an opportunity for you to share how churches are responding (in their own contexts), and how to better unleash the giftings of those who come to Britain and Ireland to build up the Church.

Date and time

Thursday 29 October 2020 from 14:30 to 16:00.

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Please register for what promises to be a stimulating afternoon of discussion and networking.

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Cornwall Faith Forum AGM : 4 Nov, ONLINE

The Cornwall Faith Forum AGM is going to be held on Wednesday 4 November, at 7pm. As with most things, it will be online, via Zoom.

Attendees will look at the Forum’s three areas of work throughout the year:  Learning, Sharing and Building for Peace, followed by the more formal part of the meeting.

To join them for this meeting, email cornwall.faithforum@truro.anglican.org and the Zoom link will be emailed to you.

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Beyond Zoom: Offline and ‘hybrid’ approaches to creative projects : 5 Nov, ONLINE

What possibilities are there for running arts and creative projects during Covid that don’t rely entirely on being behind a screen?

About this Event

Join us for the first in a series of Refugee Week & Platforma Monthly Meets!

This first session will explore ways of doing creative work with communities at the current time that doesn’t rely entirely on working online. You will have the chance to hear from practitioners about different approaches , ask questions and share your own experiences and ideas.

Details of speakers to follow.

Refugee Week and Platforma are holding friendly, free online meet-ups on the first Thursday of every month, for people interested in arts, culture and social change to share learning and expand their networks. Everyone is welcome (and yes, they are on Zoom )!

We aim to make these sessions accessible to everyone who would like to take part – if you have any access requirements, please let us know by answering the question about access when you sign up for your ticket.

Platforma is a national network that supports and develops arts by, about and with refugees and migrants, and Refugee Week is a festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees (Refugee Week 2021 is 14-20 June). Platforma and Refugee Week are run/ coordinated by Counterpoints Arts.

Image (c) Ambrose Musiyiwa

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Run the Race: An Event for Men : 10, 11, 12 Nov, ONLINE

A free one-hour course repeated over three nights

What happens when you throw an ex-army paratrooper and a 1920’s penny farthing bicycle together? We realise no one has ever asked this question but… in our brand new event, Run the Race, we answer it anyway.

This autumn, Rob Parsons OBE, founder of Care for the Family, Mark Chester, founder of Who Let The Dads Out, and Gerrit Bantjes, founder of having a name that no one can pronounce, join together to bring you this event – specifically designed for men.

Rob, Mark and Gerrit delve into the realities of how we run the race of life, and what perseverance looks like for us as men today. In any physical race, we can do things to help us endure, and the same goes for everyday life. There are real pressures and responsibilities that arise that we can be ready for.

During the event, Rob Parsons speaks with you entirely from the comfort of our studio … while Mark and Gerrit do so whilst facing each other in a literal bike race, filled with obstacles and challenges. We also have some very special guests to help us unpack perseverance, including Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist John Archer.

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InHabit Course : Jan-Dec 2021, ONLINE

Introduction and Course Structure

This new course will be offered online from January to December 2021.

The course seeks to enable participants to create a pattern for faithful living and a shape for deepening their life in God. It does so by encouraging the development of practices in prayer and reflection that foster a balanced life lived from and in reference to Christ as the Centre. Practical Christian living is explored through eight directions or ‘stances’ for growth: UP, DOWN, IN, WITH, FOR, OUT, UNDER AND THROUGH …. and the relationship and tensions between them. The course makes use of the physical structure and spiritual rhythm of the monastery as an image and symbol of whole life discipleship and practical prayerfulness.

Over the duration of the course a community of ordinary, down to earth ‘monastics’ is built! We will be reflecting (personally and together) on the whole of our lives in ways that will encourage a deeper experience  of prayer and response to God’s purpose and calling. The material and means of delivery of each session aims to set up an action-reflection cycle of learning through building simple habits of contemplative practice and active outworking in everyday life.

Who is the course for?

Our hope is that the course will be of interest for clergy and lay people alike.  We also hope that some clergy will benefit from the monthly space for reflection and prayer and ongoing discernment of their own life in God as well as in their role as church leaders. Clergy and Home Group leaders may choose to participate in the course themselves and then facilitate the course for other groups.

Costs

The cost of the InHabit course is £150. This will include attendance by Zoom at each of the 13 live streamed course days. It will also include the downloadable files for each session’s content, reflection resources and prayer materials used during each day’s sessions.

The Vessel Trust is a charity based in West Cornwall that supports churches and individuals as they seek to explore the meaning of the Christian faith in the everyday world and as they journey through the life stages.

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Forgotten Sacrifice Webinar – How can we remember the Black and Asian soldiers of the Second World War? : 29 Oct, ONLINE

Britain’s shared history, and how it is remembered, has often been at the centre of recent ‘culture war’ public debates about identity and race this year. Yet discussing and engaging with our history can unite, as well as divide us.

The armies that fought and won the Second World War resembled the Britain of today much more than that of 1945 in their ethnicity and faith, thanks to the enormous contribution of Black and Asian soldiers. Yet only in recent years has the service and sacrifice of soldiers from India, Africa and across the Commonwealth begun to get the recognition that it merits.

This webinar brings together expert voices on history, education and race to discuss how we in Britain can remember this shared history and mark this forgotten sacrifice.

Join us as we mark the beginning of the Remember Together campaign and the end of Black History Month and ask our panel:

  • What more can be done to better commemorate, teach and document this history we all share, including the huge contribution made by Commonwealth soldiers in the Second World War?
  • How can we engage with the complexity and controversies of the history of the British Empire and its legacies in an open and constructive way?

Panellists include:

  • Patrick Vernon OBE,  Activist, author and founder of 100 Great Black Britons Campaign
  • Katharine Birbalsingh CBE, Education reformer and co-founder of Michaela Community School
  • Zehra Zaidi, Founder of ‘We Too Built Britain’ Campaign
  • Daniel Todman, Professor of Modern History and Head of History Dept at Queen Mary University
  • Sunder Katwala (Chair), Director of British Future

Date & Time: Thursday 29th October 12.15 – 1.30 PM

Access: Sign up to the webinar here . This event will also be live-streamed on our Youtube page, where you will be able to access the recording after.

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Wild Christian presents a COP26 & Climate Sunday Briefing : 13 Nov, ONLINE

Learn more about COP, the historical role of the churches campaigning around COPs, and about the Climate Sunday initiative with A Rocha UK

About this Event

On 13 November 2020, Wild Christian presents an opportunity to learn more about COP, the historical role of the churches campaigning around COPs, and about the Climate Sunday initiative enabling UK Christians and churches to take meaningful action around COP26 to defend climate and nature. 

This online event will be held over a lunch time slot, 12-12:45pm. Speakers will be COP-veteran and A Rocha UK CEO Andy Atkins, Hannah Brown from the Joint Public Issues Team (of Methodists, Baptists, URC and Church of Scotland), and James Anthony, Coordinator of the Climate Sunday Initiative. 

Please register for this free event to receive a reminder and details on how to join this webinar closer to the day.

FAQ’s:

What is Wild Christian? Wild Christian is A Rocha UK’s scheme for families and individuals. It is a growing community of families and individuals exploring the connections between our Christian faith, the natural environment, and how we live.

Can I submit a question to the speakers? There will be a short Q&A time after hearing from our 3 speakers. You can send your questions to wild.christian@arocha.org and we’ll endeavour to compile a list of questions to pass on to them beforehand.

Who is the event aimed at? This event is open to all, and particularly to followers of Christ wanting to safeguard creation in England or Wales.

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Online Conference: The Hope of Communion: 1920 to 2020 : 16-17 Dec, ONLINE

The Conference of European Churches, together with the Louvain Centre for Eastern and Oriental Christianity (LOCEOC), will host an online conference “The Hope of Communion: 1920 to 2020” from 16 to 17 December 2020.

The online event will gather distinguished speakers from across Europe and North America and bring into focus the two landmark ecumenical texts from 1920, namely The Patriarchal Encyclical Letter to the Churches of Christ Everywhere and The Appeal to all Christian People issued by the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops.

The conference will uncover the expectations for unity reflected in these texts, explore their relationship to the subsequent ecumenical developments, and address the question of what the hope of communion means for relations between the churches today.

The conference will be held Central European Time. Names of speakers, programme schedule and registration link to sign up will be shared soon.

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CHM Receive and Reflect 23 Oct-23 Dec, ONLINE

Book your place here . . .

Please note that places are limited and we will have a waiting list so please do let us know, as soon as you are aware, if you are unable to take part. You can email us on chm@healingmission.org

The format of the session will take place on ZOOM and you will be sent a link to join in when we confirm your booking.  This session is offered free of charge but if you are able to make a donation we would be very grateful.

It’s completely free and lasts for about 45 minutes!

We’ve seen God doing some lovely healing and had great feedback from those who have been missing the support they would normally receive at church:

Thank you so much for these zoom meditations and small groups. I meet Jesus every time, find his presence and get an encouraging picture and word.  

I found the sessions comforting and the breakout rooms are a good idea to get to speak with a smaller group of people so that everyone gets a chance to express themselves. 

Thank you . . . for providing ‘food for the soul’ during this strange time when we are transitioning to the ‘new normal’.

Thank you so much for yesterday. It was great to join in with something I hadn’t done before. . . . I really did feel blessed by the whole thing.

These are a ‘ray of light and hope’ as I contemplate the direction the Lord would like me to travel, especially in relation to work.

I look forward so much to these wonderful uplifting gatherings and thank Jesus for zoom. 

Our director, Revd John Ryeland, gives a short talk before leading the group in a guided prayer meditation focussing on the love of the Father, the presence of Jesus with us and the power of the Spirit.   Then those who attend are invited to join a small online group for 15 minutes, where a facilitator will encourage them to reflect on the prayer time and perhaps receive more prayer.

Our belief is that ‘Christian healing’ touches on body, mind and spirit and may involve acceptance of God’s love, repentance, the giving and receiving of forgiveness, freedom from oppression and many other things, in the recognition that Christ’s touch will be different for each person at the different times when they come to him.

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