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MISSION & MINISTRY Events Programme September 2017 – August 2018 A warm welcome to the second edition of our Mission a...

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MISSION & MINISTRY Events Programme September 2017 – August 2018

A warm welcome to the second edition of our Mission and Ministry Events Programme for September 2017 – August 2018. Following the pilot edition, we have increased the number and range of events, courses and opportunities. We hope these will help to nurture discipleship for all to continue to develop flourishing congregations that make a difference. A list of events is also available at www.cofesuffolk.org/events. This will be updated with details and events that are notified after publication. It also contains a search facility as per our Growing in God priorities of depth, number, influence and younger.

SEPTEMBER ‘17

Welcome

Our hope is that congregation members, alongside those in authorised ministries, will make use of the range of events offered to foster whole-life discipleship Monday to Saturday. We have encouraged all those providing training to make this as accessible as is practically possible and is a trend we will continue to address in the coming years. Once more we welcome comments and feedback so we continue to improve the service we seek to provide to you. The Revd Canon Dave Gardner Director of Mission and Ministry

Thursday 7th

7.30 – 9.30pm 10.00am – 1.00pm

SEPTEMBER ‘17

Thursday 7th – 9th

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Start of ‘Being Anglican’ course (IME1) Update and refresher for MDR Reviewers PBS Annual Conference

Saturday 9th

9.30am – 4.00pm

Start of MSM course

Monday 11th

7.00 – 9.00pm

Start of ‘Enhancing Worship’ course, Wickham Market

Wednesday 13th

9.45am – 3.30pm

Exploring Mark – Lectionary Day on Mark’s Gospel

Wednesday 13th

10.00am – 1.00pm

Update and refresher for MDR Reviewers

Thursday 14th

7.00 – 9.00pm

Start of ‘Enhancing Worship’ course, Cathedral

Thursday 14th

7.30 – 9.15pm

Suffolk Theology Forum: When did I start and how will I end?

Saturday 16th

9.45am – 3.30pm

Exploring Mark – Lectionary Day on Mark’s Gospel

Saturday 16th

10.00am – 3.00pm

Engaging with… Pilgrim 2018

Saturday 16th

3.00 – 4.00pm

Remembering Together

Tuesday 19th

2.00 – 4.00pm

Growing Together – St Peter’s Hall, Stowmarket (and future Tuesdays, every two months)

Tuesday 19th

7.00 – 9.00pm

Growing Together – Bradfield St George VH (and future Tuesdays, every 2 months)

Wednesday 20th

2.00 – 4.00pm

Growing Together – All Saints’ Church, BSE (and future Wednesdays, every 2 months)

Enquiries to [email protected] or 01473 298510

10.00am – 3.30pm

Accompanying others in times of consolation, desolation and discernment

Saturday 23rd

2.00 – 4.30pm

Who needs the Old Testament?

Saturday 23rd

6.00 – 10.00pm

Gather

Monday 25th

2.00 – 4.00pm

Growing Together – Sancroft Hall, Fressingfield (and future Mondays, every two months)

Monday 25th

7.00 – 9.00pm

Growing Together – Blythburgh Village Hall (and future Mondays, every 2 months)

Wednesday 27th

10.00am - 4.00pm

New Clergy & Readers Induction Day

Thursday 28th

2.00 – 4.00pm

Growing Together – St Mary’s, East Bergholt (and future Thursdays, every 2 months)

Thursday 28th

7.00 – 9.00pm

Growing Together – St Mary’s, Witnesham (and future Thursdays, every two months)

Saturday 30th

10.00am – 3.00pm

Learning from Luther Today

Tuesday 3rd

9.30am – 3.30pm

Developing the role of Primary RE subject leaders

Wednesday 4th

10.00am – 1.00pm

IME2 Deacons’ Induction Day

Wednesday 4th

9.30am – 1.00pm

Start of ‘Basics’ course at Witnesham

Wednesday 4th

7.00 – 9.00 pm

Growing Together – West Row (and future Wednesdays, every two months)

Thursday 5th

9.30am – 12.00pm

Basics of RE

Thursday 5th

1.00 – 3.30pm

Basics of Collective Worship

Saturday 7th

5.00 – 6.00pm

Annual Diocesan Choirs’ Festival

Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th OCTOBER ‘17

Wednesday 6th

Friday 22nd

Regional New Posts Conference

Thursday 12th

6.30 – 8.30pm

Party with a Purpose

Saturday 14th

9.30am – 1.00pm

Enhancing Worship joint session

Saturday 14th

10.00am – 4.00pm

IME2 Healing, deliverance and exorcism

Saturday 14th

10.00am – 4.30pm

Pastoral care: open day

Saturday 14th

10.00am – 5.00pm

Love took my hand: George Herbert and the friendship of God

Sunday 15th

10.00 – 11.00am

Prisons Week 2017

Sunday 15th

3.30 – 4.30pm

County Harvest Festival

Monday 16th

6.30 – 7.30pm

Hate Crime Vigil for Suffolk

Tuesday 17th

9.30am – 3.30pm

Collective Worship Conference for church schools

Tuesday 17th – Wednesday 18th

Regional Rural /Area Deans and Assistant Rural Deans Consultation

Wednesday 18th

9.30am – 3.30pm

Collective Worship Conference for church schools

Saturday 21st

10.30am – 3.30pm

Rural Ministry Conference: One size does not fit all

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Tuesday 24th

6.30 – 8.00pm

Tyndale, the Bible and the 21st Century

Saturday 28th

10.00am – 3.00pm

[email protected] workshops

Saturday 28th

11.00am – 12.00pm

Licensing Service for Pioneers

Monday 30th

7.30 – 9.00pm

Churchwardens’ training

Wednesday 1st

10.00am – 3.30pm

Training for potential MDR Reviewers

Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd 9.30am – 3.30pm

Annual Church School Leaders’ Conference

9.30am – 12.30pm

Enquiry-based RE: an introduction using Emmanuel Project units

Friday 3rd

1.30 – 4.30pm

Enquiry-based RE: an introduction using Emmanuel Project units

Friday 3rd

7.00 – 8.00pm

Homeless Drop-In Centre celebration service

Monday 6th

6.00 – 9.00pm

Understanding Dementia

Tuesday 7th

10.00am – 4.00pm

Finding Joy: a prayer and spirituality day

Tuesday 7th

1.30 – 4.30pm

Upping the challenge in Y5/6

Wednesday 8th

10.00am – 3.30pm

Training for potential MDR Reviewers

Wednesday 8th

2.00 – 4.00pm

Diddy Disciples

Wednesday 8th

7.30 – 9.00pm

Churchwardens’ training

Thursday 9th

1.30 – 4.30pm

Scrapbooks and storytelling in EYFS RE

Thursday 9th

1.30 – 5.00pm

Start of ‘Basics’ course at Bury St Edmunds

Thursday 9th

7.30 – 9.15pm

Suffolk Theology Forum: Faith in diversity in Brexit Britain

NOVEMBER ‘17

Friday 3rd

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Journeying with the Saints – Cathedral Retreat 2017

Monday 13th

1.30 – 4.30pm

Scrapbooking RE – better teaching and recording in Year 3&4

Thursday 16th

10.00am – 4.00pm

Clergy and spouse pre-retirement day

Thursday 16th

1.30 – 4.30pm

Scrapbooking RE – better teaching and recording in Year 3&4

Saturday 18th

9.30am – 12.30pm

IME1 Creative liturgy in Services of the Word (open to all)

Saturday 18th

10.00am – 2.00pm

‘Visit to Lebanon’ presentation and discussion

Saturday 18th

10.00am – 4.00pm

IME2 Leading Worship in a Mixed Economy

Saturday 18th

2.00 – 4.30pm

Faith Seeking Understanding: A Beginner’s Guide to Theology

Saturday 18th

7.30 – 9.00pm

The Edmund Lecture: Our Patron Saint

Tuesday 21st

12.30 – 2.00pm

Christian Central Business Lunch

Tuesday 21st

6.30 – 8.00pm

Forgiveness: a journey to freedom?

Enquiries to [email protected] or 01473 298510

DECEMBER ‘17

Thursday 2nd

NOVEMBER ‘17

Iona Community Retreats start

JANUARY ‘18

OCTOBER ‘17

Saturday 21st

Saturday 25th

9.30am – 12.30pm

Pastoral Ministry: reflections on its significance and developing good practice

Saturday 25th

1.30 – 4.00pm

Exploring Ministries Fair

Tuesday 28th

10.00am – 4.00pm

Navigating reviews and endings on our journeys of Spiritual Accompaniment

Tuesday 28th – Wednesday 29th

TRiM: Springs of Renewal – resourcing personal faith and ministry

Tuesday 30th

1.30pm - 4.30pm

Understanding Dementia

Friday 1st

9.30am – 3.30pm

The Emmanuel Project: Teaching Christianity Effectively – new units for Y3/4

Saturday 2nd

10.30am – 4.00pm

New Monasticism – radical Christian discipleship and service today

Sunday 3rd

5.00 – 6.00pm

Advent Procession

Tuesday 5th

7.30 – 9.00pm

Conversations at the Cathedral on Faith, Hope and Love in a Post-Truth World

Thursday 7th

9.30am – 3.30pm

The Emmanuel Project: Teaching Christianity Effectively – new units for Y5/6

Friday 8th Sunday 10th

IME1 Residential Weekend

Tuesday 12th

7.30 – 9.00pm

Conversations at the Cathedral on Faith, Hope and Love in a Post-Truth World

Tuesday 19th

7.30 – 9.00pm

Conversations at the Cathedral on Faith, Hope and Love in a Post-Truth World

Sunday 7th

3.30 – 4.30pm

Plough Sunday

Tuesday 9th

7.30 – 9.30pm

Start of ‘Ministers as Teachers’ course (IME1)

Thursday 11th

10.00am – 4.00pm

IME2/3 Moving on – applying for the next post

Thursday 11th

7.30 – 9.00pm

Parish Giving Scheme launch

Saturday 13th

10.00am – 4.00pm

IME2 Self-care in ministry

Monday 15th

7.00 – 9.00pm

Start of evening ‘Basics’ course at Stowupland

Saturday 20th

9.30am – 1.00pm

Start of morning ‘Basics’ course at Stowupland

Sunday 21st

3.30 – 4.30pm

Epiphany Procession

Wednesday 24th

9.30am – 3.30pm

RE for Suffolk NQTs

Tues 30th – Thurs 1st February Wednesday 31st

Regional Incumbency Skills Conference 7.30 – 9.00pm

Parish Giving Scheme launch

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IME2 Sex and sexual ethics

Wednesday 7th

9.30am – 3.30pm

Collective Worship Conference for church schools

Thursday 8th

9.30am – 3.30pm

Collective Worship Conference for church schools

Thursday 8th

7.30 – 9.15pm

Suffolk Theology Forum: Is Theology Natural?

Saturday 17th

10.00am – 3.00pm

[email protected] workshops

Tuesday 20th

7.30 – 9.00pm

Parish Giving Scheme launch

Tuesday 20th

7.30 – 9.00pm

Start of ‘Tuesday Evenings in Lent’ on Prayer and Passion

Wednesday 21st

10.00am – 4.00pm

New Clergy Induction Day

MARCH ‘18

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th

IME2 Residential Weekend for Readers and clergy

Saturday 24th

9.30am – 12.30pm

IME1 The Gospel and Western Culture (open to all)

Saturday 24th

10.00am – 3.00pm

Engaging with… The Emmanuel Project

Saturday 3rd

10.00am – 4.00pm

Rule of Life: a pattern for following Jesus 24/7. A prayer and spirituality day

Thursday 8th

9.30am – 12.00pm

Basics of RE

Thursday 8th

1.00 – 3.30pm

Basics of Collective Worship

Saturday 10th

10.00am – 3.30pm

Readers’ Study Day

Friday 16th Sunday 18th

IME1 Residential Weekend

Saturday 17th

10.00am – 4.00pm

IME2 Pastoral care of the suffering

Sunday 18th

3.30 – 4.30pm

HM Courts of Justice service

Tuesday 20th

10.00am – 4.00pm

Rhythm, habit, direction: Accompanying others in shaping and keeping a Rule of Life

ARPIL ‘18 MAY ‘18

Regional New Posts Conference

Wednesday 16th

10.00am – 4.00pm

Chaplains’ Day

Saturday 19th

9.30am – 12.30pm

Ministry to diverse congregations (open to all)

Tuesday 22nd – Wednesday 23rd

IME2/3 Moving on – transition out of curacy

Thursday 24th

10.00am – 4.00pm

Sustaining our sacred centre: how to make prayer real for us and for others

Wednesday 6th

10.00am – 4.00pm

IME2 New Clergy Induction Day

Thursday 7th

10.00am – 4.00pm

IME2/1 Preparation for Priesthood 2

Saturday 9th

9.00am – 12.30pm

Bishops’ Teaching Day: Flourishing Congregations

Thursday 14th

7.30 – 9.15pm

Suffolk Theology Forum

Saturday 16th

10.00am – 4.00pm

World Mission Day event

Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st

Regional Incumbency Skills Conference

Saturday 23rd

10.00am – 3.00pm

Growing Younger: Children’s Work Conference

Saturday 30th

10.00am – 3.00pm

[email protected] presentation

Saturday 30th

11.00am – 12.00pm

Ordination of Deacons

Saturday 30th

3.30 – 4.30pm

Ordination of Priests

CMD Grants

Saturday 24th

9.00am – 12.30pm

Bishops’ Teaching Day: God with us

If you are a minister (clergy, Reader, LLM, Pioneer or Elder), you may attend any of the events in this booklet for free when you use your CMD grant. Currently clergy, LLMs and Readers have a £675 grant and Elders, Pioneers and PTOs have a £150 grant over a three-year period; the current grant period is 2016 – 18.

Monday 26th

Various

Start of ‘Holy Week at the Cathedral’ on Prayer and Passion

If the booking is done through Eventbrite, there will be a CMD ticket which automatically triggers your free place, if you still have sufficient funds in your grant.

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th

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Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th MAY ‘18

10.00am – 4.00pm

JUNE ‘18

FEBRUARY ‘18

Saturday 3rd

IME2 Residential Weekend

Friday 6th – Sunday 8th

Deviate Youth Weekend

Thursday 12th

7.30 – 9.15pm

Suffolk Theology Forum: justice for animals

Saturday 21st

10.00am – 4.00pm

IME2 Canon Law: what we need to know

Saturday 5th

3.30 – 4.30pm

Bishop’s Chorister Award Evensong

Sunday 6th

3.30 – 5.00pm

Diocesan Confirmation

Tuesday 15th

9.30am – 4.00pm

IME2/1 Preparation for Priesthood 1

Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th

Regional Pre-retirement Conference

Enquiries to [email protected] or 01473 298510

If you need to book your place by contacting a diocesan organiser (e.g. the msm course, DBE events or Spirituality days), let them know that you would like to use your grant to pay for your place. They will contact the CMD Administrator to check that you have enough grant left and the payment will be made automatically. If you want to use your grant for any other retreat, course or an event not in the booklet, please download a CMD grant application form from the dicoesan website www.cofesuffolk.org/ministry-development-support/ime2-cmd and send it to the CMD Administrator with supporting documentation. More information from the CMD Administator at [email protected] or 01473 298510.

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Being Anglican Earl Stonham Village Hall, Forward Green, Earl Stonham IP14 5HJ Wednesdays 6 and 20 September, 11 October, 8 and 22 November, 6 December 7.30 – 9.30pm What does it mean to be Anglican? This course seeks to explore our distinctiveness. The six sessions explore an overview of church history and the foundation of the Church of England, the place of liturgy and lectionary, the opportunities for mission and influence provided by being the established church, and how we sit alongside a range of other Christian denominations. IME1 training but a limited number of spaces is available to anyone interested in participating. Contact [email protected] or 07468 474252 for more information about the course and to book. Cost £20 (free of charge to trainee Readers). If you are a minister (clergy, Reader, LLM or Elder), you may use your CMD grant and attend for free. More information from Lesley Steed at [email protected] or 01473 298510.

Update and refresher for MDR Reviewers Thursday 7 September 10.00am – 1.00pm St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ or Wednesday 13 Sept 10.00am – 1.00pm Trinity Methodist Church, Brentgovel St, BSE IP33 1EB This morning session (choose one venue) will give opportunity for existing MDR Reviewers to find out more about the revised MDR scheme and their role in it. There will be space for discussion and sharing of experience and concerns as we seek to support our clergy and Readers. Light lunch included! To book, contact [email protected] or 07710 479497. Note: the room at Trinity Methodist Church is upstairs, but there is a lift.

Cost: £185 to cover the cost of all materials and refreshments. To book, go to suffolk_and_cambridge_msm2017.eventbrite.co.uk. For enquiries, contact David Pawson at [email protected] or phone 01473 298550.

Enhancing Worship A practical course for all who lead worship in Suffolk’s churches: clergy, Readers, LLMs, Elders, Church Wardens and worship leaders. The course will be led by Bishop Martin, Ruth Dennigan, Mary Sokanovic, Carl Melville, Philip Banks and Richard Hubbard, and topics include: • What is worship? • Shaping worship for mission • Being Anglicans • Practical worship • Music and shape The course is free of charge and is being run at two venues across Suffolk. Choose from: All Saints’ Church, Wickham Market IP13 0SA. 7.00 – 9.00pm SOLD OUT Mondays 11 and 25 September; 30 October; 13 and 27 November. Book at enhancing_worship_wickham_market.eventbrite.co.uk OR St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS. 7.00 – 9.00pm Thursdays 14 and 21 September; 5 October; 9 and 16 November. Book at enhancing_worship_cathedral.eventbrite.co.uk In addition, both groups join together on Saturday 14 October 9.30am - 1.00pm at Salvation Army Hall, Violet Hill, Stowmarket IP14 1NE. Enquiries to Ruth Dennigan at [email protected] or phone 07468 474252.

Prayer Book Society Annual Conference 2017 Girton College, Cambridge Thursday 7 –Saturday 9 September ‘Untapped wells of living water: Neglected pastoral resources in the BCP’. For more information, please see www.pbs.org.uk or phone 01189 842582.

Mission Shaped Ministry A one-year part-time learning journey in a supportive community, equipping you for a lifetime of good practice and learning in planting and sustaining Fresh Expressions of church. Individuals are most welcome but we particularly hope that small groups from a church or Fresh Expression will come, as this will deepen the impact of the course. The course runs on: Saturdays: 9.30am – 4.00pm at Christ Church, Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds IP32 7EW and Tuesdays: 7.30 – 9.30pm at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Street, Ely CB7 4TH or Wednesdays: 7.30 – 9.30pm at St Michael’s Church Centre, Martlesham Heath, IP5 3PL Please choose Saturdays and Tuesdays, or Saturdays and Wednesdays. Course timetable Saturday 9 September 2017 • Tuesday 10 October or Wednesday 11 October Saturday 11 November • Tuesday 21 November or Wednesday 22 November Tuesday 9 January or Wednesday 10 January Saturday 10 February 2018 • Tuesday 20 March or Wednesday 21 March Saturday 21 April • Tuesday 15 May or Wednesday 16 May Saturday 9 June

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Enquiries to [email protected] or 01473 298510

Exploring Mark Our 2017 Lectionary Days aim to support clergy, lay ministers and anyone interested in developing their understanding of Mark’s Gospel in preparation for the forthcoming Year B. Our guest speakers are Dr James Carleton Paget from the University of Cambridge on Wednesday, and the Revd Dr Will Lamb from Balliol College, Oxford, on Saturday. In addition, there will be the opportunity to engage in a range of practical workshops. Enquiries about the sessions to Ruth Dennigan at [email protected] or phone 07468 474252. • Wednesday 13 September 9.45am – 3.30pm St Mary’s Church, Woodbridge IP12 4LP Book at exploring_mark_woodbridge.eventbrite.co.uk or • Saturday 16 September 9.45am – 3.30pm Christ Church, Moreton Hall, BSE IP32 7EW Book at exploring_mark_bse.eventbrite.co.uk Cost £10. If you are a minister (clergy, Reader, LLM or Elder), you may use your CMD grant and attend for free. More information from Lesley Steed at [email protected] or 01473 298510.

Suffolk Theology Forum Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore Street, Ipswich IP4 1JW • Thursday 14 September 7.30 – 9.15pm When did I start and how will I end? Ethical dilemmas from embryology to euthanasia. Dr Claire Foster-Gilbert, Director, Westminster Abbey Institute.

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• Thursday 9 November 7.30 – 9.15pm Faith in diversity in Brexit Britain - a Christian perspective on multi-culturalism. Dr Jonathan Chaplin, Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge. • Thursday 8 February 7.30 – 9.15pm Is theology natural? Exploring whether we are all born theologians. Dr Russell Re Manning, Lecturer at the Divinity Faculty, Cambridge. • Thursday 12 April 7.30 – 9.15pm Justice for animals: What is the Christian response? Dr Deborah Jones, Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. • Thursday 14 June 7.30 – 9.15pm The Revd Dr Calvin Samuel, Principal of the London School of Theology. Topic: TBA Lecture details to follow on www.eefa.net/stf or www.facebook.com/suffolktheologyforum. Non-members entry £5 (£4 for retired and students) payable at the door. Queries to Elizabeth Moore [email protected] or 01359 230161.

Engaging with… Pilgrim 2018 St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Saturday 16 September 10.00am – 3.00pm Aimed especially at clergy, children’s work leaders and lay ministers (but open to all), come to find out: • how your church and school can get involved in Pilgrim 2018 • learn about the Emmanuel Project • discover new creative ways of telling Bible stories, the story of the Church or your own story. Cost: £10 per person. Contact Kim Judge at [email protected] or phone 01284 748731 to book.

Remembering Together St Edmundsbury Cathedral Saturday 16 September 3.00 – 4.00pm A service for those who have experienced stillbirth or the loss of a child. No need to book.

Growing Together Particularly aimed at lay ministers (Readers, LLMs, Lay Elders etc.) but open to all, these meetings aim to provide ongoing support and encouragement on the faith journey and to develop discipleship in a way that can be fed back into the local churches. The intention is to develop these groups to meet bi-monthly, so these dates and then every two months thereafter. Just turn up at the nearest venue, no need to book! Tuesday 19 September

2.00 – 4.00pm

Tuesday 19 September 0AS

7.00 – 9.00pm Bradfield St George Village Hall, Felsham Rd IP30

Wednesday 20 September 2.00 – 4.00pm

All Saints’ Church, Park Road, BSE IP33 3QW

Wednesday 4 October 7.00 – 9.00pm

St Peter’s Church, Church Ln, West Row, Mildenhall IP28 8PF

Monday 25 September

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St Peter’s Hall, Stowmarket IP14 1ET

2.00 – 4.00pm

Sancroft Hall, Fressingfield IP21 5PB

Monday 25 September 7.00 – 9.00pm

Blythburgh Village Hall, Main Road, Blythburgh IP19 9LQ

Enquiries to [email protected] or 01473 298510

Thursday 28 September 2.00 – 4.00pm

St Mary the Virgin, The Street, East Bergholt CO7 6TA

Thursday 28 September 7.00 – 9.00pm St Mary’s, Church Lane, Witnesham IP6 9JD (usually at St Michael’s Church Centre, The Drift, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL)

Accompanying others in times of consolation, desolation and discernment Barham Church Hall, Church Lane, Barham IP6 0PT Friday 22 September 10.00am - 3.30pm Open to anyone offering the ministry of spiritual direction/accompaniment or involved in listening to and sharing with others on their journey of faith. Led by Bishop Mike, this is an opportunity to look at some of the literature and good practice around consolation, desolation and discernment in spiritual direction. Bishop Mike will provide some input as well as there being time for conversation, practice and the opportunity to learn from one another’s wisdom in this area. Cost: £15 per person. To book or for more information, email [email protected] cofesuffolk.org or phone Caroline Redman on 01359 269335.

Who Needs the Old Testament? Wren Suite, The Crypt, St Paul’s Cathedral EC4M 8AD Saturday 23 September 2.00 - 4.30pm The Old Testament is a library of varied, sometimes difficult, always fascinating books. And yet the ‘God of the Old Testament’ is often seen as violent, angry and monochrome, at odds with the ‘Christian God’. Katharine Dell, Reader in Old Testament Literature and Theology at the University of Cambridge, invites us to discover the Old Testament as essential to 21st century Christian life and thought, not passing over its difficulties, but offering a more nuanced understanding of the many types of literature it contains and of the developing vision of God to which it witnesses. Starting from the New Atheists’ attacks on the Old Testament, we will explore some of the more difficult texts and others that are more familiar and palatable in a Christian context. £15 per person, bursaries available. Book on-line at www.stpauls.co.uk/adultlearning.

Gather St Edmundsbury Cathedral, BSE IP33 1LS Saturday 23 September 6.00 – 10.00pm BE excited * BE faithful * BE connected * BE yourself * BE an example! BE involved in our second youth celebration ‘Gather’, taking over the whole of the Cathedral. BE with us at this event that is about young people for young people to gather, celebrate and explore your growing faith, your way. RODEO BULL + CAGE FOOTBALL + DRUMMING + ARTS AND CRAFTS + PRAYER STATIONS + BBQ + SONG WRITING + SPORTING 87 + VOCATIONS + DANCE + HUMAN HUNGRY HIPPOS + LOADS MORE! Rounded off by a live concert by Bean Baker. Tickets £5 each. Bookings can be made by a youth group leader or a responsible person bringing young people. More information from [email protected] or 01473 298515 or book at stedsgather.eventbrite.co.uk @StEdsGather @StEdsGather

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Learning from Luther Today St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Saturday 30 September 10.00am – 3.00pm A day programme to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, to investigate Luther’s continuing impact today on our theology and worship. We are privileged to welcome as our speakers Dr Ulrichs and Dr Oxen, theologians from Wittenberg, Germany, and Professor McFarland from Cambridge, himself a Lutheran. The day is designed for clergy and laity (and is an IME2 event), and will include presentations, discussion and reflection. Cost £10, CMD grants may be used, IME2 participants have free places. Book at learningfromluthertoday.eventbrite. co.uk. For more information please email [email protected] The programme will finish at 3.00pm, and followed by Evensong at 3.30pm at which Dr Kathrin Oxen will preach, in English.

Diocesan Induction Days for new ministers St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday

27 September 4 October 21 February 2018 6 June 19 September

10.00am – 4.00pm 10.00am – 1.00pm 10.00am – 4.00pm 10.00am – 4.00pm 7.30 – 9.30pm

New clergy and Readers Deacons only New clergy New clergy Readers

These sessions induct newly appointed clergy, newly licensed Readers and LLMs and newly ordained Deacons into the Diocesan Strategy and Vision, and in how the Diocesan office and officers support their ministry. You will receive a letter letting you know when the next Induction Day is soon after taking up your ministry.

• Mondays 15, 22, 29 Jan, 5 Feb 7.00 – 9.00pm | stowupland-mondays.eventbrite.co.uk Stowupland Church Hall, Church Road, Stowupland IP14 4BQ (next to the church) • Saturdays 20 and 27 January 9.30am – 1.00pm | stowupland-saturdays.eventbrite.co.uk Stowupland Church Hall, Church Road, Stowupland IP14 4BQ (next to the church) The Basics coursebook is also available for leaders to download from www.cofesuffolk.org/ ministries so that the course can be run locally at a benefice or deanery level. Contact Lesley Steed at [email protected] or on 01473 298510 with enquiries.

Basics of RE Honington CEVCP School, Malting Row, Honington IP31 1RE Thursday 5 October 9.30am – 12.00pm Heads, Governors, new subject leaders and NQTs. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice.org/cpd. £50 for subscribing church schools; £100 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

Basics of Collective Worship Honington CEVCP School, Malting Row, Honington IP31 1RE Thursday 5 October 1.00 – 3.30pm Heads, Governors, new subject leaders and NQTs. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice.org/cpd. £50 for subscribing church schools; £100 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

Developing the role of Primary RE subject leaders St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Tuesday 3 October 9.30am – 3.30pm

Annual Diocesan Choirs’ Festival St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS

For new and nearly new subject leaders. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice.org/cpd. £100 for subscribing church schools; £200 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

Saturday 7 October from 2.00pm for rehearsal; performance from 5.00pm Choirs from across the diocese are invited to join together for the opportunity for encouragement, challenge and the chance to sing in a wider context. Contact James Thomas at [email protected] or 01284 748739 for more information and to book your places.

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Regional New Posts Conference Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham NR35 2DZ Tuesday 10 October (11.00am) – Thursday 12 October (2.00pm)

This is a four-session course for groups which will be of interest to those interested in looking more deeply at expressing their faith, but which is necessary for all who are involved in, or considering, any kind of ministry, whether local (e.g. Lay Elder ministry) or national (e.g. Reader ministry or ordination). The day-time courses cover two sessions in each meeting. The sessions cover Being Disciples, Being Called, Working Together and Sustaining Ministry. The courses are free and can be booked at the Eventbrite pages below. Contact Ruth Dennigan at [email protected] or on 07468 474252 with enquiries. • Wednesdays 4 and 11 October 9.30am – 1.00pm | basics-witnesham.eventbrite.co.uk St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Witnesham IP6 9JD

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• Thursdays 9 and 16 November 1.30 – 5.00pm | basics-bse.eventbrite.co.uk All Saints’ Church, Park Road, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3QW

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This Conference is designed to help clergy who, in the last six to eighteen months, have been appointed to their first post of responsibility or entered a new role of ministerial responsibility. The conference is based firmly on reflective, analytic work (using prior detailed research) in peer-support groups. It is not about providing ready-made ‘solutions’ but rather about equipping participants with the tools to manage, lead and effect change. You will receive a letter letting you know when the next Conference is soon after taking up your new post.

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Party with a Purpose Robin Hall, Chapel Lane, Mendlesham IP14 5SQ Thursday 12 October 6.30 – 8.30pm An invitation to: Come and discover the very varied role of Readers: what does it mean to be a ‘lay theologian’ and how might God use this ‘on the ground’? • Come and listen to the work of a variety of serving Readers • Come and find out what training is involved • Come and ask questions • Come and see whether this is a way for you to use your gifts and experiences to serve God. RSVP (by 2 October) to: The Bishop’s Office, 4 Park Road, Ipswich IP1 3ST, email [email protected] or phone 01473 252829.

Pastoral Care: Open Day St Michael’s Church Centre, The Drift, Martlesham Heath IP5 3PL Saturday 14 October 10.00am – 4.30pm Come for some or all of the day A free event for church leaders, pastoral carers and anyone interested to find out about counselling, pastoral care and mental health and the vital role that church can play. There is a programme of talks during the day on topics such as ‘Self-care’ by Karen Gardner, aimed at church leaders and pastoral carers in particular; Sue and Chris Monckton-Rickett speaking on ‘Mental Health and the role of the church’ and ‘Pastoral care and PCUK (Pastoral Care UK)’ and Christine Pinder speaking about ‘What is counselling?’. To register your interest, contact Christine Pinder at [email protected] or phone 07770 975309.

Love took my hand: George Herbert and the friendship of God – a reflective day The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS Saturday 14 October 10.00am – 5.00pm George Herbert is one of the great 17th century poet-priests. His poems embrace every shade of the spiritual life, from love and closeness, to anger and despair, to reconciliation and hope. And his work is always rich with audacious playfulness: he seems to take God on, knowing God will win, as if he’s having an argument with a faithful friend he knows is not going to leave. In much of theology and spirituality, God is a critical spectator to human lives, but for Herbert, his sense of relationship with God is primarily of a friendship that can never be broken. In this reflective day led by the Reverend Canon Mark Oakley, we will explore Herbert’s spirituality and sense of God, and what they might teach us about our own assumptions about and relationship with God. Cost £40, bursaries available. The day includes reflective worship, lunch and other refreshments. Book on-line at www.stpauls.co.uk/adultlearning.

County Harvest Festival St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Sunday 15 October 3.30 – 4.30pm Affirming those in agriculture across the county. No booking required.

Hate Crime Vigil for Suffolk St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Monday 16 October 6.30pm – 7.30pm No booking required.

Collective Worship Conference for church schools St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Tuesday 17 October 9.30am – 3.30pm for Heads/teachers with responsibility for CW Wednesday 18 October 9.30am – 3.30pm for Clergy/governors – to support teachers with responsibility for CW. £100 for subscribing church schools; £200 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries and bookings to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

A Consultation for newly-appointed Rural and Area Deans The Retreat House, Pleshey, Chelmsford CM3 1HA Tuesday 17 October (3.30pm) to Wednesday 18 October (4.30pm) For recently appointed Rural/Area Deans and Assistant Rural Deans: this event aims to offer you: • an opportunity to reflect on the role you are undertaking together with others in a similar position • to explore the different aspects of what is involved in this area of responsibility, including the legal aspects • to consider how you might develop the life of your deanery within the overall mission and ministry of the church, particularly in the light of changing demography, and changing approaches to mission and ministry. The event also offers an opportunity for mutual support through informal networking and fellowship and shared prayer and worship. Booking: newly appointed Rural Deans will receive an invitation from the CMD officer soon after their appointment is made.

Prisons Week 2017 St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Sunday 15 October 10.00 – 11.00am The Bishop for Prisons, the Rt Revd James Langstaff, will preach and lead a Q&A after the service on current issues for prisons. Marking Prisons’ Week and raising the profile of prisoners and all who work and volunteer in Prisons. No booking required.

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Rural Ministry Conference: One size does not fit all – promoting a mixed economy of church in a rural context Chamberlin Hall, Chamberlin Close, Bildeston IP7 7EZ Saturday 21 October 10.30am – 3.30pm Open to all. A day on the unique challenges and opportunities faced by Christian congregations and their leaders in rural settings across the diocese. Keynote speakers: • Canon Sally Gaze (Dean of Rural Mission Consultancy). Sally has been in rural parish ministry for over 10 years and is currently the Team Rector of a multi-parish benefice in Norfolk which incorporates a rural cell church. She has a longstanding passion for sharing the gospel in today’s culture, chairs the national Fresh Expressions Rural Hub and has written on Rural Church – for example ‘Mission-shaped and Rural’ – and was a member of the working group which produced Mission-shaped Church. • Jerry Marshall. Jerry is CEO of the Arthur Rank Centre, the churches’ rural resource centre, where he has been developing a range of projects including leadership training, rural learning communities and the Germinate conference. With his home church, he helped plant a congregation in his local village hall in 1993 which he continues to lead. • Canon William Burke left the army in his early forties to train for the priesthood at Cuddesdon. He was Rector for 20 years of six village parishes in North Cambridgeshire and is now a canon emeritus of Peterborough Cathedral and currently Rural Dean for Fincham and Feltwell, a group of 32 village parishes in the Ely diocese. • Canon Dave Gardner (Director of Mission and Ministry). Cost: £10 per person. If you are a minister (clergy, Reader, LLM or Elder), you may use your CMD grant and attend for free. More information from Lesley Steed at [email protected] cofesuffolk.org or 01473 298510. Book at rural-ministry-conference-2017.eventbrite.co.uk.

Iona Community Retreats St Columba Hotel, Isle of Iona, Argyll PA76 6SL The Iona Community is delighted to announce a short programme for Autumn 2017 to be run in conjunction with the St Columba Hotel on Iona whilst their own centres are closed for refurbishment and maintenance work. There are 3 weeks on offer: • ‘Walking into Winter’ – a gentle week of conversation, readings, and writing with Wild Goose authors and poets Jan Sutch Picard, Joy Mead, and Ruth Burgess (21 – 28 October) • ‘Stillness, Silence and Song’ – an unhurried week of meditation and song with Alison Adam (formerly of Wild Goose Resource Group) and Cara Riley (28 October – 4 November) • ‘Cycles of Grace: Exploring the Ten Beatitudes’ – a week reflecting on how to live well, with activist and author Alastair McIntosh (4 – 11 November) Full details can be found here: iona.org.uk, any queries can be directed to [email protected] or [email protected]

Souls at Stake: Tyndale, the Bible and the 21st Century St Paul’s Cathedral EC4M 8AD Tuesday 24 October 6.30 – 8.00pm William Tyndale gave us the Bible in English, and died for it. Called the most dangerous man in England, his passion and vocation was to put the Bible into the hands of everyone so that we could read it for ourselves, and in doing so he profoundly changed freedom of thought, religion, and the church for ever. Executed as a heretic in 1536 for translating the Bible, within a few years his translation was in every church in England. What does it mean to us to have the freedom to read the word of God ourselves? We take it for granted, but what was it that Tyndale saw and gave his life for? Melvyn Bragg, broadcaster, novelist, and biographer of Tyndale, and Jane Williams, theologian, will explore what fired Tyndale and what difference he made to our national and spiritual lives. Free event. Book on-line at www.stpauls.co.uk/adultlearning.

[email protected] workshops Parish Room, Stowmarket Road, Great Blakenham IP6 0LN • Saturday 28 October 10.00am – 3.00pm Workshops which will include leading all age services well, practical workshops for all-age service activities, using liturgy with children and others. • Saturday 17 February 2018 10.00am – 3.00pm Various workshops based on communicating the Gospel message to all ages all the time! • Saturday 30 June 2018 10.00am – 3.00pm 10.00am – 12.00pm [email protected] presentation for those unfamiliar with the model 12.00 – 2.30pm sharing afternoon for those already leading [email protected] in their own church For all those leading all-age worship. Speakers include the Revd Carl Melville, Irene Leech, Karl Hunnibell and Christine Stainer. Free of charge, to book please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Lay Pioneers’ Licensing service St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Saturday 28 October 11.00am – 12.00pm Service celebrating the Licensing of people to the new ministry of Lay Pioneer. All welcome, no need to book.

Churchwardens’ Training 30 October 7.00pm for 7.30pm start St Peter’s Church, Stoke Park Drive, Ipswich IP2 9TH 8 November 7.00pm for 7.30pm start The Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, BSE IP33 3JT This event has been enormously successful in the past. The training session is aimed primarily at new or nearly new Churchwardens, but experienced ones invariably find that there is always something new to learn.

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The sessions are also open to anyone who might have reason to think that he or she could well be a Churchwarden before long! The session covers Churchwardens’ tasks and legal responsibilities, issues about building maintenance and Faculties and many other related issues. There is always an opportunity for a Question and Answer session. Events will be led by the Archdeacons with contributions from the Diocesan Registrar and the Secretary to the DAC. To book a place please contact the Archdeacons’ PA, Diane Matthews, on 01473 298504 or email [email protected]

Training for potential MDR Reviewers Wednesday 1 November 10.00am – 3.30pm Trinity Methodist Church, Brentgovel St, BSE IP33 1EB Wednesday 8 November 10.00am – 3.30pm St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Led by the Revd Jeanette Gosney, Bishops’ Ministry Officer, and open only to those who have already applied to become MDR Reviewers. This day is for those who have already applied as potential MDR Reviewers and will help to equip them for their new role. It will introduce and explain the revised MDR scheme as well as offering time for discussing and practising some skills. Light lunch is included. To book, contact [email protected] or 07710 479497. Note: the room at Trinity Methodist Church is upstairs, but there is a lift.

Journeying with the Saints – Cathedral Retreat Belsey Bridge, Ditchingham NR35 2DZ Wednesday 1 – Friday 3 November A reflective Retreat for the season of All Saints to Advent, led by Bishop Mike. Find Space – Reflect – Pray Journeying with the Saints Inspiring lives – Inspiring others Following the success of the 2016 Cathedral Retreat, the next Cathedral Retreat at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre will be led by Bishop Mike, along with other Cathedral clergy, reflecting on what it means to be ‘a saint’ and how we too can inspire others to saintly living. To book contact the Retreat organiser, Canon Philip Banks, at [email protected]

Annual Church School Leaders’ Conference St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Thursday 2 November 9.30am – 3.30pm For Heads, deputies and governors. To book, contact Jacqui Studd on [email protected] cofesuffolk.org or phone 01473 298570.

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Enquiry-based RE St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Friday 3 November 9.30am – 12.30pm Friday 3 November 1.30 – 4.30pm An introduction using Emmanuel Project units, for primary RE subject leaders. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice.org/cpd. £50 for subscribing church schools; £100 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

Homeless Drop-In Centre celebration service St Edmundsbury Cathedral, BSE IP33 1LS Friday 3 November 7.00 – 8.00pm No booking required.

Understanding Dementia Monday 6 November 6.00 – 9.00pm St Luke’s Church, Beccles NR34 9JG Thursday 30 November 1.30pm - 4.30pm All Saints’ Church, Wickham Market IP13 0SA Led by Lynne Kentish of the Contented Dementia Trust. The first step towards lifelong well-being: an introduction to the SPECAL® Method, for everyone who knows and cares for someone with dementia. The SPECAL® method offers a simple way of understanding how dementia is experienced by the person with the condition. This short presentation shows how the introduction of simple SPECAL skills can change life for the better for the person with dementia and everyone concerned with their well-being. The three hour session will cover: • • • • •

The SPECAL Photograph Album understanding of dementia How normal memory works The impact of ageing The single, dramatic change introduced by dementia SPECAL’s Three Golden Rules for communication

£5 per person. If you are a minister (clergy, Reader, LLM or Elder), you may use your CMD grant and attend for free. More information from Lesley Steed at [email protected] or 01473 298510. Please go to understanding-dementia-beccles.eventbrite.co.uk or phone 01473 298510 to book your place. Other presentations are being organised, please check eNews.

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Finding Joy: A prayer and spirituality day St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Tuesday 7 November 10.00am – 4.00pm

Scrapbooking RE – better teaching and recording in Y3/4 Trinity CEVAP School, Lavenham Way, Stowmarket IP14 2PZ Monday 13th November 1.00 – 4.30pm

We live in uncertain and troubling times. Many experience anxiety about the future and within the Church there is evidence of worries about what the next generation may bring. During this day Bishop Tim Stevens will explore God’s promise to us of “a joy which is complete”. How do we live this joy in our personal lives and in the Church and in a world like this?

For RE subject leaders and teaching staff in KS2. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice.org/cpd. £50 for subscribing church schools; £100 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

There will be space in the day for discussion and reflection and prayer. This is part of the ongoing Diocesan prayer and spirituality initiatives aiming to encourage the priority of prayerfulness at the heart of all we do. Free of charge, book at finding-joy-spirituality. eventbrite.co.uk. Enquiries to Caroline Redman at [email protected] or phone 01359 269335.

Clergy and spouse’s pre-retirement day Pleshey Retreat House, The Street CM3 1HA Thursday 16 November 10.00am – 4.00pm

Upping the Challenge in Y5/6 Trinity CEVAP School, Lavenham Way, Stowmarket IP14 2PZ Tuesday 7 November 1.30 – 4.30pm For primary RE subject leaders and teaching staff in KS2. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice. org/cpd. £50 for subscribing church schools; £100 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

Diddy Disciples All Saints’ Church, Park Road, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3QW Wednesday 8 November 2.00 – 4.00pm Diddy Disciples is a new training resource for babies, toddlers and children which integrates bible story-telling, singing, worship, and prayer in playful and engaging ways. This resource has been developed at St Peter’s Walworth, London by the Revd Dr Sharon Moughtin-Mumby and she will be leading an afternoon session explaining the resource and introducing ways of using the training package in your own context. Especially relevant for church leaders and children’s workers but all are very welcome. Cost £5, CMD grants may be used. Book at diddy-disciples.eventbrite.co.uk, enquiries to Lesley Steed at [email protected] cofesuffolk.org or phone 01473 298510.

Scrapbooks and storytelling in EYFS RE Trinity CEVAP School, Lavenham Way, Stowmarket IP14 2PZ Thursday 9th November 1.30 – 4.30pm For RE subject leaders and teaching staff in EYFS. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice.org/cpd. £50 for subscribing church schools; £100 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

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By popular request from those who have attended our Clergy Pre-Retirement Conference, we warmly invite clergy and their spouse to this new additional event. Priority will be given to those who have attended the Pre-Retirement Conference in May. Enjoy a day together in the quiet surroundings of Pleshey Retreat House that may help you – practically, psychologically and spiritually – prepare for this next transition in life. The day will include professional input from Debra Harris (Psychotherapist); and hosted jointly by Dave Gardner and the Diocesan Retirement Officer, David Finch, and his wife Margaret. Good lunch, quiet gardens and worship in a peaceful chapel. More information from Lesley Steed at [email protected] org or 01473 298510. The day is subsidised by the diocese, so cost per couple is only £30 including lunch. Please book at clergy-spouse-preretirement2017.eventbrite.co.uk.

Scrapbooking RE – better teaching and recording in KS1 Trinity CEVAP School, Lavenham Way, Stowmarket IP14 2PZ Thursday 16 November 1.30 – 4.30pm For RE subject leaders and teaching staff in KS1. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice.org/cpd. £50 for subscribing church schools; £100 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

Creative Liturgy in Services of the Word All Saints’ Church, Park Road, BSE IP33 3QW Saturday 18 November 9.30am – 12.30pm This morning, led by Gill Ambrose, is designed to resource those who plan or lead worship. How can we put together good quality, creative Services of the Word? What resources are available and what is the framework within which we need to work? What is the journey on which we take people during corporate worship? IME1 Study Day, but open to all. Cost £5 (free of charge to trainee Readers). If you are a minister (clergy, Reader, LLM or Elder), you may use your CMD grant and attend for free. More information from Lesley Steed at [email protected] or 01473 298510. To book, please go to creative-liturgy.eventbrite.co.uk, enquiries to Lesley Steed at lesley. [email protected] or phone 01473 298 510.

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Visit to Lebanon Bradfield St George Village Hall, IP30 0AS Saturday 18 November 10.00am – 2.00pm Our World Development Advisors, Carol Mansell and Richard Stainer, will report back on their visit to Lebanon with ‘Christians Aware’ in September. Discussion will be around the role of Christians in Lebanon and the refugee situation in the country. The morning will end with a light lunch, for which donations will be welcome. Please contact Richard Stainer for more information at [email protected] or 01284 388175.

Faith Seeking Understanding: a beginner’s guide to theology Wren Suite, The Crypt, St Paul’s Cathedral EC4M 8AD Saturday 18 November 2.00 - 4.30pm It’s easy to think of theology belonging in universities, but Sharon Prentis suggests that we are all theologians. Theology is about exploring the mystery of God in ways that nourish and deepen our lives of faith, and thinking theologically begins with a dynamic engagement with the living God, starting from whoever and wherever we are in our everyday lives. In this workshop, she will introduce us to ways of thinking theologically that will turn us towards God with enthusiasm and love. £15 per person, bursaries available. Book on-line at www.stpauls.co.uk/adultlearning.

The Edmund Lecture: ‘Our Patron Saint’ The Nave, St Edmundsbury Cathedral IP33 1LS Saturday 18 November 7.00pm for 7.30 – 9.00pm Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well-known poet and prize-winning author for children. His most recent books are Heartsong, with Jane Ray; a new collection of poems called The Breaking Hour, and the story of The Riddlemaster. No need to book.

Christian Central Business Lunch: The role of business in a changing world St Nicholas Centre, 4 Cutler Street, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Tuesday 21 November 12.30 – 2.00pm The fourth in our increasingly popular lunches for the business community to pause for thought and reflect on the value business can bring to our society. Hot buffet lunch with a stimulating speaker and opportunity for Q&A and networking with colleagues from a range of business settings. Speaker: Mark Goyder, founder and CEO of Tomorrow’s Company - an independent, business-led think tank. Mark is also a broadcaster, writer and award winning public speaker. To book, please go to christiancentral-21-11-2017.eventbrite.co.uk.

Lucy Winkett, priest and theologian, and Marian Partington, whose sister was killed by Fred and Rose West, will explore the reality of the darkness in others and ourselves, and the radical path of forgiveness. The event will be chaired by Canon Mark Oakley and include plenty of time for questions and answers. Free of charge, to book go to www.stpauls.co.uk/learning-faith/adult-learning/ forgiveness.

Pastoral Ministry: reflections on its significance and developing good practice Stowupland Village Hall, Church Road, Stowupland IP14 4BQ Saturday 25 November 9.30am – 12.30pm A Spirit of Ministry Day, led by Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike. Reflections on pastoral ministry, its significance and developing good practice. Open to all in ministry: clergy, Readers, LLMs and Elders. Free of charge. Drinks will be provided. Enquiries to the Bishop’s Office at [email protected] or phone 01473 252829. To book, visit spirit-of-ministry-2017.eventbrite.co.uk.

Exploring Ministries Fair Stowupland Church Hall, Church Road, Stowupland IP14 4BQ Saturday 25 November 1.30 – 4.00pm (next to the church) This afternoon is an opportunity for people to explore lay or ordained ministries available within the church. Guest speaker: Bishop Mike. All are welcome, no need to book. Enquiries to Lesley Steed at [email protected] or 01473 298510.

Navigating reviews and endings on our journeys of Spiritual Accompaniment Venue: TBA Tuesday 28 November 10.00am – 4.00pm ‘The openness of a space is created by the firmness of its boundaries.’ (Parker Palmer)

Forgiveness is news. When someone forgives terrible harm done to them, from the victims of terrorism to the violently bereaved, the story is always news and often the person is treated as a moral hero. But does it take a special person to forgive and forget, or can we all learn to do it? And why is forgiveness central to Jesus’ teaching? He talks about it almost more than

In this development day for Spiritual Direction, we will be thinking about how to ensure dynamic and healthy relationships with the directees we accompany. We will look at how and why we might introduce a pattern of regular review and will explore when and how to make good endings. Many of us struggle to acknowledge endings in life or plan for them well, so modelling a good ending in a Spiritual Direction relationship can be a loving gift. Guest speaker: Sister Rachel Overton, Bishop’s Advisor for Spirituality in Peterborough Diocese. Sister Rachel’s professional background is in medicine and therapeutic counselling. After qualifying in medicine she became a member of a religious community where she remained for 23 years before being professed as a solitary religious. She has been involved in leading retreats and spiritual direction since 1989 and teaches on the Holy Listening course for Leicester and Peterborough dioceses. The day will include the opportunity for group discussion as well as personal reflection, and prayer. Cost: £15 per person. To book or for more information, email [email protected] or phone Caroline Redman on 01359 269335.

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Forgiveness: a Journey to Freedom? St Paul’s Cathedral EC4M 8AD Tuesday 21 November 6.30 – 8.00pm

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anything else, even from the Cross. Why must we love our enemies and always forgive those who wrong us? What about justice? And could the most difficult thing of all be to seek and accept forgiveness, human or divine, when we need it for ourselves?

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Theological Refreshment in Ministry (TRiM) Conference: Springs of Renewal Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham NR35 2DZ Tuesday 28 – Wednesday 29 November Springs of Renewal: resourcing personal faith and ministry. Guest speaker: the Revd Canon Angela Tilby. An ecumenical conference open to all clergy, Readers and LLMs in the eastern region. The conference provides an opportunity to learn and pray together in a relaxed atmosphere away from church duties. Each conference focuses on a particular area of theology. This year Angela Tilby will lead on: Recovering Confidence: Ressourcement and Aggiornamento. The two most used concepts of Vatican II set the agenda for this conference. Ressourcement involves a return to the sources: scripture, tradition, experience; to rediscover the well-springs of faith. Aggiormento turns our attention to our present context and to how we are best equipped to discern and minister to the specific needs of our time. We then move on to consider four themes: Recovering Theology – rediscovering the energy of core Christian beliefs and reflecting on how to communicate them; Recovering the Spiritual Life – rediscovering the essentials of prayer and reappraising our own practice and discipline; Recovering Worship – revising our expectations of worship and restoring our confidence in the liturgy; and Recovering Pastoral Care – building resilience in ourselves and in others. For more information and to book, see the Mission and Ministry events page at www. cofesuffolk.org/events and search for TRiM. The cost will be about £110, invoiced after the conference. CMD grants may be used.

The Emmanuel Project: Teaching Christianity effectively – new units for Y3/4 Trinity CEVAP School, Lavenham Way, Stowmarket IP14 2PZ Friday 1 December 9.30am – 3.30pm For Lower KS2 RE teachers. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice.org/cpd. £100 for subscribing church schools; £200 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

New Monasticism: Radical Christian discipleship & service today St Thomas’s Church, Bramford Lane, Ipswich IP1 5EP Saturday 2 December 10.30am – 4.00pm All welcome, especially church leaders of all denominations; anyone working with younger adults; young adults exploring calling. An information day about new monasticism, with worship, talks, workshops and the opportunity to meet people who are involved in the St Thomas Pilgrim Community in Ipswich, in two communities in London and other places. Guest speakers: the Revd Ian Mobsby, Wellspring Community, Peckham; Fr Gareth Powell, Community of St Margaret the Queen and others. Free event, includes lunch. To book, go to new-monasticism.eventbrite.co.uk. For enquiries contact the Revd Jutta Brueck at [email protected] or 07958 360564.

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Advent Procession St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Sunday 3 December 5.00 – 6.00pm Led by the Bishop and cathedral choir, marking the start of Advent for the diocese. No booking required.

Conversations at the Cathedral on Faith, Hope and Love in a Post-Truth World St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Tuesday 5 December Edmund Room

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Tuesday 12 December The Deanery

7.00 for 7.30 – 9.00pm

Tuesday 19 December Edmund Room

7.00 for 7.30 – 9.00pm

Guest speaker: the Revd Dr Andrew Davison, Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences. Before he moved into theology Andrew was a scientist, and he holds undergraduate degrees and doctorates in both natural science (Merton College, Oxford) and theology (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge). Andrew has taught Christian doctrine at Westcott House, Cambridge and St Stephen’s House, Oxford, and was junior chaplain of Merton College. He is a priest of the Church of England and served a curacy in South East London. In 2015 he was made a canon of St Albans Cathedral in the UK: the first ‘canon philosopher’ in the Church of England.

The Emmanuel Project: Teaching Christianity effectively – new units for Y5/6 Discovery Centre, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Thursday 7 December 9.30am – 3.30pm For Upper KS2 RE teachers. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice.org/cpd. £100 for subscribing church schools; £200 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

Plough Sunday St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Sunday 7 January 2018 3.30 – 4.30pm The Blessing of the Plough marking the start of the agricultural year and affirming those working in agriculture in the county. No booking required.

Ministers as Teachers Stowupland Church Hall, Church Road, Stowupland IP14 4BQ Tuesdays 9, 16, 23 & 30 January, and 6 & 13 February 7.30 – 9.30pm A course which aims to help ministers – lay or ordained – prepare and lead small groups effectively. Led by the Revd Barbara Gallagher, the six sessions explore learning in the

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Gospels and learning in Church; theories of, and obstacles to, learning; theories of faith development; what to consider when planning a group course; methods of Bible study; the use of published materials. There will be an opportunity to put this into practice through writing, and delivering a small part of, a teaching session on a given topic. IME1 training but a limited number of spaces is available to members of clergy. Contact ruth. [email protected] or 07468 474252 for more information about the course. Cost £20 (free of charge to trainee Readers), book at ministers-as-teachers-2018.eventbrite.co.uk. You may use your CMD grant and attend for free. More information from Lesley Steed at [email protected] or 01473 298510.

This is a residential conference for those who have been appointed to a first incumbency or priest-in-charge post in the previous six to nine months. The purpose of the conference is to help those in their first post of incumbency-level responsibility to acquire some tools for auditing their context, and tools and resources in the practical areas of parish ministry, framed in the broader context of clarifying vision, building purpose, and developing mission.

Parish Giving Scheme launch

Topics covered include • Leadership in mission • Working with others • Models, expectations, role and purpose • Worship • Faculties • ‘Help, I’m a Church lawyer!’ • PCC/APCM • PCC Finance • Support and self-care.

• 11 January St John’s Church, Church Street, Saxmundham IP17 1ES 7.30pm. Register at pgs-saxmundham.eventbrite.co.uk

You will receive a letter letting you know when the next Conference is soon after taking up your new post.

• 31 January Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral IP33 1LS 7.30pm Register at pgs-bse.eventbrite.co.uk • 20 February St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ 7.30pm Register at pgs-ipswich.eventbrite.co.uk Particularly aimed at clergy, Treasurers, Gift Aid Secretaries, PCC members but open to all. The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a 21st Century solution to offset one of the greatest threats to parish income: static giving. The scheme helps you to collect and maintain parish income on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Each donation is restricted to your parish church and Gift Aid is collected and remitted to the PCC each month. If this scheme becomes the principal funding method for your Church, you will have inflation-proofed your giving, maximized your cash-flow and minimised your administration. This will free up your parish to focus on other important priorities. Come and hear from other parishes how they have benefitted from the Scheme and how your PCC can join. Guest speakers include the Bishop, Dr John Preston (National Stewardship Advisor) and Eleanor Stead (CEO Parish Giving Scheme). This event is free.

Epiphany Procession St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Sunday 21st January 2018 3.30 – 4.30pm Led by the Bishop and Cathedral choir, marking the three miracles of the season of Epiphany. No booking required.

RE for Suffolk NQTs St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Wednesday 24 January 9.30am – 3.30pm For all Newly Qualified Teachers. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice.org/cpd. £100 for subscribing church schools; £200 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

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Regional Incumbency Skills Conference High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts EN11 8SG Tuesday 30 January – Thursday 1 February

Enquiries to [email protected] or 01473 298510

Collective Worship Conference for church schools Discovery Centre, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Wednesday 7 February 9.30am – 3.30pm For Heads/teachers with responsibility for Collective Worship Thursday 8 February 9.30am – 3.30pm For clergy/governors – to support teachers with responsibility for Collective Worship £100 for subscribing church schools; £200 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries and bookings to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

Tuesday Evenings in Lent at the Cathedral on Prayer and Passion St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Tuesday 20 February 7.00pm for 7.30 – 9.00pm

The Revd Canon Dr Jessica Martin

Tuesday 27 February 7.00pm for 7.30 – 9.00pm

The Revd Charlotte Cook

Tuesday 6 March

7.00pm for 7.30 – 9.00pm

Professor Ben Quash

Tuesday 13 March

7.00pm for 7.30 – 9.00pm

Rupert Shortt

Tuesday 20 March

7.00pm for 7.30 – 9.00pm

The Revd Canon Mark Oakley

More information from the Cathedral Office at www.stedscathedral.co.uk or phone 01284 748720.

The Gospel and Western Culture Earl Stonham Village Hall, Forward Green, Earl Stonham IP14 5HJ Saturday 24 February 9.30am – 12.30pm We are shaped by our context. This event seeks to understand some of the elements of contemporary western society which influence contemporary Christian thinking and practice, and to consider how we can recognise and respond to their impact. Participants will be encouraged to reflect critically on their own cultural and ecclesial traditions and to engage with wider perspectives, and to consider appropriate strategies for missionary engagement

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and involvement in contemporary society. Aimed at clergy, Readers, Elders – all others very welcome. IME1 Study Day, but open to all. Cost £5 (free of charge to trainee Readers). If you are a minister (clergy, Reader, LLM or Elder), you may use your CMD grant and attend for free. More information from Lesley Steed at [email protected] or 01473 298510. To book, please go to gospel-western-culture.eventbrite.co.uk

Engaging with… The Emmanuel Project Barham Church Hall, Church Lane, Barham IP6 0PT Saturday 24 February 10.00am – 3.00pm Aimed especially at clergy, children’s work leaders and lay ministers (but open to all). Are you involved in Children’s Ministry? Do you want to engage with your local primary school by understanding how Christianity is taught? Would you like to learn how to deliver different activities for different year groups? Cost: £10 per person. Contact Kim Judge at [email protected] or phone 01284 748731 to book.

Rule of Life: a pattern for following Jesus 24/7 – a prayer and spirituality day All Saints’ Church, Park Road, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3QW Saturday 3 March 10.00am – 4.00pm We all have a sense that living well doesn’t happen by accident. We have habits and patterns to get us through the day: alarm clocks to get us up, regular meals and exercise, and budgets for expenses. Even though keeping a diary or planning exercise can feel a chore, really these liberate us to be healthier and happier people. Having a Rule of Life extends this principle so that we choose the patterns of life we need to be joyful and faithful disciples of Jesus. That doesn’t mean that our Rule of Life just has religious things on it; we follow Jesus 24/7 in everything we do, not just one day a week or when we pray or come to church. This day will help us explore how to find a life-giving rhythm to our days - to identify those patterns that lead us become balanced and generous disciples. It will be a practical and hands-on day; and you will be leave with a working Rule, and with tools for reviewing how living with this Rule is deepening your walk with God. Led by the Revd Chris Palmer, Rector of Merton Priory Team Ministry in South London and the Bishop of Southwark’s Adviser for Spiritual Formation. To book this free event, go to rule-of-life.eventbrite.co.uk. For more information, email [email protected] or phone Caroline Redman on 01359 269335.

Basics of RE Trinity CEVAP School, Lavenham Way, Stowmarket IP14 2PZ Thursday 8 March 9.30am – 12.00pm For Heads, governors, new subject-leaders and NQTs. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice.org/ cpd. £50 for subscribing church schools; £100 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

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Basics of Collective Worship Trinity CEVAP School, Lavenham Way, Stowmarket IP14 2PZ Thursday 8 March 1.00 – 3.30pm For Heads, governors, new subject-leaders and NQTs. To book, visit cpd.schoolschoice.org/ cpd. £50 for subscribing church schools; £100 for other schools. Where schools book more than one delegate on the same course, each additional delegate will receive a 50% discount. Enquiries to Jacqui Studd, [email protected] or 01473 298570.

Readers’ Study Day 2018 St Peter & St Mary’s Church, Stowmarket IP14 1ET Saturday 10 March 10.00am – 3.30pm The annual Study Day for Readers. Readers have a commitment to undertake ongoing study throughout their ministry. This event is the annual opportunity to meet together for a Study Day, for networking, and to review the previous year. Topic and speaker to be confirmed. Free of charge, please register your attendance at readers-study-day-2018.eventbrite.co.uk.

HM Courts of Justice service St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Sunday 18 March 3.30 – 4.30pm Marking the start of the County’s Legal Year and remembering all those in the Criminal Justice system. Led by the Bishop and attended by the High Sheriff. No booking required.

Rhythm, Habit, Direction: Accompanying others in shaping and keeping a Rule of Life Venue: TBA Tuesday 20 March 10.00am – 4.00pm This day is a follow-on from the Prayer & Spirituality Day on Rule of Life on 3 March. A Rule of Life can help us establish patterns of spiritual engagement and habits of holiness. How can a good Rule resource us in spiritual direction? And how can directors help others as they seek to shape and live out their own Rules of Life? This development day will tackle all these questions and more, offering both practical guidance and space to explore questions. Led by the Revd Chris Webb, a Benedictine Anglican priest, author, speaker and teacher dedicated to helping people experience a richer walk with God by growing in prayer and the spiritual life. Chris works as Deputy Warden of Launde Abbey and Diocesan Spirituality Adviser to the Diocese of Leicester. He is the author of two books: The Fire of the Word (2011) and GodSoaked Life (2017). Cost: £15. To book or for more information, email [email protected] cofesuffolk.org or phone Caroline Redman on 01359 269335.

Bishops’ Teaching Days Venues: TBA The Bishops’ Teaching Days this year will all look at phrases in our Diocesan Vision and Strategy. • Saturday 24 March 9.00am – 12.30pm God with us: how do we practise the presence of God both

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individually and corporately and so live with a vivid sense of God’s accompanying us? • Saturday 9 June 9.00am – 12.30pm Flourishing Congregations: what do flourishing congregations look like and what steps might we take as ministers to provide the best environment and opportunities for congregations to flourish? • Saturday 3 November 9.00am – 12.30pm Making a Difference: what kind of difference does it make to live our lives as Christians on our own and together and what distinctive contribution are we seeking to make in living out our faith? More information about venues and booking will be advertised nearer the time.

Holy Week 2018 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral Led by Bishop Tim Stevens Bishop Tim was ordained in 1976, and became the Bishop of Dunwich in 1995 until 1999 when he was appointed the Bishop of Leicester. He was appointed Commander of the British Empire in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to the Church of England and the community in Leicestershire, and on 1 September 2016, he was appointed as the Prelate of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. He retired to Bury St Edmunds in 2015. Monday 26 March

7.00pm Compline with address

Tuesday 27 March

7.00pm Compline with address

Wednesday 28 March

7.00pm Compline with address

Maundy Thursday 29 March 7.30pm Good Friday 30 March

12 noon The Three Hours

Deviate Youth Weekend Skreens Park Activity Centre, Chelmsford CM1 4NN Friday 6 April – Sunday 8 April A Youth Weekend packed with Discipleship, Fun and Activity for young people and their youth leaders. This active weekend residential (for young people aged 11-18 and their youth workers) is designed to bring together smaller youth groups from across Suffolk. It will involve plenty of team-building activities, physical challenges, new opportunities, as well as the chance to relax, eat lots of food and have a great time too! Activities include: air rifle shooting, archery, and raft building. Hear from a selection of inspiring people as well as spending quality time with old friends and new. Led by Lynne Bailie, Josh Hunt and Phil Bailie. £45 per person. For more information and to book, contact the event organiser at www.deviateyouth.org.

Bishop’s Chorister Award Evensong St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Saturday 5 May 3.30 – 4.30pm

Diocesan Confirmation St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Sunday 6 May 3.30 – 5.00pm Contact Canon Philip Banks at [email protected] or call 01284 748720.

Regional Preparing for Retirement Conference High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts EN11 8SG Tuesday 15 May (11.00am) – Thursday 17 May (2.00pm) Many people look forward to retirement as a time when they can at last be in charge of their diaries. Some dread the thought of moving away from activities and relationships that have given their lives a sense of purpose for decades. For clergy, and especially those who have been in full-time ministry for many years, retirement raises questions about identity and meaning. This residential event is designed to look at the more personal and spiritual issues around the question: What do I hope for in retirement? The conference – which blends elements of conference and retreat – is designed for those who expect to retire within the next three years or so and a letter will be sent inviting all full-time stipendiary clergy three years before their minimum retirement age.

Regional New Posts Conference Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham NR35 2DZ Tuesday 15 May (11.00am) – Thursday 17 May (2.00pm) This Conference is designed to help clergy who, in the last six to eighteen months, have been appointed to their first post of responsibility or entered a new role of ministerial responsibility. The conference is based firmly on reflective, analytic work (using prior detailed research) in peer-support groups. It is not about providing ready-made ‘solutions’ but rather about equipping participants with the tools to manage, lead and effect change. You will receive a letter letting you know when the next Conference is soon after taking up your new post.

Chaplains’ Day – Vocation, faith and work: nurturing ourselves, nurturing others St Nicholas Centre, 4 Cutler Street, Ipswich IP1 1UQ Wednesday 16 May 10.00am – 4.00pm A day for all chaplains in any sector from any denomination, lay and ordained, full or parttime, to come together to explore how we nurture and sustain our own sense of vocation in our place of work and how we nurture explicit or implicit spiritual hunger in others. The day will be led by the Revd Dr Michael Moynagh who works for Fresh Expressions as Director of Network Development and Consultant on theology and practice. Drinks and light lunch provided. For more information contact the Revd Jeanette Gosney, Bishops’ Ministry Officer, at [email protected] or 07710 479497. To book, go to chaplains-day-2018. eventbrite.co.uk.

Welcoming and affirming those across the diocese who have worked for their Chorister Award. No booking needed.

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Ministry to Diverse Congregations Earl Stonham Village Hall, Forward Green, Earl Stonham IP14 5HJ Saturday 19 May 9.30am – 12.30pm

Regional Incumbency Skills Conference High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts. EN11 8SG Tuesday 19 June – Thursday 21 June

Our congregations differ widely. Not only across the diocese but also with benefices and parishes we have a mix not only of ages but of differing needs, abilities and spiritual styles. How do we cater for those with varying degrees of autism, dementia, hearing loss, learning needs, mobility limitations and other access issues? How do the housebound remain connected to the Body of Christ? How do we facilitate worship across the spiritual styles? How can we ensure that all are enabled to become and remain part of the Body of Christ? This event seeks to raise awareness of, and address, some of these questions. Contact Ruth Dennigan at email or 07468 474252 for more information. Aimed at clergy, Readers, LLMs and Elders but all are welcome.

This is a residential conference for those who have been appointed to a first incumbency or priest in charge post in the previous six to nine months. The purpose of the conference is to help those in their first post of incumbency-level responsibility to acquire some tools for auditing their context, and tools and resources in the practical areas of parish ministry, framed in the broader context of clarifying vision, building purpose, and developing mission.

IME1 Study Day, but open to all. Cost £5 (free of charge to trainee Readers). If you are a minister (clergy, Reader, LLM or Elder), you may use your CMD grant and attend for free. More information from Lesley Steed at [email protected] or 01473 298510. To book, please go to diverse-congregations.eventbrite.co.uk

Sustaining our Sacred Centre: how to make prayer real for us and for others Venue: TBA Thursday 24 May 10.00am – 4.00pm The oxygen of our life as Christians is prayer. Without some form of living prayer, being a Christian can seem like hard work. But how to make prayer real is another matter; we get used to failure, tinged with guilt. This day won’t sort everything out but it will hopefully offer some realistic spiritual maps and a good number of practical ideas, both for us and our churches. Led by Bishop John Pritchard, this is part of the ongoing Diocesan prayer and spirituality initiatives aiming to encourage the priority of prayerfulness at the heart of all we do. Free of charge. For more information, email [email protected] or phone Caroline Redman on 01359 269335. To register your place, please go to sacred-centre. eventbrite.co.uk

World Mission Day Event Venue to be announced Saturday 16 June 10.00am - 4.00pm

Topics covered include • Leadership in mission • Working with others • Models, expectations, role and purpose • Worship • Faculties • ‘Help, I’m a Church lawyer!’ • PCC/APCM • PCC Finance • Support and self-care. You will receive a letter letting you know when the next Conference is soon after taking up your new post.

Growing Younger – Children’s Work Conference St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Saturday 23 June 10.00am – 3.00pm For clergy, children’s work leaders and lay ministers, but open to all. Workshops to Engage, Enquire, Explore and Express our Christian faith through the eyes of the young and young at heart. Cost to be confirmed. Contact Kim Judge at [email protected] or phone 01284 748731 to book.

Ordination Services St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1LS Saturday 30 June 11.00am – 12.00pm Ordination of Deacons Saturday 30 June 3.30 – 4.30pm Ordination of Priests

Speakers on matters to do with world development, NGO stalls and workshops.

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IME1 (Initial Ministerial Education Phase 1) for Readers in training only 18 Nov

10am – 3.30pm

All Saints’, BSE

Study Day: Creative Liturgy in Services of the Word

All years

Belsey Bridge, Ditchingham

Residential Weekend

All years

Earl Stonham Village Hall

Study Day: The Gospel & Western Culture

All years

Belsey Bridge, Ditchingham

Residential Weekend

All years

Earl Stonham Village Hall

Study Day: Ministry to Diverse Congregations

All years

13 – 15 July

High Leigh, Hoddesdon

Residential Weekend

All years

7 - 9 Dec 2018

Belsey Bridge, Ditchingham

Residential Weekend

All years

8-10 Dec 24 Feb 2018

10am – 3.30pm

16-18 March 19 May

10am – 3.30pm

IME2 (Initial Ministerial Education Phase 2) for clergy and Readers in their first three years in ministry More details from Tim Jones at [email protected] or 07468 474065 30 Sept

10am – 3.00pm

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Learning from Luther Today

All years

4 Oct

10am – 4.00pm

St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich

Deacons’ Induction Day

Yr 1 clergy

14 Oct

10am – 4.00pm

St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich

Healing, deliverance and exorcism

All years

18 Nov

10am – 4.00pm

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Leading Worship in a Mixed Economy

All years

11 Jan

All day

Norwich

Moving On – applying for the next post

Yr 3 clergy

13 Jan

10am – 4.00pm

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Self-care in Ministry

All years

Belsey Bridge, Ditchingham

Residential Weekend

All years

23 – 25 Feb 3 Feb

10am – 4.00pm

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Sex and sexual ethics

All years

17 March

10am – 4.00pm

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Pastoral care of the suffering

All years

21 April

10am – 4.00pm

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Canon Law: what we need to know

All years

15 May

9.30am – 4.00pm

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Preparation for Priesthood: Eucharist

Yr 1 clergy

High Leigh, Hoddesdon

Moving On – transition out of curacy

Yr 3 clergy

St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich

Prep for Priesthood: Reconciliation, Unction, Blessing

Yr 1 clergy

22 – 23 May 7 June

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Creating a Ministry Development Plan When creating a MDP for individuals, research shows that the balance of learning is best split like this:

70% Experience & Reflection 20% Learning with Others 10% Formal Education

• Diocesan courses • Courses provided by others • Focussed study course • Web based learning • Focussed and directed reading

10% 20%

Example: Ministry Development Plan What do I want/need to learn? For example: To improve my ability to lead others in communicating the gospel with those on the fringe of the church.

10% Formal Education

70%

What will I do to achieve this? Formal Education 10% For example: Directed reading on apologetics and changing culture. Source a relevant course/day. What will I do to achieve this? Learning with Others 20% For example: Arrange a consultation with Mission and Ministry team to provide a facilitated mission group accompaniment session with those leading a local project (e.g. Messy Church) What will I do to achieve this? Experience and Reflection 70% For example: Attend another similar project that is effective in engaging with discipleship amongst those on the fringe. Engage in theological reflection and learn through group feedback. Identify, map and produce a summary of local cultural shifts and developments since the beginning of my ministry here. What resources or support will I need? For example: Mission and Ministry team for consultation. Resources from relevant websites, videos podcasts. When will I achieve this? For example: Over a three to six month period. By May 2018.

Contact us, and we will help you to create a Ministry Development Plan:

20% Learning with Others • Action Learning Sets • Peer support groups/cells • Discussion Forums • Mentoring • Coaching • Work Consultant • Learning with others outside of normal church environs

70% Experience & Reflection* • Visiting places • Networking • Shadowing others • Ministry exchange • Investigating possibilities • Sabbatical or study leave • Reflecting on current practice • Identify & complete a project • Inviting feedback from others *All of these carry the assumption that it will include elements of reflection.

[email protected] | 01473 298510

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Safeguarding Training

Deanery

Venue

Level

Date

Several new safeguarding modules are to be introduced, as laid out by the House of Bishops’ Guidance (2017). These will be both online and face to face: for more information about these modules, please visit the safeguarding section of the diocesan website: www.cofesuffolk.org/training.

Bosmere

The Ark High Street Needham Market IP6 8AE

C3 C2 C2 C3

TBC 25-Jan-18 19-Jul-18 26-Jul-18

7.00 – 9.30pm 7.00 – 9.30pm 7.00 – 9.30pm

C0 Online Children and Adult Safeguarding Module

Clare

St Mary the Virgin Church Mill Road Haverhill CB9 8BD

C3 C2 C2 C3

TBC 29-Jan-18 16-Jul-18 24-Jul-18

9.00am – 1.00pm 9.00am – 1.00pm 6.00 – 10.00pm

C1 Online Safeguarding Foundation

Colneys

St John’s Church Orwell Road Felixstowe IP11 7PW

C3 C2 C2 C3

07-Oct-17 17-Jan-18 09-Jul-18 28-Aug-18

10.00am – 12.30pm 7.00 – 9.30pm 7.00 – 9.30pm 7.00 – 9.30pm

Hadleigh

St Mary’s Church Church Street Hadleigh IP7 5DT

C3 C2 C2 C3

21-Oct-17 08-Feb-18 23-Aug-18 25-Aug-18

10.00am – 12.30pm 7.00 – 9.30pm 7.00 – 9.30pm 10.00am – 12.30pm

Hartismere

All Saints Church Churchway Redgrave IP22 1RG

C3 C2 C2 C3

11-Nov-17 03-Feb-18 31-Aug-18 08-Sep-18

10.00am – 12.30pm 10.00am – 12.30pm 7.00 – 9.30pm 10.00am – 12.30pm

The training is endorsed by Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board and Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board.

Hoxne

Sancroft Hall Church Road Fressingfield IP21 5PB

C3 C2 C2 C3

06-Nov-17 22-Feb-18 30-Aug-18 19-Sep-18

10.00am 7.00 7.00 10.00am

Craig Hutton, Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer and Training Coordinator, is available to answer any queries you may have regarding training, email [email protected] or phone 01473 298552.

Ipswich

Westerfield Church, Ips St Francis’s Church, Hawthorne Drive, Ipswich

C3 C2

04-Dec-17 12-Mar-18

10.00am – 1.00pm 10.00am – 1.00pm

To book for training, please go to www.cofesuffolk.org/safeguarding-training. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact Sally Fitch on 01473 298540.

Ixworth

Martin Room, C3 St Mary’s Church, Church Hill Pakenham IP31 2LN

06-Dec-17 10.00am – 1.00pm Other dates TBA

Lavenham

Felsham Village Hall Church Road Felsham IP30 0PJ

18-Jan-18 21-Mar-18 12-Sep-18

This module is a pre-requisite for attending any other core training module. This course is accessible via the safeguarding training page on the diocesan website: www.cofesuffolk.org/training.

This basic course explores safeguarding in the church context and equips participants with the skills and knowledge to know when and how to report concerns. This course is accessible via the safeguarding training page on the diocesan website: www.cofesuffolk.org/training. C2 Safeguarding Leadership This module equips participants to embed healthy safeguarding practice and to respond to safeguarding situations from a leader’s position. This is face to face training and can be booked via the safeguarding training page on the diocesan website: www.cofesuffolk.org/training. C3 Safeguarding for Licensed Clergy This module equips licensed clergy to embed healthy safeguarding practice and to respond to safeguarding situations. This is face to face training and can be booked via the safeguarding training page on the diocesan website: www.cofesuffolk.org/training.

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C3 C2 C2

Time

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1.00pm 9.30pm 9.30pm 1.00pm

10.00am – 1.00pm 10.00am – 1.00pm 10.00am – 1.00pm

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Mission and Ministry Team

Top row, left to right

Bottom row, left to right

The Revd Canon Dave Gardner

Mr David Pawson

Director of Mission and Ministry [email protected] 01473 298521 | 07731 442423

The Revd Canon Sally Gaze

Dean of Rural Mission Consultancy [email protected] | 01473 298500

The Revd Tim Jones

Diocesan Director of Ordinands and New Ministers; IME2 and Fellowship of Vocations [email protected] 01284 729148 | 07468 474065

Ruth Dennigan

Discipleship & Ministry Development Officer; Lay training [email protected] 07468 474252

Mrs Helen Woodroffe

Diocesan Children’s Officer and Discovery Centre Leader [email protected] 01284 748734

Mr Richard Stainer

World Mission and the Environment [email protected]

Mrs Lesley Steed

Senior Administrator for Mission and Ministry [email protected] | 01473 298510

Administrator [email protected] | 01473 298550

Capt. Andrew Payne

Parish Missioner - Evangelism [email protected] | 01440 762871

Mr Malcolm Rittman

Deputy Warden of Readers [email protected] 07825 005000

The Revd Jeanette Gosney

Bishops’ Ministry Officer [email protected] | 01473 252829

The Revd Tony Redman

Bishop’s Advisor on Self Supporting Ministry [email protected] | 01359 269335

Mr Phil Bailie

Diocesan Youth & Young Adults Officer [email protected] | 01473 298515