2021 – Autumn Zoom Cafes & Webinars – open to all and, ‘No question is a silly question! No need to book, just join us here.
- Thur 9th Sept 2-3.15pm. Working with Schools
Join members of the Diocesan Schools Team as they share some opening thoughts on how they can work in partnership with parishes to support engagement with, and ministry to, schools. Aspects covered will include the vision of the DBE and how it integrates with the mission of the diocese to ‘Live God’s Love’, practical support and resources available to schools, navigating SIAMS as an incumbent and, when there is too much to do, practical ideas for spreading the load….. including exploring lay chaplaincy and other lay ministry opportunities including Open the Book. There will also be plenty of time to ask questions, share experiences with others with a school in their parish/benefice.
- Thur 23rd Sept 11am-12.15pm. Young people hanging around church
Many of us have young people passing through our churchyards, or even hanging around in that public space. They feel comfortable doing that, but how do we connect with them and welcome them to connect with our church community? Come along to this Zoom Cafe to share ideas that have worked or ask questions and hear from others around the theme of ‘detached youthwork’ and connecting with young people who spend time around our buildings.
- Thur 30th Sept 2-3.15pm. Ministry to older people and the socially isolated
As we begin to emerge from lockdown, how might we effectively engage with those who may have had significant periods of self-isolation. May be nervous of coming our of lockdown, or those who just feel a little unsure? Come along to join the discussion and share your thoughts.
- Wed 6th Oct 2-3.15pm. Rural Ministry: frustrations and opportunities
A chance to get together to share in the frustrations and opportunities that are perhaps particular to rural ministry. Come hoping for answers and to offer support to colleagues in similar situations.
- Tue 12th Oct 11am-12.15pm. Creative Harvest and Remembrance Services
Come along to share ideas and inspire one another in how to make the most of those visitors who come along for services at Harvest and Remembrance. How do we invite people? How should we shape the worship to make it meaningful for occasional attenders? How might we invite people to come again?
- Thur 21st Oct 2-3.15pm. Creative Advent and Christmas Services
Come along to share ideas and inspire one another in how to make the most of those visitors who come along for services at Advent and Christmas. How do we invite people? How should we shape the worship to make it meaningful for occasional attenders? How might we invite people to come again?
- Thu 11th Nov 2-3.15pm. Useful online tools for clergy and administrators
There are a number of tools available that with a little patience and time spend familiarising oneself with will safe time in the long run. We share some them (the ones we know, including Life Events Diary, A Church Near You, Parish Buying, etc. ) and look forward to hearing your experiences of others that may be available.
- Sat 20th Nov 9.30am – 12 noon. Mission Action Planning Refresh.
A guide to the Mission Action Planning process using a new tool. Guiding you through the Mission Action Planning process, using a practical new tool. As always with planning, this works best if you bring a team – so please join us with PCC members and anyone interested from your parish. Book your place here. NB Zoom details will be on your confirmation email.
- Tue 23rd Nov 2 – 3:15pm. So you have been on LyCiG…what next?
A chance for those who came to the residential conference to meet up online with others to share what their first…and maybe second steps will be. A sharing of ideas and encouragement.
- December 2nd 11 – 11:15am. Making the most of Funerals
Funeral ministry is not always easy, but it is a way that we serve our parishes and communities. We are joined by respected funeral director in the diocese, Victoria from Nethercott Funerals. She will share with us her advice about how as churches we can have best practice when working with funeral directors, and we shall share thoughts and ideas about what we have found to be appreciated by mourning families and friends. We shall consider how we might appropriately offer the hope we have in Christ in the context of a funeral – before, during and after the service.