The Diocesan initiative ‘Living God’s Love’ encourages and challenges all people to explore ways of going deeper into God, transforming communities and making new disciples. Equipping God’s People includes Continuing Ministerial Development for Clergy and Readers, Lay Training for all and courses run by the Schools Team.
Below you will find a variety of courses, training events and workshops provided by the Diocese and others.
From their origins to today: a bird’s-eye view. With Dr Sebastian Brock, former Reader in Syriac Studies at the University of Oxford’s Oriental Institute 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, Saturday, October 21st 2017. At St Andrew’s Church Centre, Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2PF £10 per Person There is no need to book – just turn up on the day. We do not want anyone to be deterred from attending any BELIEF events for financial reasons. If you find the fees…Find out more »
'Help! I'm a volunteer in our Church Youth Work' is a free monthly training opportunity for everyone who volunteers for their Church Youth Work. Held over 10 sessions and organised by Youthscape, each evening is suitable for those starting out in Youth Work as well as established volunteers (but you don't need to attend all of the sessions!). Come and have an inspiring evening, meet volunteers from other churches and get encouraged and equipped. Real insights into young people's lives Practical…Find out more »
Learn to Listen - Growing the church with Children and Young People A day conference to discover: How to listen and respond to the voices of children and young people Ways to encourage the participation of children and young people in the whole life of the church community. The event will be facilitated by Tony Cook, Youth Adviser for the Diocese of Bath and Wells, and Sonia Mainstone-Cotton, Early Years and Participation Consultant.Find out more »
Strengthen for Service Lite provides practical guidance on how to manage your parish music. The course is designed specifically for clergy, readers, lay worship leaders, and musicians. This hands-on course will: - give you practical advice on choosing a breadth of music and materials for worship - help to establish good working practices and build a worship team - provide biblical and liturgical background to support your learning. It is particularly useful for those in the early years of ministry…Find out more »
A day conference for anyone involved in children’s and/or youth work, looking at how we create a culture of intergenerational church on the voyage of life together. Speakers include the Revd Mary Hawes (Archbishops Council), Revd Robb Sutherland (Changing Worship) and Revd Tim Lomax (St Albans Director of Mission). Cost £15, including lunch. Click on the 'Book Now' tab to go to our Eventbrite page, which includes full details of workshops.Find out more »
On Saturday 18 November Ali Martin will be leading a practical equipping day for anyone who wants to learn more about preparing and delivering great talks. Teaching will cover how to develop (and stick to) a main focus, how to use the Bible, structuring talks, using illustrations, applying the Bible, delivery and body language. This is a great day for those just starting out in their speaking and those who would like to hone their abilities.Find out more »