Resources for Lent 2012

 

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We have compiled a varied list of recommended resources for Lent 2012 for both groups and individuals, including books, courses and websites. If you've ever wanted to learn how to create a labyrinth installation in your church or how to be more like Jesus while watching television, you'll find it all here!

If you have any suggestions for resources to add to the list, please email us at comms@bathwells.anglican.org

What is Lent?
Resources for Lent:
Charity campaigns
Books and courses
Children and young people
Resources for churches

Mothering Sunday
Films
 

What is Lent?

Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation, prayer and penance before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

Lent was traditionally marked by fasting, both from food and festivities, with the sacrifice reflecting Jesus’ deprivation in the wilderness and as a test of self discipline. Only a small number of people today fast for the whole of Lent; it is more common to give up a particular ‘vice’ such as unhealthy food or smoking. In 2012, Lent starts on Wednesday 9 March.

More information on Lent can be found on the BBC website.

Resources for Lent
 

Charity Campaigns

WaterAid – What will your church give up for Lent?
Bring your church together and ask everyone to give something up this Lent. By donating the money you save in ‘jars of change’, you could help families in the world’s poorest countries access the safe water and sanitation they so desperately need. To find out more visit the WaterAid website

 

 

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USPG - Forty Days of Peace
This Lent, join USPG on a 40-day journey of peace, and help to support the work of Anglican Churches around world. For more information and resources visit the USPG web site.

 

Tearfund - Carbonfast 2012
Providing daily actions and prayers for Lent to help you and your church help protect poor people from the changing climate and care for God’s good creation.  See Tearfund's website.
 

 

Books and Courses


Experiencing God's Love
This new five-part course compiled by the Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Steven Croft, aims to deepen understanding and first-hand experience of living a life of faith. It explores through five biblical images - Rooted, Cleansed, Enlightened, Tended and Welcomed - the way our lives are changed by walking with Christ.  Each chapter explores one of these images in the Psalms, the Gospels, and popular culture, supported by suggestions for DVD/YouTube clips.  Order your copy from Church House Publishing.
 
'Handing on the Torch' - New ecumenical York Course for Lent 2012 now available
‘Handing on the Torch – Sacred words for a secular world’ is a five-session ecumenical discussion course for groups or individual study, comprising booklet, CD/ audiotape and transcript. Archbishop Sentamu, Clifford Longley JP (Roman Catholic writer and broadcaster) and Rachel Lampard (Methodist Adviser on political and social issues) are among the distinguished contributors to the new Lent course CD from York Courses. Dr David Hope introduces the course and Bishop Graham Cray provides the thoughtful closing reflections on the CD. Canon John Young has written the course booklet, and each of the five sessions offers a good selection of stimulating questions aimed at engaging every group member. Go to www.yorkcourses.co.uk for more information.

 

The Way to Freedom - Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Lent Course
CTBI takes its cue from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian executed in 1945 for his part in the resistance to Hitler, whose thoughts continue to challenge on what it means to have faith and to be the church in a dangerous world. In 1944 while in prison he wrote a poem Stations on the Way to Freedom. The 'stations' he highlighted are: discipline, action, suffering and death.  See the CTBI website for more details.

 

Get More Like Jesus While Watching TV
Damaris' book on television, holiness and outreach, was turned into a multi-media, five-session course last year - and still relevant in 2012. You can download the leader's guide, PowerPoint presentations and worksheets for free. The book argues that television is more than just chewing gum for the eyes; it's a vital tool for sharing the Christian faith with friends, family and neighbours. More information is available on the Damaris website.

21M – the CMS Lent Study Course
This DVD and downloadable resources explore the Five Marks of Mission for the 21st century. Find out more at the CMS website.

Recommended reading

A list of books has been compiled, along with reviews; all are available from the Resource Centre at the Old Deanery, Wells.

Children & Young People

The Diocesan’s Children & Young People’s team has developed a wide range of guides and resources for people working with children and young people. All the ideas can be adapted and include ideas for family worship. Booklets that might be useful for Lent and Easter include:

• Some ideas for Lent
• Some ideas for Mothering Sunday
• Some ideas for Holy week
• An idea for a Holiday Club for Holy Week
• Some ideas for Easter
• Creative prayer for Easter

To get a copy of any of these titles, please email Sarah Lockie or call 01749 685134.

Resources for Churches

Love Life Live Lent
Love Life Live Lent is a new way of marking Lent. Instead of giving up chocolate or going on a detox, it encourages people to undertake a simple act of generosity each day. The actions are small and fun to do, but make a real difference in homes, families and communities.

The Love Life Live Lent book and booklets contain over 40 simple things to do during Lent: one action for each day. These actions help us to transform our world - locally, nationally and globally. With separate booklets for kids and for adults/youth, a book for families and supporting resources for churches and schools, everyone can get involved! Visit the Love Life Live Lent website to find out more.

The Labyrinth
‘The Labyrinth’ is an interactive installation for spiritual journeys, first run in St Paul’s Cathedral London in 2000. The visitor is taken on a journey incorporating a series of ‘stations’. Each station has an associated meditation to listen to (or read) with accompanying ritual activity. Find out more at www.labyrinth.org.uk.

A kit was developed in a physical format to help people run their own labyrinths which proved very popular and Proost has now made it available as a download. This includes a leader’s guide with all the instructions for setting it up and two movies that go with a couple of the stations. For more info and to download the kit visit the Proost website.

Mothering Sunday

The fourth Sunday in Lent is called Mothering Sunday. In 2012 it falls on Sunday 18 March. There are traditions associated with Mothering Sunday in England which date back as long ago as the 16th century. It is told that this was the day when people were encouraged to return to worship in their ‘mother church' where they had been baptised.

We'll upload resources as we find them!

Church of England
A service for Mothering Sunday.
 

Make a Mother's Day
A range of ethical gifts from the Mothers' Union. 

Films

40
Forty illustrations drawn one Lent by illustrator Si Smith have been put into a movie follow Jesus' journey into the wilderness, with a soundtrack by Revive’s Hug. Popular with all age groups. To download a copy, visit the Proost website

Lent course on The King's Speech
We weren't sure where to put this one but plumped for films!  The New Testament describes Christians as inheritors of God's Kingdom, yet the selves we see in the mirror are flawed and failing, all too often tongue-tied and terrified. The film The King's Speech holds that mirror to our world and offers hope of overcoming the difficulties. It shows hope built out of friendship, trust and supportive love, and courage in the face of gathering evil. This course provides five group sessions using the film as a starting point along with personal weekly reading exploring more fully the issues raised, and Bible readings to root it in Christian values.  Read more and buy the resources.
 
 

 

Fri25 Jul 2014
Thu24 Jul 2014
Wed23 Jul 2014
Mon14 Jul 2014
Thu10 Jul 2014
Sat2 Aug 2014
18:00 The 2014 Nicholson Lecture at Maperton Church. "The Spirit of 1914: The Regiments that Won the War." A graphic story with images to depict the mood and activities in the crucial days leading up to the start of hostilities in August 1914 and the first grim months thereafter. Tickets £15 in aid of ABF the Soldiers' Charity and Maperton Church.
Contact Details: James Scott, Dykes Cottage, Maperton, Near Wincanton, BA9 8EJ
Website: http://www.maperton.com
Location: Maperton Church, near Wincanton BA9 8EJ
Sun3 Aug 2014
16:30 World War One Commemoration Service. A special service will be held at St John the Baptist Parish Church, Wellington to mark the beginning of WW1.
Website: www.wellingtonteamchurches.org.uk
Location: St John's Church, Wellington
18:00 The 2014 Nicholson Lecture at Maperton Church. "The Spirit of 1914: The Regiments that Won the War." A graphic story with images to depict the mood and activities in the crucial days leading up to the start of hostilities in August 1914 and the first grim months thereafter. Tickets £15 in aid of ABF the Soldiers' Charity and Maperton Church.
Contact Details: James Scott, Dykes Cottage, Maperton, Near Wincanton, BA9 8EJ
Website: http://www.maperton.com
Location: Maperton Church, near Wincanton BA9 8EJ
10:45 Thankful Village Commemoration. A short service to commemorate Holywell Lake as a 'Thankful Village' and a plaque [presented to every such village] will be unveiled by the High Sheriff of Somerset, Richard Lloyd Esq. at 11am. Local members of the Royal British Legion will also be taking part. The service will be led by Revd Maria Hearl of St Margaret's Church, Thorne St Margaret. Complementary tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided by The Holywell Inn after the service.
Contact Details: Mrs Judith Weatherill 01823 663786 jweath@talktalk.net [Churchwarden, St Margaret's Church] Mr Vic Bigg 01823 672770 vic.bigg@sky.com [Landlord The Holywell Inn]
Location: Outside The Holywell Inn, Holywell Lake, Nr Wellington, Somerset
Mon4 Aug 2014
10:00 Thomas Traherne, a Spirituality for our times?. The first day of our three day Summer School exploring Christian Spirituality. Dr Beth Dodds looks at the writing of Thomas Traherne and asks if his work offers us a spirituality for the 21st century. Each Summer School will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a two hour lunch break from 12 2 p.m. Tickets £10 per day, £17 for two days or £24 for all three from the parish office or via the Insight Web.
Contact Details: 01935 812452 insight@sherborneabbey.com
Website: www.insight.sherborneabbey.com
Location: Venue: The Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL
22:00 - 23:00Candlelit vigil marking the start of WW1. Drawing upon Sir Edward Grey’s famous remark that, “The lamps are going out all over Europe” we will be marking the Centenary of the start of the First World War with a Vigil Service. The Abbey will be lit with hundreds of candles which will be extinguished one by one until the final candle is blown out at 11pm – the moment of Britain's ultimatum to Germany. The Vigil will include music, memoirs of Bath residents, scripture and poetry. Tickets are free and available from Bath Box Office.
Website: http://www.bathabbey.org/whats-on/events/candlelit-vigil-marking-start-first-world-war
Location: Bath Abbey
Tue5 Aug 2014
10:00 Exploring the Trinity. The second day of our three day Summer School exploring Christian Spirituality. Revd Sr Anne Marie Stuart considers the Holy Trinity as understood by John Duns Scotus and Pelagius. Each Summer School will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a two hour lunch break from 12-2p.m. Tickets £10 per day, £17 for two days or £24 for all three from the parish office or via the Insight Web.
Contact Details: 01935 812452 insight@sherborneabbey.com
Website: www.insight.sherborneabbey.com
Location: Venue: The Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL
Wed6 Aug 2014
10:00 Francis and the Poor Clares. The third day of our three day Summer School exploring Christian Spirituality. Revd Sr Anne Marie Stuart explores the spirituality of St francis and the Poor Clares. Each Summer School will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a two hour lunch break from 12-2p.m. Tickets £10 per day, £17 for two days or £24 for all three from the parish office or via the Insight Web.
Contact Details: 01935 812452 insight@sherborneabbey.com
Website: www.insight.sherborneabbey.com
Location: Venue: The Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL
19:30 Summer Organ Festival Recital. SUMMER ORGAN FESTIVAL: JONATHAN VAUGHN The final recital of the 2014 Summer Organ Festival is given by Jonathan Vaughn, Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral: Guilmant Sonata no 1 in D minor; Whitlock Fantasie Choral no 1 in D flat; Ireland Villanella; Reubke Sonata on the 94th Psalm. Tickets: £10.00 (including a post-concert drink); available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door
Contact Details: 01749 672773
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Fri8 Aug 2014
18:00 Wide Horizons ... The Journey Home. Libby Dobson and Sarah Chabowska will be combining their special gifts as composer and musician (Libby) and poet (Sarah) to take you on a journey of discovery into the wide horizons of God's love. To sustain and nurture you on this journey, you will be offered: Original music and song Art work and visual images Poetry Guided reflections Scripture Opportunity for one-to-one sessions Personal space/reflection Beautiful surroundings Times of prayer
Contact Details: Please ring 01761 4333709 or email centre@ammerdown.org for further information or to book
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Wide-Horizons-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Centre
Tue12 Aug 2014
18:00 Three Faiths Encounter. To the best of our knowledge, our Three Faiths Encounter is the only residential week-long event of its kind in the UK. It is a unique opportunity to spend time with people of other faiths (Christians, Jews and Muslims), to talk and to share, to discover each other’s worship, to learn from each other and, last but not least, to have fun together! The week consists of a series of lectures, workshops, group discussions, shared worship and fun activities.
Contact Details: Please ring Benedicte Scholefield on 01761 433709 or email centre@ammerdown.org for further information
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Ammerdown-Three-Faiths-Encounter-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Centre
Thu14 Aug 2014
13:05 - 13:45Lunchtime Organ Recital. Matthew Redman (Director of Music, All Hallows School, and Organist, Wells Cathedral Voluntary Choir) Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music
Contact Details: 01749 674483
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Fri15 Aug 2014
18:00 Praying with Vaughan Williams, the Singing Pilgrim. This year Euan Tait will share with you his love of Vaughan Williams’ music but once again in a way that is rarely explored: as the starting point of a spiritual journey and voyage of discovery. Euan Tait writes: “Vaughan Williams’ music of pilgrimage, and his is a vision of a life journey where we are never alone, but surrounded by love and mercy through the communion of saints. This gentle weekend will, through a mixture of talks, listening to music, quiet reflection and prayer.
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Praying-with-Music-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Tue19 Aug 2014
10:00 - 16:00Creating Voices audio guide launch. Calling all local history and heritage fans! Join us in celebrating the completion of the ‘Creating Voices’ oral history project and share in the fascinating stories of the men and women who helped to care for and restore the Abbey since 1942. Download our new audio guides in advance via www.bathabbey.org/creatingvoices and bring along your smartphones/MP3 players to listen to them in the Abbey for a fun day of finding out more about the stonework, stained glass windows and more.
Contact Details: Oliver Taylor on 01225 422462 or otaylor@bathabbey.org
Website: http://www.bathabbey.org/creatingvoices
Location: Bath Abbey
Thu21 Aug 2014
17:00 R5. R5: Read, Retreat, Rest, Relax, Recuperate Set in 45 acres of beautiful Devon countryside and run by a small Christian community, Sheldon is a wonderful place to take time out. An R5 week is: open to everybody, a retreat time out with shared meals, the rhythm of community prayers to join in with if you wish, ideal for those who find it easier to take quiet time apart when it includes some social contact. 21st - 26th Aug. Come for all or for just part of the week. £35.20 to £55 per night.
Contact Details: The Society of Mary and Martha, Sheldon, Dunsford, Exeter EX6 7LE. smm@sheldon.uk.com 01647 252752
Website: http://www.sheldon.uk.com/documents/resources/programme/time_out.htm
Location: The Sheldon Centre
Fri22 Aug 2014
12:00 Creative Arts Retreat Movement: Paint and Pray. CARM (Creative Arts Retreat Movement) exists to provide ecumenical retreats which offer an opportunity for prayer and for the exercise of creativity in a range of artistic fields. Each retreat has a chaplain and a specialist tutor working together to help reveal and nurture the creative gifts that God has given to each one of us. Painting will be the theme of CARM’s retreat at Ammerdown this year, with the help of expert tutor Pam Bowen and chaplain Revd Fran Battin.
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/CARM-Painting-and-Prayer-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
18:00 The Secrets of Singing. Professional singer and choir director Jenny Peplow led this course for the first time last year and took Ammerdown by storm! The participants all had a brilliant time (even though Jenny had them working hard!). They tell us that Jenny was inspirational, giving them confidence as well as lots of useful advice, and was so enthusiastic in sharing her love of singing that they were all swept away by it!
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/The-Secrets-of-Singing-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Mon1 Sep 2014
09:30 Training for Prayer Guides. 1st - 4th September 2014. This is for those interested in accompanying people in individually Guided Retreats. Led by Revd Jane Eastell and Catriona Galbraith.
Contact Details: Contact Jane Eastell at jane.eastell@bathwells.anglican.org for more info.
Location: Buckfast Abbey
09:00 Contemplative Prayer 5 day Retreat. The Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer are organising a retreat at Abbey House Glastonbury for both clergy and laity. This retreat will be silent and will include two guided meditations each day. Retreat Conductor - the Revd. David Gatliffe (retired priest in Frome)Cost £252. Booking with the Secretary plus £30 deposit. Cheques made out to "Abbey House". If you value silence, meditation and prayer, then why not contact the Secretary and ask for more details.
Contact Details: Secretary The Revd. Ian Pearson, 7 Rosedale Walk, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2JH 01373 469739 ianandlizpearson@waitrose.com
Location: Abbey House, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DH
18:00 God Speaks to Us led by Sr Maureena Fritz nds. Maureena writes: “The Bible is a record of encounters between God and a People, between God and individuals. God spoke to Adam and Eve, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to Sarah, Leah, Rebecca and Rachel. God spoke to Mary, Joseph and Jesus. How did God speak to these biblical characters? How did they understand God's Voice? Was it a Voice thundering down from Heaven, a Voice they heard with their own ears? A Voice from within? And how can we distinguish God's Voice from all the other voices we hear
Contact Details: Tel: 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/God-speaks-to-us-in-the-sitatutions-of-our-lives-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Thu4 Sep 2014
19:30 - 21:30From Time to Time. A celebration of the book of Common Prayer through words and music including Handel’s ‘Come unto him’ and Stanford’s ‘Te Deum’ performed by the talented trio of ‘In Voice and Verse’, comprising actor Lance Pierson, Soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain. Sponsored by Friends of Bath Abbey in support of the Footprint project. Tickets £15 (includes programme and refreshments) available from Bath Box Office
Website: http://www.bathabbey.org/whats-on/events/time-time-celebration-book-common-prayer
Location: Bath Abbey
Sun7 Sep 2014
11:15 Discussion Group - Newspaper Theology. How do the stories we see on television relate to the theology we hear in sermons? How can we think more deeply about the issues that underlie human flourishing and human misery? The Dean of Wells will be leading a series of discussions looking at these questions. Join us and spend an hour thinking about one of the stories in the news that week. No Booking required. Session held in our Education Room.
Website: www.wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral Education Room
Tue9 Sep 2014
19:30 Wells Cathedral Autumn Lectures. 'The Ageing Agenda' Speaker: Professor Steven Rose. Emeritus Professor,The Open University. Lecture: ‘Memory, Ageing and Memory Loss’. First lecture in a series of three. 7.30pm start in Wells Cathedral followed by a questions and discussion session. No booking required.
Website: www.wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Wed10 Sep 2014
15:30 - 20:30Resourcing Parishes Clinic & Conversation. Andrew Rainsford, Stewardship Adviser will be available to offer advice on anything from Gift Aid to grant applications, major projects to minor queries, or just for a chat about how things are going with your parish finances or your role as a Treasurer/Planned Giving Promoter/Churchwarden, etc. Drop in before 7.00 pm or book an appointment at any time. Other dates & venues also available.
Contact Details: To book a slot, contact Sue Whitehead, sue.whitehead@bathwells.anglican.org, tel 01749 685272
Website: http://www.bathandwells.org.uk/admin/newsletter-funding-bulletin/
Location: Ash Priors Village Hall (nr Taunton)
Thu11 Sep 2014
09:00 11 day Pilgrimage to Turkey. 11 - 21 September 2014. Led by Revd Phil Denison, the pilgrimage includes visits to the 7 churches of the Book of Revelation and a 3 day stay in Istanbul. A downloadable brochure can be obtained from the McCabe Travel website.
Contact Details: Revd Phil Denison, denisonphil15@hotmail.com, 07725567705
Location: Turkey
13:05 - 13:45Lunchtime Organ Recital. Joseph Wicks (Organ Scholar, St John’s College, Cambridge) Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music
Contact Details: 01749 674483
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Tue16 Sep 2014
19:30 Wells Cathedral Autumn Lectures. 'The Ageing Agenda' Second lecture in a series of three. Speaker: David Winter. Author of ‘At the End of the Day’. Lecture: ‘Enjoying Life in the Departure Lounge’. 7.30pm start in Wells Cathedral followed by a questions and discussion session. No booking required. Admission free, retiring collection.
Website: www.wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Wed17 Sep 2014
19:30 Wells Cathedral Choirster Trust Concert. Richard Rowntree (tenor) and Duncan Honeybourne (piano) present the second of their two concerts to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Tickets: £15.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door In aid of the Wells Cathedral Chorister Trust (www.wcct.co.uk)
Contact Details: 01749 672773
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Sat20 Sep 2014
19:00 Early Music Wells: Bach's Musical Offering. The ensemble Music for Awhile is directed by one of the world’s leading baroque violinists, Maggie Faultless, in this rare performance of one the masterpieces of J.S. Bach, The Musical Offering, in the beautiful candlelit Quire of Wells Cathedral. Tickets: £12.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door
Contact Details: 01749 672773
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Mon22 Sep 2014
19:30 Insight Lecture - Christianity and Global Finance. Jacob Rees-Mogg has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Somerset since the 2010 general election and prior to his election as an MP he set up his own company, Somerset Capital Management in 2007. As a practising Catholic, hedge fund manager and supporter of zero hours contracts he is well placed to consider the compatibility (or otherwise) of Christian Ethics and Global Finance.
Contact Details: Sherborne Abbey Parish Office 01935 812452
Website: http://www.plenumorganum.org.uk/wp_test/jacob-rees-mogg/
Location: The Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL.
Fri26 Sep 2014
09:30 Quiet Day - Travelling Home to Love. Ammerdown's Guided Quiet Days offer an opportunity to take time out from our busy lives to pray, reflect and meditate in the Christian tradition with the help of Libby Dobson and Sarah Chabowska. They invite you to travel with God on a journey of discovery. The theme for this year will be 'Journey of the Heart - Travelling Home to Love'.
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Guided-Quiet-Day- 2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Sat27 Sep 2014
19:00 KARL JENKINS: THE ARMED MAN ‘A MASS FOR PEACE’. In a fundraising concert for Wells Cathedral, Wells Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Vaughn (organ), and Matthew Owens (conductor) present a programme of popular choral classics, including The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins. Tickets: £10.00 - £25.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door
Contact Details: 01749 672773
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Sun28 Sep 2014
17:00 R5. R5: Read, Retreat, Rest, Relax, Recuperate Set in 45 acres of beautiful Devon countryside and run by a small Christian community, Sheldon is a wonderful place to take time out. An R5 week is: open to everybody, a retreat time out with shared meals, the rhythm of community prayers to join in with if you wish, ideal for those who find it easier to take quiet time apart when it includes some social contact. 28th Sep - 3rd Oct. Come for all or for just part of the week. £35.20 to £55 per night.
Contact Details: The Society of Mary and Martha, Sheldon, Dunsford, Exeter EX6 7LE. smm@sheldon.uk.com 01647 252752
Website: http://www.sheldon.uk.com/documents/resources/programme/time_out.htm
Location: The Sheldon Centre
Mon29 Sep 2014
19:30 Insight Lecture - Faith and Parliament. Revd Preb Rose Hudson-Wilkin Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons Rose Hudson-Wilkin is an Anglican vicar in Hackney who also holds the roles of Speaker’s chaplain to the House of Commons, priest vicar at Westminster Abbey and chaplain to the Queen. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she has been tipped as likely to be among the first cohort of women bishops in the Church of England. In her role at Parliament she is at the heart of the political process and well-placed to offer a glimpse
Contact Details: Sherborne Abbey Parish Office 01935 812452
Website: http://www.plenumorganum.org.uk/wp_test/faith-and-parliament/
Location: The Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL.
12:00 Space Just For Me. This is a chance to relax in the beautiful environment provided by Ammerdown, with no other pressure than to put yourself first and to take care of your needs – be it physical rest and/or spiritual refreshment. There is no set programme (apart from set times for meals), because we want to tailor the week to people’s needs and desires. We do provide a ‘companion’, though: a lovely lady, called Sue Smith, will be on hand all week with the responsibility of making sure that everyone has everything
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Space-Just-for-Me-April-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Tue30 Sep 2014
12:00 Living with Feeling. ‘Living with Feeling’ gives colour and energy to our lives. During this workshop we shall explore our feeling landscape in creative ways: drawing, reflection, poetry, story and movement. We shall experience being gently present to our feelings in a bodily way, so that even our difficult feelings can reveal themselves as doorways to God. Sr. Margaret Lyth and Sr. Felicity Young are Ursuline Sisters who have been teaching Biospiritual Focusing for several years.
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Living-With-Feeling-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
15:30 - 20:30Resourcing Parishes Clinic & Conversation. Andrew Rainsford, Stewardship Adviser will be available to offer advice on anything from Gift Aid to grant applications, major projects to minor queries, or just for a chat about how things are going with your parish finances or your role as a Treasurer/Planned Giving Promoter/Churchwarden, etc. Drop in before 7.00 pm or book an appointment at any time. Other dates & venues also available.
Contact Details: To book a slot, please contact Sue Whitehead, sue.whitehead@bathwells.anglican.org, tel 01749 685272.
Website: http://www.bathandwells.org.uk/admin/newsletter-funding-bulletin/
Location: Yeovil: St James' Church, Preston Plucknett (Preston Road, BA20 2EZ)
19:30 Wells Cathedral Autumn Lectures. 'The Ageing Agenda' Third lecture in a series of three. Speaker: Dr Harriet Mowat. Writer, teacher, trainer and researcher in matters to do with the spiritual care of older people. Lecture: ‘Growing Older : Opportunity and Challenge for the Spiritual Journey’. 7.30pm start in Wells Cathedral followed by a questions and discussion session. No booking required. Admission free, retiring collection.
Website: www.wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Sat4 Oct 2014
09:30 - 16:00Enneagram Introduction Part 1. First of two Saturday workshops which will present the nine personality types of the Enneagram and help the participant to discover which type they believe themselves to be, and how to use this knowledge to grow more deeply into the person they were created to be. Follow up day is Saturday 18th October. £40 per person for the whole course.
Contact Details: Francis Miles 01647 252750 jfm2@btinternet.com
Website: thesanctuarybridford.co.uk
Location: St John's Church Hall Wellington TA21 8QY
10:00 - 16:30Worship Works - A practical day and book launch. A day for choirs, music groups, leaders, congregations. £5 booking fee with discounted copies of WORSHIP WORKS will be available to purchase from the CMM bookstall
Contact Details: Return form to Mrs J Potter, 7 Goddard Drive, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS22 7XQ Email: tavah@talktalk.net Cheques made payable to: Mrs J Potter
Website: www.cmm.org.uk
Location: Christ Church, 16 Montpelier, Weston-super-Mare BS23 2RH
Thu9 Oct 2014
13:05 - 13:45Lunchtime Organ Recital. Simon Williams (St George's, Hanover Square, London) Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music
Contact Details: 01749 674483
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
16:00 - 20:30Resourcing Parishes Clinic & Conversation. Andrew Rainsford, Stewardship Adviser will be available to offer advice on anything from Gift Aid to grant applications, major projects to minor queries, or just for a chat about how things are going with your parish finances or your role as a Treasurer/Planned Giving Promoter/Churchwarden, etc. Drop in before 7.00 pm or book an appointment at any time. One of a series of clinics around the Diocese.
Contact Details: To book a slot, please contact Sue Whitehead, sue.whitehead@bathwells.anglican.org, tel 01749 685272
Website: http://www.bathandwells.org.uk/admin/newsletter-funding-bulletin/
Location: Chilcompton Church Hall, Church Lane, BA3 4HP
Fri17 Oct 2014
09:30 Weekend Individually Guided Retreat. 17th - 19th October 2014. 'Turning Aside'. Led by Revd Jane Eastell and Chris Redman.
Contact Details: Contact Chris Redman at chris@redman.org.uk for more info.
Location: Buckfast Abbey
Sun19 Oct 2014
17:00 R5. R5: Read, Retreat, Rest, Relax, Recuperate Set in 45 acres of beautiful Devon countryside and run by a small Christian community, Sheldon is a wonderful place to take time out. An R5 week is: open to everybody, a retreat time out with shared meals, the rhythm of community prayers to join in with if you wish, ideal for those who find it easier to take quiet time apart when it includes some social contact. 19th - 24th Oct. Come for all or for just part of the week. £35.20 to £55 per night.
Contact Details: The Society of Mary and Martha, Sheldon, Dunsford, Exeter EX6 7LE. smm@sheldon.uk.com 01647 252752
Website: http://www.sheldon.uk.com/documents/resources/programme/time_out.htm
Location: The Sheldon Centre
Fri24 Oct 2014
18:00 Spirituality for Life led by Alex Wildwood. This weekend offers is a chance to reflect together on the meaning spirituality has for us and to be guided through a gentle process of self-examination. In a supportive environment we will look at how we can live more faithful lives. Examining a range of definitions of spirituality, drawing on a variety of religious and wisdom traditions, you can expect to gain both a clearer understanding of spirituality as well as deeper insights into what helps and hinders your own spiritual growth.
Contact Details: Tel:-01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Spirituality-for-Life-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Mon3 Nov 2014
12:00 Working with Sub-Personalities. Are you just one person or are there a whole lot of people inside you? In this workshop we will get to meet the sub-personalities who live within us, discover who they are, what role they play in our lives, and how to make them work for us. Many people spend years trying to find their Real Self, so this is an opportunity to find out who my Real Self is, and how to live in a way that is true to that Self. We will be using imagery, visualisation, art and a bit of psychological theory.
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Working-with-Sub-Personalities-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Fri7 Nov 2014
18:00 Exploring Jewish Liturgy with Rabbi Howard Cooper. This weekend will offer a rare opportunity to study key texts from the Jewish tradition and uncover their purpose, history and meaning as well as how they intersect with our own spiritual journeys. Rabbi Howard Cooper will guide you in particular through passages from the Shabbat/Sabbath liturgy and that of the New Year and Day of Atonement. He writes: “As we venture along, we will discover both their original meanings and their meanings for us today, whatever our religious background.”
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Exploring-Jewish-Liturgy-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Sat8 Nov 2014
19:00 Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society Concert. WELLS CATHEDRAL ORATORIO SOCIETY: BRAHMS REQUIEM Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem; Brahms Alto Rhapsody; Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending. Katherine Broderick (soprano), Rachael Lloyd (mezzo soprano), Darren Jeffery (baritone), Thomas Kemp (violin), Southern Sinfonia, Matthew Owens (conductor). Tickets: £10.00 - £25.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door
Contact Details: 01749 672773
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Sun9 Nov 2014
15:00 Remembrance Sunday: Fauré Requiem. A devotional performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, sung by Wells Cathedral Choir, interspersed with War Poetry. Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of the Poppy Appeal and Wells Cathedral Music
Contact Details: 01749 674483
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Mon10 Nov 2014
19:30 Insight Lecture - The Politics of Paradise. Frank Field PC MP Frank Field has been the MP for Birkenhead in Merseyside since 1979 and a Privy Councillor since 1997. He is a practising Anglican, a former chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust, and a member of the Church of England General Synod. He is a member of the advisory board of the free-market think tank Reform. He has been a vocal critic of governments of all colours. The title of his talk this evening is taken from his book published in 1987: The Politics of Paradise: A Chr
Contact Details: Sherborne Abbey Parish Office 01935 812452
Website: http://www.plenumorganum.org.uk/wp_test/the-politics-of-paradise/
Location: The Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL.
09:30 Advanced Enneagram: Spiritual Gifts. This is an advanced Enneagram workshop led by Karen Webb for people who are familiar with the basics of all nine types and who know their own type with reasonable certainty. The three subtypes, present within each of the nine types, are instinctual responses and basic behaviour in the three main arenas of life: self-preservation, social interaction and one-to-one intimate relationship. As our most unconscious strategies, they are often the greatest barrier to growth and higher awareness. There
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Advanced-Enneagram:-Spiritual-Gifts-201
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
18:00 Sensing God Through Creativity. This course is about providing an opportunity to sense God’s presence through creative exploration. The focus is not on the end result but on the act of creating and being with the process - rather like doodling on a scrap of paper or watching a feather float to the ground. By taking time to reflect on such experiences we can become much more aware of our feelings, our desires and our direction in life.
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Sensing-God-Through-Creativity-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Tue11 Nov 2014
09:00 Understanding Islam led by Dr Chris Hewer. This intensive three day course has been designed to give an appreciation of the inner dimensions of Islam and the way that it shapes the lives of Muslims, as well as the outer manifestations of Islam as a religion. Put simply, if we are to engage with our Muslim fellow citizens, then we need to understand something of their world view, beliefs, practices and the history of relations through the centuries. This course will give you this understanding.
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Understanding-Islam-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Thu13 Nov 2014
13:05 - 13:45Lunchtime Organ Recital. Christopher Allsop (Assistant Organist and Assistant Director of Music, Worcester Cathedral). Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music
Contact Details: 01749 674483
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
20:00 Vicars Choral Commemoration Concert. A candlelit concert featuring a selection of some of the finest cathedral music for men’s voices, and arrangements of popular songs, performed by the highly acclaimed Vicars Choral of Wells Cathedral Choir. Tickets: £15.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office
Contact Details: 01749 672773
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Fri14 Nov 2014
18:00 Waiting on God: Preparing For Advent. Fr Denis McBride writes: “Most of us live in a culture of immediacy where there is little tolerance for waiting, so there can be mounting rage in the face of delays and setbacks. Some will act out their frustration and anger when what they want is not available instantly. This weekend, we will be counter-cultural and take time out to prepare for the lovely season of Advent. We will look at great biblical witnesses who teach us to wait for God.
Contact Details: Tel: 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Waiting-For-God-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
18:00 Visioning- Dare to Dream. Visioning is an approach to unearthing the dreams that live deep within and enabling them to become a living reality. Our deepest desires are often way beyond what we consider possible or practical and may well emerge in a form different from how we think about them.
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Visioning-Dare-to-Dream-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
18:00 Exploring Art of Awareness with Mark Scholefield. We shall be exploring the practice and meaning of awareness of God, our environment, ourselves and other people using a variety of approaches. Mark Scholefield has led courses on a variety of subjects including the spiritualities of Thomas Merton, Anthony de Mello and Henri Nouwen, meditation and mindfulness, the nature of authenticity as well as regular pilgrimages. He is also a longstanding practioner of zen.
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Exploring -the-Art-of-Awareness-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Thu20 Nov 2014
13:05 - 13:45Lunchtime Organ Recital. Given by students of Wells Cathedral School. Admission: free Retiring collection in aid of Wells Cathedral Music
Contact Details: 01749 674483
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Fri21 Nov 2014
09:30 - 16:00Quiet Day - Travelling Home to Love. Ammerdown's Guided Quiet Days offer an opportunity to take time out from our busy lives to pray, reflect and meditate in the Christian tradition with the help of Libby Dobson and Sarah Chabowska. They invite you to travel with God on a journey of discovery. The theme for this year will be 'Journey of the Heart - Travelling Home to Love'. The journey continues.
Contact Details: Tel: 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Guided-Quiet-Day- 2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
18:00 Awake To God led by Canon Melvyn Matthews. During this study weekend Canon Melvyn Matthews, previously Chancellor of Wells Cathedral, will present new insights into the thinking of several mystics of the Christian and Jewish traditions. Through exploring the insights of Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich, Thomas Traherne and Etty Hillesum he will suggest a style of being and seeing for contemporary people of faith. He believes that we can rediscover that all things are simply gifts coming from the hand of the invisible giver who is God.
Contact Details: Tel: 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Awake-to-God-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
18:00 The Moral of the Story After Auschwitz. This weekend course will focus on some of the attempts to write about the Holocaust in memoir, fiction and poetry, paying particular attention to work by Primo Levi, including ‘If This Is a Man’ and ‘The Periodic Table’ (especially the chapter on ‘Vanadium’). Can stories teach us anything about what happened then and how we should respond now, nearly seven decades later? What does it mean to survive such terrible events and where does responsibility lie for what took place?
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/The-Moral-of-the-Story-After-Auschwitz-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
18:00 Soul Talk led by Jane Ozanne and Maggie Whiteley. In this workshop we will: Reflect on our own personal and group experiences of those life giving soul conversations. Explore how soul conversations can help us in times of personal and social conflict. Examine the internal and external obstacles and enablers to soul conversations. Practice well used methods that enable us to create such conversations in our own lives. Find practical ways of community and relationship building through facilitating soul conversations.
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Soul-Talk-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Sat22 Nov 2014
19:00 Early Music Wells: St Cecilia by Candlelight. A programme to celebrate Saint Cecilia’s Day, of music by Josquin, Dunstable, Victoria, Byrd, Bach, and Tallis, sung by the unaccompanied male vocal quintet, Opus Anglicanum, and poetry by George Herbert. Tickets: £12.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door
Contact Details: 01749 672773
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Sun23 Nov 2014
17:00 R5. R5: Read, Retreat, Rest, Relax, Recuperate Set in 45 acres of beautiful Devon countryside and run by a small Christian community, Sheldon is a wonderful place to take time out. An R5 week is: open to everybody, a retreat time out with shared meals, the rhythm of community prayers to join in with if you wish, ideal for those who find it easier to take quiet time apart when it includes some social contact. 23rd - 30th Nov. Come for all or for just part of the week. £35.20 to £55 per night.
Contact Details: The Society of Mary and Martha, Sheldon, Dunsford, Exeter EX6 7LE. smm@sheldon.uk.com 01647 252752
Website: http://www.sheldon.uk.com/documents/resources/programme/time_out.htm
Location: The Sheldon Centre
Fri28 Nov 2014
18:00 Being Human in the Church and the World. In this workshop we will be investigating the tension between belonging to the Church and the secular world. How can we be fully human in the world and also belong to the Church? How do we develop a positive spirituality of life in the world when we are so often being undermined by Church institutions and utterances? How can we maintain and live out positive Christian values and beliefs which are frequently at odds with secular norms?”
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Being-Human-in-the-Church-and-the-World-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Sat6 Dec 2014
19:00 Handel's Messiah - Wells Cathedral Oratorio Soc.. Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano), Louise Mott (mezzo soprano), David Butt Philip (tenor), Andrew Kidd (bass), Music for Awhile orchestra (on period instruments) Matthew Owens (conductor). Book early for Handel’s greatest Oratorio, in the annual performance from the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society (www.wcos.org.uk). Tickets: £10.00 - £25.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office and at the door
Contact Details: 01749 672773
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
19:30 - 21:30CHRISTMAS CHEER. A delightful evening to start the Christmas celebrations! Fun entertainment including seasonal singing, poetry, readings, puppets and (hopefully) the local school choir - and all sprinkled with Christmas carols! Light refreshments and mulled wine included. Admission £7 adults, children free. A light-hearted fun evening.
Contact Details: Vena Prater 07740 085 015
Location: St Quiricus & St Julietta Church, Tickenham, just off the B3130
Fri12 Dec 2014
18:00 Advent Retreat with Daniel O'Leary. The theme for the 2014 Advent Retreat will be ‘Hints of Heaven in a Baby’. Daniel writes: “What are the wonderful secrets of Christmas that we need to know? That God is very human, that we are very divine, that all our sins are forgiven and forgotten, that our lives are graced and blessed, that our pain makes us stronger, and that, all in all, we should be much happier than we are…”. Fr Daniel O’Leary is a priest, writer and teacher, retreat leader.
Contact Details: Tel: 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Advent-Retreat-with-Daniel-O'Leary-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre
Sat20 Dec 2014
19:00 Carols & Christmas Music by Candlelight. Jonathan Vaughn (organ), Matthew Owens (conductor) Early booking is advised for these highly popular concerts when the Cathedral Choir performs seasonal music, interspersed with readings, in the Cathedral, lit by thousands of candles. Tickets: £25.00 (front nave), £23.00 (rear nave), £13.00 (unreserved side aisles); available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office from 1 August and at the door. Proceeds from these concerts support Wells Cathedral Choir and the wider work of Wells Cathedral.
Contact Details: 01749 672773
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Sun21 Dec 2014
19:00 Carols & Christmas Music by Candlelight. Jonathan Vaughn (organ), Matthew Owens (conductor) Early booking is advised for these highly popular concerts when the Cathedral Choir performs seasonal music, interspersed with readings, in the Cathedral, lit by thousands of candles. Tickets: £25.00 (front nave), £23.00 (rear nave), £13.00 (unreserved side aisles); available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office from 1 August and at the door. Proceeds from these concerts support Wells Cathedral Choir and the wider work of Wells Cathedral.
Contact Details: 01749 672773
Website: wellscathedral.org.uk
Location: Wells Cathedral
Mon22 Dec 2014
18:00 Christmas House Party. Our Christmas Houseparty is always over-subscribed. People simply seem to love coming to spend Christmas at Ammerdown, and we do our utmost to make sure they have a good time. We offer a combination of excellent food, workshops, fun activities, party games, craft, walks, seasonal films, entertainment and… our very own Ammerdown Pantomime performed by staff and guests! We also take time to reflect on the significance of Christmas in our own faith journeys.
Contact Details: Tel:- 01761 433709 or email:- centre@ammerdown.org
Website: http://ammerdown.org/Christmas-Party-2014
Location: The Ammerdown Conference & Retreat Centre

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