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Wednesday 1st September 202110:30Changing the Climate: Preaching in the Environmental Crisis

An online workshop with the Revd Paul Johns, Methodist Minister, hosted by the College of Preachers.

Climate change, floods and droughts, declining biodiversity – is all this just a stock of fresh sermon illustrations? Or does it shift the context of our preaching, and therefore sermon content too? God holds the planet in one hand and offers us the Bible with the other. What hope does the biblical message offer to a planet in pain?

 This workshop, led by Revd Paul Johns, will provide an opportunity to share your thoughts and preaching experience, and to listen to and discuss two or three recent (and short) ‘environmental’ sermons.

Tickets are £7 or £5 if ministry student.

Follow this link to book a place on this online workshop. Enter the password Preach109 when prompted.

Saturday 4th September 202110:00Churchwarden's Training Day

Our Churchwarden Training Day is open to both new and existing Churchwardens and will include information sessions from:

  • The Registrar
  • Finance Team
  • Safeguarding Team
  • Ecclesiastical Insurance
  • The Church Buildings Adviser

Location

This training day will take place online via Zoom

Booking

Book using our online booking form or contact Leonie for joining instructions.

Who to contact

For more information contact Leonie Jones, Lay Ministries Administrator.

Sunday 5th September 202115:00Ammerdown Book Club for Racial Justice

Sunday 5 September 
3pm to 4.30pm
Narinder Tegally is passionate about addressing racism and believes the only way we can undo racism is to consistently identify it, describe it and then dismantle it.

Join Narinder as she leads a monthly Book Club at Ammerdown tackling the issues, challenging our bias and assumptions, encouraging us to effect change. September’s book is ‘Ghost Ship’ by Azariah France-Williams which challenges institutionalised racism in the church and our society. 


Rev Narinder Tegally is Lead Chaplain at Royal United Hospital Bath, Associate Priest at Bath Abbey and Assistant Diocesan Director for Bath and Wells Diocese. She brings her Indian heritage, experience of the NHS, the wider church as well as her connection to both the Sikh and Christian faiths into the conversation.

 Book here

 

Tuesday 7th September 202112:00Environmental Fundraising, Part 1 - Opportunties

The Church of England regularly runs webinars on Getting to Net Zero topics. Fundraising is competitive, and there is no easy answer, but the two webinars will help get you started. Part 1 covers environmental funding opportunities and Part 2 covers how to fundraise. They recommend attending both sessions, at lunchtime on Tue 7th Sep and Thur 9th Sep. . 

  • An introduction to the funding landscape for environmental projects in churches, including the Covid-19 context
  • What are the different types of funding available: trusts and foundations, statutory grants, loans, corporate support, individuals, public campaigns?
  • What are the success rates in applying for these types of funding?
  • Which type of funding is suitable for different projects, both in scale and type?
  • How and where can you find out about the opportunities for you, and what do you need to look out for?

Note: The webinar is longer than usual, at 1.5 hours, to allow more time for questions.

Speaker: Andrew Evans, Senior Consultant, Philanthropy Company

Andrew is an experienced fundraising director and consultant who has secured seven figure donations from both individual donors and grant-makers in areas including churches, arts and heritage, health and community development. This has included environmental projects such as LED lighting projects and adding insultation when re-roofing. He also brings strong credentials and personal commitment to environmental sustainability projects, including working pro bono to help his own church secure its Gold EcoChurch award.

Register on Zoom: the course is free but registration is required.

You can find videos of past webinars on the topic of Getting to Net Zero on the Church of England website.

Wednesday 8th September 202110:00Discernment in Spiritual Direction

Join Nick Helm, self-supporting minister and Advisor in Spirituality in the Hereford Diocese at this Zoom session. Register by 16 August.

Every choice we make is an opportunity to discern what leads us in the ‘better way’ – the ‘easy yoke’ of our becoming more fully ourselves. In spiritual direction, we have the privilege of accompanying others in their discerning. The aim of this day is to explore how Ignatian wisdom on Discernment applies in the ministry of Spiritual Direction. We’ll look at the concepts of consolation and desolation, how we experience them, and how they enable us to recognise the movements of the Spirit in ourselves as Spiritual Directors and in those who come to us for Spiritual Direction. Consequently, enabling clearer focus and better discernment.

Revd Preb Nick Helm is a self-supporting minister and Advisor in Spirituality in the Hereford Diocese. He’s been involved in Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Direction training for over 20 years, working in Sheffield and Hereford Dioceses. He’s published three books in the Grove Spirituality Series – ‘Soul Spark’, ‘Ignatius of Loyola’ and ‘Seeking Spiritual Direction’. He has been involved in establishing the National Forum for Spiritual Directors and is Chair of the Spiritual Exercises Network and regularly offers development days for Spiritual Directors.

This day will be held on Zoom and is limited to 55 participants.

Final date for registration is 31st August 2021. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Registration is now CLOSED.

 

10:30Suffering, Science, and Preaching a Theology of Hope

An online workshop with the Revd Jennifer Brown, Director of Training for the College of Preachers and former Science Missioner.

How can science help us understand suffering? Can science offer a way through which we can explore the perennial question of why God allows suffering? And how do we speak of hope in the midst of suffering? This workshop will explore how we can use insights from science in our preaching both to help people engage with questions around suffering and to offer a theology of hope.

The Revd Jennifer Brown is Director of Training for the College of Preachers and a Theological Educator. She has worked as Science Missioner in the Oxford Diocese and is Secretary of the Science and Religion Forum.

Ticket prices: general, £7; ministry student, £5

Follow this link to book your place on this online workshop. When prompted, please enter the password Preach809.

14:00Getting started with contactless giving

For a lot of churches switching to using contactless giving is an intimidating prospect. However there is a lot of support available and in this webinar we will talk you through the different solutions available on Parish Buying and help you navigate the best one for your church.

In this webinar from the National Giving Team, you will find out about the range of contactless solutions available and how to choose the right one for your church.

Register here for this free Zoom webinar.

19:30Talking Jesus - face to face in the Ham Hill Villages area

Talking Jesus - courageous natural faith sharing short-course

Now everyone can learn how to be a natural faith sharer in daily life and online, bringing the hope of Jesus to friends and family.


Talking Jesus is a great way to help you to learn how to become a natural faith sharer.

Even in the current times, faith sharing is alive and vibrant.  We have a hope and a story of hope which the world is longing for.  Churches are growing.  It starts with each one of us always being prepared with an answer to everyone who asks for the reason for the hope that we have.  (1 Peter 3 verse 15). But it can be a challenge knowing what to say, how to say it.  And anyway, what would people think of you?

Here's the great news... people (your friends) think you're great!  More people want to know than you realise.  We are the right people, right place, right time.  

You'll discover over 6 weeks:

  • the motivation which will help you become eager to share your faith.
  • 3 simple things to know that will give you more courage to share your faith.  
  • What to say 😄

Videos and chat.  Plus, lots of enthusiasm, and lots of laughter.

If you would like to engage in the Talking Jesus course face to face, Andy will be running this in the Ham Hill benefice. There is no requirement to live in the benefice to attend this course, why not bring a group from your church or benefice? In this instance, please contact Annie Gurner to register. or telephone 01935 881202.

FAQ's

Who leads the course?

Andy Gray (our faith sharing enabler for the diocese) and Morey Andrews (Mission Enabler for Sedgemoor Deanery).   Andy and Morey have been leading these groups for the last 2 years. They both are experienced faith sharers and love encouraging others.  

What is the commitment?

There are six sessions. Each one lasting around 90 minutes. We suggest missing at the most 2 sessions to get the best out of the course.

The dates are:

Wednesday 8, 15, 22, 29 September and Wednesday 6 and 13 October, a prompt 7.30pm start and finishing at approximately 9pm.

Who can come?

Anyone!  Any age.  You don't have to come alone: invite your church, your youth group, your benefice or even the whole Deanery. 

How many people have done the course?

Hundreds of people have been part of talking Jesus across the diocese. We have many stories of people who have done the course and then been more confident in their faith sharing.  

Where does Talking Jesus come from?

The materials are from https://talkingjesus.org  where you can watch the introductory video. The course is supported by the Church of England, as well as other mainstream Christian denominations.

(for copyright reasons, numbers are limited. So booking is essential)

Where do I get the materials from?

We will send you out anything you need before the sessions. There are also some booklets that are available from the talkingjesus.org website. We find that people do value having the books in their hands, but it is unnecessary to join in. They cost £1 each plus postage.

Watch this video where Andy talks to Morey Andrews about the course held earlier this year.

Thursday 9th September 202112:00Environmental fundraising, part 2: How to fundraise

The Church of England regularly runs webinars on Getting to Net Zero topics. Fundraising is competitive, and there is no easy answer, but the two webinars will help get you started. Part 1 covers environmental funding opportunities and Part 2 covers how to fundraise. They recommend attending both sessions, at lunchtime on Tue 7th Sep and Thur 9th Sep. 

This second webinar will cover:

  • How to plan a fundraising strategy for your environmental project – what are the stages and what are the tools and information you need to have to hand before you start?
  • How to communicate the need for your environmental project – your case for support
  • Different styles of approach for different types of funder
  • Common challenges and pitfalls

Note: The webinar is longer than usual, at 1.5 hours, to allow more time for questions.

Speaker: Andrew Evans, Senior Consultant, Philanthropy Company. 

Andrew is an experienced fundraising director and consultant who has secured seven figure donations from both individual donors and grant-makers in areas including churches, arts and heritage, health and community development. This has included environmental projects such as LED lighting projects and adding insultation when re-roofing. He also brings strong credentials and personal commitment to environmental sustainability projects, including working pro bono to help his own church secure its Gold EcoChurch award.

Register on Zoom: the course is free but registration is required.

You can find videos of past webinars on the topic of Getting to Net Zero on the Church of England website.

14:00Servant Leadership

Servant leadership is a commonly accepted term within Christian leadership but rarely do we discuss its origins or how it works out in church and in the whole of life. In this session we look at the conceptual and theological roots of servant leadership and consider what it might look like at the day-to-day level in terms of organisational values and practices.

This session will be hosted by Dave Male, Director of Evangelism and Discipleship and Professor Andrew Parker, a freelance leadership consultant with specific expertise in the 1-1 coaching of aspiring and in situ high-level leaders. They will be joined by various guests to discuss these two key areas for all leaders.

Register here for this free Zoom webinar.

Friday 10th September 2021 National Suicide Prevention Day

Suicide Prevention day – 10th September, 21.   

Many personal aspects of life can contribute further to feelings of desperation.  Everybody’s response is individual and valid, and we need to be ready to not only listen to each other, but to really HEAR how others are feeling in their suffering.  Our genuine attention to someone’s desperation could be the difference, not only of offering vital healing human contact, but also between life and death.  Please remember to talk in your church about mental health and the reality of suicide.  We do not want depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts to be a reality that nobody talks about!  If we decrease the shame of suffering by breaking the silence we decrease risk.

Being observant saves lives.  Talking saves lives. 

If you or anyone you have contact with are suffering, the following information will be needed so please keep these numbers close to hand and note these ways forward.

Samaritans – 116 123 email jo@samaritans.org

If you want to talk via text, text ‘SHOUT’ 85258; all services are open for 24 hrs.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free and confidential emotional support on crisis.  0800-273-8255 or text HELLO to 741741. 

Call a GP – ask for an emergency appointment.

Call 111 – out of hours.

Contact your mental health crisis team.

If anyone is at serious risk or has harmed themselves call 999 or go to A and E.

12:00Music at lunchtime at St John's, Taunton

Join St John's Taunton for a free, lunchtime music concert.

Trio Exe would like to invite you on a musical journey back to Russia in the 1890s. A period when Russian music was full of romantic melodies and gorgeous harmonies, with native composers respected and revered across Europe and a thriving cultural scene.

The main work in their programme is the Piano Trio No. 1 by Anton Arensky. Possibly not a name you have come across, and they will be delighted to bring you this sumptuous music if it is your first introduction to the composer. Arensky specialised in composing chamber music and was devoted to the music of Tchaikovsky, even using some of Tchaikovsky’s melodies in his own works. This Trio is a whirlwind of contrasting moods, from the dramatic to the cheerful, both memorable and uplifting and guaranteed to brighten your day!

They will also play some arrangements of pieces from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite which you may be more familiar with.

Find out more about the performers on the Trio Exe website.

Who to contact

Book your seat in advance by calling 01823 335543 and leave your name and contact number.

Downloads

Download and share the poster.

Saturday 11th September 202110:00Shroud of Turin exhibition

All Saints Church in Rockwell Green are holding an exhibition of the Shroud of Turin, featuring a full size replica and other artefacts from 11 to 13 September.

Entry is free.

Saturday, 11 September - the exhibition is open from 10 to 16:30

Sunday, 12 September - Holy Eucharist with a reflection on the Shroud. Viewing 12.15 to 16.30

Monday, 13 September - viewing 10 to 16.30

Refreshments available, larger groups wanting lunch please book ahead.

Contact details

01823 660358 or 660535

Where

All Saints’ Church, Rockwell Green TA21 9QE

Sunday 12th September 202112:15Shroud of Turin exhibition

All Saints Church in Rockwell Green are holding an exhibition of the Shroud of Turin, featuring a full size replica and other artefacts from 11 to 13 September.

Entry is free.

Saturday, 11 September - the exhibition is open from 10 to 16:30

Sunday, 12 September - Holy Eucharist with a reflection on the Shroud. Viewing 12.15 to 16.30

Monday, 13 September - viewing 10 to 16.30

Refreshments available, larger groups wanting lunch please book ahead.

Contact details

01823 660358 or 660535

Where

All Saints’ Church, Rockwell Green TA21 9QE

15:00Interfaith Marriages & Islam

The question of interfaith marriages has been quite an interesting and a challenging question in contemporary Islamic thought. This talk surveys the Islamic views on interfaith marriages and engages with the challenges and opportunities that it offers. Imam Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour is a faculty member at Al-Azhar University Cairo, and is the Imam of Bath Mosque. 

These are free events, donations are welcome.  For further information, or to make a booking, please email admin@ammerdown.org

Monday 13th September 202110:00Shroud of Turin exhibition

All Saints Church in Rockwell Green are holding an exhibition of the Shroud of Turin, featuring a full size replica and other artefacts from 11 to 13 September.

Entry is free.

Saturday, 11 September - the exhibition is open from 10 to 16:30

Sunday, 12 September - Holy Eucharist with a reflection on the Shroud. Viewing 12.15 to 16.30

Monday, 13 September - viewing 10 to 16.30

Refreshments available, larger groups wanting lunch please book ahead.

Contact details

01823 660358 or 660535

Where

All Saints’ Church, Rockwell Green TA21 9QE

11:00Why people give (and why some don't)

In this webinar the National Giving team will talk you through the different Anglican givers; what motivates them to give? How do they give? What are the barriers to giving?

Register here for this free Zoom webinar.

Tuesday 14th September 202110:00Exploring Chaplaincy

This eight session course will explore what is distinctive about chaplaincy, the theology of chaplaincy and what chaplains actually do. Read a one page introduction to the course.

Exploring Chaplaincy  is appropriate for anyone who is discerning whether chaplaincy is something God may be calling them to, or for anyone soon to take on a chaplaincy role or someone who has just started as a chaplain.

People who have done Exploring Chaplaincy previously have said:

‘Thank you to you for increasing my awareness and helping me to grow spiritually, as I continue on this journey that God has set before me. The openness, sincerity and faith will be a part of my building blocks in going forward – thank you.’

‘I’ve found Exploring Chaplaincy so helpful personally but also empowering in so many ways, I know I shall be able to be a better chaplain for having done the course.’

‘Thank you for the Exploring Chaplaincy course, after a long day training can feel a step to far but it has been such a blessing to meet and hear from others and to reflect after each session.’

‘I’ve really enjoyed Exploring Chaplaincy – it’s just a shame it’s almost over!’

Dates and times

This course will take place from 10:00 - 16:00 on Tuesday 14th September and Tuesday 5th October at Flourish House, Wells, BA5 1FD

Please use this booking form to register for Exploring Chaplaincy.

Cost

Exploring Chaplaincy is free if you live in Somerset, North Somerset or Bath and North East Somerset [BANES] or if you are a member of a faith community or serving in a chaplaincy within Somerset, North Somerset or BANES. 

If neither of these apply to you, we ask for a contribution of £50 per person for the course to cover costs.

Who to contact

Please contact Mike Haslam if you have any other questions about Exploring Chaplaincy.

Allie White, Chaplaincy Administrator

Downloads

Exploring Chaplaincy - a summary

 

14:00Harnessing the Power of Music for Mission

Many churches have few or no young people within their community, yet yearn for this not to be the case. This webinar from the National Evangelism & Discipleship team considers how music can successfully address the young people deficit in the life of the church. Music offers open engagement, links to community, and if used well, pathways to lifelong faith and discipleship. Too good to be true? Join a discussion with the Director of the Royal School of Church Music, Hugh Morris and others to discover how music can play a strategic, not afterthought, role in the life of your church, to everyone’s benefit.

Register here for this free Zoom webinar.

19:00Talking Jesus - online on Zoom

Talking Jesus - courageous natural faith sharing short-course

Now everyone can learn how to be a natural faith sharer in daily life and online, bringing the hope of Jesus to friends and family.


Talking Jesus is a great way to help you to learn how to become a natural faith sharer.

Even in the current times, faith sharing is alive and vibrant.  We have a hope and a story of hope which the world is longing for.  Churches are growing.  It starts with each one of us always being prepared with an answer to everyone who asks for the reason for the hope that we have.  (1 Peter 3 verse 15). But it can be a challenge knowing what to say, how to say it.  And anyway, what would people think of you?

Here's the great news... people (your friends) think you're great!  More people want to know than you realise.  We are the right people, right place, right time.  

You'll discover over 6 weeks:

  • the motivation which will help you become eager to share your faith.
  • 3 simple things to know that will give you more courage to share your faith.  
  • What to say 😄

Videos and chat.  Plus, lots of enthusiasm, and lots of laughter.

 

FAQ's

Who leads the course?

Andy Gray (our faith sharing enabler for the diocese) and Morey Andrews (Mission Enabler for Sedgemoor Deanery).   Andy and Morey have been leading these groups for the last 2 years. They both are experienced faith sharers and love encouraging others.  

What is the commitment?

There are six sessions. Each one lasting around 90 minutes. We meet on zoom until such times when we can be in person safely again. We suggest missing at the most 2 sessions to get the best out of the course.

The dates are:

Tuesday 14, 21, 28 September and Tuesday 5, 12 and 19 October.

Who can come?

Anyone!  Any age.  You don't have to come alone: invite your church, your youth group, your benefice or even the whole Deanery. We use zoom-rooms, so we will try and put people from the same church in the same groups.  

I struggle to sit through zoom meetings...

Don't worry. It's very chilled out. Bring a coffee. Bring your knitting or crochet, doodling or anything else you like to do when you are online. (Andy draws when he isn't leading things!)

How many people have done the course?

Hundreds of people have been part of talking Jesus across the diocese. We have many stories of people who have done the course and then been more confident in their faith sharing.  

Where does Talking Jesus come from?

The materials are from https://talkingjesus.org  where you can watch the introductory video. The course is supported by the Church of England, as well as other mainstream Christian denominations.

(for copyright reasons, numbers are limited. So booking is essential)

Where do I get the materials from?

We will send you out anything you need before the sessions. There are also some booklets that are available from the talkingjesus.org website. We find that people do value having the books in their hands, but it is unnecessary to join in. They cost £1 each plus postage.

Watch this video where Andy talks to Morey Andrews about the course held earlier this year.

Register for the six week online course by contacting Allie White.

Wednesday 15th September 202114:00Remembering Services 2021

In this season when people who are grieving and bereaved have been especially affected, remembering has become more important than ever.

Join Revd Canon Sandra Millar (National Evangelism & Discipleship team)  and guests as we explore creative ways to serve our communities around All Souls'.

Register here for this free Zoom webinar.

19:30Talking Jesus - face to face in the Ham Hill Villages area

Talking Jesus - courageous natural faith sharing short-course

Now everyone can learn how to be a natural faith sharer in daily life and online, bringing the hope of Jesus to friends and family.


Talking Jesus is a great way to help you to learn how to become a natural faith sharer.

Even in the current times, faith sharing is alive and vibrant.  We have a hope and a story of hope which the world is longing for.  Churches are growing.  It starts with each one of us always being prepared with an answer to everyone who asks for the reason for the hope that we have.  (1 Peter 3 verse 15). But it can be a challenge knowing what to say, how to say it.  And anyway, what would people think of you?

Here's the great news... people (your friends) think you're great!  More people want to know than you realise.  We are the right people, right place, right time.  

You'll discover over 6 weeks:

  • the motivation which will help you become eager to share your faith.
  • 3 simple things to know that will give you more courage to share your faith.  
  • What to say 😄

Videos and chat.  Plus, lots of enthusiasm, and lots of laughter.

If you would like to engage in the Talking Jesus course face to face, Andy will be running this in the Ham Hill benefice. There is no requirement to live in the benefice to attend this course, why not bring a group from your church or benefice? In this instance, please contact Annie Gurner to register. or telephone 01935 881202.

FAQ's

Who leads the course?

Andy Gray (our faith sharing enabler for the diocese) and Morey Andrews (Mission Enabler for Sedgemoor Deanery).   Andy and Morey have been leading these groups for the last 2 years. They both are experienced faith sharers and love encouraging others.  

What is the commitment?

There are six sessions. Each one lasting around 90 minutes. We suggest missing at the most 2 sessions to get the best out of the course.

The dates are:

Wednesday 8, 15, 22, 29 September and Wednesday 6 and 13 October, a prompt 7.30pm start and finishing at approximately 9pm.

Who can come?

Anyone!  Any age.  You don't have to come alone: invite your church, your youth group, your benefice or even the whole Deanery. 

How many people have done the course?

Hundreds of people have been part of talking Jesus across the diocese. We have many stories of people who have done the course and then been more confident in their faith sharing.  

Where does Talking Jesus come from?

The materials are from https://talkingjesus.org  where you can watch the introductory video. The course is supported by the Church of England, as well as other mainstream Christian denominations.

(for copyright reasons, numbers are limited. So booking is essential)

Where do I get the materials from?

We will send you out anything you need before the sessions. There are also some booklets that are available from the talkingjesus.org website. We find that people do value having the books in their hands, but it is unnecessary to join in. They cost £1 each plus postage.

Watch this video where Andy talks to Morey Andrews about the course held earlier this year.

Thursday 16th September 202109:45Nurturing new leaders

Many church leaders report a shift in those involved in leadership provoked by the pandemic. Some pre-pandemic leaders have stepped down or stepped back while others have stepped up.

This day will explore two key themes: 

  • How we practically identify and develop new leaders for the future.
  • How we nurture a wider culture which facilitates this development of new leaders. 

Packed full of practical ideas and helpful resources, join Charles Burgess, CPAS Leadership Specialist, as we find ways to nurture new leaders.

Numbers are limited for this event and bookings will close on Tuesday 14 September. Tickets are priced at £19.

This is part one of the Refreshed Leadership for Reimagining Church series of five training days, but can also be attended as a standalone event. The series offers practical ideas for leaders in this reconstruction phase of the pandemic, as we seek to be adaptable to shape churches around new opportunities.

Register here for thsi CPAS Zoom online training event.

12:00An introduction and overview of Eco Church - getting started

This webinar will tell you everything you need to know to get started. Come along if you’ve heard of Eco Church but haven’t started yet, and want to know a little more before you take the plunge. The webinar will answer questions like: “What is Eco Church? Why take part? How does the award scheme work? What does it cost? Where should we start?” it will be filled with practical examples of churches around the country who have made changes, using Eco Church as a framework.

Speaker: Helen Stephens is the Church Relations Manager at A Rocha UK, and absolutely central to the running of the Eco Church programme across the country. Helen has supported hundreds of churches to get started in their Eco Church journey, and has a wealth of practical advice to offer.

Register here for this free Zoom webinar.

Friday 17th September 202119:30Community Eco Festival Keynsham & Saltford Evening of talks

Food, Nature, Money & Energy: how can our choices change the future ?

Jo Lewis, Head of Food and Farming, Soil Association Ian Barrett,

CEO, Avon Wildlife Trust Richard O’Brien, Fund Manager,

Triodos Bank Peter Capener,

CEO, Bath and West Community Energy

will discuss actions available to individuals, businesses and our government to avert the worst effects of climate change with Q & A 

Tickets are £5 and can be purchased in advance from Keynsham tickets.

Saturday 18th September 202110:00Community Eco Festival Day Keynsham and Saltford

Stalls in Market Walk and The Space 10am - 3pm 

Chat with local organisations about all things sustainable including recycling, tree planting, renewable energy, electric cars & bikes, nature conservation and sustainably produced goods including food. 

Nature Inspired Exhibition of Photographs and Art works by Children and Images of Global Climate Change Impact Baptist Church, High Street 10am - 3pm Methodist Church, High Street

Quiet areas and Refreshments - opportunities to stop, pray, meditate and reflect on the beauty of nature and our dependence on it

Nature-based activities for Children and Families - 10am - 3pm in Keynsham Memorial Park at the Community Plot (next to the café)

Nature-based activities for Children and Families - 11am - 3pm. St Francis Church, Warwick Road 2pm – 4:30pm

Monday 20th September 202119:30Dwelling in the Word: monthly sessions

"Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly" [Col 3: 16]

We are using Colossians 3: 12-17 in a variety of ways across the diocese in 2021, including Dwelling in the Word.

Every third Monday of the month, at 7.30pm, there is an opportunity, for people from across the diocese, to come together and listen to God through Scripture and each other.  You are invited to register below so that you receive the Zoom link.  If you would like to know more about this spiritual practice then visit the Dwelling in the Word page 

Register here for this regular Zoom session.

Tuesday 21st September 202109:15Leading with confidence

'Confidence: you have either got it or you haven't.'

Not true, despite the popularity of such sentiments. You can grow in confidence. Yet many leaders struggle with a lack of confidence. They feel like impostors, that one day they will be found out. Others suffer from over-confidence, and sadly damage others around them. And in the light of the pandemic, most leaders have found themselves on the edge of their confidence, having to lead when they are themselves uncertain what to do.

This morning explores how to find appropriate confidence in our leadership, and plots a path to godly confidence.

Numbers are limited for this event and bookings will close on Sunday 19 September. Tickets cost £9.

This is part one of the Leadership: Getting Below the Surface mini-series of three mornings, but can also be attended as a standalone event. Doing stuff as a leader is only part of the leadership matrix. The other is what is going on below the surface, the stuff that impacts how we lead, and how the way we do leadership impacts us. Prepare to be stretched and grown in godly leadership.

Register here for this CPAS online training event.

10:00Under 5s Resources and Ideas Chat

Join the Go Team online to chat all things Under 5's in this one-hour, ideas and resources session. The event is free and offers a space in which to bring your ideas, hear from others and be inspired in your work with children, young people, and families. This event is suitable for anyone who works with children, young people and families including clergy, paid workers and volunteers.

Date: Tuesday 21 September 2021

Time: 10:00 - 11:00

Venue: via Zoom

Cost: Free

Follow this link to book your place on this event and others in the series.

 

 

 

 

 

19:00Talking Jesus - online on Zoom

Talking Jesus - courageous natural faith sharing short-course

Now everyone can learn how to be a natural faith sharer in daily life and online, bringing the hope of Jesus to friends and family.


Talking Jesus is a great way to help you to learn how to become a natural faith sharer.

Even in the current times, faith sharing is alive and vibrant.  We have a hope and a story of hope which the world is longing for.  Churches are growing.  It starts with each one of us always being prepared with an answer to everyone who asks for the reason for the hope that we have.  (1 Peter 3 verse 15). But it can be a challenge knowing what to say, how to say it.  And anyway, what would people think of you?

Here's the great news... people (your friends) think you're great!  More people want to know than you realise.  We are the right people, right place, right time.  

You'll discover over 6 weeks:

  • the motivation which will help you become eager to share your faith.
  • 3 simple things to know that will give you more courage to share your faith.  
  • What to say 😄

Videos and chat.  Plus, lots of enthusiasm, and lots of laughter.

 

FAQ's

Who leads the course?

Andy Gray (our faith sharing enabler for the diocese) and Morey Andrews (Mission Enabler for Sedgemoor Deanery).   Andy and Morey have been leading these groups for the last 2 years. They both are experienced faith sharers and love encouraging others.  

What is the commitment?

There are six sessions. Each one lasting around 90 minutes. We meet on zoom until such times when we can be in person safely again. We suggest missing at the most 2 sessions to get the best out of the course.

The dates are:

Tuesday 14, 21, 28 September and Tuesday 5, 12 and 19 October.

Who can come?

Anyone!  Any age.  You don't have to come alone: invite your church, your youth group, your benefice or even the whole Deanery. We use zoom-rooms, so we will try and put people from the same church in the same groups.  

I struggle to sit through zoom meetings...

Don't worry. It's very chilled out. Bring a coffee. Bring your knitting or crochet, doodling or anything else you like to do when you are online. (Andy draws when he isn't leading things!)

How many people have done the course?

Hundreds of people have been part of talking Jesus across the diocese. We have many stories of people who have done the course and then been more confident in their faith sharing.  

Where does Talking Jesus come from?

The materials are from https://talkingjesus.org  where you can watch the introductory video. The course is supported by the Church of England, as well as other mainstream Christian denominations.

(for copyright reasons, numbers are limited. So booking is essential)

Where do I get the materials from?

We will send you out anything you need before the sessions. There are also some booklets that are available from the talkingjesus.org website. We find that people do value having the books in their hands, but it is unnecessary to join in. They cost £1 each plus postage.

Watch this video where Andy talks to Morey Andrews about the course held earlier this year.

Register for the six week online course by contacting Allie White.

19:00Under 5s Resources and Ideas Chat

Join the Go Team online to chat all things Under 5's in this one-hour, ideas and resources session. The event is free and offers a space in which to bring your ideas, hear from others and be inspired in your work with children, young people, and families. This event is suitable for anyone who works with children, young people and families including clergy, paid workers and volunteers.

Date: Tuesday 21 September 2021

Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Venue: via Zoom

Cost: Free

Follow this link to book your place on this event and others in the series.

Wednesday 22nd September 202118:00Church School Governors - National virtual conference

An opportunity for Church of England school governors from across England to begin the new school year together.

Featuring:

  • Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell
  • Rev Nigel Genders, Church of England Chief Education Officer
  • Dr Margaret James, National Director of SIAMS
  • Rev Mary Hawes, National Growing Faith Adviser
  • Cheryl Govier, GO team adviser, Diocese of Bath and Wells

This is a free event. Please register on their Eventbrite page.

Download the leaflet for more information on the event and the speakers.

19:30Talking Jesus - face to face in the Ham Hill Villages area

Talking Jesus - courageous natural faith sharing short-course

Now everyone can learn how to be a natural faith sharer in daily life and online, bringing the hope of Jesus to friends and family.


Talking Jesus is a great way to help you to learn how to become a natural faith sharer.

Even in the current times, faith sharing is alive and vibrant.  We have a hope and a story of hope which the world is longing for.  Churches are growing.  It starts with each one of us always being prepared with an answer to everyone who asks for the reason for the hope that we have.  (1 Peter 3 verse 15). But it can be a challenge knowing what to say, how to say it.  And anyway, what would people think of you?

Here's the great news... people (your friends) think you're great!  More people want to know than you realise.  We are the right people, right place, right time.  

You'll discover over 6 weeks:

  • the motivation which will help you become eager to share your faith.
  • 3 simple things to know that will give you more courage to share your faith.  
  • What to say 😄

Videos and chat.  Plus, lots of enthusiasm, and lots of laughter.

If you would like to engage in the Talking Jesus course face to face, Andy will be running this in the Ham Hill benefice. There is no requirement to live in the benefice to attend this course, why not bring a group from your church or benefice? In this instance, please contact Annie Gurner to register. or telephone 01935 881202.

FAQ's

Who leads the course?

Andy Gray (our faith sharing enabler for the diocese) and Morey Andrews (Mission Enabler for Sedgemoor Deanery).   Andy and Morey have been leading these groups for the last 2 years. They both are experienced faith sharers and love encouraging others.  

What is the commitment?

There are six sessions. Each one lasting around 90 minutes. We suggest missing at the most 2 sessions to get the best out of the course.

The dates are:

Wednesday 8, 15, 22, 29 September and Wednesday 6 and 13 October, a prompt 7.30pm start and finishing at approximately 9pm.

Who can come?

Anyone!  Any age.  You don't have to come alone: invite your church, your youth group, your benefice or even the whole Deanery. 

How many people have done the course?

Hundreds of people have been part of talking Jesus across the diocese. We have many stories of people who have done the course and then been more confident in their faith sharing.  

Where does Talking Jesus come from?

The materials are from https://talkingjesus.org  where you can watch the introductory video. The course is supported by the Church of England, as well as other mainstream Christian denominations.

(for copyright reasons, numbers are limited. So booking is essential)

Where do I get the materials from?

We will send you out anything you need before the sessions. There are also some booklets that are available from the talkingjesus.org website. We find that people do value having the books in their hands, but it is unnecessary to join in. They cost £1 each plus postage.

Watch this video where Andy talks to Morey Andrews about the course held earlier this year.

Thursday 23rd September 202112:00Eco Church - working towards an award and maintaining moment

This webinar is aimed at people in churches who have registered for Eco Church and taken their first steps, but need a little help to get things going and work towards their Bronze award. The webinar will cover typical barriers, and give you tips on how to get around them and maintain your momentum. The webinar will contain practical examples of churches who have got to Bronze and how they got there.

Speaker: Helen Stephens is the Church Relations Manager at A Rocha UK, and absolutely central to the running of the Eco Church programme across the country. Helen has supported hundreds of churches to get started in their Eco Church journey, and has a wealth of practical advice to offer.

Register here for this free Zoom webinar.

14:00An introduction to the Generosity Toolkit

Giving should be wholly integrated within Christian life-in our following of Jesus, and our desire and calling to be Christ-like. Generosity is a hallmark of a lived-out faith and a testament to it.

The Generosity Toolkit is a resource for your PCC to meet and reflect on your shared experience of generosity in the life of your church. 

In this webinar the National Giving team will give you an overview of the Generosity Toolkit and offer guidance on how to get the most out of your session.

Register here for this free Zoom webinar.

19:00Faith and Racial Justice - Zoom

Join us for our panel discussion and Q&A as we look at what it means to be a person of faith when it comes to issues of racial justice. 

  • Thursday 23 September 7-9pm
  • Zoom webinar | BSL interpreted

The panel will be discussing questions including, do people of faith have a duty to respond to racial injustice, and in what ways can faith provide a space where people can come together to share and heal? They will also be reflecting on how their own faith has influenced their response to events and movements such as Black Lives Matter.

The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.

Book your free ticket by visiting our Eventbrite page

Panellists

  • Catherine Okoronkwo is a writer and Church of England priest and the Racial Justice Advisor to the Bishop of Bristol. 
  • Shiv Sama is Chairperson of the Avon Indian Community Network and the South Gloucestershire Race Equality Network.
  • Zainab Nai-Bornu from Leicester University was previously involved in academic and faith related activities in the Bristol/Bath area.
  • Clive Lawton is CEO of the Commonwealth Jewish Council and an internationally active educational consultant, receiving his OBE in 2016 for services to education and the Jewish community. 

Facilitator

  • Ambrose Musiyiwa is a writer, photographer, artist and activist. He facilitates CivicLeicester, a community media channel that uses video and photography to highlight conversations taking place in the local area. 

The event is being held as a Zoom Webinar and will be British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted. If you have any accessibility or support needs please let us know as part of booking your ticket.

Book your free ticket by visiting our Eventbrite page

Saturday 25th September 202109:00Beginning Outdoors - QA Lvl 2 Award Food Safety in Catering

QA Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering … delivered in the great outdoors!

Have you cooked outside for a church event?

Are you planning a campfire and would like to cater safely?

Food is so good for bringing people together but sometimes we are worried about cooking on an open fire or preparing food in the great outdoors.

We are offering a training day resulting in a qualification in Food Safety so you can move forward with confidence and the PCC can support your Fresh Expression/Outdoor Church as you enjoy ministry in nature with the knowledge you are qualified.

Cost

£18 per person.

Venue

Glebe Farm Woodbirds Hill Lane, Pitney, Langport TA10 9AP

Timings

Arrivals from 9am for 9.30 start an the day ends at 5pm. Lunch is included (you will be helping to cook it on the open fire!) detailed programme upon booking.

Booking

Please email Emma.Bartlett@bathwells.anglican.org 

Book early to secure your place as numbers are limited.

 

10:30Michaelmas Ordinations Wells Cathedral

A service at Wells Cathedral for those being ordained deacon in Bath and Wells

Monday 27th September 202110:00Exploring Anna Chaplaincy

Location: Flourish House, Wells

The Diocese of Bath and Wells are hosting a study day to explore Anna Chaplaincy.  A Network of Anna Chaplains across the UK is providing spiritual care for older people of strong little or no faith, on behalf of their local church. 

Anna Chaplaincy is part of The Bible Reading Fellowship and was pioneered by the Methodist and Anglican Churches in Alton in Hampshire when they appointed former broadcaster and licensed lay minister Debbie Thrower as their first chaplain to older people in 2011.  There is more information at Anna Chaplaincy | The Bible Reading Fellowship | Oxfordshire

The Diocese of Bath and Wells is the oldest diocese in the country, demographically, and our churches have the oldest average age of any diocese in the church of England. 

The Somerset NHS End of Life group has recently agreed that every person in the county has a right to spiritual care at the end of life and we are growing chaplaincy in care homes.  The Diocese of Bath and Wells is also exploring focal ministry to particular communities, ranging from villages to schools to care homes.

We believe that these threads come together to make this a good time to explore Anna Chaplaincy.

The study day on 27 September will be an opportunity to share experiences of ministry alongside older people and to learn about the distinctive contribution of Anna Chaplains to spiritual care in later life.  What are the implications for churches of many more people living into what has been called ‘the fourth age’ of life?  What are the social and spiritual implications of this longevity?  How can churches honour older people in their congregation and community, inviting them to share the wisdom of later life and continuing to offer support and care when frailty and dementia become a lived reality?  How might Anna Chaplaincy help parishes maintain a clearer focus on older people’s issues and convey a message to their communities that older people matter?

If you would like to join us for the day please email Allie White

Tuesday 28th September 202109:45Shaping a missional culture

One church leader captured the moment when he said ‘Does God intend to use this crisis as a game-changer for the Church?’ The pandemic has already led to significant culture change in many churches. How might we build on this in a way that facilitates a renewed commitment to Christ’s mission and ministry in the world today?

Yet shaping culture is not easy. How do you shape culture but not trash the past? How do you shape culture and not impose personal preferences? How do you change culture and ensure it is lasting and not just until you leave? 

Packed full of practical ideas and helpful resources, join Charles Burgess, CPAS Leadership Specialist, as we find ways to shape a missional culture.

Numbers are limited for this event and bookings will close on Sunday 26 September. Tickets cost £19.

This is part two of the Refreshed Leadership for Reimagining Church series of five training days, but can also be attended as a standalone event. The series offers practical ideas for leaders in this reconstruction phase of the pandemic, as we seek to be adaptable to shape churches around new opportunities.

Register here for this CPAS online training event.

19:00Talking Jesus - online on Zoom

Talking Jesus - courageous natural faith sharing short-course

Now everyone can learn how to be a natural faith sharer in daily life and online, bringing the hope of Jesus to friends and family.


Talking Jesus is a great way to help you to learn how to become a natural faith sharer.

Even in the current times, faith sharing is alive and vibrant.  We have a hope and a story of hope which the world is longing for.  Churches are growing.  It starts with each one of us always being prepared with an answer to everyone who asks for the reason for the hope that we have.  (1 Peter 3 verse 15). But it can be a challenge knowing what to say, how to say it.  And anyway, what would people think of you?

Here's the great news... people (your friends) think you're great!  More people want to know than you realise.  We are the right people, right place, right time.  

You'll discover over 6 weeks:

  • the motivation which will help you become eager to share your faith.
  • 3 simple things to know that will give you more courage to share your faith.  
  • What to say 😄

Videos and chat.  Plus, lots of enthusiasm, and lots of laughter.

 

FAQ's

Who leads the course?

Andy Gray (our faith sharing enabler for the diocese) and Morey Andrews (Mission Enabler for Sedgemoor Deanery).   Andy and Morey have been leading these groups for the last 2 years. They both are experienced faith sharers and love encouraging others.  

What is the commitment?

There are six sessions. Each one lasting around 90 minutes. We meet on zoom until such times when we can be in person safely again. We suggest missing at the most 2 sessions to get the best out of the course.

The dates are:

Tuesday 14, 21, 28 September and Tuesday 5, 12 and 19 October.

Who can come?

Anyone!  Any age.  You don't have to come alone: invite your church, your youth group, your benefice or even the whole Deanery. We use zoom-rooms, so we will try and put people from the same church in the same groups.  

I struggle to sit through zoom meetings...

Don't worry. It's very chilled out. Bring a coffee. Bring your knitting or crochet, doodling or anything else you like to do when you are online. (Andy draws when he isn't leading things!)

How many people have done the course?

Hundreds of people have been part of talking Jesus across the diocese. We have many stories of people who have done the course and then been more confident in their faith sharing.  

Where does Talking Jesus come from?

The materials are from https://talkingjesus.org  where you can watch the introductory video. The course is supported by the Church of England, as well as other mainstream Christian denominations.

(for copyright reasons, numbers are limited. So booking is essential)

Where do I get the materials from?

We will send you out anything you need before the sessions. There are also some booklets that are available from the talkingjesus.org website. We find that people do value having the books in their hands, but it is unnecessary to join in. They cost £1 each plus postage.

Watch this video where Andy talks to Morey Andrews about the course held earlier this year.

Register for the six week online course by contacting Allie White.

Wednesday 29th September 202111:00Step-by-step guide to online and onsite services

Join this interactive webinar with our panel discussion missional and digital wisdom to inform churches planning for the post-covid online world.

The national Evangelism & Discipleship team will be sharing a new resource from the Church of England, providing a one-stop shop, to help you see the wood for the trees.

Speakers:

  • Bob Jackson - church growth consultant and author of ‘Everybody Welcome Online’
  • Chloe Axford - Director of Communications, Exeter Diocese
  • Liz Morgan - CofE Digital Team
  • Stephen Hance - National Lead for Evangelism and Witness

Register here for this free Zoom webinar. 

19:30Talking Jesus - face to face in the Ham Hill Villages area

Talking Jesus - courageous natural faith sharing short-course

Now everyone can learn how to be a natural faith sharer in daily life and online, bringing the hope of Jesus to friends and family.


Talking Jesus is a great way to help you to learn how to become a natural faith sharer.

Even in the current times, faith sharing is alive and vibrant.  We have a hope and a story of hope which the world is longing for.  Churches are growing.  It starts with each one of us always being prepared with an answer to everyone who asks for the reason for the hope that we have.  (1 Peter 3 verse 15). But it can be a challenge knowing what to say, how to say it.  And anyway, what would people think of you?

Here's the great news... people (your friends) think you're great!  More people want to know than you realise.  We are the right people, right place, right time.  

You'll discover over 6 weeks:

  • the motivation which will help you become eager to share your faith.
  • 3 simple things to know that will give you more courage to share your faith.  
  • What to say 😄

Videos and chat.  Plus, lots of enthusiasm, and lots of laughter.

If you would like to engage in the Talking Jesus course face to face, Andy will be running this in the Ham Hill benefice. There is no requirement to live in the benefice to attend this course, why not bring a group from your church or benefice? In this instance, please contact Annie Gurner to register. or telephone 01935 881202.

FAQ's

Who leads the course?

Andy Gray (our faith sharing enabler for the diocese) and Morey Andrews (Mission Enabler for Sedgemoor Deanery).   Andy and Morey have been leading these groups for the last 2 years. They both are experienced faith sharers and love encouraging others.  

What is the commitment?

There are six sessions. Each one lasting around 90 minutes. We suggest missing at the most 2 sessions to get the best out of the course.

The dates are:

Wednesday 8, 15, 22, 29 September and Wednesday 6 and 13 October, a prompt 7.30pm start and finishing at approximately 9pm.

Who can come?

Anyone!  Any age.  You don't have to come alone: invite your church, your youth group, your benefice or even the whole Deanery. 

How many people have done the course?

Hundreds of people have been part of talking Jesus across the diocese. We have many stories of people who have done the course and then been more confident in their faith sharing.  

Where does Talking Jesus come from?

The materials are from https://talkingjesus.org  where you can watch the introductory video. The course is supported by the Church of England, as well as other mainstream Christian denominations.

(for copyright reasons, numbers are limited. So booking is essential)

Where do I get the materials from?

We will send you out anything you need before the sessions. There are also some booklets that are available from the talkingjesus.org website. We find that people do value having the books in their hands, but it is unnecessary to join in. They cost £1 each plus postage.

Watch this video where Andy talks to Morey Andrews about the course held earlier this year.

Thursday 30th September 202114:00Getting the most out of Give a Little

Give a Little is a donations app offered through Parish Buying that churches can you use for both contactless and online giving. It includes a range of features that churches can use to maximise their ability to receive gifts through digital channels.

In this webinar from the National Giving Team and Digital Team you will learn how to create both app and web campaigns, generate QR codes, and access reporting mechanisms in the Give a Little portal.

This webinar is for churches who have already set a SumUp account and started using Give a Little. If you have not yet done this we suggest you visit this page on Parish Buying to get started.

Register here for this free Zoom webinar.

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