A resource centre for learning for the United Reformed Church
Westminster College, Cambridge is a centre for learning within the United Reformed Church. As a resource to the national and local church and a full participant in the theological training of students within the Cambridge Theological Federation, Westminster is a place where all those in ministry can study and deepen their faith. It is a place for refreshment and learning available to all of those involved in the life of the Church from many different traditions, people from other faiths and those with no faith commitment. It is a place of welcome, community and new vision where radical and provocative faith meets wonderful and risky living.
A Wonderful Open Day on Saturday 25th October 2014
Thank you to all of you who came to share in our Open Day. We think well over 200 people came through the doors and wandered around the building and grounds. The sun shone, the atmosphere was welcoming and vibrant, the food terrific and the sense of God's blessing tangible. We began with the official opening of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in their newly created accommodation. There were guided tours, opportunities to talk to academic and conferencing staff in which people began to discover more of how Westminster might resource them and their church. People explored our brand new prayer labyrinth and had a good look at all of our new facilities. We offered a taster session of teaching around the theme of identity. And just as has always been the case we kept God and worship central in a service which was presided over by Revd David Grosch-Miller, one of our General Assembly Moderators, and at which our other Moderator, John Ellis, preached. Within that worship we honoured benefactors of the past, added the General Assembly and current congregations of the URC as our most recent benefactors, and celebrated a few individuals who so magnificently steered the entire Appeal and development programme. Westminster looks wonderful and has never been better equipped to serve the Church. To God be the glory!
NEW JOB VACANCY: Senior Conference and Events Co-ordinator
We are currently seeking a Senior Conference and Events Co-ordinator to join our small but busy College. Click here to find out more
Lay Preachers and Worship Leaders Course at Westminster College
Suitable for those who have an active ministry leading worship in the local church, or those who have a general interest in worship and the Bible.
Using the theme "your kingdom come", worship and teaching will be led by Westminster teaching staff and a recent Westminster student. The course will incorporate Sessions on the Bible, contemporary theology, preaching and music-making.
Monday 3rd - Wednesday 5th August
Wednesday 5th - Friday 7th August
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th September
Monday 7th - Wednesday 9th September
For more details please follow the link to the programme.
Embracing Eldership - an event for Elders at Westminster College
Suitable for serving and non-serving elders, Embracing Eldership is an event that enables URC elders to come together for mutual encouragement, to share experiences and receive refreshment, whilst exploring pressing issues related to the realities of being an elder today.
Using the theme "Remembering Who We Are", Worship and teaching will be led by John Bradbury, Janet Tollington and Sam White. Lynne Kentish, from the Contented Dementia Trust will also lead a session on understanding dementia.
Monday 16th March - Wednesday 18th March
Wednesday 18th March - Friday 20th March
For more details please follow the link to the programme.
NEWS FROM WESTMINSTER COLLEGE
Welcome to the Westminster College home page. Summer is well under way, the builders have left us and the college looks wonderful. We hope that you will join us for our Open Day on Saturday 25th October (please let us know by 10th October if you are coming). More details and photographs showing the result of the redevelopment project can be found on Westminster’s Building Blog
New blog site
Over the next few months our website will be undergoing a major reconstruction. To help us keep you up to date with what is happening at Westminster we have a new blog site. Our new Director of Pastoral and Church Programmes, Sam White, who started work at Westminster in July, has been casting her eyes around the college and the surrounding city. Her reflection “new eyes, new insights” give a flavour of life from one who remembers how it was but is now in a new role and experiencing a different space. Keep checking back for further announcements when the blog is ready to go live.
Westminster College Autumn/Winter 2014 Programme
Our Autumn/Winter 2014 Programme is now available. For more information and booking details click here
Cheshunt Education Fund
Help with the cost of coming to Westminster is now available through the Cheshunt Education Fund. The fund supports anyone in the United Reformed Church using Westminster for educational purposes and offers grants of up to two thirds the total cost of the event/stay. To obtain more information and to download an application form click here.
WESTMINSTER COLLEGE AUTUMN / WINTER 2014 PROGRAMME
Art@Advent2Friday 14th November to Sunday 16th November 2014
Following the success of a similar gathering last Advent we welcome you to Westminster to set the scene for Christmas in a wonderful way through the paintings of artists down the centuries, by making art ourselves, and by using art as an aid prayer and worship. Led by Neil Thorogood, Principal of Westminster, who uses art widely in teaching and events, Art@Advent2 is suitable for those who came to Art@Advent (2013) as well as newcomers because the programme content is different this year. To download the programme and booking form click here
Storytelling for ChristmasThursday 18th December 2014
In a visual age like ours some may consider that the spoken word has had its day. Storytelling for Christmas is an opportunity to spend a day exploring the power of storytelling as a means of communication. Alongside sharing good food and conversation there will be time for the group to experience ways of bringing scripture, legends and contemporary wisdom stories alive during the festive season. Led by Sam White, an experienced preacher and storyteller who has worked with both adults and children in church life, Storytelling for Christmas is suitable for worship leaders, preachers, youth and children’s work leaders, as well as those who would like to grow in confidence bringing stories alive for their family members and friends. To download the programme and booking form click here
CHESHUNT EDUCATION FUND
At Westminster College we know that paying to spend time at a Resource Centre for Learning can be expensive. Thanks to the generosity of the Governors of the Cheshunt Foundation we are now able to offer a grant to help those in the United Reformed Church who want to come to Westminster.
What you need to know -
Who is the fund for?
The Cheshunt Education Fund is to help people coming to Westminster for educational purposes. This may be a reading or study week, part of a sabbatical, to attend an event or course.
Do I need to be a theological student or minister?
No, Westminster is a Resource Centre for Learning aiming to provide a welcome for everyone in the United Reformed Church.
How much money will I receive?
Grants of up to two thirds of the total costs will be considered, subject to funds available.
What if I am receiving other grants towards the costs of my stay?
If you have access to other funding through in-service training, Synod support or from your local church, please seek that first and let us know on your Cheshunt Education Fund application form.
How do I apply for a Cheshunt Education Fund grant?
To download your application form please click here
In the company of…
Westminster College, Cambridge
In whose company would you like to spend some time? Who would you like to learn from? Who would you like to discover? Take your pick: biblical character; gospel writer; theologian from long ago or today; musician; artist; cook; novelist; thinker; politician; liturgist; hymn-writer; leader; poet; film-maker; architect...?
The idea is simple; book your-self in to stay at Westminster, or come as a day visitor. Stay for as long as you like. Tell us who you want to spend some time with; whose work might inspire you.
We don't have a set time or date for this event - the idea is to arrange a stay that suits your diary, enjoy great hospitality, and let us help you discover treasure!
For more details, click here
We hope that this website will give you the information you need and tell you some things you might not have expected to discover.
Westminster is a Resource Centre for Learning for the United Reformed Church. We work, with others in the URC, to resource, enable and encourage all God's people in the exciting and lifelong project of being a disciple of Jesus - 'a learner in the Kingdom of God'.