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.
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
The Lay Preachers and Worship Leaders Course in September 2014 is fully booked but dates for next year will be announced shortly. To attend Shaping Connections (15th-17th September 2014) with John Bradbury and Elizabeth Gray-King, please book now to avoid disappointment.
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
Shaping ConnectionsMonday 15th September to Wednesday 17th September 2014
As Christians living within a Reformed heritage we are used to engaging with scripture and worship through written and verbal language. Shaping Connections will explore ways of deepening our connection with God using creative skills like art and music. Led by John Bradbury, a theologian and church historian who is also a semi-professional pianist, and Elizabeth Gray-King, an educator and artist theologian, Shaping Connections is suitable for those wishing to share ideas and talents as well as those wanting to learn new skills. To download the programme and booking form click here
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
We're currently recruiting for a Housekeeping Supervisor. For more information, please take a look at our Vacancies section
We're currently recruiting for a Sous Chef. For more information, please take a look at our Vacancies section
Announcement re: Academic Staff
Westminster College is delighted to announce the appointment of Revd Samantha (Sam) White as our new Director of Pastoral and Church Programmes.
Sam will begin work in Westminster and the Cambridge Theological Federation from July, 2014. She will teach alongside other Directors of Pastoral Studies in the Federation and on in-house programmes at Westminster. Part of her job will include continuing to build up and develop the wider training and opportunities for learning, refreshment and nurture that Westminster seeks to offer the whole United Reformed Church as one of the denomination's Resource Centres for Learning.
Sam has a background in nursing and comes to us having served congregations in Eastern Synod. Speaking of the appointment, Neil Thorogood, Principal, said:
"I'm delighted that we will have Sam joining our teaching staff. She brings a broad range of pastoral experience and a focus upon mission that fits very well the evolving remit and work of Westminster. We look forward to welcoming her and to the gifts she brings to Westminster, the Federation, and the wider Church."
Lay Preachers and Worship Leaders Course
Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st June, 2014 Monday 8th—Wednesday 10th September, Wednesday 10th—Friday 12th September or Friday 12th—Sunday 14thSeptember, 2014
We're currently recruiting for a Receptionist/Administrator to support holidays and absences, some permanent shifts/rotas are available. For more information, please take a look at our Vacancies section
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'.