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
New Vacancy: Full Time Receptionist
- Do you have a customer service background?
- Are you looking to expand your skills?
- Are you a people person with good attention to detail?
- Are you able to be really flexible with your working hours?
Then you might be just who we are looking for!
We’re currently recruiting a full time receptionist to work in our busy Reception office here at Westminster College. For more details and an application pack, visit our vacancy page
Westminster College, a day at the beach - 'following Jesus up the shoreline'
13th August 2016, 10am-4pm
We will be bringing the beach to Westminster College and looking at the theme 'following Jesus up the shoreline'. This is a family friendly event with lots of fun activities and a packed lunch provided. Booking is essential, for more information and details on how to make a booking please click here.
Lay Preachers and Worship Leaders Course 2016
15th-17th August, 17th-19th August, 7th-9th September or 9th-11th September
This year our theme will be 21st Century Discipleship.
Join us and be better equipped in your service and ministry. Take a couple of days out to recharge and renew. Enjoy our superb facilities, including en-suite bedrooms for all. Meet friends and colleagues. Enjoy fine food, comfortable and new surroundings and a spacious programme that offers rich content without being overly full.
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
27th February 2016
These are days set aside for you to enjoy Westminster College as a sacred space, to explore prayer and take time out from busy lives. Westminster Quiet Days aim to resource you and help you find a rhythm of prayer.
Announcement of Old Testament Tutor at Westminster College
Westminster College, Cambridge, is delighted to announce that Dr Alison Gray has been appointed to be our next Tutor in Old Testament. Alison will take up her post fully from the summer of 2016 upon the retirement of Revd Dr Janet Tollington. Alison is currently on the teaching staff of Westcott House, another member of the Cambridge Theological Federation.
Commenting on Alison's appointment Revd Neil Thorogood, Principal of Westminster, said:
"We are delighted to be welcoming Alison onto the teaching staff of Westminster. She comes with highly relevant experience and tremendous academic and pastoral gifts. She has roots within the United Reformed Church and we look forward to her being able to bring her skills and wisdom not only within Federation and Westminster classes, but also across the United Reformed Church as Westminster continues to develop its provision for lay training. The appointment group were impressed by Alison's passion for helping people to engage with and be touched by the Hebrew scriptures, and at her creativity in doing so. We recognise that such a move within the Federation will create challenges for our friends and colleagues at Westcott, and this appointment has taken place against the backdrop of the support our houses share. We wish Alison well and hold her and her family in our prayers as this new chapter unfolds."
Monday 21st - Wednesday 23rd March 2016 or Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd July 2016
Come and join elders form around the URC exploring what it means to exercise the ministry of Eldership today. Enjoy the welcome and hospitality of Westminster College, the URC's RCL in the east. Share experiences, learn new skills, find resources for you and your church.
Storytelling for Christmas
Saturday 28th November
Westminster College invites you to spend a day with us exploring the rich potential of stories and their telling. Join us for fun and friendship as we share time together enjoying resources that help us to explore the festive season. There will be bags of fun ...literally...as we use everyday items to bring stories alive.
Friday 13th- Sunday 15th November
Sign and Symbol: Opening our hearts, minds and hands to prepare for Christ’s coming.
Using paint and pencil, glue and mixed media, explore creativity as a rich medium to signpost faith. Come for the day or stay for the weekend, this is an opportunity for you to find space and time at this busy time of year, and to gain inspiration and refreshment through worship conversations, craft activities and the warm hospitality of Westminster’s College community.
Beatus Study Tour - Church Interest Holiday
Organised by John Marsh - Apply by 1st December 2015
John Marsh is organising a Church Interest Holiday to give an opportunity to visit one of the most scenic and historically fascinating parts of northern Spain. The group will visit several interesting locations, including an ancient monastery hidden in the Picos de Europa where an obscure 8th century monk and abbot, Beatus, wrote commentaries on the Book of Revelation. Inadverently, he lit fuses that set off the Christian reconquest of Spain from Islamic rule, fuelled the era of the Crusades, and triggered the historic Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela which flourishes to this day. The several ways in which Christianity, Islam and Judaism engaged with each other in medieval Spain offer salient insights into contemporary relations between the three great 'Abrahamic' faiths.
To find out more about what promises to be a fascinating trip, please take a look at the leaflet and contact John by 1st December to register your interest.
COLLEGE OPEN DAY 2015
View the Open Day Leaflet
View the Open Day Programme
Westminster College Quiet Day
The Quiet day is ideal for anyone who would like to explore prayer and reflection here at Westminster College, Reverend Dr. Ian Randall will be joining us as guest speaker.
When: Saturday 31st October 2015, 10am - 4pm
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.
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 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'.