Westminster College introduces….

Peter Ball has arrived and has been very busy since taking up his post in August. He’s sharing the below with all of our readers;

I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce both myself and the exciting opportunities that Westminster College will be offering during 2018.

I came into post as Director of Church Resource Development at the start of August. This is a new post created by the college to help us take the next step of developing our role as a Resource Centre for Learning for all the people of God. Whilst playing my part in the life of the college as a member of the teaching staff I have also been given time to develop our work of resourcing and offering training/equipping opportunities for lay people. In the medium to long term I am hoping that there will be a development of our web resources and that along with the other RCLs, Training Officers and Mission Enablers we can have strong links across the Synods in both the development and delivery of courses and resources.

For now here are the highlights of what is already planned at Westminster for 2018.

Eldership on the Frontline
A chance to be refreshed and resourced for the important role Elders play in the URC. As the tasks and role change along with society you will be given the chance to think about what this means for you and your church and to hear stories and experiences that will get you thinking and sharing together.
Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st March 2018
Friday  6th – Sunday 8th July 2018
Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th July 2018

Living the Life of Jesus through our worship
For Lay Preachers and Worship leaders in 2018 we are offering a mix of Bible study, worship and reflection alongside of some practical ideas on how we bring alive the life of Jesus for today’s worshippers. There will be a variety of session leaders and styles all looking to provide you with the tools and new insights for your important ministries.
Monday 13th – Friday 15th August 2018
Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th August 2018
Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th September 2018
Friday 7th – Sunday 9th September 2018

Draw Breath and reflect upon
In the busyness of life we all need the opportunity to step back and spend time in the company of God reflecting upon life, our faith and what God is calling us to. Each of these days will have a different emphasis allowing a variety of approaches that make the most of Westminster’s stunning buildings and facilities. For our March date we will be focusing on Aspects of the cross. If you think you would like to take longer than a day with us why not consider our “In the Company of” initiative that allows for some guided reflection.
Saturday 24th March 2018
Saturday 11th August 2018
Saturday 3rd November 2018

NEW for 2018

It’s Advent!! Now what?
Join us and spend twenty four hours being resourced for the month ahead. This event is for ministers, lay preachers, worship leaders and anybody who wants to think afresh about Advent and Christmas.
Monday 3rd – Tuesday 4th December 2018

Alongside of these highlighted events Westminster also offers space for personal or group activities. We can cater for Synod activities, Spring and Summer Schools, Committee meetings, Church Away Days and personal reading and study times. We can also provide sabbatical opportunities.

We are excited to have our new Art Studio open to all URC members on request or exclusively booked for an event.

For further information contact:
Tutorial Office: 01223 330649 / admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk
Conference & Events Office: 01223 330647 / events@westminster.cam.ac.uk

Thinking ahead and welcoming good friends.

June at Westminster College welcomes back for the 9th year our friends from the Round Church | Christian Heritage for their 2017 Summer School.

We are delighted to host their Theology and Apologetics courses with a special theme this year to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

David Illman, Director of Round Church Study Centre, has recently shared an insight into our valued relationship.

Round Church | Christian Heritage, Cambridge has been running summer schools at Westminster College for the past 8 years. We have certainly appreciated the overall environment that matches our distinct organisational ethos: learning in intimate fellowship with instructors who embody what they teach and students who walk away enriched. Westminster has gone beyond the call of duty whenever particular requests are made, with grace promptitude. But what sets apart Westminster is not only the ideal location in Cambridge for our annual events or even making the facilities conducive to our needs, but it’s the relational value and integrity the college staff maintains in order to make the week enjoyable. That’s why we keep returning!’

For more information on the Round Church, their courses and a fantastic place of interest in Cambridge, please visit their website.

National Assessment

From today through to Sunday 26th March, we welcome all those who are taking part in the Spring National Assessment Conference for the United Reformed Church.

The conference forms an important part of the process in discerning who is being called to ministry and what their needs might be to support them in that journey. We invite you to join us in thinking of and praying for each of them.

Quiet day reminder – Saturday 4th March

We still have some places available on our quiet day for the 4th March.

Quiet days are suitable for everyone, whether new or experienced at retreats. With a different theme and lead by different people each time, we hope there is something on offer for you. On the 4th March we explore ‘Who are You?’…A day away in Lent.

Suitable for new and experienced retreatants, this day will focus on our identity as Christians, drawing on the wilderness experience of Christ and the writings of the desert fathers and mothers. There will be times of guided reflection as well as private time and silence. The day will begin with worship and includes a two course lunch and this retreat isn’t a silent one. This retreat is being led by Mark Argent and Sam White.

To book, please complete the Booking Form and return to Claudia on admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk, or by post to Tutorial Office, Westminster College, Cambridge, CB3 0AA. If you’ve any queries don’t hesitate to call our Tutorial Office on 01223 33 06 32 for more information.

We hope to see you there!

If this one isn’t for you, you can see our other events on our Events Page.

 

 

Westminster and Windermere: Exploring Advent Retreat, 14-16th December

adventWe’re delighted to share that Neil Thorogood and Sam White will be travelling up to The Windermere Centre to lead the centre’s annual Advent retreat from 14th to 16th December.

We’re looking forward to delving into the Advent narrative through art and story-telling. You will have opportunities to reflect on Bible texts generating words and images to tell the story. Join us in a beautiful part of the world for friendship, worship and good food.

This is part of our on-going partnership in which The Windermere Centre deliver courses at Westminster and Westminster reciprocate.  As such, this event is being run on a Pay What You Can basis and rather than contacting Westminster to book, please visit The Windermere Centre website and explore the programme in more detail.

Annual Commemoration of Benefactors – 29th October from 2.30pm

On Saturday 29th October are holding our Annual Commemoration of Benefactors from 2.30pm here at Westminster College in the Chapel.

We warmly invite you to attend.

The service starts at 2.30pm and is followed by afternoon tea at 3.30pm.

If you are able to join us, please contact Syd in the Tutorial Office to give your name and dietary requirements on admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk or on 01223 33 06 49 by 12 noon Monday 24th October.pixelr - DSC_7113

 

In the Company Of

Recently Philip Dazeley, who has many years of experience as a lay preacher, spent the week in college as part of Westminster’s In the Company of scheme. He had the opportunity to be part of the college community, eating and worshiping with staff and students, as well as having dedicated time with academic staff to focus his study on particular areas of interest. During the week he also spent time exploring Cambridge city centre.

Below are some of Philip’s reflections on his stay. If you’d like to set up your own unique ‘In the Company Of…’ experience, please contact Syd or Claudia in the Tutorial Office on 01223 33 06 49 or on admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk.

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