Christmas closure

  As 2016 draws to a close, and we start to get ready for our break and make our preparations, we wanted to share with you that we’re closing today at lunch time for the Christmas vacation.

We will be re-opening bright and early at 7am on 3rd January 2017.

                  

In the meantime, everyone here would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy, peaceful and safe Christmas and prosperous New Year.

From all at Westminster.

Two exciting new vacancies…

Westminster College is excited to announce two full time job vacancies within the teaching staff team.

 

Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine

Following the move of the current post holder to a URC pastorate we look to appoint a new Director of Studies in Church History and Doctrine.

This is a General Assembly appointment to Westminster College. It is open to lay people and ordained ministers from within the United Reformed Church or from partner denominations within the World Council of Churches. Candidates will have already been awarded a relevant PhD or will be close to completion. You will be excited at joining Westminster in a role that connects Church history more generally to the doctrine and life of the Church, and you will have particular expertise in teaching the Reformed tradition and interests in connecting it to the roots and current realities of the United Reformed Church. Given Westminster’s wider role as one of the United Reformed Church‘s Resource Centres for Learning, you will also have gifts in bringing doctrine and history to life in local congregational settings and amongst lay people. You will be committed to teaching undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through our partner universities of Cambridge, Durham and Anglia Ruskin whilst being equally at home in delivering resources for local church events. You will relish sharing fully in Westminster’s worship and tutorial life, participating fully in our teaching staff team and playing a positive and active role within the wider ecumenical setting of the Cambridge Theological Federation within which Westminster finds its home.
For the complete application pack please visit our ‘working at Westminster’ page.
Applications close at 12:00 noon on Friday 3rd March 2017.

 

Director of Church Resource Development

The Governors invite applications for the newly created post of Director of Church Resource Development.

This post, funded from within Westminster’s own resources, continues to build upon our wider Resource Centre for Learning work across the United Reformed Church. It is open to lay people and ordained ministers from within the United Reformed Church or from partner denominations within the World Council of Churches. You will have experience in delivering and developing training for church members, lay preachers, Elders and others in leadership within local congregations. You will be passionate about Christian discipleship in contemporary contexts and eager to help and encourage churches as they equip, sustain and develop their ministries and members. You will be enthusiastic in both responding to the direction set by the denomination and its Synods and a creative innovator able to identify new opportunities for Westminster’s service and work in these areas. You will have gifts in collaboration and will be keen to work not only with the teams at Westminster but with the wider networks of educators and enablers in posts across the denomination. You will not be expected to play more than an occasional part in the academic provision of the college through its undergraduate and postgraduate awards, or in the committees and structures of the Cambridge Theological Federation. But you will be expected to play a full part in the worship and formational life of Westminster. You will focus as much upon being available to deliver material and resources locally as in shaping events that bring people to Westminster. You will have gifts in developing resources for the web and of value to those who must access them at a distance. You will play a key role in helping us engage with and respond to wider United Reformed Church agendas and initiatives for discipleship and formation.
For the complete application pack please visit our ‘working at Westminster’ page.
Applications close at 12:00 noon on Friday 3rd March 2017.

Art Studio Update: now with roof!

We’re making great progress on the art studio.

Since we last posted in early November, the walls have gone up, the roof is on and the slate tiles are installed. We think you’ll agree with us that it is really beginning to take shape.

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Soon the services (such as the electric) are being installed and it already looks like a really cosy, comfortable and inspiring space. Though the stunning winter sun has made it tricky to get a good photo today! If you’re as excited to see progress as we are, please keep visiting our blog for further updates and select the Art Studio tag. There will be more photos as work continues and we look forward to showing you the finished studio early in 2017!

Advent 2016

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Is it already the end of the Michaelmas Term?
Don’t forget the deadline for booking in for this dinner is this Friday 25th November as per your invitation.
The service will commence at 6 pm followed by Dinner at 7 pm.
If you have received your invitation please email admin@westminster.cam.ac.uk with your menu choices and dietary requirements.

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.

Westminster College commissions Dr Alison Gray

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On the evening of Wednesday 2nd November the college community met together in chapel to welcome Dr Alison Gray as Director of Old Testament language, literature and theology. In a worship service led by Mr Alan Yates, United Reformed Church Moderator of General Assembly, Alison was affirmed and commissioned to the work she’s undertaking within the college, Cambridge Theological Federation, the University of Cambridge and the wider denomination. Alison is an experienced teacher and during the service she spoke movingly of her love for the Hebrew bible, for illuminating the scriptures, and of her continued desire to share new ways of exploring the richness of the Old Testament in developing the Christian faith.

Following a buffet reception enjoyed by Alison, her family members, close friends, colleagues and students, she said,

I feel honoured to be the first lay tutor to be appointed here, and am looking forward to the breadth of opportunities to serve the wider church as well as to attend to the work of formational training for ministry within the college. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be supported by friends and family and to have received such a warm welcome from the Westminster community.

 

 

 

Art Studio update

Wow look at this!

Only a week after our last post, we can see the shell being built. The roof is on and the walls are coming up, this really is creating a huge buzz in our Community.

See you next week for another dramatic change…

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Art Studio Update

Photos of the ongoing works

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The foundations are finally in….

Indeed the project is going very well. All very exciting to see now the floor print and how the studio is going to fit nicely next to the Prayer Labyrinth; and eventually into our community life.

More to follow…

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