Westminster College, Cambridge; Walking the way into the future

These are exciting times full of new opportunities for all of us. Here at Westminster College, Cambridge, as we look to further develop our role as a Resource Centre for Learning, we’ve created the new role of Director of Church Resource Development – and here I am! We want Westminster to offer relevant courses for today’s church here at the college and be available to work alongside you, sharing the love of Christ where you are.

As part of our commitment to embracing different ways of expressing faith we’ve recently opened our beautiful Art Studio, located in the college grounds here in Cambridge, beside the Prayer Labyrinth, which adds a creative space for quiet reflection or safe messy area for getting the paints out and having fun! Faith is expressed in many different ways and we are looking to provide the space and opportunities for you to explore.


Our new additions complement our freshly refurbished building, stunning chapel, wonderful meeting spaces and great hospitality at prices that may pleasantly surprise you. We can cater for groups great and small from hosting church weekends, URC Synod events, small committee away days or simply a guided retreat week. We have an excellent chance for deep reflection and personal study called “In the Company Of” (you can read more about that at our website) ideal for a quiet reading week or as part of a ministerial sabbatical.

Alongside our full and part time students training for ministry we run numerous courses, such as Quiet Days, themed Biblical conferences, residential Lay Preacher weeks and can provide some exciting interfaith conversations all aimed at feeding and building faith and resourcing people for service and ministry. We are working on some all age events for 2018 and our teaching staff can be found at churches up and down the country, sharing their knowledge and experiences in a variety of ways. We’re seeking to build a resource area on our website for anyone to access which we envisage will host a selection of worship resources. And of course, if you call or email us, we offer reduced B&B rates for Church members if you’d simply like to visit Cambridge!

As we look to further develop our role as a Resource Centre for Learning for the United Reformed Church we are aiming to offer new and varied opportunities for everyone. I would welcome the chance to have a conversation with you to discuss how Westminster might play its part in serving you, your churches and the Synods.

You can reach me, Revd Peter Ball, on pb694@cam.ac.uk or call our Reception team on 01223 33 06 30.

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.

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.

 

 

Charcoal Gospel DVD Launch

We are excited to announce that our Principal, Neil Thorogood, will be launching his DVD ‘Charcoal Gospel’ on Wednesday 22nd February at Westminster College. All Cambridge Theological Federation members are welcome to join us from 5pm-6pm. Refreshments will be available throughout.

Neil will be giving a short introduction to his work, there will be the chance to view the original art work, and you will be able to purchase the DVD for £9.99.

If you are unable to make it to the launch, the DVD is also available to purchase from the URC Shop and from Reception at Westminster.

A day of preparation for Lent – Saturday 18th February

Happy New Year to you all from Westminster College.

This month is a time when people often purchase their diary for the New Year. Looking ahead to 2017, we will be holding a day of preparation for Lent on Saturday 18th February and welcome you all to book now while the date is fresh in your minds.

The day will aim to equip and prepare worship during Lent with will be led by members of  our Westminster teaching staff.

The day will include a two course lunch and time for reflection with others.

Please feel free to read more about the day on our Upcoming Events page

We look forward to welcoming you to start 2017.

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!