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Circles of Impact – funerals, bereavement and communities

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The Stareton Hall


Stoneleigh Park



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The Church of England funeral conference is being held alongside the National Funeral Exhibition, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. It’s open to all.

Death touches communities – family groups, friendship groups, colleagues, neighbours and strangers. The impact is not just for a week or two, but may continue over months, years, generations. This conference draws on the expertise and experience of a wide-range of practitioners to help us think about how churches are there for those who are affected by a death, from the funeral, long into the future.

All delegates will have time to visit the National Funeral Exhibition – a chance to engage with other professionals, explore new ideas around funeral practice and think how these changes might impact the church.

This is a two-day non-residential conference. Delegates should arrange their own overnight accommodation and have the option of joining speakers and fellow delegates for an evening meal on Friday 7th June. Please see below for some helpful links. Delegates have the option of attending for only one day if they choose.

Friday June 7th 10.00am – 4.00pm

9.30 registration

10.00 Welcome, worship and +Portsmouth

10.30 Talk 1 - Cultural contexts: Sandra Millar

11.00 Talk 2 - It takes a long time: Tim Alban Jones

11.30 coffee and reflection time

12.00 Talk 3 – Death and schools: - Ben Green

12.30 Talk 4 – Changing a town- Tom Woodhouse

13.00 lunch and visit to NFE drop in chats with Tom Pearson

14.45 Talk 5 - Living with the Dead – Patrick Taylor

15.15 Talk 6 - Remembering in a digital age – Harry Hobson

15.45 Panel discussion and conclusion

16.15 Finish

18:30 Optional evening meal and informal discussion (additional cost)

Saturday June 8th 9.30am – 3.30pm

9.00 registration

9.30 Welcome and cultural contexts: Sandra Millar

10.00 Talk 1 Death in the community Josie Goodwin –

10.30 Talk 2 Circles of Impact: Dorothy Moore

11.00 Coffee and reflection

11.30 Talk 3 Graveyards and the rural church: Mark Betson

12.00 Talk 4 - What if they can’t pay? Paupers funerals Juliet Stephenson

12.30 Talk 5 - Bereavement and church: Jeremy Brooks

13.00 Panel discussion and conclusions

13:45 Lunch, visit to NFE, drop-in chats with Tom Pearson and finish

About the speakers

The Rt Revd Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth, chair of the Churches Funeral Group, will reflect on the importance of good ministry around death across a diocese

Tim Alban Jones was the vicar in Soham when the schoolgirls Holly and Jessica went missing. He will speak about the impact on family, community and church.

Ben Green is the Diocesan Youth Officer, Blackburn and was involved in work with three schools following the Manchester Arena bombings.

Tom Woodhouse is currently Rector of Dorchester, and was previously vicar of Royal Wooton Basset, and was instrumental in bringing the town together around the repatriation of bodies from Afghanistan

Patrick Taylor is Rector of Stratford-on-Avon, where a million visitors come to see a gravestone. Patrick will reflect on what that means for the church and remembering

Juliet Stephenson is the Director of the Good funeral Company in Liverpool and has been thinking about how the church responds to funerals where there is no-one to grieve.

Harry Hobson is a strategic innovation consultant who has worked with organisations including the Intel Digital Health Group, Samsung, Vodafone, Ofcom, Dept for Health, Telegraph Media Group, NewsCorp, BBC and NBC. Harry specialises in specializing in product and service innovation and will share research into new ways of remembering people who’ve died in a digital age.

Josie Goodwin is the Chaplain of Cheltenham Ladies College and will think about how a significant death impacts a local community

Dorothy Moore is Senior Chaplain at Great Ormond Street and will draw on her experience to help us think about how the impact of a death has far-reaching consequences

Mark Betson is the Church of England Rural Officer and will help us think about the importance of graveyards as a place of remembering

Sandra Millar is Head of Life Events for the Church of England and will talk about the changing culture around death, funerals and bereavement

Jeremy Brooks is Rector of Beaconsfield and will reflect on how bereavement ministry can change church congregations

Tom Pearson is a key member of the Life Events team. You may recognise him from previous conferences or from his video guides to GDPR. Tom is currently leading on the development and roll-out of the Life Events Diary, which replaces the Pastoral Services Diary. He is happy to have conversations about how parishes can use the LED and engage digitally with people they've met through Life Events ministry.

Overnight accommodation

There is some accommodation on site at the National Agricultural Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh – bookings are being taken by The Hotel & Conference Company Ltd

T: +44(0)1767 262 546

E: reservations@hotelconferencecompany.com

W: www.hotelconferencecompany.com

We also highly recommend Woodland Grange, a short drive from the NAEC and home of some of our previous national funerals conferences https://www.woodlandgrange.com

The nearest train station to the NAEC is Leamington Spa, so guests arriving by train might like to consider staying in Leamington, too. http://www.royal-leamington-spa.co.uk/visiting/where-to-stay/

For more information, please contact Cathy Myers, Life Events Resources Manager by emailing cathy.myers@churchofengland.org

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