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From Stranger to Friend: first encounters on faith journeys

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The Hayes Conference Centre

Hayes Lane


DE55 1AU

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The first contact and first experience with any church-related activity makes a big difference to faith journeys.

This special conference, hosted by the Evangelism and Discipleship Team, will highlight findings from Archbishops’ Council research along with insights from research around faith journeys.

Wherever, and however we meet people, there are small things that make a big difference to how those new to church move from stranger to friend. Ideal for church leaders, evangelists, welcomers, family workers and all who want to see more people discover more about God and God’s people.

When: November 5th – 6th 2019 from lunch to lunch

Where: Swanwick, Derbyshire

Cost: £150 - Early Bird price £120 if booked before September 30th

Conference timetable

Day 1: November 5th

12.00 noon Registration and lunch

2.00pm Welcome – Bishop of Brixworth Rt Revd John Holbrook and Dave Male, Director of Evangelism and Disciplehsip

2.10pm Plenary 1 - Benita Hewitt, Director of 9 Dot Research: Understanding faith Journeys

3.00pm Plenary 2 – The Rt Revd Alison White, Bishop of Hull and the Rt Revd Beverley Mason, Bishop of Warrington: What makes friendship?

3.55 pm Plenary 3 - Revd Joe Moffatt: In their shoes; finding out what people really experience

4.20pm Break

4.50pm Workshops 1 – seven choices

5.50pm Break and access to rooms

6.45pm Supper

8.00pm Plenary 3 – Sandra Millar: From stranger to friend

8.30pm Plenary 4 – Claire Reed: A creative journey to belonging

9.15pm Finish and bar open plus the virtual fireworks display

Day 2: November 6th

7.45 am Informal ‘Fresh Expression’ Eucharist

9.15am Welcome and reflections so far

9.25am Plenary 5: Nigel Genders: Growing faith

10.15am Plenary 6: Dave Male: Evangelism, discipleship and faith journeys

11.00am Break

11.30am Workshops 2

12.35pm Final gathering with Dave Male/Sandra Millar and panel

1.15pm Lunch and depart

Workshop choices:

1. What do people really think of us? Benita Hewitt from 9:dot research will help explore how a local church can do some small-scale research to find out what those who come are really experiencing.

2. Using creative arts to explore belonging: Claire Reed, a creative artist, will lead a workshop exploring how approaching belonging in new ways can lead to a new experience of faith.

3. Inclusive communities: Simon Culley will lead a special workshop on what it means to create more inclusive, welcoming and safe faith communities.

4. Fresh welcome, fresh expression: Heather Cracknell and Ed Olsworth-Peter, exploring what we can learn from Fresh Expressions about engaging with those who find church very strange.

5. Dementia friendly church - Su Parker, Places of Welcome facilitator in the Black Country, will help churches think about how to extend welcome to those with dementia and their carers.

6. Children, families and church: Mary Hawes, National Going for Growth Adviser will talk about how we help and support families who join church.

7. Weddings and faith journeys: Revd Suzie Fryer will explore the long history of research that shows how the responding to a wedding date request can be the beginning of a relationship with God and God’s people.

8. From school to church to home: Nigel Genders, Director of Education, will explore how meeting parents through school can lead to a faith journey.

9. Volunteers and faith journeys: Stephanie Denning from Coventry University will draw on her research to help think about how getting involved shapes belonging and discipleship, particularly around social justice and food banks.

10. It’s just Sunday: Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events will help us explore further about the welcome we give at worship and other events in the ordinary life of the church

11. Food, glorious food: Hannah Rich from Theos will consider the importance of food and hospitality in enabling people to feel welcome and engaged with church and faith

12. Bereavement and loss and spiritual questions: Yvonne Tulloch of Loss and Hope will share ways in which church can be a place of refuge and welcome for those who experience loss.

13. Life event, faith journey: Sandra Millar, Head of Life Events, will help us think about what can happen when special moments interact with faith journeys.

14. Facebook groups and social media: Speaker tbc. How does social media play a part in helping people belong to church or faith community?

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