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Lay Funeral Ministry Pilot Course: Part 2 – Funerals and the Bereaved


Saturday, 27 January 2018 from 09:30 to 12:30 (GMT)

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LLM - Saturday 27th January, 2018 24 Jan 2018 Free £0.00
Other interested learner - Saturday 27th Janaury, 2018 24 Jan 2018 £15.00 £0.00

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Please note two things:


Firstly, that there are two part to this course which allows you to attend one or both sessions, depending on your requirements. 

 Secondly that these days are part of a wider process leading towards possible authorisation as a Church of England Funeral Minster within the Diocese of Oxford which include the person concerned having the approval of their incumbent, a PCC resolution expressing support for the person to engage in this ministry, a policy on pastoral issues agreed by PCC and incumbent, appropriate DBS checks and Safeguarding Training for the person, and the person having completed either a diocesan recognised local pastoral care course or a diocesan-provided course, including at least one assignment.   

Introduction to Funeral Ministry – Part I:

Dying, death and loss (Saturday 2nd December, 2017 - 9.30am -  12.30pm )  

  Where we will: 

  • Reflect on how expressions of dying and death have changed over time, including    contemporary culture.

  • Consider the church’s understanding of death, drawing on material from the bible, the Christian tradition and Common Worship.

  • Explore how death fits into Christian theology.  

Introduction to Funeral Ministry – Part II:

Funerals and the Bereaved (Saturday 27th January, 2018 - 9.30am -  12.30pm )

 Where we will:  

·    Learn the key skills required for officiating at funerals. 

·    Understand the role of other professionals, including Funeral Directors, at funerals.

·    Gain an appreciation of appropriate use of liturgies

·    Consider how funerals are embedded into parish life.

·    Explore the needs of the bereaved, as they relate to the funeral service.

·    Reflect on the meaning of this work for us

·    Look at resources appropriate for this type of work, including the online and paper resources from the Archbishops’ Council Life Events team.

 Both parts of the course take place at The Fitzwilliam Centre, Windsor End, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JW  from 9.30am to 12.30pm.  The  Course Tutors  for both parts of the course are  The Reverend Jeremy Brooks, Team Rector of Beaconsfield and The Reverend Charles Chadwick - Parish Development Adviser - Diocese of Oxford.


The cost of each session is £15

Do you have questions about Lay Funeral Ministry Pilot Course: Part 2 – Funerals and the Bereaved? Contact THE DIOCESE OF OXFORD

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When & Where

The Fitzwilliam Centre
Windsor End
United Kingdom

Saturday, 27 January 2018 from 09:30 to 12:30 (GMT)

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Who are these courses for?

These courses are for those training as Licensed Lay Ministers or for ordination, and also a growing number of people with a passion to simply learn more about their faith, about God and our place in his world.   


What level?  Will I cope?

You don’t need qualifications or prior experience to get the most from these courses.  While we do provide a more structured learning environment than is possible in a local church, sessions are pitched at a level well within the grasp of most adult learners.   Level 4 courses are introductory and assume no prior knowledge.  Level 5 is more ‘intermediate’ and assumes some prior learning or experience at Level 4.  Saturday courses often cover more practical areas of ministry and can be good taster sessions for other courses.


Will I need to do any assignments?  Is there any homework?

While assessed work is compulsory for Ordinands and LLMs in training, there is no pressure for other ‘interested learners’ to do marked assignments.  Some sessions involve an element of preparation but we do understand that life is busy and not everyone enjoys independent study.  


Validation and awards

Our evening courses are delivered as part of the national Common Awards programme validated by Durham University.  So should you opt for assessed work and wish to take things a step further, it is possible to work towards a formal ‘Certificate of Higher Education’ in Theology, Mission and Ministry from Durham.  Please ask about this if you are interested.


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