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19 - 23 June 2017 and 31 July - 4 August 2017

Book early - only 75 places available for each week.


June Summer School (19 to 23 June)

  • Theology stream – ‘Introduction to Theology’.  Led by Dr Ben Pugh, this exciting stream starts by asking ‘What is Theology?’, then offers an overview of the major theological themes, and is an excellent study course which got rave reviews in 2016!
  • Mission stream – ‘Vocation and Mission: new forms of chaplaincy’.  Led by Matthew Reed and team, this popular course explores what chaplaincy can offer in terms of the mission of the Church, explores the calling of the chaplain and new models of chaplaincy and reflects on the art of listening.
  • Discipleship stream – ‘Discipleship – Different Perspectives on Following Jesus’.  Led by Tony Moodie, Tim Woolley & Edel McClean, the course will explore what it means to follow Jesus through the lens of some key figures past and present.  Bringing in different perspectives and understandings, you will be challenged to follow in a deeper and fresher way.


August Summer School (31 July to 4 August) - a fast-track Worship: Leading & Preaching stream

  • Bible stream – ‘Encounters with the Word’.  Led by Dr Kirsi Cobb and Dr Ed Mackenzie, this ever popular stream offers an overview of the Bible, exploring Old and New Testament writing, how we read the Bible through genre, theme and text, and what it means to handle the Bible historically and contextually.  A real must!
  • Spirituality stream – ‘In His footsteps – a Guided retreat’.  Led by Deacon Lynne Tonge, the Cliff College chaplain, this brand new stream will allow participants to explore their relationship with God through scripture, prayer, silence, self and community.  There will be times together and times apart all facilitated by Lynne and her team.
  • Worship streams – ‘Worship: Leading and Preaching’.  Led by a team from the Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network of the Methodist Church, there will be two streams covering Modules 1 & 2 and Modules 3 & 4 respectively of the Methodist training course for Worship Leaders and Preachers.  After the success of last year’s Summer School, these will provide an opportunity within the community of the Summer School to share the “Explore” sections of these modules with others from around the Methodist Connexion.  Whilst tailored specifically for those currently training as Worship Leaders and Preachers in the Methodist Church, these streams would be of value to anyone already serving as a preacher or leader of worship or exploring a call to be involved in the worship life of the people of God.


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