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Church of England Vision Webinar SERIES


The Church of England are holding  a series of webinars that will explore what it means to be a church that is centred on Jesus Christ and shaped by Jesus Christ – a church that is simpler, humbler, bolder.

“Our vision for being a Jesus Christ centred and Jesus Christ shaped Church will help us focus on what truly matters: the Christ like life of prayer; our worship and our service; the proclamation of God’s good purposes for the world; and how all this is fed and nurtured by word and sacrament, and by our own humble acknowledgment of our need of God’s grace, so that, together, we can build a better, more hopeful future.”
Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell – General Synod, February 2021.
Click here to read full address.

Click here to find out more about the  Church of England vision and strategy for 2020s.

Forthcoming webinars in this series:

  • 11th November at 1pm: looking more closely at the theological work that has been developed to underpin the the Vision and Strategy work. With The Most Revd Stephen Cottrell, Revd Prebendary Dr Isabelle Hamley and others.
    Click here to register.

Webinar 20th October, 2021 – What does it really mean to be a church where mixed ecology is the norm?

On 20th October, Revd Canon David Male (Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England) and panel members held a webinar focussing on what it means to be a church where mixed ecology is the norm. This webinar asked how can each parish or benefice prayerfully discern what new thing God might be calling them to do to serve the community they represent and heard about the experiences of our panel as well as engaging with audience questions. Panellists included Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich and Mike Haslam, Chaplaincy Development Adviser.

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here.

Webinar 27th September, 2021 – Rural Parishes Focus

On 27th September, Revd Canon David Male (Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England) and panel members held a webinar focussing on rural parishes. This webinar brought together stories and experiences of rural ministry and explored how the priorities laid out in the CofE vision for the 2020s might impact on rural parishes and benefices. 

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here.

Webinar 30th June, 2021 – A Church that is simpler, humbler, bolder

On 30th June, Revd Canon David Male (Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England) and panel members held a webinar focussing on being a church that is simpler, humbler and bolder and answering any outstanding questions collected in other webinars.

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here.

Webinar 15th June, 2021 – A church that is younger and diverse

On 15th June, Revd Canon David Male (Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England) and panel members held a webinar focussing on the strategic priority to be a church that is younger and more diverse.

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here.

Webinar 25th May, 2021 – A church of missionary disciples

On 25th May, Revd Canon David Male (Director of Evangelism and Discipleship for the Church of England) and panel members held a webinar focussing on the strategic priority to be a church of missionary disciples.

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here. You can toggle the view between Gallery and Speaker view should you need to view the BSL interpreter.

Webinar 26th April, 2021 – A church where mixed ecology is the norm

On 26th April, Archbishop Stephen Cottrell and panel members held a webinar focussing on the strategic priority to be a church where the mixed ecology of many forms of church is the norm.

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here. You can toggle the view between Gallery and Speaker view should you need to view the BSL interpreter.

Webinar 25th March, 2021 – Introducing the vision and the three strategic priorities

On 25th March, Archbishop Stephen Cottrell and panel members held a webinar to find out more about the emerging vision and strategic priorities for the Church for the next decade.

If you missed the webinar, you can view it here. You can toggle the view between Gallery and Speaker view should you need to view the BSL interpreter.

“Identity” Course from Holy Trinity, Richmond

‘Identity’ is a three week course exploring who we are in Christ. Come and think about our identity, what it is now, what it ought to be and what God wants to transform us into. The course is open to everyone whatever their age or experience, and whether they would call themselves Christians or not.

The course will run on Tuesday evenings on 9th, 16th and 23rd November from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. You can join the course in person at Holy Trinity, Richmond, or online via Zoom.

Click here to sign up. You can change whether you would like to be in person or online during the course, but it would be helpful for Holy Trinity to know which you would prefer to begin the course.

Living in Love and Faith Course

How do questions about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage fit within the bigger picture of the good news of Jesus Christ?
What does it mean to live in love and faith together as a Church?

The Living in Love and Faith project is the Church of England’s national process asking individuals, parishes, deaneries and communities to reflect on matters related to sexuality, gender and relationships.

Find out more about Living in Love and Faith
Living in Love and Faith podcast

The Deanery is running the Living in Love and Faith course which aims to help us think more deeply about what it means to be human and about how to live in love and faith. This five week course covers the following topics and is available via Zoom or in person at St Mary Magdalene, Church Walk, Richmond:

  • Session 1 Learning Together
    What does it mean to learn together as followers of Jesus Christ?
  • 2:30 – 4pm, Sunday 24th October at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond.
    7:30 – 9pm, Wednesday 27th October via Zoom
  • Session 2 Identity
    How does our identity in Christ relate to sex and gender?
  • 2:30 – 4pm, Sunday 31st October at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond.
    7:30 – 9pm, Wednesday 3rd November via Zoom
  • Session 3 Relationships
    What kinds of relationships does God call us to?
  • 2:30 – 4pm, Sunday 7th November at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond.
    7:30 – 9pm, Wednesday 10th November via Zoom
  • Session 4 Sex
    Where do our bodies and sex fit in to all of this?
  • 2:30 – 4pm, Sunday 14th November at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond.
    7:30 – 9pm, Wednesday 17th November via Zoom
  • Session 5 Life together
    How do diversity and difference affect our life together as a church?
  • 2:30 – 4pm, Sunday 21st November at St Mary Magdalene, Richmond.
    7:30 – 9pm, Wednesday 24th November via Zoom

You can mix and match between Zoom and in-person sessions. Please email deanerysynod@gmail.com for the Zoom link but there’s no need to book ahead for the in-person sessions.

ECO Day at St Matthias, Saturday 2nd October

Dr Martin Hodson and Revd Margot Hodson from the John Ray Initiative in Oxford (www.jri.org.uk) share their expertise and learning through a day of free workshops, lectures and hands-on experiences to help us learn more about conservation and how we might play our part to reverse the negative impact of climate change on our environment and on those least able to cope. There will be activities for adults and children. The day is designed so that people can come and go as they wish so you do not need to stay for the whole day. Visit www.richmondteamministry.org/eco-day-2021 for more details and see below for a timetable of the day

ECO-Day-Outline-2-Oct-2021

Young Voices from Israel-Palestine

Richmond Inter Faith Forum invites people from Richmond, Kingston, Hounslow, Wandsworth, Merton and neighbouring areas, from every religion or belief background – including the non-religious – to join them for “Young Voices from Israel-Palestine” on Monday 4th October at 7pm.

This rare opportunity to hear and interact directly with young people in the region from Palestinian and Israeli backgrounds will be led by “Solutions not Sides”, a charity aiming to tackle antisemitism, anti-Muslim prejudice and polarisation around the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the UK.

Register at https://riff-young-voices-israel-palestine.eventbrite.co.uk. Registrants will receive the Zoom link at least 24 hours before the event.

Zoom Ephesians Study Group from St Mary, Barnes

St Mary’s, Barnes, are running a series of  Zoom study groups on the Letter to the Ephesians, 6-7pm each Monday from 7th June to 5th July.

The theme has been chosen as it seems apt for this moment in time:
* an inspiring spirituality to help us in this new season
* a profound sense of God’s gift to us of peace and grace in Christ
* teaching on how to live together with others in community, using the gifts of the Spirit

If you would like to take part email Rev James Hutchings revdjames@stmarybarnes.org

Loving Others Course from Holy Trinity Richmond

The phrase ‘pastoral care’ can be very confusing. Just what is ‘pastoral care’? How is it different from any other kind of care? Who gets involved in pastoral care, and who doesn’t? It can all seem rather overwhelming and something that church staff do, so perhaps we should just leave it to them…

But pastoral care is the joy and privilege of every Christian and something that Jesus calls us to be involved with. This four week course is intended to break some of the misconceptions of pastoral care, encourage us to get involved and give some very practical advice on how to care for one another with the love of God. The course runs for four weeks on Thursday evenings, 6, 13, 20, 27 May, from 8pm to 9pm on Zoom. Each evening will consist of some teaching, discussion in small groups and whole group feedback. We would love everyone to be part of the course so if you don’t feel comfortable speaking or sharing via Zoom, don’t let that put you off. You will not be asked to do anything you are not comfortable with.

Anyone is welcome to join in with the course even if you don’t feel you are involved in church ‘leadership’ at the moment. You will get the most out of this course if you can attend all four weeks. However, if you need to miss a week there will be some course materials you can access.

You will need to register for the course so we can send you the relevant Zoom information and course materials. To register click here.

Marking Rev Nigel Worn’s Retirement

Rev Nigel Worn will be retiring at Pentecost after twenty years as vicar of St Anne’s, Kew. Please join the livestream from St Anne’s, 6pm, Sunday 25th April, for an Evening in Conversation with Father Nigel as he looks forward to his retirement.  (Click here to watch).

During Lent, St Anne’s made a series of podcasts with members of their congregation who spoke about how faith has made a difference to their lives. The series ended with Father Nigel reflecting on faith, ministry and the joys of countryside life:

Unity against Loneliness Event 26th April

Richmond Inter Faith Forum invites people from Richmond, Kingston, Hounslow and neighbouring areas – especially those from minority and refugee backgrounds – to join this online event. It follows the successful “Unity in Crisis” event last November.

As we look forward to the end of lockdown, “Unity against Loneliness” provides a unique opportunity for local people from different religion or belief backgrounds (including the non-religious) to consider a subject that can affect anyone, and is so often invisible to everyone else.

What is loneliness? (It’s not as obvious as you might think.) How do we experience it? What steps can we take to alleviate it?

For more details and to register for the event visit https://unityagainstloneliness.eventbrite.co.uk

Everyone living in south west London is welcome.

Poetry Workshops at St Mary’s Barnes

St. Mary’s, Barnes is collecting poems that have helped individuals through lockdown and through times of difficulty. They would like to share these poems with each other through a series of informal poetry workshops on Zoom. If you have a poem which is special to you and which could help others who are experiencing challenging times, please join them.

The Zoom workshops will take place
on Mondays 19th and 26th April at 6pm.
To register, please send your choice of poem to: catherine.putz@googlemail.com

At the workshop we will read each other our special poems and discuss the aspects of the writing which appeal to us. Afterwards, our poems will be written on cards to be issued to those who would benefit from them, and printed on laminated, decorated sheets kept in church for
our visitors to enjoy.