Thursday, 13 June 2013


Inspiring Christian Community Engagement   Saturday 22 June   10.30am - 3.45pm

Lady Mannners School, Bakewell.
This event will bring together lay and clergy people from across the Diocese to learn and share stories of local community engagement. It’s not going to be giving simple answers to complicated questions, rather it’s an opportunity to hear ideas and reflect with others on what we do in our churches and why. The day will include input from people from our Diocese who have agreed to share from their experience. I hope and pray that the people who participate will leave encouraged and more able to be imaginative about their own church or churches mission and ministry. We are working with a national mission resourcing organisation called HOPE and will offer each parish a free copy of their resource ‘HOPE-The Heartbeat of Mission’. Many of our churches are significant in the services they offer to members of the local community and we want to support and celebrate this mission and ministry during the day.
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Please see below for a list of workshops which will be available on the day:

1. Community mission and learning disability: how to welcome and engage spiritually with adults with learning disability.  Pete Winmill, Assistant Director of Ministry, Prospects for People with Learning Disabilities
Pete Winmill works for Prospects a national Christian Charity which supports churches in their mission outreach, discipleship and inclusion of people with learning disabilities.  He believes if we make our services accessible to people with learning disabilities they become accessible to all.

2. Leading in society:  Simon Cartwright
This workshop looks at the role of priest, chaplain, community development worker, working in partnership, influencing policy and campaigning. It will give you a chance to reflect on your approach in community engagement with insights from an experienced practitioner. Simon is a priest and employed in Derby Diocese as a Community Minister in Normanton, Derby. This workshop will involve presentation and the opportunity for discussion.

3. Schools, a place for mission?  Dave Channon
Dave Channon is Director of the Derby Diocese Board of Education. He has a particular responsibility for ensuring the delivery of advice, support and training for 110 church schools in the Diocese and for children’s and youth work in the parishes. This workshop will be a presentation including discussion.

4. Changing the atmosphere with Environment group members Graham Truscott, John Beardmore, Richard Henderson-Smith, Terry Thake and Rosy Townsend
Terry is the Diocesan Environment Officer and all his fellow contributors are part of the ecumenical Environment group. This workshop will be an interactive session and a chance for you to reflect on your engagement within environmental justice.

5. Taking music into the community: Singing for the brain/ choir on wheels with Hazel Platt and Eileen Balch; Mark Powell and Aileen Dixon.
Hazel and Eileen are from Walton (Singing for the brain reg. The Alzheimer’s Society) and Walton Charis group members. With Mark Powell (priest in Melbourne representing the new Singing for the Brain group in Melbourne) and Aileen Dixon (The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support worker for South Derbyshire).  In this interactive workshop the Walton group will describe, demonstrate and encourage you to sample how they engage people with dementia and/or life limiting illness through music. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

6. ‘Engaging with children and families in small rural churches’ Andy Larkin:  and ’Engaging with a need for developing resources for local children starting with the Children’s Society Good Childhood Conversation’. Janet Quick.   Facilitator Tony Kaunhoven, Rural Dean of  Bakewell.
In this workshop you will be able to hear how Andy, priest in Ashbourne Deanery, started up children’s work in the villages where he ministers and how Janet, curate in New Whittington, and her colleagues consulted and then developed what is offered to local children. This may be a valuable workshop for people from smaller rural churches.

7. Experience messy church: Chris Rees, Diocesan portfolio holder for Messy Church. An example of local fresh expression shared by an experienced practitioner and trainer, Chris Rees. This workshop will be offered so you can experience messy church for yourself and not just hear a presentation about it. It may therefore BE MESSY.

8. Occasional offices – a mission opportunity? Lee Townend: Diocesan Church Growth Officer. Lee will share 15 quick, practical ideas to use at funerals, weddings and christenings to help your church grow.

9. Engaging with older people: a lunch club and a holiday club. With Mike Tye St Albans, Holmewood lunch club and Nanette Sanderson, St Thomas’s Rendevous an older peoples holiday club. Few of our churches describe their activity with older people as fresh expressions or think of it as ground breaking community activity so come to this workshop to hear from 2 group leaders whose work has been recognised for their quality and innovation - facilitator Alun Rowlands, curate in Mickleover.

10. Engaging with children and young families: led by Sara Brown, Diocesan Children’s adviser: with Linda Carter (Allestree Holiday Club) and Ruth Attwood (Repton Open the Book). There is a wealth of knowledge and experience about engaging with children available from these workshop leaders. This workshop is useful for people who want to develop or refresh their engagement of children and young families. Linda and Ruth will describe their experience of engaging children through Holiday Clubs and Open the Book and Sara will share a number of other relevant ideas as well as leading a discussion and an opportunity to answer your questions.

11. Terrifying Teenagers: Lindsay Pearson. Lindsey is a former inner city secondary school teacher and now works for Illuminate as a schools worker in Littleover paid by the local churches. She loves teenagers and wants to see the church engage with them. This workshop is aimed at people who are developing or interested in developing their work with teenagers.  Facilitator- Geraldine Pond (tbc)

12. Food glorious food: Engaging through hospitality, Kara Werner, Team Vicar Wirksworth team - Soup and Surprise, Wirksworth, Sian Benson- Manager at St Thomas’s café, Chesterfield and Norman Thomas and Trisha Eaton, Project Manager and Project Assistant at Long Eaton Foodbank. Facilitator Gareth Greenwood, Diocesan Community Project Development Officer.

A number of people are contributing to workshops and because of the voluntary nature of this contribution and because peoples circumstances may change we could find the need to amend this list nearer to the event in which case if it effects your choice you will be informed.