ALM: Continuing Development

Called to follow, called to serve

Saturday June 13, 2020, 10.00am – 3.00pm
The Old Palace

Attending to our personal discipleship as a foundation for ministry.

Bishop Robert Paterson will lead this day of reflection and exploration for Authorised Lay Ministers. In the pages of the gospels, and today, Jesus first calls disciples: people who will spend time with him, listen to him, and learn from him. Part of what they learn is how to serve others, and how to engage in ministry and mission, from watching and listening to him.

All of us who are called to ministries in the church need to remember our first calling to be disciples: to spend time with, listen to, and learn from, Jesus. What does discipleship look like in today’s world and church? What does it mean to follow Jesus today, and how does this calling underpin, strengthen and resources us for ministry?


Self-knowledge and the life of faith

Tuesday 17 November, 7.30pm – 9.00pm
The Old Palace

O God, you search me and you know me

In ministry, it's not just what we do that matters, but who we are. God knows, understands, and loves us through and through. This evening event will explore, biblically and practically, growth in our own self-knowledge. Is it important? If so, why? What options might there be for increasing in self-knowledge?

Jonathan Kimber, Director of Ministry and Discipleship, will lead this session aimed at helping us become more self-aware reflective practitioners.


Prayer book of the Bible

Thursday 11 March 2021, 7.30pm – 9.00pm
The Old Palace

Exploring how the psalms enrich our prayer life.

The Psalms are the book of the Old Testament most often quoted in the New Testament. They have formed the backbone of Christian daily prayer since at least the fourth century. They have been central to Anglican Matins and Evensong, and continue to be used today, although much less than they have been in the past. The psalms embrace a range of human emotions, including those we normally don’t make much room for in church. Lament and depression sit alongside joy and thankfulness. Among the many psalms of blessing there are also psalms with curses. How do we make best use of these ancient poems and prayers today? How can they enrich our life of prayer, and help us grow in the depth of our faith and understanding.

Doug Chaplin will lead this evening reflection on the place of the psalms in scripture, their use in the life of the church, and the ways in which they can help us pray today.



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