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Meetings 2008



Unless otherwise indicated, the following details all apply to these meetings:

  • There is no charge.
  • The meeting runs from 12 noon and finishes at 2 pm.
  • Coffee is provided at the start, but please bring your own packed lunch.

If you would like to suggest a subject or speaker for one of these seminars, please get in touch with us. Thank you.


6 March 2008 "Hope 08 Networking Lunch"

Led by Stewart North of Ebenezer Church and Tim Dobson of Woodlands Christian Centre, Joshua Trust and Muller Foundation. Please note the time will be from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

Please note the venue: Woodlands Christian Centre, Belgrave Rd, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2AA

How can we make effective connections working together as Churches in the Bristol area?

22 May 2008 "Resourcing Family Work"

Led by Richard Hardy from Care for the Family, the meeting will take place in the Woodlands Crypt and will run from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

Please note the venue: Woodlands Christian Centre, Belgrave Rd, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2AA

This semiar will be of interest to all involved in family work and will be an opportunity to network and ask questions of other organisations working in the Bristol area.

Tuesday 10 June 2008 and
Saturday 21 June "Hope08"

This event will run on two dates:

  • Tuesday 10 June, 9.15am - 12.30: Trinity College, Stoke Hill, Bristol, BS9 1JP
  • Saturday 21 June 9.15am - 12.30: The Crypt, Christ Church Clifton

Cost £5 to cover expenses.

Run by David Maggs (Churches Council for Industry and Social Responsibility) and Caroline Virgo (Hopes Place).

Community mission is the active involvement of Christians in their communities, living God's Kingdom through addressing the needs around us. There are already many community action initiatives in Bristol but the potential exists both for more and for better linking of those that there are. These mornings will look at what is necessary to set up a social action project within a Christian framework. They will also provide an opportunity for those already engaged in social action ventures to reflect on their activities and to network with other organisations.

Programme for both days:

9.30 Arrival and coffee

9.45 A brief theology of Christian involvement in social action

10.15 - 11.00 Understanding your community and its needs - a practical session looking at the techniques of community survey and the design of a social action project, potential partners

11.00 - 11.15 Coffee

11.15 - 12.00 Practical requirements for a social action project

12.00 - 12.30 Developing your project

12.30 - 12.45 Feedback and close

For further information, please email admin@hopesplace.org.uk or telephone 0117 968 6303.

10 July 2008 "Getting Men to come to Church"

Led by Glynn Harrison, a Lay Minister at Christ Church, Clifton and a Professor of Psychiatry at Bristol University.

CET and BCAN invite all Church Leaders, homegroup, activity & Christian organisation leaders to a co-sponsored Leaders' Seminar on Thursday 10 July, 10:30 am - 1:00 pm about reaching men. 'Adam where art thou: getting men to come to Church'.

The seminar will be at Woodlands, Belgrave Rd, BS8 2AA (near Clifton Down shopping centre car park). It will be a fascinating and stimulating seminar for men and women from many different churches. The cost is £5 (includes coffee) payable on the door. Please email in advance to robscottcook@blueyonder.co.uk

Glynn is a Lay Minister at Christ Church, Clifton a Professor of Psychiatry at Bristol University and a practising clinician. He has developed both an academic and a practical interest in the concept of 'masculine spirituality', and has spoken at various men's events and seminars. He will overview the challenging research data on men's involvement in Christian Churches and share some ideas on one of the most critical issues facing Churches today.

23 October 2008 "Surviving the Credit Crunch" (Cancelled)

Apologies: we have had to cancel this event.

6 November 2008 "Every Person Matters: Re-imagining Church" with Steve Chalke

This is being run in association with the George Muller Foundation. The event is free to the Muller Partnership churches. For everyone else, the cost will be £5, but you will need to book in advance. Please contact Phil Thomas at Muller House, 7 Cotham Park, Bristol, BS6 6DA or ring him on 0117 924 5001.

15 November 2008 "Mental Health and Spirituality"

The key-note speaker is Professor Glynn Harrison.

The event will run from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at St Mary's, Shirehampton. The cost will be £25, which includes a lunch.

Please register in advance by returning a booking form and cheque to Hope's Place, or sending an email to Kate Virgo.

12 February 2009 "Networking and Lunch"

"Releasing the People of God."


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