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November 2014


Imagining the Kingdom: A Introductory Guide to Orthodox Liturgy

Sat 29 November 2014, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The tradition of prayer in the Orthodox tradition is ancient and yet full of surprises for a modern western Christian. The aim of this day is to explore both the vision and practice of worship in Orthodox liturgy and in so doing to help re-imagine the role of worship in our local settings. The day will include a guided participation in the Divine Liturgy (eucharist) of John Chrysostom in the Chapel at Sarum College together with teaching and reflection on… Read more

March 2015


The Passion According to J.S. Bach

Thu 5 March 2015, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Bach’s revised 1736 score of the St Matthew Passion begins: Passionis D.N.J.C. secundum Matthaum – The Passion of O(ur) L(ord) J(esus) C(hrist) according to Matthew. Those attending a performance of the St John Passion or St Matthew Passion, however, may well feel that what they are hearing is ‘the Passion according to Bach.’ As an interpreter of the Passion, Bach brings profound insights to a narrative we thought we knew, and through his music enables us to engage with it in… Read more

May 2015


Taizé: Liturgical Wisdom for the Church

Wed 6 May 2015, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
In 1940 Roger Schutz (or Brother Roger as he became known) a son of a Swiss Reformed pastor, travelled to Taizé, a village in the Burgundy region of France, and founded a religious community in war-torn Europe. As a way of marking the community’s 75th anniversary this study day provides an opportunity to reflect upon and discuss the legacy of prayer at Taizé. It will explore how public prayer at Taizé has been shaped by the ethos of the community… Read more

June 2015


Leading Intercessions

Tue 16 June 2015, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Intercession is the heartbeat of the Church, yet our regular experience of public prayer can lose sight of this. Furthermore, we live in an era when the very act of prayer is hard work; George Guiver goes so far as to liken the effort thus involved to ‘striking a match underwater’! The aim of this day is to help overcome inertia in the practice of intercessory prayer by reclaiming the theological foundations of intercession. It will address some of the… Read more

February 2016


Worship for Today’s Church: Nurturing Local Liturgical Leadership

Tue 2 February 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Increasingly the church is encouraging a broad range of people to develop their knowledge of liturgy, hone their practical skills, and grow in confidence in leading worship. Published by Church House Publishing, the Worship 4 Today course has been used to train worship leaders and musicians for the past nine years in Sheffield Diocese and beyond. It has been recognised nationally and internationally as a valuable training tool. Its vision is to inspire and refresh all those who are called… Read more

May 2016

Singing the Faith: The Power and Potential of Hymns

Fri 6 May 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
‘Let me write the hymns of the Church and I care not who writes the theology,’ wrote a Congregational Minister in the nineteenth century. Both in England and across the world, hymns give a voice to people in the pew and it is through this lens that their development and potential, both inside and outside the church, will be explored, through words and singing, during the day. We will sing hymns from the early church, reflect on their role at… Read more

June 2016

What Makes Worship Distinctly Anglican in a World of Liturgical Change?

Tue 14 June 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Church of England worship has gone through fifty years of change. It has moved from uniformity of worship with the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, through experimental services and alternative services to Common Worship, which is itself an invitation to embrace variety, diversity and spontaneity. English Anglicans have adopted words, symbols and styles from other denominations, other Anglican provinces and from Emerging Church worship. Yet is there still a series of principles and practices that are distinctly characteristic of Anglican… Read more

September 2016

Cloud of Witnesses: Liturgical Celebration for All Saints and All Souls

Fri 9 September 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The final weeks of the Church’s year are generally known as All Saint’s-tide, which includes the Feast itself, and its ‘sister’ Feast of All Souls. Reflection on death, resurrection, remembrance and a growing awareness of the communion of saints characterise this period of the year. Participants will consider liturgical texts, such as Common Worship ‘Times and Seasons’, and encouraged to explore ways in which symbols, movement, music and scripture can enrich our celebration of the “life of the world to… Read more

June 2017

Bach and Resurrection

Wed 14 June 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
While it is understandable that J. S. Bach’s two great Passion settings, the St John Passion (1724) and St Matthew Passion (1727) feature prominently in Holy Week, it is a pity that we rarely go on to focus on Bach’s music for what came next – Easter. Though, in Lutheran Leipzig, Easter Sunday was overshadowed liturgically by Good Friday, nevertheless Bach provided music of profound quality and insight for not only for Easter Sunday itself, but also for the two… Read more

November 2017

Liturgy With Older People

Tue 21 November 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Although many churches now have all-age worship, these are often aimed at making the service accessible to younger people present rather than ensuring that everybody can participate and benefit. All too often it is assumed that if concessions have to be made, these must be made by older people. The view seems to be that all other worship is designed for older people so they have no need of special attention. As a result older people may well feel that… Read more

February 2018

Embodying Forgiveness: The Practice of Reconciliation in Worship

Fri 9 February 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
As the Archbishop of Canterbury regularly reminds us, Christian ministry springs from God reconciling the world to himself in Christ. The aim of this course is to explore how this ministry and its theological rationale are expressed in worship. A biblical and liturgical case for the importance of reconciliation will be made. Drawing upon the liturgical provision of the Church of England the reach, variety and possibilities of practicing reconciliation in worship will be demonstrated. Poised close to the beginning… Read more

June 2018

Concluding the 1st World War Centenary: Liturgical Resources and Perspectives

Fri 8 June 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
As the 1st World War Centenary draws to a close, this course aims to gather experience, disseminate research work, and prepare for the liturgical events of Armistice Day 2018. In taking stock of the impact of the commemorations participants will have the opportunity to share ‘good news’ stories of local projects or liturgical events in which they have been involved. The tutors will present the findings of their innovative research on the 1st World War, Maureen Penrose on the hugely varied… Read more

October 2018

In Flight with the Wild Goose: Worship and Resources from the Iona Community

Tue 16 October 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Iona Community is widely known for its distinctive worship style, associated either with Wild Goose Publications or the influential figure of John Bell. This course, led by two former Resident Musicians of Iona Abbey, will explore the appeal of Iona and provide guidance on how a local church could use the worship resources including songs for choirs and congregations, separate liturgies and liturgical resources to integrate into your regular worship pattern. A day that caters for those already familiar… Read more

May 2019

Pastoral Liturgy Day: A Fresh Approach to the Art of Leading Worship

Thu 9 May 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
In recent years leadership has become the buzz word in church conversations about renewing patterns of ministry, to the extent that effective leadership is regarded by some as the panacea for declining congregations. Curiously absent from these discussions is a serious consideration of the vital role liturgical leadership has to play in the local church, or what lessons we can learn from wider contemporary understandings of leadership. This course is designed to help anyone involved in leading worship rediscover the… Read more

September 2019

Pastoral Liturgy Day: Finding Our Voice in Advent

Fri 27 September 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The season of Advent is experienced as a paradox. Its themes of waiting and longing are competing with the powerful commercial pressures that accelerate the arrival of Christmas. Yet it has unparalleled opportunities: it marks the time when many people in our local communities make their annual visit to church. The day will explore the range of liturgical opportunities for marking the season of Advent. We will consider how the spiritual themes of Advent can connect with our hopes and… Read more

February 2020

Pastoral Liturgy Day: Guard us Sleeping: Praying at Night

Tue 4 February 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The course explores how Compline provides a means of prayer for an age that is increasingly concerned about sleep. Participants will be introduced to the history and liturgical forms of Compline, the most recent work on the theology of sleep, and a variety of practical ideas on how Compline can be used in a local church setting. Opportunity will be given for discussion and sharing in the experience of prayer at night. Ideal for those with pastoral and liturgical responsibility… Read more

November 2020

Liturgy as Pastoral Care: Lockdown and Beyond

Tue 10 November 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Through a mixture of liturgical theology and the sharing of pastoral practice, we will consider the ways in which the regular, routine worship of our church, as well as the distinctly ‘pastoral’ Offices, can be transformative in the lives of both regular churchgoers and those whom we meet in our pastoral ministry. When this course was originally conceived a year ago, we were already convinced that our regular, routine liturgical life has the potential to transform the lives of those… Read more
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