During the recent lockdowns, many churches and cathedrals rose to the significant challenge of meeting the spiritual and pastoral needs of those who worship with them by moving worship online and live streaming.
Sarum College Principal James Woodward is among the speakers on a free GoHealth workshop to support church leaders as they navigate the pandemic and anticipate the winter, adapting worship and pastoral ministry to this new phase life.
The workshop will explore what church worship and the healing potential of ministry looks like as we emerge from lockdown and have a blended approach of an online and offline communities. With expert input from a range of specialists, we will together consider the opportunities of the hybrid church to offer hope and healing to our traumatised communities. We will also explore how our churches can learn from the digital world and the communities themselves in order to grow the Kingdom in the world we find ourselves in today.
The Revd Canon Professor James Woodward – Since 2015, James has been Principal of Sarum College after seven years as Canon of St George’s Chapel Windsor. As a practical theologian James has focused particularly on areas of health and healing, old age, the practice of theological reflection, and end of life care. In 30 years of ministerial experience James has worked in a range of contexts, including health care chaplaincy and rural ministry, where he has consistently delivered sustainable growth and development in thinking and practice. As a theological educator James has taught in the Universities of Birmingham, Warwick, and Cardiff; and in writing and delivering distance learning materials for part-time students through The Open University.
The Revd. Alan Gyle – Alan is the twelfth vicar of St Paul’s Knightsbridge. A Scotsman by birth, he studied music in Scotland, later reading theology at Oxford. He was ordained in St Paul’s Cathedral in London and before coming to Knightsbridge served variously in Acton Green as a curate, at St George’s Chapel Windsor as a Minor Canon, and at Imperial College and the Royal College of Art as Chaplain. He is a Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey, an FRSA and an experienced coach and organisational consultant.
Prof Jim McManus – Jim is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and is Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire. He is Visiting Senior Clinical Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire and a Visiting Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London, working on the links between psychology, health and faith. He is a Membership Secretary of the Association of Directors of Public Health and co Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Cross Divisional Network on Applied Psychology in Public Health. Jim is also President of The Guild of Health and St Raphael
The Revd. Dr. Gillian Straine – Gillian is the CEO of the Guild and has led the organisation through a period of significant change including the creation of online communities and online training delivery in the Healthy Healing Hub project. She is passionately committed to health, healing and Christian living. She is a cancer survivor, Anglican priest, theologian and scientist with a strong interest in communication and teaching. She has a doctorate in Physics from Imperial College London and an MA in Theology from the University of Oxford
Rosemarie is a Diversity and Inclusion consultant and specialist in facilitating conversations around racism awareness & cross-cultural understanding. She is the founder of the annual Sam Sharpe Lectures which provides platform where scholars, social activists and religious leaders share their vision for a multicultural society and the socio-theological/political importance of equity and liberation. Having come to faith through the Baptist tradition, she attends and participates in the life of Holy Innocents in South Norwood.
Venue: St Paul’s Knightsbridge, an Anglican Church in London’s West End, is a lively 21st century church of Anglo-Catholic tradition. Since 1843 it has been a place where God is encountered in ‘the beauty of holiness’, in honesty of preaching and discussion, and in the lives of those trying to respond to God’s call. They are home to a varied and friendly community that reflects, in its own diversity, the diversity of the city in which it is set. St Paul’s is a place for gathering, but also for formation and mission.Tea, coffee and cake all included
At 4pm there will be Choral high mass with healing – everyone is very welcome to stay for this service which follows the AGM of the Guild.
Participants are invited to make a donation during the event to cover the costs of our work
If you would like to attend the event, but cannot make it to London, join the event via live streaming.
Date: 30th October 2021, 1030am – 1pm.
Venue: St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, London.
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