Learning Zone Calendar

Calendar of events

Regular Events outside the benefice

Bishop’s Commission for Mission (BCM)
Programme Streams Available Autumn 2017
Are you a lay person? Would you like some input for your existing ministry, or for a developing vocational path? More interested in learning from passionate practitioners and others in ministry than in getting a formal qualification? Want help to see you ministry through a missional lens? Then Bishop’s Commission for Mission could be for you.

BCM is a lay training programme focused on enabling church members to live missionally in every part of their lives, equipping them to live out their vocation to the full. Through participating in the programme we believe God will shape you for your place in his mission.

To qualify for the training programme you will need to be recommended by your incumbent and PCC, who will usually pay your training costs. Once you have successfully completed the programme, you will be commissioned by the Bishop of Winchester for your role.

To find out in more detail what participating this programme might involve, please visit the BCM page on the Diocesan website , or contact me: phil.dykes@winchester.anglican.org 01962-710973 07884-268968.

For an application form or further details please contact Frances Ter Haar (frances.terhaar@winchester.anglican.org)

October 2016 – March 2017

November 2016 – February 2017

January 2017

Eco-Church and the Big Church SwitchHelp your church engage with environmental issues. Five evening events (7.30-9.30pm) have been scheduled across the Diocese to help churches explore the new Eco Church scheme and the Big Church Switch whereby churches switch to renewable energy.Discover more about Eco Church and the Big Switch, plus gain some insight on the Biblical basis of caring for God’s creation and lots more. Speakers will include Dr Ruth Valerio, Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK and representatives from Christian Aid or Tearfund. The evenings will be offered ecumenically to cover as many denominations as possible.

Date Area Venue
Thursday, 19 January Southampton Christ Church, Portswood, Highfield Lane, SO17 1RL
Thursday, 2 February Bournemouth St Swithun’s, Gervis Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3ED
Thursday, 9 February Andover St Thomas, Enham Lane, Charlton, SP10 4AN
Monday, 13 February Winchester Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Winchester SO23 9SR


To attend, contact Rev’d Gordon Randall, Stewardship Adviser for the Diocese, on 01962 737323 or gordon.randall@winchester.anglican.org


Bishop’s Commission for Mission (BCM) is running two new programmes for lay people in the spring of 2017. These are aimed at those wanting input to their existing ministry or to a developing vocational path and not necessarily wanting a formal qualification.BCM for Pastoral Missioners led by Phil Dykes, Evangelism, Church Growth and Fresh Expressions Adviser,This is for those with a pastoral heart.  You will be trained to bring the love of God to people in their homes and other contexts,  e.g. care homes, prisons. 

Introductory session Saturday, 21 Jan 2017 10am-4pm (to include sandwich lunch) Wolvesey, Winchester, SO23 9ND
Tuesday evening sessions 31 January,7 and 28 Feb,7, 14  and 28 March 7.15-9.15pm St Leonard’s Church, Oakley, RG23 7EG
Closing session Saturday 1 April 9.30am-12pm Wolvesey, Winchester, SO23 9ND


BCM for Lay Worship Leaders: led by Andy Saunders, Children and Families Adviser

This is for those who have a desire to lead God’s people into God’s presence. You will be equipped to do so in a variety of contexts (e.g. schools, sheltered housing, all-age gatherings), especially among those who currently have little contact with
the church.

Introductory session Saturday, 21 Jan 2017 10am-4pm (to include sandwich lunch) Wolvesey, Winchester, SO23 9ND
Wednesday evening sessions(apart from Tuesday 28 Feb) 1 and 8 FebruaryTuesday, 28 February8 and 22 March 7.15-9.15 pm All Saints Church, North Baddesley SO52 9EQ
Closing session Saturday, 1 April 9.30am-12pm Wolvesey, Winchester, SO23 9ND


To talk through in more detail what participating in these programmes might involve, please contact Phil Dykes phil.dykes@winchester.anglican.org  or 01962 710973 07884 268968. For an application form or further details, please contact Frances Ter Haar (frances.terhaar@winchester.anglican.org).

February 2017

Oversight Ministry

Is Oversight Ministry simply patching over the cracks or a significant opportunity to resource the mission of the whole people of God? Can we discern adequate theological foundations for this approach to leading churches? These are some of the questions explored at “Oversight Ministry” 23-24 February in Cornwall

“Our aim is to explore the nature and potential of ‘Oversight Ministry’ through a series of conversations. Participants will share their own experiences and insights, interacting with contributions from Dr Tim Ling, Head of Ministry Development for the Church of England, Revd Dr Emma Ineson, Principal of Trinity College, Revd Alyson Buxton, Team Rector of Boston, Canon Keith Lamdin, Sarum College, and Rt Revd Chris Goldsmith and Dr Jonathan Rowe, Diocese of Truro.”

Cost of £100 includes meals and accommodation. For further details and bookings email Jonathan Rowe

Thy Kingdom Come

Following the success of last year’s Thy Kingdom Come wave of prayer, Rev’d Mark Collinson, Canon Principal, will be coordinating this year’s activities. Sarah Lloyd is leading the Novena (nine days of prayer) and Bishop David the Beacon Cathedral event.

There will be a Creative Prayer Ecumenical Workshop with a focus on Thy Kingdom Come on
Wednesday, 15 February, 9.30am – 4.15pm including lunch Wessex Learning Centre, Winchester Cathedral. Topics will include multi-sensory prayer; centering prayer; exploring prayer in our older years; prayer and children, families and young people; global partners in prayer; community prayer and much more. To book a place email Sarah Lloyd: sarah@stmarysoldbasing.org.uk. Full information is available on http://www.thykingdomcomeprayer.co.uk. If you would like to get involved in the Novena of Prayer, Tent on the Green, Beacon Event or period of Mission Action, or you simply want to find out more please go to: http://www.winchester.anglican.org/about-us/thy-kingdom-come

Church Groups and How to Survive Them: A training day for clergy and laity
Friday, 17 February.9.30am-5pm. Institute of Group Analysis1 Daleham Gardens
London, NW3 5BY
020 7431 2693, iga@groupanalysis-uk.co.uk
This one-day training course addresses some of the challenges that arise in congregations and church groups concerning conflict, authority and difference. The day uses insights from Group Analytic Psychotherapy to help participants develop fruitful, collaborative partnerships.The training is tailored to the needs of clergy and laity, combining practical exercises and theoretical learning and will cover the following topics: dealing with conflict in groups; reactions to authority in a group setting; working with difference in groups.

More information is available about the IGA at http://www.groupanalysis.org/.

The Holy Spirit in Feminist Theology
Tuesday 7 February, 10am to 4pm, £50
We will trace what feminist theology has to say about the Holy Spirit and bring it together with traditional Christian doctrine of the Spirit. This opens up exciting new possibilities for both theology and the place of women in the church. Sarum College



Relocating Religion: Cultural & Spiritual Realignments
Monday 20 to Thursday 23 February, N £300; R £460
This new module examines the equivocation and uncertainty that now surrounds the modern experience and practice of religion in the 21st century. Places limited. Sarum College



Working Together
Monday 20 to Thursday 23 February, N £300; R £460
This course uses a hermeneutical approach grounded in the Holy Trinity and examined through a number of traditions, to encourage constructive engagement. Open to those not seeking a postgraduate degree. Sarum College



Exploring Churches in Britain and Europe
Series of six weekly Thursday sessions, 7 to 9pm, beginning 23 February. £45 for the series
This course will examine the characteristics that give identity to their churches and will illustrate their distinctive features and treasures. Sarum College





Bible in Context
Saturday 25 February, 9.30am to 6pm, £50
A day to develop understanding of the nature of the exegetical task involved in preparation for preaching, and skills in the art of preaching itself. Sarum College



Introduction to Christian Doctrine and History
Saturday 25 February, 9.30am to 6pm, £50
A look at key periods and issues in the history of the church and major doctrinal developments, exploring the historical contexts of core theological ideas. Sarum College



Preaching the Atonement
Tuesday 28 Feb to Wednesday 1 March, N £90; R £150
This course is for those who, during this period of Lent, have to preach, teach or explain why Jesus had to die. Non-preachers, house group leaders and church members will find much here to enhance their own theological and spiritual pilgrimage through Lent. Sarum College


Rule of Life – This Lent, there will be more Rule of Life workshops designed to help people develop their own rules of life. They will be held across the deaneries and at Wolvesey and Old Alresford Place, starting on 28 February and running until 12 April. A separate Lent course will not be offered.The first workshops are:

Wednesday, 1 March, 10am-12.30pm, Wolvesey.

Monday, 13 March, 7.30-9.30pm, All Hallows Church, Whitchurch.

Tuesday, 14 March, 2-4.30pm, St Leonard’s Church, Oakley, Basingstoke.

Wednesday, 15 March, 2-4.30pm, St Mark’s Church, Ampfield.

Thursday, 16 March, 2-4.30pm, St Luke’s Church, Hedge End.

Saturday, 18 March, 10am-12.30pm, Old Alresford Place.

Saturday, 18 March, 2-4.30pm, Old Alresford Place.


For details of workshops, visit www.winchester.anglican.org/about-us/strategic-priorities/rule-of-life/

To book, email ruleoflife@winchester.anglican.org

Day of Reflection
Saturday, 18 March.10.30am-3.30pm.

St Paul’s Church, Winchester.


An opportunity to spend time in stillness and quiet, with talks and times for personal reflection, led by Beth Parfitt of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM).

Places are limited. To book, email Kathleen Freeman: klvfreeman@aol.com or call 07951 897570.

Bishop of Winchester’s Lent Lectures – Church Growth: Why it Matters and How it can Happen.
Tuesday, 21 March, Christ Church, Winchester.9.30am coffee and registration, 10am start.

By David Goodhew, Director of Ministerial Practice at Cranmer Hall.

How do we grow as Christians and as churches? ‘Growth’ in the Christian life always includes growth in personal Christlikeness and growth of service to the wider community, but the New Testament, the Christian tradition and the Anglican Communion outside the UK are deeply enthusiastic about the numerical growth of churches. So how can we think about growing churches in a godly, theologically nuanced way? And if we can create a theology of church growth, what specific practices help congregations grow? Or is church growth a holy mystery? The two Lent Lectures will examine a theology of church growth that could work for churches of all traditions and the actions that foster growing churches.

Prior to his current post at Cranmer Hall, David Goodhew was vicar of two parishes in York. He oversees the Centre for Church Growth Research and has edited several publications on church growth.

To book, visit https://winchesterlentlectures.eventbrite.co.uk

God on the Streets: Spirituality, Social Engagement, and Christian Authenticity Wednesday 8 March at 7.30pm, £7.50 (free for Sarum students)
Join Dr Gillian Ahlgren, theologian and scholar of the Christian mystical tradition, for a talk and book launch as she explores the intersection of spirituality and social justice, past and present. Sarum College
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Spiritual Directors Forum: The Psalms as Resource in the Work of Spiritual Direction
Thursday 2 March, 10am to 4pm, £50
Explore how the Psalms can be a resource for the challenge of spiritual direction through the diaries and letters of the Dutch mystic Etty Hillesum.



Day of Spiritual Direction: Angel of the North
Friday 3 March, 10am to 4pm, £50
Travel with the Angel through sculptor Anthony Gormley’s vision: “I wanted to make sculpture that is a focus of hope”.



Disability: Theology and Practice
Friday 3 March, 10am to 4pm, £50
Examine ways of thinking about disability through Scripture and Christian tradition. We shall also look at organisational best practice on disability.



Christian Initiation
Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March, N £300; R £460
A study of key historical periods to give context for contemporary rites and the theologies which lie behind them.



Western Christian Mysticism
Monday 6 to Thursday 9 March, N £300; R £460
An overview of the historical development of the Western Christian Mystical tradition with analysis of key historical figures and movements. Open to those not seeking a postgraduate degree.



Wondrous Story: Preaching from Palm Sunday to Easter
Tuesday 7 March, 10am to 4pm, £50
Palm Sunday to Easter is at the heart of our gospel, but preaching it isn’t always easy. During this day we’ll explore aspects of the preachers craft and do some fresh thinking on how we can tell the wondrous story where we are.



Postgraduate Study Taster Day
Saturday 11 March, 10am to 3pm, free and open to all
A chance to sample teaching sessions, have informal discussions with programme leaders and tutors, and get a sense about what learning at Sarum College is all about.



Here’s Looking at You: The Art of Interrogation
Tuesday 14 March, 10am to 4pm, £50
Engage with the work of Van Gogh, Turner and other more modern artists to explore fundamental questions about humanity and our sense of place in the world.



Christian Faith and Ethical Living
Saturday 18 March, 9.30am to 6pm, £50
Explore Christian-specific and non-Christian-specific responses to the moral issues of the 21st century.



Renaissance: Re-finding Ourselves in Ministry
Begins Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 March, £540
The second half of life opens up a unique range of opportunities. Explore the shape of life and work as we grow older in this two-part residential programme.



Reading Scripture Together: The Binding of Isaac
Thursday 23 March, 10am to 4pm, £50
Only 19 verses in the bible, yet the interpretations of Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac have filled many books. We’ll re-read the story in detail and be inspired by many interpreters through the ages both in the written word and in art.



Lunchtime Concert: Clare Deniz (cello) and Alan Brown (piano) Friday 24 March at 12.45pm, £11
Programme includes music by Beethoven, Dvořák and Bridge.



Re-imagining Church in a Changing Culture
Monday 27 to Thursday 30 March, N £300; R £460
Go beyond the headlines about the continuing decline in church membership to critique the contemporary church using both theological and sociological tools.



Art, Belief and Spirituality
Monday 27 to Thursday 30 March, N £300; R £460
Examine the relationship between Christian Spirituality and art from historical, cultural and theological perspectives.


Other items of interest

Seeing Change: A Course for Churches
The Centre and the Church Urban Fund have launched ‘Seeing Change‘ – a course to help churches engage their neighbours on the impact of the financial crisis, and ways local people can act together for change.
The course includes five sessions of Bible study and reflection, equipping congregations to reach out to their neighbours and host a ‘Money Talk‘ – engaging local people with the issues raised by the continuing economic crisis, and asking what action they might take with and through the Church.
Click here to download the leaders guide and watch the videos – all free!
Contact David Barclay if you want a member of our staff to facilitate your Money Talk. www.theology-centre.org.uk