NEW – The Learning Zone – The Book Group!

Do you like to read? How about reading a book over a 3 month period either for your own benefit or to then also discuss with some others? The Learning Zone now has a book Group which will begin in May. The idea is to read a Christian book which provokes us and then meet in a comfortable environment (with some typical AVP hospitality) and chew over our thoughts.

The May-July book:

Seeking God “The way of St Benedict” bu Esther De Waal. This short book investigates the Rule of St Benedict. We are being encouraged by our own Benedictine diocese of Winchester to adopt our own Rule of Life for the 21st Century, so why not see what Benedict thought 1500 years ago, interpreted and explained by De Waal.

To register your interest either email or telephone 01425 656120 and if you are quick you can secure one of 15 (used) free copies!

Details of the meeting date and venue will be announced in due course.

Mark Ward (Ministry Team Learning Zone co-ordinator)

Quiet Day Saturday 23rd July – Crowe Hill

Creation Care Quiet Day Crowe Hill Methodist Church You will be guided through gentle, multi-sensory, outdoor experiences of nature for you to share with others.
Led by Mike and Louise Shrubsole, qualified and experienced environmental educators and Christian leaders.
Plus prayers, poems and readings. Inspiration for your quieter times. Space and time for you to reflect, pray, explore and renew yourself. Saturday 23rd July 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: £8.00 adults (suitable for older children £4)
Bring your own packed lunch, and end the day with a Crowe Hill cream tea.
Please book with Mike or Louise Shrubsole. Tel: 01425 473407 Email:

Sarum college events: “Murder in the Cloisters”, “Great Grandmothers of Jesus”, “Greek in a Week!” & “Guided Retreats”.

Murder in the Cloisters
Author Kate Charles on why crime novels with church backgrounds are so enduringly popular. Tuesday 5 July at 6.30pm, tickets £4 in advance or £5 on the door

Reading Scripture Together: Great Grandmothers of Jesus
Why does Matthew mention four women in his genealogy of Jesus? What do those women tell us about who Jesus is and how we can follow him? Thursday 7 July

New Testament Greek in a Week
If you have ever wondered what lies behind the text of an English Bible, why different Bibles translate the text in different ways or wanted a better understanding of the Greek terms theologians love to use, then this week is for you. Monday 25 to Saturday 30 July

Individually Guided Retreats
An extended time of prayer and inner silence undertaken with the support and guidance of an experienced retreat facilitator. Monday 15 to Thursday 18 August and repeated Monday 22 to Thursday 25 August

Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Bible Reading Fellowship

Wednesday, September 28, 9.45am-4pm
Old Alresford Place
Admission £30
How can we face the toughest stages of our lives with a greater sense of the rock-like constancy of God? This Quiet Day – led by Debbie Thrower, team leader of BRF’s The Gift of Years: ‘resourcing the spiritual journey of older people’ and an Anna Chaplain to older people – explores how we can mine the more testing situations we face to deepen our relationship with God. This will be a day for encouraging us to trust the clay of our character to the Potter’s hand.

To book, write to BRF, 15 The Chambers, Vineyard, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3FE, telephone 01865 319700 or visit Please send payment with your booking and provide full names of all who are attending. To receive a receipt, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

The art of Communication featuring Rev’d Nicky Davies

Saturday, September 24
2-5.30pm, followed by choral evensong in Winchester Cathedral
Wessex (New Learning) Centre, The Close, Winchester Cathedral
Admission free
A day of networking and practical support, hosted by former journalist and TV presenter and now Lay Canon and Licensed Lay Minister, Debbie Thrower, with presentations from and discussions with communications consultant Craig Philbrick; Diocesan communications team Luther Pendragon; Rev’d Nicky Davies, journalist and Publications Officer for the Diocese of Exeter; and Stella Wiseman, Marketing and Content Editor for the Diocese of Winchester.
For enquiries, email Rachel Hartland on