Monday 4 February,
The Hand of God? Christian Theology and Playing Football
The Revd Canon Dr Peter Groves, Vicar of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford explores the theology of game-playing, doctrine and rules. Zero Degrees Bar, Bridge Street, RG1 2LR.
No charge, no booking.
Monday 25 March,
Jesus: The Lamb. Re-examining the imagery
Revd Conrad Hicks, Assistant Chair of the Methodist Church (South Eastern District) and former overseas minister in Jamaica, Ireland and Mexico, explores the Easter theme of Jesus as Lamb of God. Zero Degrees Bar, Bridge Street, RG1 2LR.
No charge, no booking.
Saturday 9 February, 9.00am – 12.45pm,
Greyfriars’ Church, Reading
The conference will enable you to learn about different ways to encourage giving within your church. Topics include the new Parish Giving Scheme digital platform, legacy giving, contactless giving and grant-making trusts funding. Book Flyer
Young Women’s Vocation day
26 January, 10am-4pm
A day for women 16-32 years young who may be discerning a call to ministry. A chance to meet other young women exploring vocation for the first time and women in ministry training, curacies and senior positions in the Church.
Have you ever felt that God might be calling you towards ministry in the Church? Whether you’re discerning a strong call to ministry or have simply heard the quietest whisper, we’d love to meet you.
Come along to our Young Women in Ministry taster day in January. You’ll meet other women just like you who are all exploring vocation for the first time. You’ll also get to meet women in ministry training, curacies and senior positions in the Church. It’s your chance to ask anything and everything about being a woman in ministry.
We promise you a practical, creative and prayerful day spent amongst friends. To find out more and register for your free place go to oxford.anglican.org/women-in-ministry
The Young Women’s Vocation day takes place 10am-4pm, 26th January 2019 at Reading Minster, RG1 2HX. The event is open to women in the diocese who are 16 – 32 years young.
Grave Talk – What Is It All About?
Over the past year, groups of All Saints Church members have begun gathering together to talk about death. No, we haven’t lost our minds, become depressed or run out of things to say. We are trying out a recent Church of England project, designed as a form of ministry for those of all faiths and none, to encourage people to break down the taboo around death. This project is called Grave Talk.
The idea is to get us talking about our feelings around loss, our own death, grief, what a ‘good’ funeral means to us etc. The hope is that taking part in the discussion will get us thinking and talking to our loved ones about our feelings and our ideas about funerals.
Some people took a bit of cajoling to join the first group and most of us felt some level of trepidation and scepticism. What were we doing there, and why would talking about death be a good idea?
Despite all our doubts within a matter of minutes there was a buzz of conversation and laughter running through the room. In fact, people were so keen, it was difficult to bring the session to a close. Now we get people asking when the next session will be.
Continue reading The Grave Talk Project