“For God gives the Spirit without measure… ,” Jn. 3.34.
St Augustine’s holds regular short courses and workshops on a range of topics designed to enliven and inform your Christian life. You can learn more about the Bible, enrich your prayer, enjoy a ‘how to’ guide to theology, discover the fascinating world of children’s spirituality, engage with some of the most challenging issues of our time, and much more.
God sends the Holy Spirit to effect change: enlightening minds and hearts, inspiring vision, nurturing wisdom, and giving the courage to act. Our courses seek to serve the Spirit by helping Christians to pursue godly change in their lives and in their church communities.
Lead by experienced teachers, with a reputation for clear and lively communication, these courses are open to all.
Courses planned for later this year include…
Preaching for the Occasional Preacher, Rev. Ellen Eames (Saturday, 19th May, 10:00am – 3:30pm) Join us at Malling Abbey for a one-day introduction to preaching. This is suitable for youth ministers, worship leaders, representatives of charities, missionaries, and all others invited as occasional preachers in church. We shall look at the basics of reflecting on scripture, structuring what you say and technique for delivering a sermon.
Ellen Eames is Chaplain at Saint Gabriel’s College, and Assistant Priest at St John the Divine, Kennington. Too book your place please contact email@example.com or 01732 252656.
Not Just in the Playground: a Workshop on Bullying, Rev. Dr Lorraine Turner (Friday, 8th June 2018, 10:30 – 12:30pm)
Tweeting for Jesus: a Christian’s Guide to Social Media, Rev. Jules Middleton (Monday, 24th September, 7:00 – 9:00pm). Note: this course will be held at Trinity House, Southwark.
Engage brain before opening mouth: Thinking about Ministry, Rev David Flagg (Autumn, date to be announced)
Saturday 28 April 2018
10:00am – 3:30pm
52 Swan Street West Malling Kent ME 19 6JX
Theology for Everyone – On not Leaving
it to the Theologians!
Bishop Laurie Green
Thinking about faith and the difference Christian faith makes in the world is a task for all Christians and it’s called ‘doing theology.’ Bishop Laurie Green has spent much of his career insisting that theological reflection is for all of us and that we daren’t leave it to the theologians. This workshop will help you begin or improve your own reflection on the ways and works of God in the world.
Islam for Anglicans: Understanding
Revd Dr Stephen Laird
What is the Quran; who wrote it, when and why; how do Muslims use and interpret it; Jesus in the Quran; modern study of the Quran? This an important opportunity to learn something – and something not filtered through media excitement and bias – about our Muslim neighbours and their understanding of God and how God reveals himself to humanity.
What does the Comic have to teach the Preacher?
Revd Ravi Holy
Ravi Holy is a professional stand-up comedian as well as vicar in the Wye benefice. He will explore both the similarities and the differences between comedy and preaching, and provide you with a guide to the work and techniques of some of the great comedians from the past and the present. This course is recommended for all who love both preaching and comedy and want to deliver better, more engaging sermons. It’s not recommended for anyone easily offended by strong language or edgy topics.
Is your love in vain? Reading Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs
Dr Robin Plant
The Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes are part of Christian Scripture – but why? One doesn’t mention God, in the other he seems very distant. One brims with erotic delight, the other exudes cynicism and disillusionment. In this course, you’ll explore their meaning and message, and consider their significance for your faith and practice.
The 28th April workshops are £30 per workshop (tea and coffee included). To ensure your place, please fill in the registration form.
To ask about future courses, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01732 252 656.