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St Augustine's College
St Augustine's College
01732 252 656


Malling Abbey
Malling Abbey
52 Swan Street, West Malling, Kent ME19 6JX


11 May 2024


10:30 am - 4:30 pm

POSTPONED Lay Ministry Celebration Day NEW DATE TBC

This is a day for celebrating, equipping and reflecting together on Lay Ministry in the Church of England, and is for anyone engaged with, training for or interested in Lay Ministry.  We will gather together from across the South-East to meet with opportunities for reflecting and resourcing from a variety of lay people currently engaged in ministry in a variety of different settings.

This event is open to anyone (not just current and former lay students) engaged in some way with lay ministry.


Helen King

Helen is a historian and classicist, formerly employed at The Open University. She is an authorised lay preacher in Oxford diocese, which she also represents on General Synod. She is also an elected member of the Ministry Council and a trustee of WATCH and of Together in the Church of England, where she campaigns for full inclusion of all.

Andrea Campanale / ‘Pioneer Ministry’

Andrea is the first Licensed Lay Pioneer in Southwark Diocese and has been pioneering amongst the spiritual but not religious since 2005. She leads the mission and evangelism module online for St Augustine’s and founded Sacred Space Kingston as a Fresh Expression of Church in 2011.

In the session on Pioneer Ministry we’ll explore what pioneering is and how to spot opportunities in your own context, what’s the difference between church planting and fresh expressions and how might you nurture a culture where mixed ecology is possible. Pioneering is not just about the weird and the wacky or doing something completely new. The church has always had to pioneer in order to share the Gospel in every age and in every culture.

Clare Masters / ‘Outdoor Church’

Clare is an LLM who loves storytelling and preaching, and has many years’ experience of family and youth ministry, including school assemblies. She is a retired palliative care doctor.

Clare began a Forest Church ministry in 2018 in her previous rural parish in the Rochester diocese, and is now adapting it for churches in her new benefice in the Canterbury diocese. This practical seminar will explore how we can make the most of whatever outside spaces we may have (churchyard, park, beach, field…) to celebrate and cherish God’s beautiful world, and share some simple ways of worshipping which are accessible particularly to children and to those on the fringes of church.

Charlotte Gauthier / ‘Deepening Discipleship’

Charlotte Gauthier is the Assistant Director of Discipleship for Southwark Diocese. She works to help people live out their calling as disciples of Jesus Christ and to equip them for ministry.

Deepening Discipleship

Jesus told his disciples ‘Come and follow me’ – but what does following Jesus look like in our 21st-century contexts? In this workshop, we will explore the meaning of Christian discipleship and discover some simple, practical, and yet enormously powerful ways of opening our lives to Christ and responding to his call to be disciples.

Michael Brockett / ‘Pastoral Ministry’

Michael Brockett was the Headteacher of two schools over a period of 18 years. More recently he was a Principal Teaching Fellow in Education at the University of Roehampton. He taught on postgraduate programmes and was responsible for the quality assurance of teacher education. Michael was regularly seconded as assistant lead on HMI ITE inspections. He is currently the Lay Ministry Consultant for the Diocese of Southwark, a Licensed Pastoral Lay Minister in the South Croydon Benefice, and a Day Chaplain at Southwark Cathedral.

Pastoral Ministry

Pastoral Ministry means different things to different people. What do we mean by ‘pastoral care’? What makes for successful pastoral ministry? What is its value in the church and community?

In this workshop we will look at the above questions, explore the biblical and theological foundations of pastoral care, and provide some practical support.


St Benedict’s Car Park has limited car park spaces availability. When the car park is full, an alternative is Ryarsh Lane car park (map attached; post code ME19 6QP), free only on Sundays and Bank Holidays Ryarsh Lane car park, West Malling – Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council (, High Street/Tesco Car Park located at West Malling (ME19 6NA) or station car park, West Malling ME19 6HJ.

Lunch will be provided, there is also coffee and tea available.

Getting here

By train:

Regular service from London Victoria, Canterbury West or Ashford International to West Malling Station, then 10 minutes gentle uphill walk – turn right down the station approach road, then left (beside railway bridge) onto Swan Street. Opposite the Police Station Road is a little private road. Turn left into this road and follow it along to the end. The St Benedict’s Centre is on the left. There are taxis available at the station.

By road:

M20, Exit Junction 4 on to A228 going south, turn right onto A20, left onto Town Hill which continues over the railway as the High Street. Turn left into Swan Street. The entrance to the St Benedict’s Centre drive which leads to the Car Park is on the right just before Police Station Road which is on the left. (7½ miles from M20). Parking for those with mobility needs is at St Mary’s Abbey in front of the Abbey Gatehouse.

Hourly Schedule


10.30 - 10.55am
Arrivals Baptist Church
10.55 - 11.00
Welcome / Jenny Corcoran / Baptist Church
11.00 - 11.30
Morning Worship
11.30 - 12pm
Key note speech / Helen King
12pm - 1pm
1pm - 2.00pm
Lunch Break / Refectory Guest House or outside
2.00pm - 3pm
3pm - 3.15pm
Drinks Break
3.15pm - 4pm
Group discussion & Panel Q & A / Baptist Church
4pm - 4. 30pm
Closing Worship / Baptist Church
4.30pm - 4.30pm
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