Beverley’s story

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Beverley is an ordinand studying full-time at West Malling Abbey, St Augustine’s College of Theology. We asked her to tell us a bit about herself, and what being a student here means to her. A bit about me My primary training was in nursing, though I’d originally wanted to be a teacher. After qualifying, I did a couple of teaching certificates and worked as a nurse tutor, health visitor and also as a consultant for KCC Social Services in training and leadership development. I had a passion for training, and one day I realised that…

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Meet the curate: Alex

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Alex is a former student at St Augustine’s, and is currently non-stipendiary curate at St Giles Cripplegate, in the City of London. We asked him to tell us a bit about what life is like as a curate, and how his experience at St Augustine’s helped to prepare him.  As well as my curacy work, I work full-time for the digital team of the Church of England. (So one of the things I have to say is that everything written here is my opinion – not necessarily theirs.) St Giles Cripplegate is right in the…

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Meet the Principal

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Alan Gregory has been Principal of St Augustine’s College of Theology since 2014. We asked him to talk about himself, his role and what he thinks St Augustine’s College of Theology offers our students. A bit about me Among contemporary clergy, including those who’ve recently graduated from St Augustine’s, I am statistically unusual in that, since I was ordained at 23, I’ve never had a ‘real’ job outside the Church. I’ve always been involved in some way in the business of theological education, whether I was working in a parish, studying for a Ph.D, or…

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COVID autumn term

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When ‘lockdown’ began September seemed a long way off and I so assumed we’d begin the Autumn Term as we normally do. Now, the future looks rather different. Along with Durham university and other Church of England theological colleges, St Augustine’s will open in September for the new academic year, initially delivering an online induction for new students before launching online classes for the week beginning 21 September. We shall pay close attention to government health advice and, assuming it is safe, transition back to face-to-face learning, beginning with smaller classes, perhaps later in the…

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Ollie’s story

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Ollie Phipps is a first-year ordinand based in Kent and studying part-time at West Malling Abbey, St Augustine’s College of Theology. We asked him to tell us a bit about himself, and what being a student here means to him. A bit about me I was born into a Christian household and have been a lifelong churchgoer, becoming part of the fabric of the Church – leading youth and other groups. When I started my nursing training, over 20 years ago now, I started seeing a lot of death and severe illness; so many young…

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Changing Times – week 1 now available

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Week 1 now available – see our Members Area.  If you are new to the Members Area (and have not previously registered) register here. If you have already registered for the previous retreat login as normal here.

We are now selling facemasks….

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Facemasks now available on our shop……. double layer, 100% cotton.  All proceeds going to the Tattersall Bursary Fund.  To purchase pop over to our shop.

Changing Times – four weeks of guided prayer and reflection

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Four weeks of guided prayer and reflection on the changes taking place in our lives. Many of us have begun to question the way we have lived in the past.  How do we want our future to be? Amidst all that is happening is there a direction the Holy Spirit might be drawing us, and if so how might we recognise and respond to this invitation?  Drawing on the bible, the spiritual wisdom within the Christian tradition, poetry and the rhythms of change within the natural world.  Changing Times will explore the impacts, challenges and…

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Virtual Admissions Meeting

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On Tuesday, 23 June at 4pm we are holding an online zoom admissions meeting.   As part of this virtual open meeting, you will hear from the Principal, Director of Studies, Lay Tutor and the Writing and Singing Tutor.  This is a great way for us to get to know you but also for you to ask questions about us and the course.   Please email r.young@staugustinescollege.ac.uk to book your place.

Meet the tutor: Suzy

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Suzy Gregory is a member of the St Augustine’s teaching staff, providing tuition in writing, singing, and voice. We asked her to tell us a little about herself and what her role at St Augustine’s College of Theology offers to our students. My role at St Augustine’s is to give help and support to students, both in the Ordained Ministry and the Theology for Disciples programs, in the areas of writing, singing, and public speaking. Tuition in writing takes up most of my time but singing and voice production is also important. Speaking clearly, projecting…

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