Connecting Disciples Conference 2013
Thank you for your interest in the Connecting Disciples 2013
conference for lay employees and children and youth workers.
The conference is taking place at High Leigh Christian Conference
Centre on 4-7 March 2013 and will be an opportunity for networking,
learning and development and reflection.
The Theme - Reconciling Discipleship
'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children
of God.' (Matt 5:9)
Reconciling Discipleship explores our calling to connect the peace
of Christ to a broken world.
In places and times of conflict, what does it mean to be
followers of the Prince of Peace? How can we be people of
reconciliation among those we meet?
Registration will take place from 2-3.30pm on Monday 4 March
with coffee available from 3.30-4pm.
Each of the following days will begin with Morning prayers at
8am, followed by Bible Studies, Class Meetings, workshops/seminars
and keynotes taking you through to Dinner at 6.30pm.
During the evenings, entertainment will be provided to help you
mingle and unwind after a busy day followed by evening prayers at
The conference will end on Thursday 7 March after a shared lunch
Connecting Disciples 2013 will give you the opportunity to meet
others, share ideas, discuss issues and will help to support you in
your professional development.
This year it will feature a number of workshops led by a variety
of facilitators, which will include:
- A series of workshops on Chaplaincy
- Reconciling God to the World
- Leaving the Church - you can do it!
- Mending the broken Pieces
- It's more than leading assemblies - chaplaincy to your local
- Brokering Reconciliation
- Social Media
- Church growth and social action
- Church magazines
There will also be a dedicated stream for children's, youth and
families' workers with a keynote address and workshops.
The keynote speaker this year will be Dr Rebecca
Nye. Rebecca has been working in the field of children's
spirituality as a researcher, consultant, trainer and practitioner
for nearly 20 years. Much of her work has addressed the neglect of
children's spirituality in traditional Christian nurture and
education. She is author of the book Children's Spirituality, and
co-author with David Hay of the Spirit of the Child. She is also a
trainer and advocate for Godly Play: an approach that helps to
develop spiritual language and habits in children and young
Specific workshops on children, youth and family are on the
theme of spirituality and will include topics such as:
- Using the arts with children and young people to explore
- Leading spiritual retreats and pilgrimages with young
- Exploring the Bible with young people for spiritual
- Practical sessions exploring running residentials, and looking
at resources available to support children's, youth and family
We are also delighted to have some engaging Bible Studies and
theological reflections around the theme of Reconciling
Discipleship led by the following speakers and worship leaders:
- Mark Wakelin, President
- Michael King, Vice President
- Hayley Moss, Youth President
There will also be the opportunity to do some taster sessions on
Participate, Compass, Step Forward and Table Talk. With
resources available for you to take a look on Children and Youth,
Discipleship, Chaplaincy and more.
On the Tuesday evening, 8.00-9.00pm we will be holding a
"Discipleship Soapbox"! Giving the chance for people with
ideas, resources, challenges and innovative methodologies to
present a 5 min session to us all. Details of how to submit a
bid to do this can be found at the end of the booking form.
Unfortunately only a limited number of bids will be selected and
you will be informed if yours is chosen.
The deadline for reservations on to the Connecting Disciples
Conference is Friday18 January 2013 at 5pm. Attendees are
required to pay a fee. We encourage Circuits and Districts to
support you in attending this Conference as part of your ongoing
personal and professional development.
The amount that you will need to pay will depend on the type of
room you book. Plus we have alower price for early bird
bookings completed before 5pm on 30 November 2013. The
breakdown of the fees is as follows:
EARLY BIRD FEE PER PERSON
(for bookings made before 5pm on 30 November 2012)
FEE PER PERSON
(for bookings made from 1 December 2012 onwards)
(2 people sharing)
Standard Twin Room
(2 people sharing)
Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first come first
served basis. There are a limited number of en-suite rooms
available therefore we would recommend that you book early to avoid
any disappointment. Your place and room will not be secure
until we receive full payment.
Once you have made your booking an invoice will be sent to you
requesting your payment.
How to Book
To reserve a place at the conference please complete the booking
form by clicking onto the following link: