Planning for Retirement
Booking still open for the 2019/20 programme of workshops to help ministers and their partners plan for retirement. To access the Eventbrite system, please click on the appropriate link:
11 - 13 February 2020
Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreston, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU. Book here
3 - 5 March 2020
High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8SG. Book here
If you are attending with a partner, please book two tickets and give your partner's name on the booking form. There are separate booking pages for each workshop, so please check that you are booking onto the correct one.
If you have an enquiry about the workshops, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in workshop dates for 2020/21, please scroll to the bottom of the page for details.
Planning for later life and retirement is an important part of a minister’s journey and relationship with the Methodist Church. As life expectancy increases the options are more varied and retirement can become a time for reflection and renewal as well as a time for relaxation and leisure. Pension choices are more complex and money matters are an important part of life planning.
Ministers who are in their final appointment (or last two years of ministry) are invited to attend a residential workshop which provides support for this important transition into retirement.
The workshop will help you to
- Reflect on change and what retirement means
- Explore your options and decide what’s right for you
- Develop greater understanding of your gifts and ways of working
- Reflect on your changing role, identity and relationships within the Methodist Church
- Understand your pensions and financial considerations
- Be confident about managing change positively
The workshop is participative and will encourage self-reflection, exploration, discussion and shared learning.
The event is hosted by a retired presbyteral couple and retired single deacon and the sessions are delivered by Judith Wardell, an external facilitator who specialises in later life planning, supported by the hosts and the Methodist Ministers Pension team and Housing Society.
The workshop is held over 48 hours, starting early Tuesday afternoon and ending with lunch on Thursday.
Workshop dates for 2020/21
Please note that bookings cannot yet be made, but you may wish to note these in your diary.
20 to 22 October 2020 at Yarnfield Park, Staffordshire
3 to 5 November 2020 at High Leigh, Hertfordshire
23 to 25 February 2021 at High Leigh, Hertfordshire