2020 Provincial Lay Readers’ Conference – Booking now open
Fri 3 July, 4.00 pm - Sun 5 July, 2.00 pm
An Invitation to join us …
Friday 3 – Sunday 5 July 2020
I’m delighted to extend an invitation to the 2020 Provincial Lay Reader’s Conference being held against the beautiful backdrop of Swansea Bay. This year’s conference will especially focus on the challenges and opportunities that exist for Lay Readers in a rapidly evolving church and social context.
There will be time to learn and discuss, but equally as important, space to relax and worship together, and to enjoy time with friends old and new.
Our conference will revolve around a pattern of shared times of prayer and worship, celebrating our unity and diversity as a community of Lay Reader’s right across Wales.
Teaching and Learning
There will be two main speakers, helping us engage with very different, but equally important, aspects of our ministry:
Sandra Millar has headed up the Life Events Programme in the Church of England for many years, and St Padarn’s has recently entered into partnership with them to enable her and her team to bring their resources and expertise to Wales. Sandra will be helping us look afresh at the vast opportunities that exist in our ministry to families around baptisms, weddings and funerals.
Ruth Haldane is the Reader Training Project Manager with the Central Readers Council (the CRC) and is tasked with equipping, envisioning and enabling Readers in England and Wales in the 21st century ministry. Ruth will be challenging us to think about three strands of Reader ministry – teaching the faith, enabling mission, and leading in church and society. She will also be explaining what the CRC is doing to encourage us all in
To better help us relax and reflect, we will be offering a choice of workshops to opt into which offer opportunities to try everything from Creative Writing and Creative Prayer to ‘Making a Joyful Noise’ together!
The conference will run from 16:00 on Friday 3rd July to 14:00 (after lunch) on Sunday 5th July.
Residential blocks are built around communal courtyards and all rooms are en suite. Linen, towels, toiletries, tea and coffee-making facilities, daily room servicing and WIFI are all provided with fridges available for medication if required. Please note that all rooms are single, although we can request adjoining rooms for couples.
The campus has excellent on-site facilities including a Tesco Extra supermarket, coffee shops, bars, a gymnasium and direct access to the beach.
Attendees will need only to pay for their transport to and from the venue, along with any preparatory books or other material they wish to purchase. Accommodation and food is provided free of charge.
How to Book a Place
Please return the accompanying booking form by the 13th March to CMD Admin at
firstname.lastname@example.org or via CMD Admin, St Padarn’s Institute, 54 Cardiff Road, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2YJ.