Level 1 Introductory Pastoral Conversations Online Courses

The need to be able to respond well in pastoral conversations with those who are vulnerable and/or struggling have never been more urgent and important than there are at this current time. You may have people in your church communities who would appreciate some introductory training to better equip them for this task.

There are two ways to access our level 1, introductory Pastoral Conversations course this term:
Self-paced course – for those who prefer to study in their own time and at their own pace: https://learning.leeds.anglican.org/course/self-paced-pastoral-conversations-course/

Virtual classroom (Zoom) course (Thurs 25th Feb 7-9pm) – for those who prefer to learn alongside others: https://learning.leeds.anglican.org/course/online-pastoral-conversations-course-250221/

Winter Book Group 2020 – Fire in the North

An online group exploring the book Fire in the North: The Life of St Cuthbert

Dates Winter 2020 - commencing 4th November

Fire of the North (The Life of St Cuthbert) by David Adam offers us a thought-provoking and very readable insight into the life of St Cuthbert, monk and Bishop of Lindisfarne.

This book group provides an opportunity for us discuss, explore and meditate on the life of St Cuthbert, “a man of extraordinary charm and ability” and an integral figure in Northern/Celtic Spirituality.

Rev’d Canon David Adam was Vicar of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne for thirteen years, a Spiritual Director and a prolific writer on Celtic Christianity.

You will, ideally need your own copy of the book which you can get here from the Book Depository 

for £7.99 or secondhand copies are available for around £4 on Amazon and elsewhere.

Details can be found herehttps://learning.leeds.anglican.org/course/winter-book-group-2020/

Lay Courses

The Lay Training Team at the Diocese of Leeds have advised that there is now a  Self-paced Pastoral Conversations course available online.

This basic listening skills course covers the same material as our established level 1, introductory Pastoral Conversations course but it offers an alternative method of study.

Participants are able to work through the material in their own time and at their own pace and are able to interact with the tutor, and each other, primarily through discussion forums.

The course is expected to take 2-3 hours of study to complete.
Further information is available through the Digital Learning Platform:

The more traditional classroom-style delivery remains available via our Online Pastoral Conversations

course where participants learn together by accessing a virtual classroom all at the same day and time. The course content is the same for both courses. It is just the method of delivery which varies. Participants are free to choose the method most suited to their situation and preference.

For more information about the virtual classroom option, including dates and times, please click here: https://learning.leeds.anglican.org/course/online-pastoral-conversations-course/

Deanery Prayer Meeting, 23rd September 2020 at 11am

The rector of Lower Wensleydale, Chris Lawton invites you to a Zoom meeting:

Meeting ID: 527 308 5317
Passcode: 5DDf4A

Jan 2020 - Stephen Gamble steps down as Rector

On Sunday the 12th January a letter was read out in all 4 Churches within our Parish informing us of Stephen’s decision to resign from his post:

‘After receiving expert medical advice on his continued ill-health, the Reverend Stephen Gamble has submitted his resignation as Rector of Kirklington with Burneston and Wath and Pickhill to the Bishop of Leeds, with effect from 31st January 2020. He will be moving out of the Rectory in the next few months and taking a period of recuperation. He hopes to return to ministry somewhere in due course. Bishop Nick and Bishop Helen-Ann will be keeping Stephen and Jacqui in their prayers and wish them every blessing for the future. Sadly, as Stephen's Medics have recommend limiting his social contact to a minimum we must ask Parishioners not to visit the Rectory. He wishes it to be made known how disappointed he is not to be able to return to ministry in the parishes and to thank people for all their hard work and patience during the last months.’

He remains, along with his wife Jacqui, in all our prayers. In the meantime, the Churchwarden are organising a meeting with the Diocese in February to discuss the way forward for our Parishes.

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