A day that will inspire and equip fellowships exploring Inclusive Church
Saturday 26 October
9am to 5pm
£25, concessions £10
Emmanuel Church, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TR
There are now many, many churches up and down the country, of all denominations, who would like to learn how to become more inclusive. If your church is somewhere on that journey, either thinking about inclusion for the first time, taking those early decisions, or looking to learn from or share experiences with churches like yours, then the ‘Church for Everyone’ conference is designed to help you take that next step.
At St James and Emmanuel we have been exploring the many facets of inclusion since one of our own young people, Lizzie Lowe, tragically took her own life in 2014 – in part because of a perceived gap between her faith and her emerging identity as a gay woman. At the ‘Church for Everyone’ conference you will hear more about Lizzie’s story and the legacy of transformation she released. You will hear how a whole group of twelve churches took up the baton of inclusion together. You will also be able to chose from a range of workshops and seminars designed to help you become more diverse and inclusive.
Overview of the day
The conference is fully catered and there will be plenty of opportunities to learn from each other, expand our horizons together and become changed communities in a changing world. Following breakfast and opening worship the rector of St James and Emmanuel, the Revd Dr Nick Bundock, will give a keynote introduction. We will then hear from Jayne Ozanne (author and speaker), Ruth Wilde (Inclusive Church) and Andrew Foreshew-Cain (priest and founder of Equal). We’ll also be joined by Revd Marcus Green, who is the author of a new book called ‘The Possibility of Difference. Marcus is also a member of the House of Bishops’ ‘Living in Faith and Love’ project.
After lunch you will get to choose two seminars or workshops covering a whole range of topics. The afternoon will finish with a keynote address from Rachel Mann, writer and speaker, and an open table Communion service. There will also be a marketplace of books and organisations championing different aspects of inclusion.
Inclusion releases a powerful new vision of God that impacts upon worship, mission and discipleship and the ‘Church for Everyone’ conference will help you join this growing and exciting movement. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you as an individual or as part of a leadership team.