31st January – 2nd February 2022
After being online last year, we’re back onsite at the newly refurbished and upgraded The Esplanade Hotel, Newquay again in 2022.
It has been the most challenging of times for all those serving in all forms of ministry. After constantly needing to react to ever changing rules and adapt in ways no-one could ever have imagined, many of those in ministry feel the need to stop, breathe, recover and recuperate. This year we have planned some time away together to do just that. We have put together a programme that includes lots of time to meet with friends and colleagues around the rhythm of a retreat focussing on the theme of ‘Infused with Life: exploring God’s gift of rest in a world of busyness’. Alongside the teaching sessions, there will be opportunity to reflect on the theme individually or with friends. There will also be opportunity to book an hour for prayer ministry and/or spiritual direction if you wish or to meet with our Regional Ministry team.
CLICK HERE to download an outline programme.
Here’s some information about this year’s Speaker and theme…
Introducing Andy Percey
Andy is married to Bex, and they live with thier son Leo in Bath where Andy is minister of Manvers Street Baptist Church in the City centre.
He enjoys walking, sports, family time and getting out in the countryside, especially by the sea.
This year's theme: Infused with Life
'Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?' - Jesus (The Message)
I guess over the past 2 years we might be more ready to answer this question honestly.
For many in ministry roles, the Covid pandemic has brought chaos to our working rhythm. Equally, for many, it simply revealed a pattern that existed already, one where we work ourselves into ill health, both physically and mentally, and where rest is simply the means of recovery only to get straight back to those same pattern.
Surely this isn't what God wants for our rest or work.
The invitation of Jesus follows the question:
'Come to me, get away with me and you'll recover your life.'
This week, let's explore a rhythm of rest that lives as revolutionary and counter-cultural to the values of our fast paced world; and find rest as a means of being infused with God's life, the best he has for us.
Ministers' Conference 2021 Report
In 2021 we met entirely online by Zoom. We were blessed by three speakers, Helen Paynter (Tutor in Biblical Studies and Coordinator in Theological Education at Bristol Baptist College), Craig Gardner (Tutor in Christian Doctrine at South Wales Baptist College and a member of the Iona Community) and Simon Jay (leading the Urban Expression Team in Welsh House Farm, Birmingham). Each speaker brought their own perspective on the challenges that churches and Christian communities have had to wrestle with over the pandemic, and helped us take some time to reflect theologically ourselves.
Even though we met online, it was still good for the soul to spend this time together with God and with others from the SWBA family... but we're really looking forward to seeing each other in person again in 2022!
Take a look below at a few photos from our time away when we were last at The Esplanade in Newquay in 2020...