31st January – 2nd February 2022

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Due to uncertainty because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic we have made the difficult decision to hold this year’s retreat online by Zoom. There will be opportunity for those who wish to meet face-to-face to do so in local Cluster groups but all the main sessions will be online allowing those who have concerns about meeting with others to also be part of our retreat.

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. We have put together a programme that includes lots of time for reflection 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’.

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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.

Andy has written several books, 'When Rain Falls Like Lead' (2013), 'Infused with Life' (2019) and 'Made to Belong' (2021).

He enjoys walking, sports, family time and getting out in the countryside, especially by the sea.

This year's theme: Infused with Life

Andy writes,

'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 in 2020...