Our Vision

A people with hearts on fire, loving God, walking with Jesus and led by the Spirit

Deepening Discipleship

Welcome to the Deepening Discipleship programme for 2017-2018. These pages contains information on the key events and training run by the various resource departments in the Diocese to encourage and enable discipleship.  The call to follow Jesus stretches across all areas of life – at home, at work and in church. As disciples we are called to be ambassadors of Christ in these places and with the people we meet.

The Deepening Discipleship programme is based on this idea of whole life discipleship. Our parishes, chaplaincies and expressions of church are the places where we receive the support, challenge and teaching that best enables us to be followers of Jesus. The Deepening Discipleship programme offers activities that support this fellowship & learning.  Our courses are designed to directly support this ongoing discipleship – through training for leadership, pastoral support and mission. All events in Deepening Discipleship encourage participants to ‘take home and take on’ what they have learnt.

Download a copy of the Deepening Discipleship brochure of events and activities (.pdf, 900kb)

If you would like printed copies to be sent to you or your church please email Caroline Wakelam-Jones.
You will be able to book onto events using this page from July 2017.

Going Deeper: Engaging Spirituality for Contemporary Life

The Going Deeper Programme begins with a day conference to explore the rhythm of life and resources for prayer that sustain Christian discipleship. The conference, our diocesan spirituality day, is on Sat 21 Oct 2017 10am-4pm.

The diocesan spirituality day is for all those interested in deepening their relationship with God and capacity to serve him in the world. Join together with hundreds of fellow Christians to explore what makes for a vibrant and resilient faith in today’s world. The day features engaging keynote speakers, a variety of practical workshops, resources to foster personal & corporate spirituality and ‘pop up’ prayer and worship throughout the day.

Book your tickets now and confirm workshop choices in September 2017. Cost: £8 for individual ticket or £5 per person booking in groups of 5 or more. Booking fees apply. Payment online, by cheque and invoices for group bookings. For details or help booking email Caroline Wakelam-Jones

To see programme details and book click through to https://goingdeeper-southwark.eventbrite.co.uk

Going Deeper continues throughout the year with a series of reflection days. These will be held at Wychcroft and repeated at another venue in the diocese. The days are set around the church year at Advent (5 & 9 Dec) , Epiphany (13 & 23 Jan) & Pentecost (29 May & 9 June). Ina addition there is the diocesan Lent Retreat (16-18 Feb) at Wychcroft, led by the Revd Anthony Buckley. We are also holding two Stroll and Pray events in July (10 & 14). Further details in Deepening Discipleship pages 28-30. For details or help booking email Caroline Wakelam-Jones

Growing in Life and Faith

Growing in Faith and Life course is the Bishop’s Certificate in Discipleship. The course covers six modules on church & Christian identity, understanding the bible, Christian teaching & belief; Ethics & Mission and prayer & responding to the Holy Spirit.

Dates & Venues

The course begins with an introductory afternoon 10am-1pm on Saturday 16 September at Trinity House.  Modules begin in the week commencing 25 September. Each module runs for about five weeks with a short break before the next. The Saturday group meet twice per module. The course concludes with a residential weekend at Wychcroft in June 2018 (see pgs. 10-11 of Deepening Discipleship for further details).

The venues for 2017/18 are:

  • Tue 6.30pm to 8.30pm Trinity House, London Bridge SE1 1HW
  • Wed 7.30pm to 9.30pm St. Mary’s Church Centre, Reigate RH2 7RN
  • Thu 7.00pm to 9.00pm St Matthew’s House, Croydon, CR0 1PJ
  • Sat 10.00am to 3.00pm Trinity House, London Bridge SE1 1HW

The charge to participants for the course is £200, which includes the sessions, course materials and residential weekend. There is also an option to attend individual modules for £20. Many parishes financially support participants on the course.  The overall costs of the course are subsidised by the diocese.

Table of dates for each Growing in Faith and Life venue (.xlsx, 14kb)

To reserve a place on the 17/18 course or for further information email Caroline.Wakelam-Jones@southwark.anglican.org.

Leading Your Church Into Growth

Leading Your Church Into Growth is a free, 10-session evening course run by the diocese. The emphasis is on delivering practical solutions to common prob­lems and developing a bespoke strategy for your church. The course works best with a mixture of clergy and laity attending as a parish group

For further details email Abigail.sanderson@southwark.anglican.org

To book click through to https://lycig17.eventbrite.co.uk

Mission Shaped Ministry

Mission Shaped Ministry is a one-year, part-time course which takes people on a learning journey as part of a supportive community, training them for min­istry in fresh expressions of church. Cost is £150 for first participant, reducing to £50 for the fourth and subsequent participants.

For further details email Angiecookson@blueyonder.co.uk

To book click through to https://southwarkmsm2017.eventbrite.co.uk


Worship4Today is a course for worship leaders and musicians, successfully tried and tested in a number of dioceses. This practical course will deepen your biblical and theological understanding of worship and develop skills as a worship leader. Tutored by lay and ordained worship leaders from Southwark. The next course will run beginning in September 2018, finishing in June 2019. Sessions are usually on the second Saturday of the month – click for further details. A taster session will be available early in 2018.

Read an overview of the Worship4Today course and the benefits for individuals and parishes (.pdf, 668kb)

To book a place on the taster session and to receive further updates on the upcoming course email Caroline.Wakelam-Jones@southwark.anglican.org.

C&YP courses

The discipleship of children and young people is a core calling of the church. Our 2017-18 programme of training and events will provide you with increased confidence in leading children and youth work, and supporting children and young people as fellow church members. Courses range from introductions to Godly Play and Messy Church to a series of Life and Faith sessions aimed at exploring challenging areas of ministry such as mental health and additional needs.

The events are:

Children and Young People’s Mission & Ministry Resource Centre opening

Monday 9 October, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Southwark Cathedral

Children and Young People’s Mission & Ministry Training & Resource open evening

Wednesday 18 October, 6.30pm to 9pm, All Saints, Kingston

Life and Faith: Children & Young People’s Mental Health

Tuesday 21 November, 7pm to 9pm, Trinity House, London Bridge

Prayer Spaces in Schools

Tuesday 20 February, 7pm to 9pm, Trinity House, London Bridge

Godly Play: An Extended Introduction

Saturday 10 March, 9.45am to 5pm, St Mary’s Church, Putney (there is a small £10 charge for this course)

Messy Church: An Introduction

Saturday 14 April, 10am to 1pm, St Matthew’s House, East Croydon

Life and Faith: Children and Young People with Additional Needs

Wednesday 23 May, 7pm to 9pm, St Matthew’s House, East Croydon

Children and Young People’s Leaders Quiet Day

Saturday 16 June, 10am to 4.30pm, St Benedict’s Centre, West Malling (there is a small £10 charge for this course)

For help email abigail.sanderson@southwark.anglican.org

For further details and to book click through to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/diocese-of-southwark-children-and-young-peoples-mission-and-ministry-7954947550