Last weekend was the first teaching weekend for the latest of our training hubs for lay pioneers.
‘Holy Rumpus!’ is a partnership between CMS and the Diocese of Bath and Wells and it joins the St Cedd Centre in the Diocese of Chelmsford and the School of Pioneers developed with London Diocese in delivering the CMS Certificate.
The Holy Rumpus! pioneers are studying six modules, each taught over a Saturday and Sunday residential in different contexts around the diocese.
We kicked off in Wells, learning about mission, pioneering and reading culture. In my sessions, I was particularly looking at connection points for mission afforded by cathedrals and sacred springs.
Although, the real highlights for me were the very different expressions of worship that were interspersed throughout the weekend. Jonny began by leading us in reflecting on seeds and pioneering. Tina Hodgett, who is hosting the hub, presided at a very simple but beautiful communion service in the Bishop’s Palace chapel on Saturday evening and I conducted worship outside on Sunday morning in the amazing gardens right by St Andrew’s Well. I felt we joined with all creation, as well as the cathedral bells, in giving praise to our good and glorious God!
I also particularly enjoyed our meal together at the end of our first day of teaching. It was great to begin to get to know the 20 people who have signed up to the course and we heard some wonderfully inspiring stories of hope and God’s faithfulness in the midst of addiction and brokenness.
The next weekend will take place in July and will be based on a social housing estate in Bath. Diana Greenfield will be teaching on reading the Bible. Diana is currently walking a section of the Camino de Santiago with a pagan friend and will be drawing on this experience for her forthcoming article in the next edition of Anvil which will be on mission to the spiritual but not religious. That’s definitely one to look out for!
The module after that will be ‘Doing Theology’ with John Wheatley in Weston-super-Mare. So welcome ‘Holy Rumpus!’ to the Starfish Network! It’s great to have you with us in this growing community of pioneer practice.