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Church Life 2017

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast


FREE Seminar Programme


During the course of our one-day event, we will be offering 18 seminars which are Free to attend. However, places must be booked in advance. Please browse the seminars below and book using the form at the bottom of the page. Enter the number of Free places you require and click 'submit' to send us your order.


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** The first 4 seminars listed are 90 minutes duration **


10.00 - 11.30


In this presentation, we examine where funding can come from, fundraising methods, example funders who support faith organisations and ethics of fundraising for your organisation. (Presented by Conor McGale: RCN)


11.30 - 1.00


Changes are coming to data protection law - and how we look after our information about both our people and our members. ‘Getting it right’ must be a key objective within all organisations as we move closer to an ever increasing digital economy, where privacy and transparency are high on everyone’s agenda. This session will provide an overview of key requirements to comply with the new legislation. (Presented by Information Commissioner’s Office)


1.00 - 2.30


This session will explore the benefits to your group of using social media; how to use Facebook and Twitter; and presenting your message effectively. (Presented by Conor McGale: RCN)


2.30 - 4.00


Good Governance is essential for any group or charity to have direction, plan ahead, be effective and meet legal requirements. This presentation will outline how you can improve your governance knowledge to ensure that your group is governed and led effectively. The session will provide a charity law update including religious designation. (Presented by NICVA)


** The following 14 seminars are 60 minutes duration **


9.00 - 10.00


This session will encompass a brief overview of equalities law, in particular the Sexual Orientation Regulations and the Fair Employment and Treatment Order and the position in relation to matters of conscience post Ashers. We will discuss the exemptions built into the regulations which give charities some degree of protection - and how best to ensure that the exemption is complied with in the event of challenge. (Presented by Graeme Hamilton - Hewitt & Gilpin Solicitors)


Over the years Hewitt & Gilpin Solicitors have developed an excellent reputation as Charity Law practitioners, advising over 300 clients in the church and voluntary sector. A number of their solicitors sit as trustees or directors on the boards of these charities giving them a level of insight and empathy that goes beyond merely providing legal advice.


10.00 - 11.00


“Out of all the gifts that God has given to me, I think that prayer must come very near the top of the list. I have an old saying: ‘no situation is beyond transformation when we can bring it before God in prayer’. In this session, I will be talking about: how to grow in our relationship with God in prayer; how to pray for people who are sick or in difficulty; how to pray for our country and how to develop our life of prayer. In particular, we will look at the prayer of forgiveness which is often vital to restore peace and keep good relationships with other people.” Join Brother David Jardine as he opens up this subject of prayer.


Brother David Jardine is a Church of Ireland clergyman and also a member of the Society of St. Francis, a religious community in the Anglican Church. He is a former chaplain in Crumlin Road Prison, Belfast (1975 - 1985). From 1985 to 1988 he worked in two churches in New York. Along with a group of others, David Jardine founded Interdenominational Divine Healing Ministries in 1992. Since then, on an interdenominational basis they have been praying for the healing of individuals and of our land.


10.00 - 11.00


Would it shock you to know that 21% of children in Northern Ireland live in poverty? That is more than 1 in 5 of the children that you are connecting with through your church living in real need.


This statistic should not just break our hearts, but it should call us to action. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) are committed to tackling poverty and it’s key causes (debt, unemployment, addiction, education failure and relationship breakdown) and do this through partnering with local churches to deliver services to reach those in most need.


This seminar will explore these key themes and how Churches can respond in a practical way to their communities, while keeping the message of the Gospel and the love of Jesus at the core of all activity. (Presented by Emma Jackson - Christians Against Poverty)


11.00 - 12.00


According to a survey carried out by Bible Society in 2008, only 1 in 3 church goers actively read their Bibles. If we inside the church are struggling to read the Bible, what hope is there for those in our community who either don’t have one or don’t know what the Bible is?


In this seminar, Trevor Wilson (Biblica) will look at how the Bible is impacting communities across the UK and share some practical suggestions and tools which can help your church use the Bible more effectively in your community. From community Bible reading programmes to accessible translations for visually impacted, from exciting kids formats to inter-church distribution projects - there are many ways to use the Bible in our communities and see the Holy Spirit transform lives as a result. While the platforms and means of accessing the Bible have changed over the centuries, its transforming power remains the same. Explore with Trevor the potential to get God’s word back into the hands of the people.


Biblica have been at the forefront of Bible translation and distribution for over 200 years and continue to look for ways to make the Bible accessible and available to everyone. Trevor Wilson has been working for Biblica for almost two years now. Prior to this, he worked for Faith Mission Bookshops in Ireland and Christian Literature Crusade in Madrid. He has over 20 years’ experience working in Bible and literature ministries.


11.00 - 12.00


The presentation will cover the massive homeless crisis we are facing today in Northern Ireland, the different types and causes of homelessness and what Simon Community does to help.


This session will present different ways in which a local church can become involved. (Presented by Amanda Scott - Simon Community NI)


From a beginning of just one house, two full time staff and a few volunteers in Belfast, Simon Community NI now helps over 3000 people every year across 22 projects throughout Northern Ireland with a staff count of 300 and 50 volunteers. We work without judgement to support people who are, or are at risk of, becoming homeless.


12.00 - 1.00


This seminar will provide an overview of current drug culture in NI, the issues and pressures within communities plus information on current local services and treatment structures.


There will be discussion on the influence, support and development of faith based organisations - with an overview of the role that faith based organisations have and do play and how, moving forward, we can all support and help those in need. (Presented by Alex Bunting - AddictionNI)


Addiction NI is the leading counselling, support and information service for people affected by alcohol and drug misuse. In 2016, Addiction NI became part of the Inspire Group formerly known as Niamh (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health). However, Addiction NI retains its brand and remains an independent charity.


12.00 - 1.00


The Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s Vision for Society Statement is Gospel-centred, theologically sound and currently relevant. As far as the Kingdom of God is concerned, it is a constructive word for today!


The Vision for Society is a declaration of belief, confession, affirmation and aspiration. We are saved by grace to relate with grace. We have struggled to relate with the “other”. We have struggled to promote the counter culture of Jesus Christ. We have too often left peacebuilding out of our Christian discipleship.


At the invitation of the Church Life organisers, Stephen Johnston will outline and explain the Vision Statement. He will seek to facilitate a discussion on how it applies to all church groups and explore practically how Christians might prayerfully work it out in our divided society for the common good. (Presented by Rev Stephen Johnston - Presbyterian Church in Ireland)


Rev Stephen Johnston is the minister of Kilkeel Presbyterian Church. He chairs the work of promoting Good Relations in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.


12.30 - 1.30


Mark Bailie, from MKB Medical Services, will deliver a presentation on Public Access Defibrillators and the role your church can play in this. An informative, interactive session which will demonstrate how and when to use an AED (automated external defibrillator) and also remove any fears you may have regarding their use, including the fear of litigation. Mark will explore the different AED options available, the storage solutions to go with them and discuss what options are best for your church application.


CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) will also be covered, and the opportunity will be available for you to test your skills on the manikins.


There will be a question and answer session at the end, but Mark will be available throughout the day to discuss your needs on the MKB exhibition stand.


Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone. Valuable time is often lost waiting for professional medical help to arrive. Administering a shock within 4 minutes of SCA striking can increase survival rates to up to 80%.


1.00 - 2.00


Imagine a people and place that values the life and health of women and unborn children, and pursues the wellbeing of both.


It’s relatively easy to create a vision statement, but what does that look like when you’re faced with the reality of a pregnancy crisis?


The external circumstances that lead to pregnancy crises are many. What role can and should society, and the church, play in addressing the needs of women facing what can be a lack of emotional, physical, material or financial support?


If we believe that every human being matters, born and unborn, what do we say into the current cultural context which tells us, that ending an unborn life, is simply a matter of choice?


We’d love you to join us for a time of discussion and exploration because Both Lives Matter.


(Presented by Marion Woods: Chair of Life NI, a pregnancy crisis service provider. David Smyth: Policy officer EANI Rebecca Finlay: Mum to Reuben age 3 years, theology student and blogger at Maverick Mum.)


1.00 - 2.00


Ten years ago many of us hadn’t even heard of a foodbank, but in 2017 they are a recognised part of 21st century life. The existence of foodbanks is both a blight on the conscience of a developed society, that sees thousands go hungry every day, and a wonder of human kindness and community action.


Views on the existence of foodbanks are diverse. Many people don’t think we really need them, while others see them as a vital safety net for those falling between the cracks of low paying jobs and the benefits system.


In this seminar, you will hear real life stories and statistics that bring the reality of life for those accessing a foodbank, into focus. You will also find answers to questions regarding next steps for foodbank clients, avoiding dependency on charity, and how the church can seek change that will combat the need for foodbank use. (Presented by Linda Thompson - Trussell Trust)


The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 450 foodbanks across the UK with 23 in Northern Ireland


2.00 - 3.00


Do you struggle as a church to know how to support people with dementia? Do you find it difficult to talk to people with dementia on pastoral visits? Do you not know how to support people with dementia in church meetings? If yes, then this Alzheimer’s Society Practical Pastoral Care for People with Dementia session is a must.


Get a better understanding of dementia. Learn how it erodes memories and how to create dementia friendly environments in group settings or on a one to one basis. (Presented by Pamela Frazer - Alzheimer’s Society)


Alzheimer’s Society’s mission is to transform the landscape of dementia forever. In our new strategy, the New Deal on Dementia, we make a commitment to be available to every person who receives a diagnosis. We want everyone affected by dementia to know that, whatever you are going through wherever you are, whoever you are, you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society for support, help and advice. Until we find a cure, we will strive to create a society where those affected by dementia are supported, accepted and able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.


2.00 - 3.00


Restorative Justice offers a non-violent, human response to the hurt and harm anti-social behaviour does to victims and to the whole community. It seeks to heal wounds, repair broken relationships, and work towards a better future for everyone.


Engage with this presentation and discover how you and your church can be a part of this process in your community. (Presented by East Belfast Alternatives)


East Belfast Alternatives is an initiative aimed at embedding the philosophy and practice of restorative justice as a means of peacefully addressing socially harmful activities and developing non-violent, innovative approaches to doing justice within local communities.


3.00 - 4.00


As time moves on in this technological era, the simple Church sound system can still be achieved with digital technology. In fact, the use of a digital desk can be the best thing your church has ever invested in (materially speaking!)


The new consoles allow for the simplest of interaction. If all you want to do is turn up the volume - that’s ok! If all you want to do is turn it on - that’s ok! If you want to sit with your family during the service and control the sound - that’s ok too!


In this presentation, Rea Sound will demonstrate some of the best features of the Allen & Heath range of digital consoles. (Presented by Roger McMullan - Rea Sound)


Rea Sound are the country’s largest supplier of digital audio consoles - reaching their 400th over the summer 2017 - and that’s just in our wee country!


3.00 - 4.00

Looking for ideas for your Christmas and New Year activities in church? Are you searching for different ways to reach your local community over the holiday period? Join Paul Scott for this quick-fire presentation of engaging ideas and resources. (Presented by Paul Scott - Church Resources / Church Life)


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Fundraising for Faith Groups


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Data Protection Law


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Introduction to Social Media - Getting Your Message Across


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Good Governance

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Churches, Charities and Equalities Law


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A Life of Prayer
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Poverty in Northern Ireland - How Can Churches Respond?


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Sharing The Bible in Your Community
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Homelessness in Your Community


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Addiction: Supporting and Helping Those in Need
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A Vision for Society


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The Use of Defibrillators in Your Church and Your Community


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Both Lives Matter
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The Truth About Food Banks


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