Safe arrival at Tamil-Nadu Theological Seminary
Saturday 28th June 2013: lots of hours travelling and three airplane flights later we arrived safely at our destination.
We were met by students from the Seminary who made us feel very welcome and drove us from the airport to the seminary.
We were instantly hit by a combination of heat, different smells and sights… and the way the traffic on the road runs is amazing. We passed goats, chickens and cows that were by the roadside, I even saw a man milking one of the cows as he sat on the edge of the pavement.
29th June: We were given quite a restful day today, we went to the church if Divine Patience to experience an Indian English act of worship. Very traditional and use of old English language, some of it I found difficult to keep up with as they spoke very fast. I think my biggest surprise was the use of technology, the electric piano was ok. Following the service on the projected screen just seemed rather out of place from what I expected.
Later in the morning we split into two groups and went exploring, we even managed to get across a couple of main roads without any accidents was impressive. After lunch I think most of us just rested after such a long journey…
This evening we have been welcomed by the Seminary community. We were given a very warm welcome, each presented with a garland at the beginning of evening worship. Afterwards the whole community ate together outdoors. We are having a lovely time, though lectures start tomorrow!
My fellow travellers are:Garry Hall – Tutor from Queens College Birmingham
Lesley Dingham – Queens Student
Angie Allport – Queens StudentNoel Colley – Queens StudentSteve Carpenter – Queens StudentLiz England – Queens Student
Pam Luxton – Wesley Study Centre
Melanie Greenall – Wesley Study Centre
Also in the photo are:
Dr. Solomon Victus
Ms. Shuba Keerthana
Mr. David Dhonakaran
Are you involved with Money & the Life of the Church?
A new course module from Cranmer Hall and The Wesley Study Centre, St. John’s College, Durham
To be delivered in two residential blocks during the academic year 2013/14 15th - 17th January 2014 & 7th - 8th July 2014
Subjects to be covered during the day:
Biblical, historical context for considering financial issues
Church Accounts – how to read them, what they reveal
The Charity Commission framework within which the Church has to work
Money, Mission and Risk
Case studies integrating theology and practice
Dr Jocelyn Bryan
Canon Dr Alan Bartlett
Rev Rick Simpson
Roger Pinchbeck FCA (Deputy Secretary & Treasurer Diocese of Sheffield)
Robert Scott-Biggs M.A., ACIS
To reserve a place on the course contact:
Cranmer Hall/Wesley Study Centre
St. John’s College, 3 South Bailey Durham DH1 3RJ Tel: 0191 334 3894
Note: It is possible to undertake the module as a stand-alone module or as part of the MATM, PGDip or PGCert programmes on offer at St John’s College.
Book these dates 16 and 17 June 2014
The conference will run from Monday lunchtime to Tuesday lunchtime and will be based in St John’s College.
There will be public lecture in the evening on the Monday.
The service of thanksgiving and celebration will follow on Tuesday 17 June at 3pm in Elvet Methodist Church. So if you can only come for this don’t worry it will be good to have you share with us in this final act of worship as the Wesley Study Centre for ministerial formation and training.
There will be a reception after the service in Elvet Methodist Church to launch the new WSC – all welcome to join us in the Church Hall to hear more about the new WSC.
Watch out for more details – coming soon. WSC Conference Poster
Event Durham (rooms in Colleges, University accommodation)