Exclusively for lay employees of the Southern & Islands Region of the Methodist Church.
Traditionally The Mine was an in-person day event for lay employees of the region. It would begin with collective worship followed by a whole-group session (on a current and relevant theme) and lead into streamed training sessions for Administrators, Pastoral Care Workers and Children's, Youth, Families and Community workers. For the past four years it has been held in Trinity Church, Woking, from 10am – 4pm, with lunch and refreshments.
This year, due to the current Covid-19 context, we are moving The Mine online! Therefore it will still follow the format of the in-person event (sadly, minus the shared lunch and physical togetherness) but the one hour sessions will be spread across 5 mornings (in the week of September that it is traditionally held in). There will also be an open Breakfast Club reception each day for anyone who would like to gather in advance of the sessions to share in a virtual cup of coffee before sessions begin.
If you are a lay employee in the region – please be invited to this week of gatherings! Please also share this with lay employees who you know who might be interested in joining us -- whether they're paid or volunteer...whatever their role. The Mine has been a great place to come together as a regional community of lay employees; where friendships have been created and developed, where the mission, value and purpose of our roles has been celebrated, where learning and good practice modelling has been on offer and where sharing stories has been inevitable.
Please see below for the outline of the week's sessions. Please be invited to attend all of the sessions or just those that you feel are most relevant to you. The Tues-Thurs sessions have been created for the work streams, but they are also open to all who might see the focus areas as useful to practice. We hope that you might all join us for the Monday and Friday whole-group sessions.
Monday 21st September 9.15am- 9.40am: optional breakfast club.
Monday 21st September 9.45am- 10.45am: A Reception for the Lay Employees of the Southern and Islands Region, led by Rev'd Adrian Roux
Tuesday 22nd September 9.15am – 940am: optional breakfast club.
Tuesday 22nd September 9.45am – 10.45am: Stream for Administrators (although all welcome) on Wellbeing and Sharing in New Practice of 2020 led by Katie Deadman-Vernall.
Wednesday 23rd September 9.15am – 9.40am: optional breakfast club.
Wednesday 23rd September 9.45am -10.45am Stream for Children's, Youth, Families' and Community workers (although all welcome) led by Jon White. Session title tbc.
Thursday 24th September 915-940am: optional breakfast club.
Thursday 24th September 945am – 1045am: Stream for Pastoral Care Workers (although all welcome) led by James Devenish. Session title tbc
Friday 25th September 915am-940am: optional breakfast club. .
Friday 25th September 945am – 1045am: Whole Group Reflections and Conversations and Closing Devotions led by Katie Deadman-Vernall