Horsham Training Day Mon 16th of April

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"Building Welcoming Transforming Communities of FAITH"


12 MAY 2018, 9.45am - 4pm

Is your parish a  welcoming place?

Is your parish a welcoming place? A place that transforms people's lives?

This FREE series of workshops will provide people with the opportunity to share their positive experiences of welcome and transformation, like the parish who has an annual party for the families of children who have been recently baptised, or the wonderful Shrove Tuesday meal that brings into the church the "Christmas and Easter" people.

Also during the day Fr Chris Chataway, Dean of the Cathedral, will explore the idea of Sufficiency for Ministry (mentioned in the Bishop's Synod charge of 2017) and what is means to be a welcoming and transforming community. Hedley Thomson will also speak about the Ecospirotuality Retreats coming up later in the year.

Come and share your stories and hear what other parishes are trying.

The Rev'd Robyn Shackell
Convenor, Ministry Development Committee


The Parish of Horsham is providing lunch at a cost of $5 per person. Please let Fr Denis know if you have any dietary requirements. eg gluten free. (03) 5382 6633 or


9.45am WELCOME

Sufficiency for Ministry - what is means to be a transforming community

Small group sharing of stories of building communities.


1. Parishes with multiple centres

LEADER The Rev'd Ryan Bennett

This presentation is centered around the theme ‘Creative Connections' which will explore how multi centered parishes can find pathways in both sustaining existing communities as well as generating new life within townships and parish structures.

Ryan was ordained in 2008 and presently ministers in the multi centre parish of Springmount. The parish is on the cusp of urban development across Creswick as well as including long established farming communities. He enjoys engaging with communities to discern what future directions can be possible as the shape of the church changes and takes new directions into the future.

2. Developing Community Partnerships

LEADER The Rev'd James Wood

Rowan Williams, the previous Archbishop of Canterbury was accustomed to saying about mission; "it's not the Church of God that has a mission but the God of mission who has a Church." Gleaned in an informal conversation with Bishop Garry, another way of saying this is - ‘Going where God is and joining in!'

We may well ask ourselves, "Where do we start? What do we say? What do we do?"
In this workshop, we will begin to explore ways of developing community partnerships as a vital element in fulfilling Jesus' mission to spread the good news! It will be very interactive - so come prepared to engage and be engaged.

Rev James is the new priest in Warracknabeal. Passions include: pilgrimage, furniture making and cycling.

3. Caring for the Carers: the importance of self-care in parish ministry

LEADER The Rev'd Constantine Osuchukwu

The fallout from the scandal of child sex abuse, along with the decline in Church attendance, aggressive secularization and the Church's waning influence have contributed to the sense of being embattled and wearied among some in our congregations. Fr Constantine's workshop will assist us with finding the general principles to help us reduce stress, improve self-care, stay focused and maximize our collective potential in parish ministry.

Fr Constantine Osuchukwu is the parish priest of St Matthew's Wendouree. He is married to Faith Madumere and they have a son, Obed. He holds a Masters of Counselling degree from Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC).



Hedley Thomson
What IS an Ecosprituality Retreat?


1. Working with the Karen people

LEADER Deacon Grace Reynolds

St Stephens Anglican Church in Mae Sot is home to many Karen refugees, who live and work in Thailand and Myanmar. In 2016 they held a 3 day retreat to understand the soul of their parish and to move ahead with an action plan for mission. At this workshop participants will learn the 4 dimensional model that they used, their outcomes and their vision now being implemented and how this might apply to your parish.

Deacon Grace Reynolds is a Personal and Professional Life Strategist working to develop "Trusted Leaders". Grace has worked as a Chaplain in Schools, in an acute Psychiatric ward, and in a Community Care organisation supporting young people with drug and alcohol issues.

2. Listening - to God and each other.

LEADER The Rev'd Robyn Shackell
This workshop will explore the different ways we listen, and consider how we might make our listening more effective.

Robyn is an honorary assistant priest in the parish of Warrnambool. In the past she has worked as a psychologist, a teacher and in Pastoral care.

3. Developing Community Partnerships

LEADER The Rev'd James Wood


1. Developing a Community Garden on underutilized Church Ground while encouraging connections to the Wider Community.
LEADER The Rev'd Canon Denis Sotiriadis

Denis is the parish priest of Horsham Anglican parish and has worked in a number of parishes across the diocese.

2. Caring for the Carers: the importance of self-care in parish ministry
LEADER The Rev'd Constantine Osuchukwu

3. Working with the Karen people
LEADER Deacon Grace Reynolds

4pm CLOSE (5 mins)

If you require further information please contact:
The Rev'd Robyn Shackell
m. 0419 365 824

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