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Church Life 2017


Tuesday 14 November 2017

The Crowne Plaza, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast


Keynote speakers:

Dr John Kyle (Being Good Neighbours)

and Debbie Thrower (The Gift of Years)


Please note that there is now only one session of 'The Gift of Years' with Debbie Trower: 11.00 - 1.00.


See below for full details.


If you experience any difficulties, please contact us on 0799 078 0453


Being Good Neighbours


Presented by: Dr John Kyle


When Jesus was asked ‘who is my neighbour?’ he told a story of compassion, courage and a willingness to reach out to the other, the story of the Good Samaritan. For all of us who have experienced God’s grace we will find that there are ‘good works of courage and compassion which God prepared long ago for us to do’, works that can have an enduring influence in the lives of our neighbours and in our neighbourhoods.


During the Church Life event in November, John Kyle and other invited guests will be discussing the role of the Church in society and addressing questions such as:


  • What does it mean to love your neighbour?
  • How should we respond to injustice?
  • How can we empower Christians to be transformational in the places where they live work and socialise?


There will also be small group discussion times with feedback from the floor and Q&As.




To allow as many as possible to attend, the 2-hr presentation will be delivered twice on Tuesday 14 November 2017:


10.00 - 12.00 and 2.00 - 4.00


The same content will be delivered at each session.




The cost to attend ‘Being Good Neighbours’ is £15 per person including tea/coffee.


Dr John Kyle has practiced as a GP in East Belfast for 30 years and has been a Belfast City Councillor since 2007 succeeding David Ervine after his untimely death. He has been an elder in Christian Fellowship Church and helped lead an interdenominational Christian community in London. He has five grown up children and a very tolerant wife.



The Gift of Years

Resourcing the Spiritual Journey of Older People


Presented by Debbie Thrower


The Gift of Years programme aims to inspire, equip and enable your Church to meet the spiritual needs of older people wherever they may be - in the congregation, in residential care, in their own homes and in the community.


The Gift of Years programme from The Bible Reading Fellowship, BRF, helps congregations and communities welcome the opportunities and rise to the challenges of greater longevity, and the growing numbers of people living with dementia.


Anna Chaplaincy (named after the widow Anna who appears with Simeon in Luke’s gospel- both good role models of faithful older people) is a proven model for supporting older people, promoting spiritual welfare, and inspiring, equipping and enabling churches to meet the needs of their communities grappling with the changing landscape of old age.


This seminar shows how you can recruit the right people to be Anna Chaplains in your part of the world, supplementing good work already happening, and so help more people prepare for retirement, deepen their later life discipleship, be accompanied in the final months and weeks of life, and make the most of ‘the gift of years’.




11.00 - 1.00




The cost to attend ‘The Gift of Years’ is £15 per person including tea/coffee.


Debbie Thrower is Team Leader of BRF’s The Gift of Years programme and remains an Anna Chaplain in Alton where the pioneering approach began. She is a former radio and TV broadcaster for both BBC and ITV; a newscaster, Radio 2 DJ, and presenter of ‘Songs of Praise’ for many years. She is also a Licensed Lay Minister (LLM), a lay Canon, and a member of the Chapter of Winchester Cathedral. Debbie was born in Kenya, has a daughter and son, and is a trustee of Renovare Britain and Ireland, encouraging people to go deeper in their life with God.



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