God's resource for life's challenges

God's resource for life's challenges: A day to reflect on different aspects of the Psalms

BRF and Woman Alive's women's conference 2019

Saturday 15 June 2019 10.30 - 16.30

Guildford Baptist Church, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BE

£30 (bring your own lunch, tea and coffee included).

Book five places and pay for four!

All information subject to change.

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09:15 - 10:30 Registration
10:30 - 11:45 Opening Celebration
11:45 - 12:15 Break
12:15 - 13:00 Workshop One
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:45 Workshop Two
14:45 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 16:15 Final Celebration


Keynote Talk

Lyndal Bywater : God's resource for life's challenges

If you had to climb Mount Everest, which would you prefer: an award-winning book on mountaineering, or a friendly Sherpa? You're unlikely ever to have to climb Everest, but you will definitely have to negotiate challenges along the road of life, and some of those challenges will feel like mountains. You've probably developed a few coping strategies to get you through the hard times (mine range from becoming a control freak to eating too much chocolate), but when the Bible talks about navigating difficult situations, it points our gaze away from the strategies and the 'how to' books, towards the faithful friend and Sherpa who offers us his presence on the journey. In the Psalms, you will meet the God who accompanies you, shouldering your burdens and guiding your feet, holding you close in the valleys of shadow, and taking your hand as you scale the heights.

Deep Night, bright morning: Anita Cleverly

Not one of us travels through life without experiencing profound sadness and loss, or free from battle, whether in circumstance, in relationships or within ourselves. In this seminar we will look at how the Psalmists, especially David, responded to these things, and discover-or rediscover-secure handholds for the dark nights of the soul, as John of the Cross called such times. We will think about bereavement, anger, forgiveness, confession, waiting, and about finding God in the dark. My prayer is that our time together would not be an end in itself, but simply a doorway to something much deeper and wider for each one of us.

When we need comfort and assurance: Ellie Hart

The Lord is my shepherd, my light, my fortress. The Psalms are a beautiful example to us of how we can turn to God for comfort and assurance even in distinctly uncomfortable and uncertain times. This session will use art, storytelling and scripture to explore the themes of Psalms 23 and 27, drawing on those deep wells to find truth that we can stand on and find strength in, even in difficult times. It will include some time to listen to God for yourself and reflect on how He can be shepherd, light and fortress in your own life.

When we face difficulties: Claire Musters

What do we do when our world falls apart (whether it was expected or a total surprise)? How do we keep our faith in the severest of life's storms or when we feel constantly buffeted by difficulty after difficulty? Claire Musters looks at how God has given us a language to express our deepest pain and sorrow to him through the psalms of lament (the largest selection of psalms there are). He is happy for us to be totally honest with him - so Claire will take time to look at how we can engage with the psalms in order to do just that. she will also share personal stories of how the psalms have helped her cling to God when all around her life seems to be falling apart. Whether you are facing relationship or financial difficulties, ill health, bereavement or any other of life's storms (from which none of us are immune) this workshop will show you that you are not alone - and remind you that God is right in the midst of it with you.

Psalms of praise and thanksgiving: Diane Watts

The workshop will look at some of the key themes focussing on the nature and work of God that lead to praise and thanksgiving in the Psalms . We will pick one or two Psalms to consider in particular and reflect on how these might be used in both corporate and individual setting. The workshop will be participatory and the sharing of thoughts, ideas and experiences will be welcomed.

About the Speakers

Lyndall Bywater

Lyndall Bywater is a freelance speaker and writer on prayer. She is part of The Salvation Army's national prayer team, and lives in Canterbury, where she leads a 24-7 Prayer Boiler Room (prayer community). She is the author of two books: Faith in the Making: Trying it, talking it, living it and Prayer in the Making: Trying it, talking it, sustaining it.

Anita Cleverly

Author, speaker and church leader, Anita has worked alongside her husband Charlie for over 35 years in ministry. They have been leading St Aldates Church in Oxford since 2002, following 10 years in a French speaking church in inner city Paris. She is a devoted bibliophile, loves being a spiritual director and bereavement counsellor, and has recently published her second book, Faithful Grandparents - something she aspires to be to her eight grandchildren!

Ellie Hart

Ellie is a writer, artist, teacher and mum. She believes that God can sometimes use a picture or a story to slide truth into our hearts without having to pin it down with words and that He always has something to say. She loves painting, spending time with young people, seeing people grow in their faith, British summers, and drinking tea with friends. She is the author of Postcards from Heaven and Postcards of Hope.

Claire Musters

Claire is a writer, speaker and editor, mum, pastor's wife, worship leader and school governor. Claire's books include Taking off the mask: daring to be the person God created you to be, Cover to Cover: 1-3 John Walking in the truth and David A man after God's own heart, Insight Into: Managing Conflict, Self-acceptance, Burnout and, most recently, Shame. She also writes Bible study notes and magazine features. www.clairemusters.com

Diane Watts

Diane Watts is a Baptist minister currently working across Sussex as the development officer for a joint venture between the Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of Chichester. The main focus of the work is to support churches and others as they seek to bring change in communities across Sussex. Prior to this Diane led a suburban London Baptist church.

Venue Information

The Venue is Guildford Baptist Church, Millmead

Guildford Baptist Church,Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BE

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