The Syzygy Calendar

 

 

NEW DIRECTIONS

For mission workers returning to the UK after ministry overseas.

This retreat/workshop is for full-time Christian workers returning to the UK after ministry overseas or for an extended home assignment.  It provides an opportunity to ‘unpack’ the transitional process and issues around adjustment in a context of group discussion, reflection and prayer within the beautiful setting of Penhurst Retreat Centre.

Dates: 26 Feb – 1 March 2018

Leaders: Maryann Richard and Tim Herbert

Location: Penhurst, Sussex

More information: Penhurst Retreat Centre

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HOSTAGE NEGOTIATION AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

Not ‘if, but ‘when.  Is your agency prepared for a crisis?   Phil Harper, a most experienced trainer and an active international hostage negotiator will help you get ready.  Lasting three whole days, the training will run from the evening of Friday 9th March till the afternoon of 12th March, immediately prior to EMCC 2018, and for convenience will be held in the same location, meaning that delegates will not have to move rooms.

Dates: 9-12 March 2018

Location: Torremolinos, Spain

More information: Member Care Europe

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INTRODUCTION TO MEMBER CARE

If you’re keen to support mission workers effectively, here’s a great place to start.  Member Care Europe is organising a 1-day workshop in Spain immediately prior to its influential European Member Care Consultation on Monday 12th March 2018.  By attending this you will gain a good understanding of what is involved in Member Care, and how you might be able to progress further and develop your skills.

Dates: 12 March 2018

Location: Torremolinos, Spain

More information: Member Care Europe

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EUROPEAN MEMBER CARE CONSULTATION

The next EMCC will focus on the issue of resilience.  Many mission workers suffer hard knocks in the course of their ministry.  How do we as member care workers help them to develop resilience and become ‘treasure in broken vessels’?

Dates: 12-15 March 2018

Location: Torremolinos, Spain

More information: Member Care Europe

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LIFE BALANCE

Work-life balance off kilter? Need to figure out how to use your time in retirement?  Feeling drained whilst caring for small children?  Each person’s needs, environments, life phase and situations are different, so there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to creating and maintaining life balance. The key is to understand your own personal circumstances by reflecting and listening to Him – what is working, what isn’t working, what needs to change and what is missing?

Dates: 6-8 April

Leader: Jenny Butter

Location: Penhurst, East Sussex

More information: Penhurst Retreat Centre

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GOFEST 2018

GOfest has joined together with All Nations to bring you a dynamic, mission-focused event which aims to celebrate what God is doing in his world and inspire our involvement in his mission locally and globally.  More details will be announced over the next couple of months, but book the date in your diary and get an early bird discounted ticket, before they go up to the full price in February 2018.

Dates: 12 May

Location: All Nations Christian College, Hertfordshire

More information: GOfest

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RAISING CHILDREN IN RESTRICTED SOCIETIES

More information available soon!

Dates: 12 June

Location: Birmingham

More information: Global Connections

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BREATHE

If you work cross-culturally, you understand the unique challenges missionaries encounter on the field. Changes in language, social systems, identity, values, climate, geography, political unrest, and work roles contribute to stress. Added pressures come from working with multinational teams, visas, children’s educational needs, health issues, isolation, relationships (single or married), funding and more.  No wonder international workers become discouraged and lose heart.  This 10-day retreat is intentionally created for the renewal and encouragement of singles, couples, and families who are in need of a break from global work.

Dates: 20-30 June

Location: Wilderswil, Switzerland

More information: Catalyst Int’l

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DEBRIEFING WEEK FOR SINGLES AND COUPLES

A restful week in which to reconnect with God and unpack your missionary experiences.  Personal debriefing with both male and female debriefers will be available for individuals as well as couple-to-couple debriefing if appropriate.

Dates: 24-27 July

Location: Penhurst, East Sussex

More information: Penhurst Retreat Centre

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REKONNECT CAMPS FOR RETURNING TCKS

rekonnect camps offer children and teenagers five fun-filled and action packed days with others who have lived overseas and now find themselves back in the UK.  There are camps for those aged 6-12 (rekonnect kids) and those who are 13-18 (rekonnect teens).

Dates: 23-27 July (teens); 6-10 August (kids)

Location: The Peak Centre, Edale, S33 7ZA

More information: rekonnect

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GLOBAL MEMBER CARE CONSULTATION

More details to follow!

Dates: 10-14 September

Location: Seminario Sudamericano, Quito, Ecuador

More information: Global Member Care Network

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TRACTION

TRACTION is a 6-day experience designed to encourage global workers who serve in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  TRACTION is different than any other kind of conference. It isn’t about filling notebooks or honing leadership skills. It is about living as single men, husbands, fathers, leaders, and as guys who deal with tremendous stresses cross-culturally.  This conference is focused on helping men navigate their roles to regain spiritual footing and momentum to move forward.

Dates: 19-25 September

Location: Seminarion Sudamericano, Quito, Ecuador

More information: Catalyst Int’l