The Syzygy Calendar

SAFEGUARDING IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT

The recent scandals emerging from some high profile international aid organisations and churches raise many questions. How would your organisation have handled a similar situation? Do your staff have the training necessary to recognise different types of abuse? Are there processes in place to facilitate reporting and whistleblowing?

Global Connections, Thirtyone:eight  and Thrive Worldwide are collaborating to facilitate a one day conference that will address the key concerns for safeguarding in the international context for organisations and UK churches..

Speakers: Graham Fawcett and Eleanor Morgan

Dates: 22 January

Location: CMF, Borough, London SE1 1HL

More information: Global Connections

 


FINDING YOUR STRENGTH IN GOD

During our time together we will learn how to enhance our own resilience, and discover ways to help those we support to become more resilient. We will do this through discussion about the spiritual, physical, emotional, cognitive, creative, social and environmental aspects of resilience, and through looking at resilient people in the Bible.

Speakers: Debbie Hawker & Tony Horsfall

Dates: 26-27 March

Location: Yarnfield Park, Stone, ST15 0NL

More information: Global Connections

 


NEW DIRECTIONS

A retreat/workshop for full-time Christian workers returning to the UK after ministry overseas or for an extended home assignment.

Speakers: Tim Herbert

Dates: 1-4 April

Location: Penhurst Retreat Centre, Battle, TN33 9QP

More information: Penhurst Retreat Centre

 


RUNNING THE RACE

This course will seek to help those who have been involved in full-time Christian ministry (UK and overseas) prepare for retirement and the years beyond. It will look at what we understand by ‘retirement’, the Biblical approach to old age, and in particular at the spirituality of ageing.

Speakers: Maryann Richard and Paul Lindsay 

Dates: 4-7 April

Location: Penhurst Retreat Centre, Battle, TN33 9QP

More information: Penhurst Retreat Centre

 


EUROTCK – NAVIGATING THE CURRENTS OF CHANGE

Whether it be in the areas of faith, sexuality, geopolitics or technology, our world is changing faster than any time in human history. Join us as we brainstorm together on how Third Culture Kids can thrive in today’s changing world.

Speakers: Jackie Mann, Janet Chapman, Yolanda Jerrard, Christian Quartier 

Dates: 20-24 May

Location: Friolzheim, Germany

More information: EuroTCK

 


BREATHE CONFERENCE

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: 19-29 June

Location: Switzerland

More information: Catalyst Int’l

 


REKONNECT FOR KIDS

Five fun-filled and action packed days with other children aged 6-12 who have lived overseas and now find themselves back in the UK.

There will be an opportunity to share about where you’ve lived, as well as finding out more of what living in the UK is really like.

With lots of indoor and outdoor activities… plenty of chance to be creative and get messy!

Dates: 29 July – 2 August

Location: The Peak Centre, Derbyshire

More information: Global Connections

 


REKONNECT FOR TEENS

Five days for teenage TCKs – those who have lived overseas and now find themselves back in the UK. A chance to relax, chill, be themselves and interact with others who know just what they have experienced.

The programme is designed to give a safe space, an opportunity to relax, enjoy the centre and the company and learn from each other and those who can provide some help in getting re-connected to the UK scene and culture.

Dates: 4-9 August

Location: The Peak Centre, Derbyshire

More information: Global Connections

 


TRACTION – A RETREAT FOR MEN IN MISSION

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: 18-24 September

Location: Switzerland

More information: Catalyst Int’l