Group Profile

Contact Details

Convenor: Gabrielle Ayerst
Location: Berwick and Borders, North East England
Phone: 01289 302680

About Us

Our group has now been in existence for eight years and we meet every fourth Wednesday of each month, except August from 2pm - 4pm at a group member’s home. This includes a cup or two of tea/coffee and delicious cake afterwards or is preceded by a simple meal.

New members continue to join us while some have left for a number of reasons and there are currently 10 active members in the group.

All are of course welcome to join us.  Please contact Gabrielle for more information.

Venue & Meeting Times

We meet every fourth Wednesday of each month, except August from 2pm - 4pm at a group member’s home.

Group History

Ancient:

We began our group with the excellent ‘Living the Questions’ course, which
generated stimulating and interesting discussion and gave us much food for thought. We are now running the course again focusing more on the written material interspersed with different members leading us in discussion on different themes of interest and concern to them,

Four of us went to St Anthony’s Priory at Durham for the day’s conference on ‘A Jesus Shaped Church’ lead by Canon Adrian Alker. While his ideas were quite radical, I, Gabrielle certainly enjoyed discussing the differences between the Jesus of the Creeds and the Jesus of history. The visual pictures and images to accompany the talks and discussion were excellent and the views and ideas of those present were very wide-ranging. The food was also excellent!

Early in 2014, to bring the New Year in, 10 of us met for a bring and share lunch and Pat McCullock, the Convenor of the Newcastle group was able to join us. Before we eat, we used the Emmaus Communion meal liturgy from the PCN website, which was very powerful. During our lunch, different members offered us some food for thought between courses and we ended up discussing PCN’s eight points.

In February ‘14 a member led us in discussion on John Robinson’s book, ‘Honest to God’, 50 years on, and reflected on an article he found on the ‘Thinking Anglicans’ website and the resource material from the PCN’s conference on the same.

In March, we went to the lenten discussion(s) in St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle, (lunch provided afterwards) where the discussion was about former Bishop David Jenkins.

More Recent History:

in 2016, we hosted one of the conferences in Berwick Parish Church,by Dr Val Webb on her UK Tour. We opened with a meal,followed by Val’s stimulating presentation on Christianity for the 21st century, followed by discussion. The presentation excited some of our 30 participants, while shocking others!

We have had two meetings to watch and discuss the 2017 Marcus Borg Memorial Lecture: How I became a heretic with help from Jesus

We engaged in particular last year with Rowan Williams’ book entitled ‘Being a Disciple’, where each member, each month took one chapter and introduced it to us for discussion.

As is our usual tradition, we finished the year with a social meal together to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

On March 20th, 2018, several of our group will be attending Dave Tomlinson’s talk in Newcastle, ‘Black Sheep and Prodigals’. Maybe see some of you there! Gabrielle

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