Monday, 8 January 2018


Newsletter December 2017

 

Dear Friends,

 

Since our last newsletter, we have held our AGM for 2017 and elected the Secretariat. We will continue to send information from Bristol Cursillo unless you request that you no longer wish to receive newsletters as we are very keen to keep in touch with all 4th day community. Those of us who have continued to attend Group Reunions continue to find them very helpful and we would encourage you to think of trying to attend. If you currently do not participate in a group reunion and would like to do so please let Angela know so that we can arrange to make contact with others for you.

 

This newsletter includes:

     The results of elections at the AGM

     Update on Group Reunions

     Bristol Anglican Cursillo finances

     National Conference and AGM

     Plans for Ultreyas in Bristol  area

     Advance notice of a garden party next summer

 

Annual General Meeting

We held our Annual General Meeting on 11th November 2017. The elections confirmed the existing members of the secretariat in their posts as follows:

Lay Director – Angela Smith

Treasurer – Rachel Pound

Secretary – Hilary Greene

Communications Officer – Hilary Greene

BACC representative – Tony Gardener.

Co-opted member – Jean Beech

 

Rev Alastair Davies remains as our Spiritual Director.

 

 

Update on Group Reunions

We are hoping to start a daytime reunion after Christmas in Chippenham so look out for more news about this. Currently we have 2 groups established, one on Mondays and one on Wednesdays, both in the evening. Please let us know if you are interested in starting a new group nearer to you.

 

 

Bristol Anglican Cursillo Finances

In recent years we have had difficulty paying the annual subscription to BACC. Earlier this year the secretariat agreed to the principle of donating regularly to support the finances of Bristol Cursillo as part of their apostolic action. The subscription paid to BACC enables the encouragement and support of new and existing Cursillo Dioceses, ensures consistency in the use of the Cursillo method and promotes Cursillo nationally. Since Angela has become Lay Director and Area Rep for the South West she has benefited from contact with other Dioceses and is able to bring this experience into Bristol Cursillo. Belonging to a national organisation like this is beneficial for us and provides support to us, with links in to other Dioceses and their activities. The secretariat therefore felt it worthwhile to support the organisation financially. If you would like to make a donation, either one –off or regularly, please contact Rachel.  If you have access to internet banking and wish to donate, the bank account details needed are as follows -   sort code 09-06-66, account number 40807758. Please do contact Rachel if you are able to gift aid your donation and she will send you the relevant form.

 

Bristol Anglican Cursillo has also recently registered with easyfundraising.org.  If you shop on line via their website you can raise money for Bristol Anglican Cursillo with no additional cost to yourself.  You just register on easyfundraising.org website and state the registered cause that you wish to support then when you shop Bristol Anglican Cursillo (or another chosen cause) can benefit at no cost to yourself.  Even though we have only recently registered we have already received more than £6 in donations – some Cursillo areas have raised thousands of pounds in this way.  If you require any help or further information regarding this please contact Rachel, Hilary or Angela (details below).  If you can gift aid your donations then more money can be raised.

 

Plans for 2018

We are not currently planning a Cursillo weekend in Bristol Diocese but Oxford Diocese are running a weekend in April 2018 and new Cursillistas from other Diocese are able to attend.  If we can raise further funds not only can we support BACC in their work but we could also sponsor new Cursillistas from our Diocese to attend a weekend.

 

The Cursillo movement is based on prayer, study and action.  Your Secretariat in the Bristol Diocese is faithfully trying to grow closer to God by following this method and following a rule of life.  We try to encourage and support all 4th day Cursillistas and other Christians on their faith journey.  If you feel that we can help in any way please do contact us using the details below.

 

One recent development is the compilation and sending out of the monthly email prayer list. This has provided encouragement to those included on the list and helped those receiving the list to focus prayer on those in our community who have requested prayer support.  Please do let Angela know if you wish to be included on this list at any time.

 

National Conference and Ultreya

This is on 18-20 May 2018 in Swanwick, Derbyshire. Accommodation and bookings for LDs, SDs and BACC reps are open until January 18th, after which they will be made available to all.

 

 

 

News from BACC

Currently there is no link Bishop to the House of Bishops. It is hoped this can be addressed very soon.

A Cursillo promotional film is being made and will be available at the May 18 National Conference.

 

Plans for Ultreyas in 2018

Angela attended a guided Ultreya in the Oxford Diocese earlier this year. This enables those who are unfamiliar with Cursillo to be guided through the service. We hope to hold some guided Ultreyas in the Bristol Diocese, perhaps one in Gauzebrook, one in Draycot (both in North Wiltshire) and possibly one in Bradford-on-Avon. We would also like to hold Ultreyas in Cricklade (so that people from Oxford could attend), Dursley (hoping for Gloucester Cursillistas to attend) and one in Bristol. Further information to follow.

 

BACC Pages

The National Newsletter for September 2017 has been published on the BACC website. http://www.anglicancursillo.co.uk/bacc-pages.php

 

Garden Party

Tony has very kindly offered to host a garden party again next summer. This was very successful in July 2017 and great fun. Watch out for the date.

 For printable version of the newsletter please click here December Newsletter

Contact details:–

 

Hilary Greene, Secretary and Communications Officer

3 Rectory Close

Stanton St Quintin

Chippenham

Wiltshire

SN14 6DT


01666 837850

 

Angela Smith, Lay Director

2 Stantone

Malmesbury Road,

Lower Stanton St Quintin

Chippenham

Wiltshire

SN14 6BS


01666 837478

 

Rachel Pound, Treasurer

18 Bath Road

Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire

BA15 1SW


01225 862223

 

Monday, 6 November 2017


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

Saturday 11th November  2.15pm for 2.30-3.30pm

followed by an Ultreya at 3.30pm

Venue – St Pauls Church, Chippenham

 

2.15 pm refreshments

 

AGENDA

2.30-3.30 pm

 

1.         Apologies

2.         Minutes of AGM October 2016

3.         Officers’ Reports

·         Lay Director & 4th Day

·         Treasurer

·         Secretary

4.         Elections of officers

·         Lay Director

·         Secretary

·         Treasurer

·         Palanca Representative

·         Grouping and Ultreya facilitator (4th Day rep)

·         Communications officer

·         Committee member(s)

5.         Any other business

·         New groups

6.         Date of next secretariat meeting

 


Lay Director: Angela Smith
Spiritual Director: Rev Alastair Davies
Treasurer: Rachel Pound
Registered Charity number:1081417
 
3.30-4.30 pm Ultreya

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Newsletter February 2017




Newsletter February 2017

Dear Friends,


 Since our last newsletter, we have held our AGM and elected new officers to the Secretariat. We thought we would like to send out this newsletter to all Cursillistas, past and present, to give us an opportunity to pray for you. We will be holding an Ultreya in April where we will be praying for all of the 4th day community – see more details further on.

We will continue to send information from Bristol Cursillo unless you request that you no longer wish to receive newsletters as we are very keen to keep in touch with all 4th day community. Those of us who have continued to attend Group Reunions continue to find them very helpful and we would encourage you to think of trying to attend. If you currently do not participate in a group reunion and would like to do so please let us know so that we can arrange to make contact with others for you.

 

This newsletter includes:

     The results of elections at the AGM

     Messages from the outgoing Spiritual Director and outgoing Lay Director

     Introductions from the new secretariat members

     Bristol Cursillo Ultreya in April

     News of a Regional Ultreya in Coventry

     Garden Party in July

     Notice of the National Ultreya in September

     Advance notice of an Ultreya on a narrowboat

 

Annual General Meeting

We held our Annual General Meeting on 29th October 2016 but had to adjourn to 30th November to enable us to fill the key roles on the Secretariat.

Richard Hovey retired as our Spiritual Director and Chris Poore retired as Lay Director. We are pleased to report that we have been able to fill these positions and the current secretariat is as follows:

Spiritual Director – Rev Alastair Davies, appointed by Bishop Mike

Lay Director – Angela Smith

Treasurer – Rachel Pound

Secretary – Hilary Greene

Communications Officer – Hilary Greene

BACC representative – Tony Gardener.

Co-opted member – Jean Beech

Messages from Richard and Chris

Richard Hovey:

I stepped down from being our Spiritual Director at the AGM, but that does not mean I’m vanishing! It’s been a privilege to contribute to the growth of Cursillo as a member of the Secretariat, and in that role to help organise some of our Cursillo Weekends. However the reason that I joined Cursillo in the first place is because I value the way we regularly meet together in small groups, so I shall continue to do so. Currently we do this once a month. The home groups I’ve experienced in local church have either been focused around study, or lacked focus! I have not found a better way than our “agenda” of Piety, Study and Action. Thinking about these areas for myself, and listening to others, is the way I have found that keeps me grounded and motivated in my own faith journey with others. In doing this, friendships grow too, which is lovely, and that growing trust in turn helps the groupings to flourish. See you soon!

 

Chris Poore:

Throughout the past twelve months, or so, I am pleased to say, and give thanks to God, that we have had a period of quiet growth. Having had a visit by Sally Henniker-Major, National President of British Anglican Cursillo, at a special Ultreya, the remnant of our community had been exploring a way forward, from the position we were in. Sally and the National SD, Rev Cynthia Hebden, were very supportive, and God in His goodness has answered all our prayers and sent us reinforcements.

This started in Spring, 2015, when Jean attended the Oxford w/e, and Rev Alastair renewed his connection with Cursillo and has been coming to the Reunion Group when he can. Early last year, Erica made contact from Keynsham and soon after we were alerted to the opportunity to offer fellowship to Jenny and Steven. More recently, at our last AGM, Rachel agreed to join the Secretariat and so, having been a small group of eight, we are now, by God’s grace, thirteen.

I must stress that these thirteen are the ones who meet regularly for group reunion and some of them form the Secretariat. Of course there are many more who have attended a Cursillo Weekend and who are, hopefully, passing on some of that blessing that God gave them, through their Cursillo experience. We continue to pray that more will rediscover the value of Group Reunion and a commitment to Prayer Study and Action.

Just think; there were 12 disciples. From those 12, Christianity has grown throughout the world.

We were 8 in our group who met regularly in fellowship, now we are 13, so the hope is, that our uprising of fellowship will do the same to encourage others to join us in Cursillo and grow God’s church.

God Bless you all                                  Ultreya!

 


 

Introductions from the new secretariat

Alastair Davies, Spiritual Director

I have succeeded  Richard Hovey who has stepped down after 5 years in post of Spiritual Director and am very much looking forward to taking on this new ministry; I attended my first Cursillo on Southwark 4 in 1987. After serving as a chaplain in the Royal Air Force for 18years, which included numerous detachments overseas - and moving house every two years, I am currently serving as a hospital chaplain in Bath. Cursillo has been an important landmark in my Christian journey, and ‘piety, study and apostolic action’ have been very much a part of my formation as a priest. I am currently training to become a qualified Spiritual Director.

Angela Smith, Lay Director:

In taking up the role of Lay Director I would like to thank the team for their encouragement and support for me to do so.  I feel that I have little feet to fill big shoes.  While I have been part of the Cursillo movement the Lay Directors have been Chris Newton-Evans, Margaret Greening, Martin Ellett and Chris Poore.  Their past leadership of and dedication to Bristol Anglican Cursillo has been a great encouragement to me in my journey and has helped to make me the Christian and Cursillista that I am today. 

Since my appointment I have spent some time reading the BACC resource manuals.  The second paragraph on page 1 of ‘The Servant Community’ includes an extract from page 49 of the Leaders Manual.  It states “A diocese had the beginnings of a Cursillo Movement when it has a core of Cursillo leaders who have chosen to work inside the movement as their apostolic vocation and have committed themselves to bring a community of service to the movement, especially the post-Cursillo needs of the Cursillistas”.  (The emboldening is mine.)  During my association of the Cursillo Movement there have been many Cursillistas who have moved on to further apostolic action outside of the movement.  As part of the apostolic action of the current team we would like to be of service to all Bristol Diocese Fourth Day Cursillistas, through prayer, or when required, more practical service.  We are planning a special Ultreya for Saturday April 22nd at 2.30pm in Sutton Benger Church where we will pray individually for all included in the Bristol Anglican Cursillo directory.  If you are able to attend this event your support would be greatly appreciated.  If you are unable to attend but wish specific prayer for your needs, activities and/or concerns please let me have this information before April 18th. (email:  msg4ang@hotmail.co.uk; tel: 01666 837478)

 

Rachel Pound, Treasurer

I was part of Bristol 6 and still hold wonderful memories of it.  A Lay Minister since 1998, I now live in Bradford on Avon which is in the Salisbury Diocese.  I was born in Leicestershire, in a village called Cosby, and moved to Biddestone in Wiltshire in 1993 followed by a move to Chippenham in 1997, and then to my current home in 2012.  In a move to become more of a presence in my community I now work in my local Co-op and Post Office on Winsley Road.

 


 

Hilary Greene, Secretary and Communications Officer

I became a Cursillista at Bristol 6 in 2007 and have found that my membership of the movement has been very helpful in my Christian development. The group reunions help to challenge me and to give me encouragement. I learn from others’ journeys and try to take this into my own life.

I have been secretary for a few years and we have now combined this with the role of communications officer which seems to make sense. I look forward to keeping in touch with all of the 4th day community and hope we can meet up during the coming year.

 

Tony Gardener – BACC representative

I am a long term resident of Sutton Benger, a retired market gardener and had a long spell as churchwarden. I am fairly new to Cursillo but have seen how it helps to deepen the faith of friends. I really appreciate our grouping which I find very helpful in my journey of faith.

Jean Beech

I have been attending Cursillo group reunions for some time and attended a three day weekend in Oxford, when Richard, Chris and Diana were part of the serving team.  Since then I have benefited from attending a Cursillo Leaders Workshop.

 

BRISTOL ULTREYA

Sutton Benger Church

22nd April 2017 2.30 - 4.30pm

All are welcome at this Ultreya, where we will include prayers for all included in the Bristol Anglican Cursillo directory.  To help with the catering of refreshments it will be helpful if you would notify Hilary or Angela if you are able to attend.

 

REGIONAL ULTREYA

Coventry Cathedral

11th March 2017 10am - 12 noon

An amazing opportunity to meet together with Cursillistas from the Dioceses of Coventry, Oxford, Peterborough and beyond in the beautiful setting of Coventry Cathedral. The format will be similar to that of a Diocesan Ultreya: including Group Reunion; a witness talk and gospel response and of course a bit of rousing Cursillo singing. There may also be a closing Eucharist but this is yet to be confirmed.

For further information please email me:  iamhilarygreene@gmail.com

 

GARDEN PARTY

Tony has kindly offered his garden for us to hold a party on Saturday 8th July from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Please put the date in your diary -more details to follow nearer the time.

 


 

SOUTHWELL AND NOTTINGHAM NATIONAL ULTREYA

Southwell Minster

2nd September 2017 9.30 – 15.30

Outline Programme for the day is available on the BACC website or contact Hilary or Angela for more details. http://www.anglicancursillo.co.uk/bacc-pages.php

 

BACC Pages

The National Newsletter  for Winter 2016 -2017 has now been published on the BACC website.

 

ULTREYA ON A NARROWBOAT

Chris and Diana Poore have kindly offered to hold an Ultreya on their narrowboat this year – date to be decided.

 

 

Contact details

Hilary Greene, Secretary and Communications Officer

3 Rectory Close

Stanton St Quintin

Chippenham

Wiltshire

SN14 6DT


01666 837850
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