Training dates

Lightwave Community Gatherings - full details of our 2020 gatherings can be downloaded here
- key training events are also shown below.  


Spiritual Practices Day – February 1st 2020 10am to 3:30pm

Rural Enterprise East - Otley Campus

How can we discern what God is doing and allow space for God to speak and guide us? On this day at Otley College, Bishop Mike teaches some “Holy Habits” which help us to catch the voice of a loving God in a noisy world. Some of the practices are for personal use on our own and some are practices for small groups like Lightwave or perhaps a PCC.


Many of the practices have been influenced by the exciting programme of Partnership for Missional Church. For example -

• Dwelling in the Word – God’s Word in Scripture shapes imaginations, intentions and actions.

• Dwelling in the World – Interacting in the wider community, looking for People of Peace, forming new relationships with them.

• Announcing the Kingdom – Noticing Jesus at work in the world, sharing stories of this and building confidence to point out the Kingdom of God to others so they can notice it too.

• Hospitality – Practicing the receiving of hospitality as well as welcoming others.

• Spiritual Discernment – Learning a process that helps make spiritual decisions and recognising the Holy Spirit at work.

• Focus for Missional Action – Discerning a specific missional vocation for your Christian community together, not dissipating energy into too many ‘good’ things.

This day is open to all but aimed specially for Lightwave Group leaders and members together with those considering Licensed Lay Ministry. There will be a morning of learning the practices and experimenting and an afternoon for quiet time for personal prayer, using creative prayer stations with opportunities for one-to-ones and coaching or help to plan how to introduce the practices into your small missional group. Those who are considering licensed lay ministries will have the opportunity for a discernment interview during the day.

Lunch will be provided. Coffee served from 10am


Lightwave Small group leader training – February 25th and March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st 2020 – 12pm --2pm

Would you like to explore what it means to encourage the small groups you are involved with in their growth and mission?

Join us for a day of training to help you coach and support small missional Lightwave groups or fresh expressions of church. On Saturday the 16th of November you’re invited to our coaching event for Lightwave groups. A fantastic opportunity for leaders and those working with them to be able to be able to think more clearly about how best to support and encourage their group.

For more information or to find out how you can get involved contact Sally Gaze on - or phone 07446 933129.

Head over to our downloads page​ and click 'Introduction to Lightwave Small Group Leader Training' or 'Lightwave Small Group Leader Training' for more information


Missional Listening – February 29th 2020  2020 – 10am – 4pm, All Saints Church, Redgrave

"The first duty of love is to listen" said Paul Tillich. This day is about how we as Christians and churches can listen in our local communities so that we can share faith in the ways which come from love and understanding.

Through a mixture of teaching, prayer and practical exercises to help you to try this at home, we will be learning about listening to God through prayer, listening with others and how to listen to our cultural and geographical contexts in depth. 

For more information please contact Nina Seaman at or phone 07394 559889.


Run with Joy- Explore the Rule of St Benedict Today – January 16th, 23rd, 30th and February 6th, 13th, 20th 2020 - 12pm- 2pm 

Bury Cathedral

Explore key themes in the Rule of Benedict in this six session course and see how it can help you to live the life of faith, in community with others and blessing those around – practical, prayerful, participatory. We are piloting this course in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich in January in order to offer it as a resource for groups and parishes across the Diocese in this anniversary year. 

For more information and to book a place click here -


Mission Shaped Ministry Flexi course – (msm flexi)

This flexible version is specifically designed for teams and Lightwave groups already serving in mission together. You choose the venue, the modules you want and the order you do them in. the training is delivered using expert trainers and coaches who will also help you to teach some od the modules yourselves. 

Depending on capacity of the Lightwave team, you can start whenever you like.

If you participating in msm flexi as part of the requirements for the Alternative Ordination Pathway, we will fit in with the deadlines prescribed by that course.


This coure is delivered flexibly with a group from local churches at your mutually agreed dates. If appropriate to the group, we will join msm-central on the following Saturdays-


Nov 9th, Feb 8th, April 25th.


For an informal chat about whether this could be right for you or to arrange a date that works for you please contact: Archdeacon Sally Gaze-


Head over to our downloads page for more information


Training to be a small group leader - Laurence Singlehurst – September19th 2020 -- 9:30am - 4pm

Rural Enterprise East

For more information and to book a place click here -