Lay Conference 2018



The Lay Conference will bring 1700 participants together on Saturday 9 June 2018 at the Harrogate Convention Centre.

It is designed to affirm lay church members and boost their efforts to live out their faith in their parishes, schools and workplaces.

This coincides with a national emphasis on celebrating and developing lay discipleship and ministry. Each parish is encouraged to send 2-6 delegates, depending on electoral roll size, nominated by their ‘lead priest’. Click here for information on parish delegates. There will also be extra places for four young people (aged 14-17) per deanery and for people with disabilities or who are BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnicity), in line with national efforts to increase inclusion. Click here for information on extra places. 

Each parish is asked to identify participants who between them cover the following: 
•    Potential to play a leading role in parish life over the next ten years
•    Strong interest in relating faith to day-to-day life
•    Already engaged in church-based ministry 

Speakers include:Harrogate Convention Centre

Mark Russell (Church Army CEO), Nick Shepherd (author of Faith Generation), Bishop Jo Bailey-Wells (Bishop of Dorking), Cal Bailey (ex-Director of Sustainability, NG Bailey) and Kate Nicholas (author of Sea Changed). 

A full programme of the day and information about each self-select session is available here


Allchurches Trust

Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making trusts and its mission is to promote the Christian faith and other charitable causes.

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