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Please find below information regarding various training courses and seminars which are available at SJC and elsewhere. Should you require any further information then please either contact the church office or directly via email at



It starts with Christmas, but it doesn’t have to end there…

Christmas can raise a lot of questions, and so as we head into the new year, why not add Alpha to your bucket list?

Alpha allows you to explore the questions of the Christian faith in an open-minded and friendly environment. There’s no cost and no pressure! Just lots of great conversation and space to think.

We will be starting a new Alpha course from Tuesday 18th January 2022 and we welcome you to join us. Contact the church office for more details.



A Foundation Course in Pastoral Care Via the online Zoom App.

Two courses running on Thursdays, in the afternoon from 2.00pm to 4.30pm OR, in the evening from 7.00pm to 9.30pm on the following dates in 2022:

  • January 13th, 20th, 27th
  •  February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
  • March 3rd, 10th, 17th

Develop your understanding of pastoral care from a Christian perspective, and be more effective in caring for others.

This course is being run by the Diocese of Chelmsford. For more information and an application form for this free course contact Diane Hardy, Course Administrator at  or phone Diane on 01245 294449


New Wine DY

What is DY?

In a nutshell, the Discipleship Year is about growing as disciples of Jesus, learning how to serve him and his Kingdom with the whole of your life, for the whole of your life. It will take you on a life-changing journey of discovery and adventure, where you’ll be inspired, get practical Kingdom experience, make life-long friendships, and have a lot of fun in the process!

Who is it for?

The Discipleship Year is for ANYONE aged 18-24 looking to:

  • Grow confidence in who God has made you to be
  • Discover the purpose he has for your life
  • Get involved by serving in a local church
  • Discover, exercise and nurture your spiritual gifts and passions
  • Be challenged to step out, risk and see God work through you
  • Experience the adventure of overseas mission

What does it cost?

The Discipleship Year will cost students £1,000, which covers all your teaching and training, including two national Discipleship Year weekends away (October and January). (The placement church also pays £500 per Discipleship Year student; all fees go to the training centre that you are going to be based at). Full fees are due by the course start date.

Short-term mission trips are optional extras offered by some training centres – details about each trip will be given during the first term of the Discipleship Year. Costs will vary depending on the destination, and a deposit will need to be paid within the first term, and full fees no later than 4 weeks before departure. (see our film above of our last DY mission trip to Romania)

When can I start?

Terms starts September 2020 and will end July 2021, although students are expected to serve on team at one of the New Wine United weeks. Please note that team places are popular.


Some churches are offering accommodation alongside the internships. Otherwise interns would need to find their own accommodation local to their placement church. Contact us for more information.

If you would like more information about NWDY here at St. John’s please email or contact us.

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