Parentalk: The Teenage Years

Over six sessions, Parentalk: The Teenage Years  looks at valuable principles that can be applied on a day-to-day basis with teenagers. It is ideal for people who have not taken part in any kind of parenting course before (as well as for those who have).


While Parentalk: The Teenage Years is based on Christian principles, it is designed for parents with or without a Christian faith.


The course is usually run once a year, meeting one evening a week for six evenings.  If there is an upcoming course, the dates will show below

How much

The course is free.  Some people choose to make a voluntary donation towards the cost of refreshments and course materials.


Parentalk: The Primary Years

At St Michael’s we run a 6-week course which enables parents to explore some of the big issues we face – because children don’t arrive with an instruction manual.

Parentalk is for parents of children aged up to the early teenage years, giving the opportunity to talk about day-to-day challenges, as well as sharing the things that are going well.

The six sessions are:

  • It’s not just me
  • Love them and let them know
  • It’s good to talk
  • Boundaries and battles
  • Parenting with elastic
  • Creating a sense of belonging

Suitable for parents from all different backgrounds and family structures

How much

The course is free.  Some people choose to make a voluntary donation towards the cost of refreshments and course materials.

Find our more

Please contact the Church Office

Our next course begins on Monday 10 June 2019

Sign up here

Mindfulness & Christian Spirituality

Spaces are limited.  Click here to book

A day course on Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality.
Intentions for the day

  • Give a basic experiential introduction to what mindfulness is
  • Explore how mindfulness practice can engage with and support the spiritual journey with particular reference to the Christian contemplative tradition
  • Serve as a quiet day where participants go away feeling they have had space for deep reflection.
  • Share ways that mindfulness could be taken forward for those who choose to.


The programme for the day starts with a short introduction and then mixes guided mindfulness practices with reflecting on our experience and then linking them with our spiritual journey.
There will be regular breaks throughout the day. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch with you.

Course leader

Tim Stead is an accredited mindfulness teacher who trained with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He was a Church of England vicar for 23 years and now operates as a freelance mindfulness teacher, teaching eight week courses and leading retreats and quiet days. His books, Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality and See, Love, Be – mindfulness and the spiritual life are published by SPCK. He has also published a Grove Booklet: Mindfulness and

Spaces are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment

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Alpha is a series of 8 sessions with food and conversation about faith and life and God.

We’ve been running the course at St Michael’s for many years, and hundreds of people have enjoyed the course here.

We meet once a week for 8 weeks, share food together, listen to a talk, and then split into small groups for open, honest discussion.

Alpha is a place where no subject is off-limits, and no question is too silly, too difficult, or too controversial.

There’s no pressure, no charge, just good food and lots to talk about.

The first session is on 10 May at 7pm at St Michael’s Centre

Click here to sign up, or email

Living in Love and Faith Course

Living in Love and Faith sets out to inspire people to think more deeply about what it means to be human and to live in love and faith with one another. It tackles the tough questions and the divisions among Christians about what it means to follow Jesus in a society in which understandings and practices of gender, sexuality and marriage continue to change. Our two recent sermon series “Living Well Together” and “God & Sexuality” have opened up the conversation and, we hope, laid some groundwork to us doing the course together as church family.  

The course will run in-person in St Michael’s Centre on Wednesday evenings for 5 evening sessions, starting Wednesday 9 March.  BOOKINGS CLOSE FRIDAY 4 MARCH.

Each of the 5 sessions explores one key topic, with an opening reflection about learning together, followed by teaching, time for discussion and Bible study and prayer. You can share or speak as much or as little as you like, as we all recognise that we may have very personal and deeply held views.

The Core Leadership team have already done the course and warmly commend it to you.  

Please sign up here (bookings close 4 March)

Download the course booklet here

Visit the Church Of England Living in Love and Faith Hub here. It’s full of resources including podcasts, books. This is also the place to go if

You can download or purchase a paper copy of the LLF book from here. 

You can subscribe to listen to the LLF Podcasts here or on whatever podcast app you use.

Please sign up here for the in-person course (bookings close Friday 4 March)

Securely Single Course

A 5 session course, in-person on Wednesday evenings ran in August and September 2021

Securely Single is a course especially for Christians who are single (whether they have always been single, or are divorced or widowed).  The course material helps single Christians discuss and address the positives and negatives of the single life and encourages all to be content in every and any circumstance ( Philippians 4:11-13)

Over five sessions, we will look at various subjects including:

  • Who are you? Unveiling God’s promises.
  • Is singleness a gift?
  • What about intimacy and celibacy?
  • Moving on: Making the most of being single

There is an opportunity in every session to spend time studying the Bible, looking at passages such as Psalm 139, 1 Corinthians 7 and Isaiah 54.

Space is also provided for discussion and personal reflection and each week will conclude with prayer and a challenge to think about the one thing to take away from what has been discussed.

If you would be interested in attending a the course in the future please email


Practising Silence

Life can be busy. So busy that it is difficult to find space and time to pray. And when we do find the time, our minds can be so cluttered with Twitter feeds, distractions and to-do lists that the prospect of spending time in silence seems daunting.

In our hyper-stimulated world, we long to ‘practice the presence of God’ but more often than not ‘practice the presence of distraction’.

To help us during Lent, Tom will be holding 4 evening sessions on zoom.

Is this for me? Whatever your spirituality or worshipping preference, chorus or choral, incense or stadium haze, hands clasped or hands aloft, the way of Jesus necessitates times of silence and solitude.

This is an opportunity to learn together, develop simple ways to help us remain in a place of stillness, and ultimately deepen our relationship with God during Lent and beyond.

The next events for Practising Silence are:

For the videos of the sessions Tom did online in 2020 click here

The Marriage Sessions

Care for the Family are offering a free resource for couples, called The Marriage Sessions.

They are passionate about supporting couples in their relationships and that’s why they’re streaming the resource, The Marriage Sessions free of charge!

The Marriage Sessions explores how couples can build a fantastic relationship. Whether you’re newlyweds or have been married for years, these sessions will help your marriage blossom during these uncertain times – and all you need is an hour a week.

Simply sign up,  and starting 11 May you’ll receive a link each week to watch one of the sessions (at a time that suits you). Each of the four episodes includes a mix of real life stories, insight from leading relationship specialists and trusted wisdom from Rob Parsons. You’ll also receive bonus midweek content to help you unpack the session even further.

Growing Leaders 2020

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, this course has been postponed. More information will be share on new dates when we have it

The Growing Leaders Course focuses on developing leaders across the life of the church, and provides practical resources for running a leadership development process.  Now used by hundreds of churches across Britain and the Republic of Ireland, Growing Leaders has been a part of the development of thousands of leaders.

This year we are running the course for those who are a part of St Michael’s.  It’s especially appropriate for  (although not limited to) those who are emerging as leaders and not yet in a leadership role.

You can download an introductory leaflet here

If you have further questions please speak with Si, Tom, Sam or Caroline 

Parentalk: The Primary Years

If you are a parent to primary school-aged children, then this forthcoming course is for you. Starting on Monday 10 June, it runs for six Monday evenings

Parentalk is a 6 session course for parents of children aged up to the early teenage years, giving the opportunity to talk about day-to-day challenges, as well as sharing the things that are going well.

The six sessions are:

-It’s not just me

-Love them and let them know

-It’s good to talk

-Boundaries and battles

-Parenting with elastic

-Creating a sense of belonging

Parentalk: The Primary Years is suitable for parents from all different backgrounds and structures.

It’s FREE!

The course starts on Monday 10 June at 7.30pm and takes place in the Old School Rooms

Sign up here