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Winter conference: Turning up the volume of hope on sexuality

8 Oct 2019

All GB leaders are invited to GB's winter conference - which will include a special session looking at turning up the volume of hope on sexuality.

The conference is for all GB's children and youth leaders and will take place on Saturday 2 November 2018 at St John’s Stoke, Stoke Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1HB.

Nathan Jones will be guiding us through the Volumise session on turning up thevolume of hope on sexuality. Nathan has led seminars on the same topic for YouthWork the Conference, Soul Survivor and Youthscape. In this session, we’ll have an opportunity to listen well to the experiences of LGBT+ young people in GB and hear from an expert panel on pastoral care.

Leaders will also enjoy fellowship, worship, get to hear encouraging news, be equipped to take what they hear back home and much, much more.

The day's programme, downloadable below, will be as follows:

9.45am Arrivals
Start your day with coffee/tea, a biscuit and time to chat. If you’re bringing us crisp packets, please ensure they’re in boxes – thank you.

10.30am Council Meeting of the Girls’ Brigade England & Wales’ Network
This session includes worship and prayer, updates on the FIZZ mission team, Build Hope, new website and database, GB Trading, finance, and other news from around the GB family. An agenda will be sent separately to the local area delegates.

12pm Lunch
Bring a sarnie, spend some cash at the GB shop or book stall, make some new friends, visit our prayer space and prayer team, and relax.

1pm Volumise: Turning up the volume of hope on sexuality
In 2019, young people are talking about the people they are attracted to, or have relationships with, in diverse and nuanced ways. During our session, we’ll have an opportunity to listen well to the experiences of LGBT+ young people in GB and hear from an expert panel on pastoral care. Rather than focussing on theological debate, our expert facilitator Nathan Jones (and others) will help to empower us with Biblical strategies to practically and pastorally support LGBT+ young people. During this session, we’ll also be launching our new pastoral care principles so every member of GB has a sense of belonging and can flourish in their faith. There will be a comfort break during this afternoon session and worship. GB’s prayer ministry team will be available to pray with and for you.

4.30pm Departures

All GB leaders are welcome to attend the conference, please do encourage friends to come and share the car journey. It only costs £10 per person, and you can let us know that you’re planning to attend by completing the Conference Registration Form, below, and emailing it to GBCO by Friday 25 October 2019.

Only those who are Council representatives will join in the Travel Pool and should complete the Travel Pool section on Page 2 of the below form – emailing it to gbco@ by Friday 28 June 2019. These representatives will be sent a call to the meeting directly as usual.
If you plan to attend our winter conference then please wear the latest version of GB uniform, as film and photographs will be taken at this national event. Thank you!
Even if you can't attend on the day, you can keep up-to-date with what's going on at the conference by searching for the following hashtag on Facebook and Twitter - #GBraiseshope

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