Monday, 17 September 2018




News from Bristol Cursillo

National Ultreya – Chelmsford 1 September 2018

On Saturday 1st September, four Cursillistas from Bristol Anglican Cursillo were in Chelmsford to attend the annual National Ultreya.  This is where Cursillistas from throughout the country meet together to share God’s grace, worship together and encourage and support each other. This year there were over 200 Cursillistas from at least 25 diocese at the event.  To be part of the joyous walk of witness through Chelmsford to the Cathedral prior to the Eucharist service in the afternoon was very uplifting.

On arrival at the Cathedral in the morning there was time to greet and network with friends from around the country before the worship started.  The congregation was inspired by a witness talk from a Chelmsford Cursillista illustrating that God never leave us and upholds us in difficult times.

We had time to break into small groups to share when we have been close to Christ while in prayer, studying or taking action as part of our Christian witness.  It was encouraging to hear how God was working through other people’s lives and to share when we had been close to Christ ourselves.

The whole event was organised by Chelmsford Cursillo and ably and enthusiastically led by Lexie, a bubbly 26 year old curate, while the closing Eucharist, which was equally uplifting, was led by Bishop Peter of Barking.  During his talk he mentioned that as we approach the altar, we walk with Christ in the way of the cross - and return in the joy of his resurrection, having received the spiritual food of his body and blood, which sustains us to eternal life.  On hearing this I remembered being at a Communion Service at one of our local churches.  The children skipped back to their seats from the alter rail.  I remember thinking at the time “why do we adults not express our feelings like that?” 

At the end of the celebrations we returned to our diocese full of new ideas, fresh in our dedication to and love for the Lord, and the renewed desire to share God’s love with all.


Friday, 1 June 2018


Newsletter June 2018

Dear Friends,

 

Those of us who have continued to attend Group Reunions continue to find them very helpful and we would encourage you to think of trying to attend. If you currently do not participate in a group reunion and would like to do so please let Angela know so that we can arrange to make contact with others for you.

 

This newsletter includes:

 

·         Dates of Ultreyas and the AGM for Bristol Anglican Cursillo

·         Date of Garden Party

·         Report from our Spiritual Director, Rev Alastair Davies

·         Report from our Lay Director, Angela Smith

·         News of events elsewhere in the country

 

 

Ultreyas

 

·         Monday 25th June 10.30am at St Mary Magdalene, Hullavington (see more information below)

·         Thursday 20th September 7.30pm at St Sampsons, Cricklade

·         Wednesday 21st November 7.30pm at a Cursillista’s home in Bristol near the M5 junction – for further information please contact me or Angela

·         Friday 22nd February 2019 7.30pm at St Pauls, Chippenham – with National Council

 

AGM

·         Saturday 20th October 10.30am at St Andrews, Chippenham

 

Ultreya on Monday 25th June in Hullavington

 

This will be a guided Ultreya and Alastair will be providing explanations prior to each section so that any non-Cursillistas attending will know what is happening and why. We would encourage as many of you as possible to attend so we have sufficient Cursillistas to have at least one per group when we divide for the floating group reunion.

 

Garden Party

Tony Gardener has very kindly offered to host a garden party again this summer on Saturday 14th July from 2-4pm. This was very successful in July 2017 and great fun. He has a beautiful garden and there will be home-made cakes to eat, plants and books to buy. The address is Appletrees, High Street, Sutton Benger, Chippenham, SN15 4RE.

 

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News from your Spiritual Director

 

We have a new Bishop of Bristol! The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, who is currently the Dean of York, will be consecrated as the 57th Bishop of Bristol at St Paul’s cathedral on 3rd July, It was 24 years ago that Bristol was the first diocese to ordain women as priests, and Bishop Viv says that she is ‘”looking forward to leading a church that shows the love of Christ to everyone, whoever they are”. We shall have a chance to welcome her when she takes up her appointment in the autumn.

There are many exciting developments taking place in Bristol Cursillo, and I want to pay tribute to our LD Angela who has been networking extensively to make contact with cursillistas from across the South West. We know that many have ‘moved on’ since attending a Cursillo weekend, and that the ‘Fourth Day’ is an important milestone in our Christian journey. Please pray for Angela and the Secretariat as we discern God’s will for Bristol Cursillo.

On a personal note, I am so grateful for your prayers and ongoing support, following my heart procedure in January. In Mark’s Gospel, (2:12), we read of the friends who lowered the paralysed man into the presence of Jesus. Sometimes we cannot pray for ourselves, but rely on the prayers of others. I was so moved by your love and prayers, which literally kept me afloat! Praise God, I am now feeling so much better! Thank you.

The Franciscan writer Richard Rohr describes the spiritual journey as our longing for intimacy with God, seeking a ‘connectedness’ with Him, and a sense of community with others:

“We may begin by making connections with family and friends.. .then grow into deeper connectedness with those outside our immediate circle. Finally, we can and will experience this full connectedness as union with God. Without connectedness and communion, we don’t exist fully as ourselves. Becoming who we are really is a matter of learning how to become more and more deeply connected”.

                                                                                                [Richard Rohr. Daily Meditation]

Let’s stay connected!

De Colores!

Rev Alastair Davies

 

News from Angela Smith, Lay Director

 

Ultreyas

A number of Ultreyas have been arranged starting on Monday 25th June 2018 in the newly re-ordered Hullavington Church until Friday 22nd February 2019 in St Pauls Church in Chippenham when we will be joined by members of the National Council who have a meeting there on Saturday 23rd February.  (See page 1 for full details and times.)  For a period of time we have not arranged Ultreyas as we only had one regularly active reunion group.  However, participation has been strengthened and the number of groups has increased as several Cursillistas have returned to Cursillo and others have moved into the area from other Dioceses.

Whether you last attended a group reunion last month, last year – or longer ago than that – I would encourage you to attend the Ultreyas and engage in fellowship and worship with your fellow Cursillistas.  The venues have been spread throughout the diocese to make it easier for Cursillistas from other Dioceses in the South West to attend so that we can further develop the links we already share.

The Ultreya in Hullavington on 25th June will be a guided Ultreya, where each part of the Ultreya will be explained, making it a perfect event for any Christian wanting to know more of the Cursillo method.

Cursillo National Conference and AGM - 18th to 20th May 2018

I was pleased to be able to attend the National Conference and happy to meet up with friends from all over the country made since I became South West Area Rep and started attending National Council meetings.  I find these helpful and provide encouragement to bring back to the Bristol Diocese.  The main points of general interest are as follows:

The new Cursillo publicity video was launched at the Conference.  This is available for download from the following link: https://vimeo.com/258531387

Nick Shepherd, the Church of England Program Director for the Setting God’s People Free initiative (a programme of change to enable the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus confidently in all of life, Monday to Saturday, as well as Sunday) has had a meeting with the National President and Spiritual Director.  He felt that Cursillo was already modelling what this programme wants to achieve and so it is being piloted through several dioceses with strong Cursillo links.  For more information use the following link: https://www.churchofengland.org/SGPF

The booklets that make up the Cursillo manual have been comprehensively re-written.  The new booklets were launched at the Conference and will be available to all free of charge on the BACC website by 1st June.  If paper copies are required these can be obtained from Tony Tucker, the resources officer.  A full set of booklets with a folder will cost £20, without the folder £15, or individual copies for £1 – all prices plus postage.

Tash Green from Blackburn and Bill Washington from Canterbury spoke about Happening – the youth arm of Cursillo for those aged 15 – 20.  It was very encouraging to hear the positive impact that Happening has on the lives of young Christians.  For further information on Blackburn Happening use the following link: http://www.blackburncursillo.org/happening

If you are not able to access the links provided above but would like further information please contact me. 

Ultreya!

Angela

Bristol Anglican Cursillo Finances

Last year Bristol Cursillo had insufficient funds to pay the subscription to BACC and it was proposed that, if they wished, Secretariat members and others may wish to make regular donations to boost finances. It has taken Rachel nearly nine months of communication with HMRC to register so that gift aid can be reclaimed on these voluntary donations.  At the last Secretariat meeting she was able to announce that the process has now been completed and our funds will be further boosted by the gift aid claimed.  

Bristol Cursillo has also registered with Easyfunding.org.uk so that people who wanted to financially support Bristol Anglican Cursillo at no personal cost could do so by accessing on line suppliers through their website rather than going directly to the supplier’s website.  Although we have made a small start with this some other Cursillo dioceses have raised over £2000.  If you wish to find out more about this details can be found by following the link below:


 

 

National Ultreya

ULTREYA GB 2018 will be hosted by Chelmsford diocese on 1st September 2018 and details of the event can be found by clicking on the link below. Although this event is free (unless you stay for the evening meal and entertainment) booking is required and a booking form is available on the webpage.

http://www.chelmsfordcursillo.com/ultreya_18.html

 

BACC Pages

The National Newsletter for Easter 2018 has been published on the BACC website.  http://www.anglicancursillo.co.uk/bacc-pages.php  Please note that it is possible to purchase paper copies of the BACC pages from Tony Tucker the BACC resources officer.  The cost is £1 plus postage. Please contact Angela or Hilary for Tony’s contact details if you wish to arrange to receive a paper copy.

 

A Quiet Day in beautiful Devon

Exeter Cursillo has organised a special "Quiet Day" which will take place in a delightful rural setting during July 2018. Details can be found by following this link.


 

 

 

The Cursillo movement is based on prayer, study and action.  Your Secretariat in the Bristol Diocese is faithfully trying to grow closer to God by following this method and following a rule of life.  We try to encourage and support all 4th day Cursillistas and other Christians on their faith journey.  If you feel that we can help in any way please do contact us using the details below.

 

We are continuing to send out a monthly email prayer list. This has provided encouragement to those included on the list and helped those receiving the list to focus prayer on those in our community who have requested prayer support.  Please do let Angela know if you wish to be included on this list at any time.

 

 

Contact details:–

 

Hilary Greene, Secretary and Communications Officer

3 Rectory Close

Stanton St Quintin

Chippenham

Wiltshire

SN14 6DT


01666 837850

 

Angela Smith, Lay Director

2 Stantone

Malmesbury Road,

Lower Stanton St Quintin

Chippenham

Wiltshire

SN14 6BS


01666 837478

 

Rachel Pound, Treasurer

18 Bath Road

Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire

BA15 1SW


01225 862223

 

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

DATES FOR ULTREYAS IN 2018

Monday 25th June 10.30am at St Mary Magdalene, Hullavington
Thursday 20th September 7.30pm at St Sampsons, Cricklade
Wednesday 21st November 7.30pm at a Cursillista's home in Bristol near junction 17 of the M5 - for further information please contact info@bristolcursillo.co.uk

Advance notice of Ultreya in 2019
Friday 22nd February 2019 7.30pm at St Pauls, Chippenham - with the National Council

Bristol AGM 2018
Saturday 20th October 2018 10.30am at St Andrews, Chippenham

Monday, 8 January 2018


Newsletter December 2017

 

Dear Friends,

 

Since our last newsletter, we have held our AGM for 2017 and elected the Secretariat. We will continue to send information from Bristol Cursillo unless you request that you no longer wish to receive newsletters as we are very keen to keep in touch with all 4th day community. Those of us who have continued to attend Group Reunions continue to find them very helpful and we would encourage you to think of trying to attend. If you currently do not participate in a group reunion and would like to do so please let Angela know so that we can arrange to make contact with others for you.

 

This newsletter includes:

     The results of elections at the AGM

     Update on Group Reunions

     Bristol Anglican Cursillo finances

     National Conference and AGM

     Plans for Ultreyas in Bristol  area

     Advance notice of a garden party next summer

 

Annual General Meeting

We held our Annual General Meeting on 11th November 2017. The elections confirmed the existing members of the secretariat in their posts as follows:

Lay Director – Angela Smith

Treasurer – Rachel Pound

Secretary – Hilary Greene

Communications Officer – Hilary Greene

BACC representative – Tony Gardener.

Co-opted member – Jean Beech

 

Rev Alastair Davies remains as our Spiritual Director.

 

 

Update on Group Reunions

We are hoping to start a daytime reunion after Christmas in Chippenham so look out for more news about this. Currently we have 2 groups established, one on Mondays and one on Wednesdays, both in the evening. Please let us know if you are interested in starting a new group nearer to you.

 

 

Bristol Anglican Cursillo Finances

In recent years we have had difficulty paying the annual subscription to BACC. Earlier this year the secretariat agreed to the principle of donating regularly to support the finances of Bristol Cursillo as part of their apostolic action. The subscription paid to BACC enables the encouragement and support of new and existing Cursillo Dioceses, ensures consistency in the use of the Cursillo method and promotes Cursillo nationally. Since Angela has become Lay Director and Area Rep for the South West she has benefited from contact with other Dioceses and is able to bring this experience into Bristol Cursillo. Belonging to a national organisation like this is beneficial for us and provides support to us, with links in to other Dioceses and their activities. The secretariat therefore felt it worthwhile to support the organisation financially. If you would like to make a donation, either one –off or regularly, please contact Rachel.  If you have access to internet banking and wish to donate, the bank account details needed are as follows -   sort code 09-06-66, account number 40807758. Please do contact Rachel if you are able to gift aid your donation and she will send you the relevant form.

 

Bristol Anglican Cursillo has also recently registered with easyfundraising.org.  If you shop on line via their website you can raise money for Bristol Anglican Cursillo with no additional cost to yourself.  You just register on easyfundraising.org website and state the registered cause that you wish to support then when you shop Bristol Anglican Cursillo (or another chosen cause) can benefit at no cost to yourself.  Even though we have only recently registered we have already received more than £6 in donations – some Cursillo areas have raised thousands of pounds in this way.  If you require any help or further information regarding this please contact Rachel, Hilary or Angela (details below).  If you can gift aid your donations then more money can be raised.

 

Plans for 2018

We are not currently planning a Cursillo weekend in Bristol Diocese but Oxford Diocese are running a weekend in April 2018 and new Cursillistas from other Diocese are able to attend.  If we can raise further funds not only can we support BACC in their work but we could also sponsor new Cursillistas from our Diocese to attend a weekend.

 

The Cursillo movement is based on prayer, study and action.  Your Secretariat in the Bristol Diocese is faithfully trying to grow closer to God by following this method and following a rule of life.  We try to encourage and support all 4th day Cursillistas and other Christians on their faith journey.  If you feel that we can help in any way please do contact us using the details below.

 

One recent development is the compilation and sending out of the monthly email prayer list. This has provided encouragement to those included on the list and helped those receiving the list to focus prayer on those in our community who have requested prayer support.  Please do let Angela know if you wish to be included on this list at any time.

 

National Conference and Ultreya

This is on 18-20 May 2018 in Swanwick, Derbyshire. Accommodation and bookings for LDs, SDs and BACC reps are open until January 18th, after which they will be made available to all.

 

 

 

News from BACC

Currently there is no link Bishop to the House of Bishops. It is hoped this can be addressed very soon.

A Cursillo promotional film is being made and will be available at the May 18 National Conference.

 

Plans for Ultreyas in 2018

Angela attended a guided Ultreya in the Oxford Diocese earlier this year. This enables those who are unfamiliar with Cursillo to be guided through the service. We hope to hold some guided Ultreyas in the Bristol Diocese, perhaps one in Gauzebrook, one in Draycot (both in North Wiltshire) and possibly one in Bradford-on-Avon. We would also like to hold Ultreyas in Cricklade (so that people from Oxford could attend), Dursley (hoping for Gloucester Cursillistas to attend) and one in Bristol. Further information to follow.

 

BACC Pages

The National Newsletter for September 2017 has been published on the BACC website. http://www.anglicancursillo.co.uk/bacc-pages.php

 

Garden Party

Tony has very kindly offered to host a garden party again next summer. This was very successful in July 2017 and great fun. Watch out for the date.

 For printable version of the newsletter please click here December Newsletter

Contact details:–

 

Hilary Greene, Secretary and Communications Officer

3 Rectory Close

Stanton St Quintin

Chippenham

Wiltshire

SN14 6DT


01666 837850

 

Angela Smith, Lay Director

2 Stantone

Malmesbury Road,

Lower Stanton St Quintin

Chippenham

Wiltshire

SN14 6BS


01666 837478

 

Rachel Pound, Treasurer

18 Bath Road

Bradford on Avon

Wiltshire

BA15 1SW


01225 862223

 

Monday, 6 November 2017


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

Saturday 11th November  2.15pm for 2.30-3.30pm

followed by an Ultreya at 3.30pm

Venue – St Pauls Church, Chippenham

 

2.15 pm refreshments

 

AGENDA

2.30-3.30 pm

 

1.         Apologies

2.         Minutes of AGM October 2016

3.         Officers’ Reports

·         Lay Director & 4th Day

·         Treasurer

·         Secretary

4.         Elections of officers

·         Lay Director

·         Secretary

·         Treasurer

·         Palanca Representative

·         Grouping and Ultreya facilitator (4th Day rep)

·         Communications officer

·         Committee member(s)

5.         Any other business

·         New groups

6.         Date of next secretariat meeting

 


Lay Director: Angela Smith
Spiritual Director: Rev Alastair Davies
Treasurer: Rachel Pound
Registered Charity number:1081417
 
3.30-4.30 pm Ultreya