SOUTHERN WOMEN'S CONVENTION

'THRIVE'

SATURDAY 11th JUNE 2022


In a day of teaching, fellowship, worship and seminars, we will be taken on a whistle-stop tour of the book of James. Our main speaker Lizzy Smallwood will be speaking about the ‘spiritual heart surgery’ we all need in order to truly thrive!

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm (Doors open at 8.45am). The morning session ends at 12.15pm.

Cost: £10 for adults, £5 for 14 - 24 year olds, £5 for online access to main talks and two seminars via Zoom. Price includes cookies, pastries and refreshments.

There will be opportunities to buy books from the 10ofThose bookstall on the day.

Choose two from the following two seminars

Helen Thorne – Living the good life? Thriving in singleness
Claire Brodie – Our changing body and hormones; Thriving in all seasons of womanhood
Kim Bourne – Keeping going; Thriving through suffering
Emily Lucas – The heart of the matter; How true godliness can help us thrive
Claudette Baldwin – Adoption and caring for others;  thriving by pleasing God and reflecting a God who cares
Mel Street – Words, words, words; Thriving in all we say
Susanna Sanlon – Our plans and God’s priorities; Thriving despite disappointment
Janine Bending – Science and God; How can the two thrive together?

Teenage and Young Adult Track

Helen Thorne – Living the good life? Thriving in singleness as a teen and in the young adult years
Janine Bending – Science and God; How can the two thrive together?

To guard everyone's privacy no labels indicating seminar choices will be given out at the convention on the actual day. However an email will be sent out to everyone a few days before with last minute details and a reminder of the seminar options chosen.

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OUR SPEAKERS FOR THE DAY
Lizzy Smallwood

Lizzy Smallwood


Lizzy Smallwood is married to Simon. They have three children - Sam (24), Ailie (21) and Beatrice (12). For 23 years they worked at St. George's - a small multi cultural urban Anglican church in Dagenham on the border of Essex/ East London. In 2019 they moved down to Bodmin in Cornwall to work in a small FIEC church there - just before COVID hit so it has been a strange time to start Gospel work in a new place. Bodmin is similar to Dagenham in many ways just closer to the sea.

Lizzy divides her time between being a minister's wife and mum, a part time SEN secondary school teacher and helping out in and around the local church.
Her favourite way to relax is with a cup of tea and a good book. She actually enjoys walking the dog (Basil the stupid Springer Spaniel) but doesn't admit openly to this.

Lizzy is never happier than when she has the  opportunity  to teach and apply God's word to Christian women seeking to follow Christ in the 21st Century.

 

Seminar Speakers

Helen Thorne
Living the good life? Thriving in singleness
 

Helen Thorne

Helen Thorne is the Director of Training and Resources at Biblical Counselling UK. She is the author of a range of books including Hope in an Anxious World and Purity is Possible. She has been single for most of her adult life.

Living the good life? Thriving in singleness
Whether by choice or not, many of us will spend a significant proportion of our adult life single. It might feel a joy – it might feel utterly awful – but for those of us who are single, it’s the context in which we are called to live faithfully for Christ. Come along to this seminar to celebrate the things that are good – lament the things that are hard – and commit yourself to living a life that is good for the glory of God.

 

Claire Brodie
  Our changing body and hormones; Thriving in all seasons of womanhood


ClaireBrodie

Claire is a Physiotherapist and runs a practice in East Sussex. After navigating some challenging recoveries after the birth of her three children, she decided to change her career path and specialise in women's health. She attends All Saints in Crowborough and in her spare time enjoys walks on the forest with the pooch, exercising and being a taxi service for her kids(!)

Our changing body and hormones; Thriving in all seasons of womanhood 
Certain taboos of womanhood are seldom discussed in church. PMT, complications from childbirth, symptoms related to menopause, painful sex; to name a few. How do we thrive as Christian women whilst navigating the hurdles of hormonal changes at each life stage? Join me to see what the book of James has to say , as well as looking at practical aspects of self care from a Christian point of view.

 

Kim Bourne
 Keeping going; Thriving through suffering


Kim Bourne

Kim grew up in Bermuda (sea and sun). She now lives in Hailsham (less sun and 20 minutes from the sea!) with her husband David, who is the vicar of Hailsham Parish Church. As well as being useful in many areas of ministry in church life, Kim enjoys helping out with four little grandsons. She enjoys people, puzzles and the gym!

Keeping going; Thriving through suffering
“Behold we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” James 5:11
Suffering is a part of everyone’s lives at some point in this World that has turned it’s back on the Creator God. It comes in different forms, at different times for everyone. How as a Christian do, we keep going when it hurts? There are truths which God kindly gives us that we need to have clear before suffering comes if we are to remain steadfast, even thrive, during dark times. As I grappled with the unexpected loss of my first husband, I will try and share what I needed to know about God that enabled me to continue to trust Him. Some things I knew, some I learnt and probably all of them I am still learning as God fashions His purposes in my life. But I won’t do all the talking. There will be work for you to do also!

Emily Lucas
The heart of the matter: How true godliness can help us thrive


Emily Lucas

Emily Lucas is married to Ben who serves as a curate at St Margaret's Church, Angmering. She has three children. Emily has a Masters in Theology and Biblical Studies from Union School of Theology and will continue to doctorate later this year. She is studying for a Biblical Counselling course with BCUK and spends her time overseeing the women's ministry at St Margaret's Church, Angmering, teaching the Bible, and speaking at women's conferences. Emily also has a crazy love for running, cycling, baking with her daughters and enjoying outdoor woodland and seafront adventures with her family.

The heart of the matter: How true godliness can help us thrive
Our lives are to be lived in fullness of joy and knowledge of God. How can we persevere and protect the purpose for which we were created and grow ever more deeply in fellowship with God? We will be delving into the richness of writers and theologians of the past, considering what Jonathan Edwards and the Puritans have to say about true godliness and living life to the full in all enjoyment of God and true godliness of heart. 

 

Claudette Baldwin
Adoption and caring for others;  Thriving by pleasing God and reflecting a God who cares


Claudette Baldwin


The Lord called Claudette to his service when she was a young child. He used her upbringing in South Africa to give her a love for nature, animals and food! Her family is currently based at Oakhill College where they are being equipped for cross cultural mission work. She has two children, Xander who is three and baby who keep her on her toes!

Adoption and caring for others;  thriving by pleasing God and reflecting a God who cares
Wouldn't we all like to know that our religion pleases God? In James 1:27 we see what that looks like. In the time we have we will explore these verses and how we might live them out. Also we will spend a bit of time thinking both about adoption and fostering in the light of what we discover and how we can be encouraged by having a biblical view about what it is to be adopted ourselves.

 

Mel Street
Words, Words, Words; Thriving in all we say


Mel Street

Mel is married to Matthew - they met on Mel’s first day Warwick Uni, when their eyes met across a crowded student kitchen…Twenty-eight years later they have three children (aged 20, 17 and 15) and a very enthusiastic cockapoo called Fudge. Mel works part-time as a Local Government Officer in Crowborough and has been part of the All Saints church family for the past seven years. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than curling up with a good book (cliched but true!) or walking Fudge on Ashdown Forest.

Words, Words, Words; Thriving in all we say
Have you ever stopped to think just how powerful your words are? The things we say have the power to build up, bless and encourage – but they can also tear down, wound, and cut deeply. Join us as we delve into the book of James to investigate and seek to understand how our tongue can be both a blessing and a curse – and we discover what God has to say about what we say.


Susanna Sanlon 
Our plans and God’s priorities; Thriving despite disappointment


Susanna Sanlon

Susanna juggles a career as a Town Planner, with being a busy minister's wife, mum to their two sons and three cats!  Never a dull moment!  Susanna lives in Tunbridge Wells, is married to Peter and is very involved at Emmanuel Anglican Church. 

Our plans and God’s priorities; Thriving despite disappointment
As a Christian, Susanna has often pondered how making our own plans for life and our tendency to plan, is often diametrically opposed to how God would have us live a life of faith which honours Him. So in this seminar we will explore the importance of God's providence in our lives and how His Priorities should govern the nature and extent of our plans.  We will look together at James 4: 13-17 as we unpack what planning for the future should look like for the Christian.

 

Janine Bending
Science and God; How can the two thrive together?


Janine Bending

Janine’s long-held view of Christians as narrow minded and irrelevant was thrown out of the window when in the middle of her 10 year career as a lecturer in Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics, Jesus changed her life forever. After more than a decade as a lecturer, the Lord called her into children's ministry which has been amazing! She is currently the Children’s Pastor for All Saints church in Lindfield, where she lives with her husband and three children.

Science and God; How can the two thrive together? 
You can’t be a scientist and a Christian right? Let’s have that conversation.. We will be using the Bible to knock down myths around science and faith as we explore God’s creation in light of ‘‘every good and perfect gift’. (James 1:17)