Do you have a passion to see those around you come to know Jesus? If so I want to tell you about an exciting new initiative launching in 2020 called, Advance.

Advance groups will take place across the diocese (once a month over a one-year period). The aim of the group is to identify and equip those with a passion for evangelism. It will be a year of growth, encouragement and building friendships with like-minded people so we can be more effective in reaching people with the good news of Jesus.

The group will consist of 5-12 people, who will meet once a month over a one-year period. It will be a year of growth, encouragement and building friendships with like-minded people.

Course outline

  • Session 1: Welcome to Advance
  • Session 2: The Identity of the Evangelist
  • Session 3: The Message of the evangelist
  • Session 4: The Task of the Evangelist
  • Session 5: The Power of the Evangelist
  • Session 6: The Devotion of the Evangelist
  • Session 7: The Submission of the Evangelist
  • Session 8: The Character of the Evangelist
  • Session 9: The Opportunity of the Evangelist
  • Session 10: The Commitment of the Evangelist
  • Session 11: The Inspiration of the Evangelist
  • Session 12: Day Retreat

The ethos of this group is based around 5 key principals:

  1. Regular Meeting – We will meet monthly over a 12 month period.
  2. Sharpening – Commitment to studying the bible
  3. Accountability – Honest self-evaluation (questionnaires, group discussion)
  4. Communication – keeping each other up to date, prayer requests sharing resources & ideas via WhatsApp group
  5. Multiplication – a commitment to explore the idea of starting a fresh advance group in the future.

Current Groups running:

Advance: Coventry  – St John the Baptist Church, Westwood. Every third Saturday of the month.

Coming soon!

Advance: Rugby
Advance: Nuneaton

If you would like to take part or simply find out more information please get in touch with Gareth Fitzpatrick: Learning mentor for Need Oriented Outreach and Evangelism:

Making Space: Leading Quiet Days & Retreats

Both learning communities are now fully booked. If you would like to talk to Lisa or Jen about ideas or support in this area, please contact us and we will be happy to chat with you: 

This Learning Community is an opportunity to gather together with others to share ideas, inspiration and encouragement that will help develop your skills in making space for others to encounter God through quiet days/evenings and retreats. 

We will meet together five times over the year, with each session focusing on a different element of planning a quiet day, and having a different theme following the pattern of the liturgical year (advent, lent etc.). Sessions will be interactive with opportunities to share and discuss ideas and challenges along with input from the group facilitators and time for reflection and prayer. 

No experience of running quiet days is required! The events you’d like to run might be anything from a simple prayer station in your church for visitors to access, to a full day retreat. You are welcome whether this is an area you already dabble in, you’re an old hand at planning retreats and are looking for fresh ideas or you would like to put something like this on at your church but have no clue where to start! Bring your enthusiasm and we’ll all share our knowledge and creativity and go away encouraged and inspired.

To find out more about this area, contact Lisa Holt or Jen Stewart via


Group 1 – Stoke St Michael (FULLY BOOKED)

Dates : 

Wednesday 6 November 2019
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Wednesday 25 March 2020
Wednesday 6 May 2020
Wednesday 15 July 2020

Time: Meeting from 7:00 – 9:00pm (beginning with refreshments)

Location: Stoke St Michael’s Church, Coventry, CV2 4BG

Group 2 – Wellesbourne (FULLY BOOKED)

Dates : 

Wednesday 15 January 2020
Wednesday 11 March 2020
Wednesday 29 April 2020
Wednesday 8 July 2020
Wednesday 30 September 2020

Time: Meeting from 7:00 – 9:00pm (beginning with refreshments)

Location: St Peter’s Church, Wellesbourne, CV35 9LS

                           — Spaces are limited to enable the most effective learning environment —

There is no charge to be part of a Learning Community. The EQuip Learning Communities are predominantly intended for lay people, but if you’re ordained and interested, do get in touch!