Colours of Life
last updated on: 23rd Apr 2012
Saturday 26th May, at the Samworth Academy, Trenant Road, Leicester LE2 6UA
Building on the success of previous Diocesan Assemblies, this festival is going to have something for every one, a festival for all ages, focusing on the theme of the Olympics. There will be a wide range of activities around themes including faith, sport, fitness (of various kinds), the Christian story and running the race. What better warm-up for the summer of 2012 could there be?!
Download the draft eight page programme for the day with fuller details of what is going on here: Colours of Life Programme
Different aspects of the day will include….
Engage in a special speakers venue, including:
Best selling author and theologian, Graham Tomlin on spiritual fitness
Messy Church Creator, Lucy Moore, on messiness, God and children of all ages
Faith Advisor to the 2012 Organising Committee, Duncan Green, on sport, faith and life
Marathon runner and priest, Janet Bibb, on engaging with God through running
A gathering service of celebration at the end of the day with participation from all ages
A gospel choir singing throughout the day
24/7 Prayer experience
Options for worship interspersed through the day
a wide range of workshops for all ages including jemba drumming, Messy Church and Godly Play
a variety of music (sung and instrumental) throughout the day
an interactive, all age treasure hunt to experience and explore how God can make a difference
a prayer room and labyrinth available for reflection throughout the day
more of the Games with a free glossy guide brimmed full with stories and facts for each individual / family
chainsaw wood sculpting
an exhibition by Christian artists inspired by faith and the Olympic & Paralympic Games
Sprint races for Years 1-6 children representing Church schools from across Leicestershire
on a 30 metre long inflatable Noah’s Ark for 7’s and under
take on the inflatable Velcro Olympics Challenge for 7’s and over
sports coaching and games throughout the day
Bring a picnic or food available to buy at reasonable prices. Drinks and other refreshments also provided.
Colours of Life is a free of charge event and booking is not required, but if are likely to attend and can indicate in advance (together with how many are coming with you) that will be very helpful with planning. To do this or for more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 0116 261 5317.
In the speakers venue
Lucy Moore is a professional actor and storyteller. Based in the south of England, she is an experienced speaker, workshop leader and performer.
With a special interest in drama and storytelling, all-age church and collective worship in schools, her work takes her into schools and churches across the region and beyond. She is a member of Equity, an accredited Godly Play teacher, is part of the Children's Advisory Group for Portsmouth Diocese, on the leadership team of and an Associate Missioner for Fresh Expressions.Lucy enjoys both performance work and helping all those working in schools and churches to explore creative and appropriate ways of opening up the Bible with children through enjoyable hands-on training with plenty of opportunity for discussion and reflection.After training and working as a teacher, Lucy combined working as Drama Advisor for the Diocese of Bradford with youth and children's work in her local churches. Moving to the south, she worked freelance for BRF as a performer in schools before taking up her present post and combining it with writing.Her published work includes Messy Church, Messy Church 2, Messy Readings, Messy Crafts, The Gospels Unplugged, The Lord's Prayer Unplugged and Topsy Turvy Christmas.
The Revd Dr Graham Tomlin is the Principal of St Paul’s Theological Centre and Dean of St Mellitus College. He studied English Literature and Theology at Oxford, and was curate of a church in Exeter, before returning to Oxford to be Chaplain of Jesus College and a tutor in Historical Theology and Evangelism at Wycliffe Hall, where he eventually became Vice Principal. He was for several years a member of the Theology Faculty of Oxford University, teaching on the Reformation and contemporary Mission and Culture, before moving to London in 2005. He is a member of the Church of England’s College of Evangelists. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including ‘The Power of the Cross: Theology and the Death of Christ in Paul, Luther and Pascal’ (Paternoster 1999), 'The Provocative Church’ (SPCK 2002), ‘Luther and his World’ (Lion 2002), ‘The Responsive Church (IVP 2005), Spiritual Fitness: Christian Character in a Consumer Culture (Continuum 2006) and most recently 'The Seven Deadly Sins and How to Overcome Them' (Lion Hudson 2007). He is married to Janet, has two children and suffers from a lifelong addiction to Bristol City Football Club.
The Revd Canon Duncan Green is Church of England Olympics Executive Co-ordinator. co-ordinating the Church of England’s response to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Duncan gained substantial experience of working with young people as Diocesan Youth Officer from 1987 to 1996 when he started the successful residential youth centre at St Mark's College, Audley End. He began his working life as an engineer before graduating from Salisbury Theological College in 1982. Before his present post he was Rector and Dean of Saffron Walden in Essex. He was appointed an Honorary Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral in 2003. Duncan is married to Janet and they have three grown-up children.
Rev Janet Binns - regular at marathon’s all around the world, Janet is a middle and long distance runner, and a priest in Oxford where she is full time Olympic and Paralympic co-ordinator for the diocese.
A number of churches are considering booking a coach to bring a toddlers group, Messy Church, children, youth group, or just a larger group from your parish or benefice to Colours of Life. We are pleased to announce two special deals with coach companies which might make this a little easier. Palmers of Leicester are offering just £150 (all in) for a return trip on a 49 seater coach from anywhere in Leicestershire to the Samworth Academy (although only have two coaches available). This reduced price is only available if you ‘like’ them on Facebook (£210 if not)! Once these have gone or if you don’t know anyone on Facebook, then a larger number of 50 seater coaches are available from Momentum Transport. These are available for the special price of £310 (all in) for the day (again from anywhere in Leicestershire to Colours of Life, return). Momentum also have 24 seaters available cheaper. For more details on Palmers go here: http://www.palmersofleicester.com/ or for Momentum contact email@example.com who will collate numbers of coaches to get the best deal (although you order will be direct with Momentum). Please check that these coaches meet all your needs as the diocese can not be held responsible for any errors or problems (we are just suggesting two vendors who are offering special prices).
Public Transport and Parking
The Samworth Academy has good public transport links. In particular:
Arriva no. 47 bus: from St Margaret’s bus station every 15 mins and stops on Saffron Lane directly outside the Samworth.
Arriva no. 48 bus: from South Wigston also runs every 15 mins and stops on Saffron Lane a little way down from the school on the opposite side.
First no. 88 bus: from the city centre from Humberstone Gate East and runs at regularly intervals
There is free parking on site during the day, available on a first come first served basis. If possible to share lifts that would be helpful, but we realise this isn’t possible for everyone. Car parking stewards will direct you.
The full address for Sat Navs is the Samworth Enterprise Academy, 50 Trenant Road, Leicester, LE2 6UA.
With a festival feel, food and drink will be served throughout the day (rather than at set break and meal times). You are very much welcome to bring your own food and drink. A wide range of food (both for adults and children) will be available to purchase at reasonable prices. Drinks will be served for free throughout the day.
Children remain the responsibility of their parents, carers or guardians for the duration of the day. Although there will be a very wide range of activities for all ages, the activities are designed to be enjoyed together, rather than provided as childcare.
Visit back to this webpage in early March to download a programme with full details of the many other activities going on, plus more practical details. In the meantime please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (0116 261 5328) with any questions.