We offer all of our events digitally using Zoom. If this platform is not suitable for your group dynamics, or if you would like Acorn to run any of the modules for your group or organisation please contact us to discuss your requirements. Check out our upcoming events page to see when these events are being offered publicly, you can even book on as a group!
We have a variety of different events that we can bring to you in listening, healing, and reconciliation. For more information on each of these events take a look below.
We live in a busy world. Social media screams headlines and conversations extend to the length of a tweet or the time it takes to drink a cappuccino. We tire quickly, and long for space to breathe, talk, be heard. Acorn’s Listening Pathway responds to this longing because listening is a vital part of the healing process.
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Module 1 provides an opportunity to identify bad listening and learn what good listening entails. You will learn an effective and safe method of listening that will enhance your ability to bring healing and wholeness into the lives of those around you. As part of the course, in pairs, you will have two opportunities to speak (and then listen) for up to five minutes.
Through attending this event you will:
Building on the previous training, module 2 will enable you to apply active listening in the context of your professional or personal life or ministry. As part of the course, in pairs, you will have two opportunities to speak (and then listen), one for five minutes and another for up to twenty minutes.
At this event, you will:·
Module 3, the final event in our listening pathway, will prepare you to listen in formal situations, in a professional, safe way. During the course there will be times of self-reflection, short discussions in small groups and practical listening sessions. You will also be allocated to a group of three people and will have two opportunities to speak (and then listen) for up to twenty minutes and one opportunity to observe the listening process.
Through listening to ‘our whole selves’, listening to others, and observing other listeners, you will:
Programme for the event:
Acorn teaches prayer ministry in the context of healing and wholeness, ministering to the whole person, body, mind and spirit. We have various events at which you can explore and learn about this opportunity to serve others.
Our School of Healing events run monthly on a Saturday morning on Zoom Webinar. Through worship, learning, discussion and debate, you will explore the Christian healing ministry and consider a diverse range of subjects.
As the School of Healing enters its 5th year - can you believe it! - we have given it a new look and a fresh approach.
This year, based around the first year syllabus we are going back to basics to renew our connection with the ministry of Jesus. As well as picking up a theme fundamental to the practice of Christian Healing, we will be adding some insights from the lives of those we looked at in the second year syllabus to ground the teaching.
As well as all that, there will an opportunity for a 15 minute appointment for personal prayer for healing, and no Acorn ministry training event would be complete without an 'And now!' To htlp you take your learning further.
We look forward to having you with us whether this will be your first steps or you want to go even deeper in the Healing Ministry of Jesus.
This event will provide you with a clear conceptual framework for the development and practice of a competent and compassionate prayer ministry in a church or community setting. It examines the biblical foundations and establishes a clear understanding of personal and ministry boundaries by assessing realistic ministry scenarios.
Real questions; real issues.
We are told that prayer is a natural thing for the Christian, just like breathing; and yes it is. But just like breathing, there is a lot going on in the process. I am no medic, but I imagine for a thoracic surgeon the breathing process looks a whole lot different than it does to me - writing this - there is more to the process than meets the eye.
So back to prayer. Yes, it is 'simple', but there is more going on than we think. How about these? What is God thinking when you pray? What does God do about conflicting prayer requests? And this one - when I pray out loud who am I really talking to?
So over two hours, through input and discussion let’s look at something that is as easy as breathing.
Life, people, and circumstance can wound us and leave us broken, or bitter or bereft of hope and so removing the ‘thorns’ that have wounded us, is key to finding health on the inside.
In a safe and sacred space, we can allow God’s healing grace to touch our hurtful memories and damaged emotions, and find a freer path for our feet.
Ps 36:5 encourages us with the words...'Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies...'
In his wisdom God made us in his image. It meant that we would have the capacity to think, feel, act and will like God himself could.
Part of this was that our minds would serve as agents of his kingdom and his grace.
No wonder then the mind is an intense battleground over which many an internal conflict rages.
So how do we find health for our minds, how do find healing when things are out of joint and how do we live with the mind of Christ within us, because Mind Matters: to God
We have all felt and continue to feel the impact of loss and sorrow due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
In addition to the 'life losses' we might expect to encounter we have faced new challenges and new losses - the absence of human contact and touch, the loss of the ability to come and go, the loss of the joy of gathering with other disciples.
We will meet together to share our common journey, through searching out the pathway God has made for us as we encounter grief and loss. He is after all 'the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort (2 Cor 1:3) and he knows they journey we take.
Before he leaves them, Jesus promises his disciples, then and now, another Helper. The Greek word 'another' means ‘another just like the other’! and Paul calls the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus.
In healing and the healing ministry, the person and work of the Holy Spirit in us an through us is fundamental, so in these two mornings we will look at who he is, what he brings and how he works.
The key question is not "Do you have the Holy Spirit?" but “Does the Holy Spirit have you?”
It’s a journey of a lifetime - come take a step forward with us.
We will explore the phrase Do not be anxious that comes throughout the Bible and specifically from the lips of Jesus.
It is an invitation to find a secure place in God in times that are less than easy and in moments where we feel vulnerable.
So do come and join us in opening up a subject that may well save your sanity and help you find a rock 'in a hard place'.
Are you interested in growing a healing ministry that is compassionate and credible, but don’t know where to start?
Run over two mornings, this course will help you think through some of the issues involved.
It will include group work and will give participants the opportunity to pray for healing in others.
During the course we will:
This event complements our Prayer Ministry Training course and can be followed up by attending our monthly School of Healing events or by taking a group through our Growing a Healing Ministry resource, which covers this topic in more depth.
‘Growing a Healing Ministry’ is a great resource for following on from a Prayer Ministry Training event. It has been produced by Acorn to help Christians learn about the healing ministry and to apply what they learn in and through their local church. It is designed as an interactive course for large or small church groups, and assumes no prior knowledge of, or experience in, Christian healing. It can however also be used as a refresher training course, and leaders or groups may wish to adopt the material to suit their circumstances. Each session builds on the one before, so it is desirable that group members be committed to the whole course.
Reconciliation is not just about finding solutions to conflict, but learning how relationships, impacted by conflict, can be healed. Understanding how conflict starts and ends is essential for healthy, life-giving relationships.
Many Christians regard conflict as intrinsically unspiritual and to be avoided at all costs – with the result we either hide from it or handle it badly. This event will explore the process by which individuals and church communities can understand what is happening in times of conflict, directing them to the appropriate, biblical mechanisms of handling ‘difference’ before it becomes destructive. You will be provided with a biblical and theoretical framework for engaging with conflict and suggested approaches to transform the relationships involved.