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Morning Programme

9:30

Doors open

Registration

10:00

Worship - all ages

10:30

Main Session

Kids & Youth in Groups

11:00

Refreshment Break - adults

11:30

Main Session 'Curiosity, awe and the meaning of life' with Dr Ruth Bancewicz

Kids & Youth in Groups

 

12:30

Lunch Break

Afternoon Programme

13:30

Seminar 'God in the Lab' with Dr Ruth Bancewicz

Seminar for Kids & Youth Leaders 'Big World, Big Questions' with Steph Bryant

Worship Seminar

Kids & Youth in Groups

14:30

Refreshment break - all ages

15:00

Main Session - all ages

16:00

End

Kids Programme

Creche age 1-3

Kids age 4-11

Youth age 11-18

10:30 - 11:30

Creche: 1st floor

Kids: 'Celebrating Science, Celebrating God!'  with Steph Bryant - Kids Auditorium
Youth: Youth room, 2nd floor

11:30 - 12:30

Creche: 1st floor

Kids: Youth room, 2nd floor

Youth: 'Celebrating Science, Celebrating God!' with Steph Bryant - Kids Auditorium 

13:30 - 14:30

Creche: 1st floor 

Kids: Youth room, 2nd floor

Youth: Foyer sofas, ground floor

Session info

11:30 | Main Session | Main Auditorium

Wonders of the living World: Curiosity, awe and the meaning of life

Dr Ruth Bancewicz
For most Christians in science, their work fills them with wonder and awe, and helps them to praise God all the more! Ruth will share some stories of Christians who worship God with and through their science, as well as her own story. She will also share how these discoveries can
feed into the regular ministry and mission of the church.

13:30 | Seminar | Main Auditorium 

God in the Lab: How science enhances faith

Dr Ruth Bancewicz

What is science, exactly? What is the Christian heritage of the natural sciences? How can we form a theology of science? Can we find God in scientific discoveries? In this seminar Ruth will look at some of the foundational questions of relating science to Christian faith, which will then equip us to look at some of today’s thorny questions. We can’t promise to answer them all, but at least we can start the conversation in a way that invites others to join in the exploration.

13:30 | Seminar for kids leaders, youth leaders, and parents | Kids Auditorium

Big World, Big Questions: Exploring Science and Faith with Young People

Steph Bryant 

‘Does science disprove God?’ 
‘Can the Bible be true if it doesn’t mention dinosaurs?’ 
‘Could robots or aliens be religious?’ 
‘What really makes me ‘me’?’ 
Do these questions excite you? Or does the idea of responding to big questions like these from young people leave you nervous? Over the last nine years, The Faraday Institute’s Youth and Schools Programme have often encountered these and many other big questions while helping over 23,000 young people explore their science-faith questions. Join Steph Bryant for a session packed full of practical ideas to inspire, motivate, and build confidence in supporting young people, as they explore their big questions about wholehearted faith in a world full of exciting scientific opportunities.

13:30 | Worship Seminar | Ground floor meeting room

If you’re involved worship within your local church we would love to gather together, to share stories and encourage one another!
We will also be hearing from Geoff and Tom from Life Vineyard who will be sharing their journey releasing creative worship and song-writing in their church.

Speaker Bios

Dr Ruth Bancewicz is Church Engagement Director at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, where her remit is to equip and encourage UK churches to include engagement with science as part of their regular activities. Her scientific training was in genetics. She has previously worked also for Christians in Science, and as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Edinburgh University. She is currently studying Theology, Ministry and Mission at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Her most recent books are the beautifully illustrated Wonders of the Living World: Curiosity, awe, and the meaning of life (Lion, 2021) and God in the Lab: How Science Enhances faith (Monarch, 2015).


Steph Bryant coordinates the three main strands of the Youth and Schools Programme at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. These strands are workshops for children and young people; training for teachers and educators; and book and resource production (each supported by and feeding into educational research). 

Steph holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University specialising in Ecology and Conservation Science. She has been involved various conservation and communication projects since graduating, from studying wolves in Bulgaria, to frogs and salmon in Canada, and working with local communities and landowners to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
Steph is fascinated by the interactions of science and faith, and previously worked to coordinate the God and the Big Bang project, a Church of England schools’ science and faith communication project. She enjoys working with young people from a wide range of backgrounds, worldviews and ages and is particularly passionate about encouraging consideration of the roles and responsibilities that faith groups have in caring for the natural world.

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