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On Thursday 1 June 2017 we welcomed over 225 delegates to our first Connections Conference to experience a Connections session and learn how to implement it in their own churches. The resources below will give you a flavour of what the day was like; have a listen and read through the handbook to find out about all that was covered and to help you in resourcing Seniors Ministry in your own church.



Pippa PortraitPIPPA CRAMER

Pippa Cramer is Pastoral Care and Seniors Co-ordinator at Holy Tinity, Claygate. Pippa is an Occupational Therapist and has worked for many years in the NHS specialising in Neuro-Rehabilitation and care of the elderly. In January 2011, Pippa founded Connections. She continues to lead it and oversee its growth. She and her husband Steve have two teenage children.

Philip Plyming PortraitREVD DR PHILIP PLYMING
Philip Plyming is the Warden of Cranmer Hall, St John's College, Durham University. Philip was originally a linguist, who studied theology at Cranmer Hall and served his curacy in Chineham, Basingstoke. He was appointed the Vicar of Holy Trinity, Claygate in 2006 and led the church through a period of growth. He later became Area Dean and has served on General Synod since 2009. He is passionate about church growth and mission. He was appointed Warden of Cranmer Hall in May 2017. Philip is married to Annabelle, a hospice doctor; they have two sons.

Mike harle portraitREVD MIKE HARLE
Mike Harle is Assistant Minister at Holy Trinity, Claygate. Prior to ministry, Mike's career was in the oil industry. He ran Shell's UK filling station business for five years until 1999. Before taking early retirement in 2008, Mike was global sales and marketing director for Shell's business with the airline industry. He was ordained priest in 2012 and now serves as Director of Pastoral Care and Seniors Ministry at HTC. He is also a trustee of organisations in the education, housing and fuel poverty sectors. His son is a sportswriter in the North of England.

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ABC-LP 180x240It was an utter joy for me to attend Connections at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate.  The ministry Pippa Cramer has pioneered here is extraordinary - it's extraordinary for its pastoral reach into the community, extraordinary for its evangelistic impact amongst Seniors and extraordinary in its simplicity.  This is a local church doing what only a local church can do - incarnating the life of Christ in the neighbourhood and seeing his love, life and hope transform lives.  I commend this work to you; it is a model which I hope and pray will be replicated in many parishes across the country.  For any church community seeking to discern what the Spirit might be calling you to do amongst Seniors, I encourage you without hesitation to attend this conference.

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury