Your comments on the Weddings Project training presentation
The Weddings Project Team is currently touring several dioceses with an intensive two-day presentation. Here is a selection of comments from Bishops and Vicars regarding the presentation, plus more general comments we have received from Vicars elsewhere in the country.
Bishop of Lichfield:
Bishop of Liverpool:
Bishop of Norwich:
The Diocese of Blackburn reported on our presentation, which included comments from the Bishop of Blackburn. Read it here
More comments from Vicars who have seen our presentation:-
"One of the best 'training' events I've been to in 20 years of ordained ministry." From the Southwell & Nottingham presentation
"Really loved having the feedback/research - very helpful, informative, affirming." From the Southwell & Nottingham presentation
"Best bit of training I have done for a long time!" From the Newcastle presentation
"One of the very best courses the church has invited me to go in years. Has helped encourage me to feel I'm doing a few things right already and some useful helps for improvement." From the Newcastle presentation
"Brilliant! In the words of 'Strictly Come Dancing' 10; 10; 10; 10. Well done." From the Hereford presentation.
"Presentation was really excellent. The material was thought provoking and the evidence presented compelling. I think that I will enjoy using the materials and will find them helpful." From the Hereford presentation.
"I had my eyes opened to the missional potential of weddings and how small things make a difference - like being warm towards the couple. Thank you so much." From the Lichfield presentation
"The course was VERY helpful and in best sense thought provoking. I just wish the research findings had been available 20 years ago when I was first ordained." From the Lichfield presentation
"Simply the best training opportunity in my 31 years of ordination." From the Chelmsford presentation
"This was one of the best presentations I have ever experienced. Professional, passionate, humorous, Godly. Thank you." From the Chelmsford presentation
A wonderful experience amidst a crazy diary. Efficient and clear, compassionately delivered, impressively based on research. One of the best courses I have ever attended. " From the Liverpool presentation
"It has been wonderfully affirming more than anything else. Had no idea just how significant and appreciated this ministry is. How much we can build on this!" From the Liverpool presentation
"Particularly appreciated the statistics and feedback from the professional researcher. Easy to understand everything."
"It was really good - most informative, full of practical ideas, extremely supportive of innovation and flexibility and all presented in a most professional way."
"I have rarely in 25 years of ministry been to such a professionally organised church training session."
"The best thing I've been to in ages."
"Awesome! Surpassed expectations."
"Your style was so comfortable and thank you for giving your time to be with us. Your input has been probably the best that I have received in 27 years as a priest - so thank you!"
"An excellent two days, full of good ideas and inspirational. Thank you."
"Please pass on my thanks to all the team for an excellent presentation over the 2 days in Leicester. The Weddings Project is an excellent initiative and we will certainly be on board in each parish that I am currently connected with. The potential for mission (including the better use of buildings) is tremendous. I wish you all the best in the future of the project."
"Thank you for such an inspiring day! I came home feeling cheered and encouraged. It was a very worthwhile day away and has affirmed me in the way I already perform this ministry and given me lots of tips on how to improve."
"Thank you to you and the team for 2 days of enthusiasm and encouragement. I feel that we do weddings and wedding preparation well here, but there is always more we can learn and we are always keen to pursue 'best practice'. We have even organised a wedding meeting this Saturday afternoon to review our practices in light ofyour work. So thanks."
"I am excited about using the material and seeing it develop as the project evolves. Thanks for your encouragement."
"Wonderful. Great to know the Church is doing something joined up and very practical. God bless you."
"It has definitely made me stop and think. Some things have been a real surprise and need reflection."
"I very much appreciated the evidence-based approach - background research is vital."
“I certainly feel more resourced and confident in being able to present a church wedding in a more professional manner."
“Good to have empirical research, and to be challenged.”
“This must be made available to the whole Church.”
“It’s exciting to know that the Church wants to resource us so that we can reach out to the community beyond the wedding day.”
“I wish I’d had this years ago! I will do some things differently.”