A Reason for Hope – Shropshire Churches Conference

British reserve? Mildly embarrassed? Simply don’t know where to start? There are all sorts of places we find ourselves in when it comes to sharing the Christian faith.

So what might it mean to “always be ready”? And how might we – as individuals and as local churches – speak about our “reason for hope” with confidence?

This day conference will be an opportunity to know more deeply all that God has achieved in Jesus Christ and done in our lives. It will equip us to share that good news, and engage with some of the big themes in apologetics and the contemporary world. And together we will seek God’s grace as we live out this faith in the towns and villages where we live and which we serve.

Our speaker Revd Dr Michael Lloyd

Michael is the Principal of Wycliffe Hall, the school of theology and mission within Oxford University. He is author of Café Theology, a 400 page canter through the whole of Christian theology, as well as a regular presenter of “Godpod“, a monthly podcast discussing burning issues of God, theology, life and much more. A friend once said of him that he has “the unique ability simultaneously to raise and lower the tone of any conversation”!

The timetable for the day

The day will feature opportunities to learn and grow together, time to worship and pray, and great fellowship and hospitality:


From 09.30 Registration and welcome refreshments in the Trinity Centre

10.00. Welcome and Opening Worship

10:20. Session One: Keynote Address with Mike Lloyd

11:00 Time in small groups to discuss and interact

11:15 Mid morning refreshments

11:45 Session Two: Q&A with Mike Lloyd

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Session Three: A range of workshops exploring our theme

14:40 Session Four: Concluding thoughts, worship & commissioning

15:15 Home

Afternoon workshops

After lunch enjoy workshops covering a wide range of topics. These will give time and space in a smaller setting to reflect on what it means to know, share and live the “reason for hope” we have in Jesus Christ.

Click here for more workshop details

Children and young people

As dioceses we are committed to growing churches where all ages can belong. The day will include full provision for children up to the age of 11, including a creche. If you would like to make use of this provision, please book tickets by Monday 23rd October at the latest. By that date if demand is low then this provision may be withdrawn and you will be notified.

Booking Tickets

Tickets are priced at £6 (booked before 31st July), £8 (booked by end of October) or £10 (booked in November).  Lunch is available for £5 extra.

The easiest way to book is online, using the link on the right. You will be able to let us have your details, choose workshops, and pay securely. Once you’ve booked in we’ll be in touch with further details about the day, travel, timings etc.

Alternatively you can book by contacting the relevant diocesan office. Phone 01743 235867 / email julie.ramsey@lichfield.anglican.org (Shrewsbury Episcopal area) or phone 01588 673571 / email office@bishopofludlow.co.uk  (Ludlow Episcopal Area)