PERSPECTIVES TYNE VALLEY
A Christian Vision for Men
We run a monthly breakfast at which we aim to explore topical and relevant issues that connect with men's lives today from a Christian perspective.
We hope to stimulate our thinking about how to live as Christian men and to successfully bridge the gap between faith and real life; whether it is work, family or our pastimes and passions.
We want men of all backgrounds who have not done so before to encounter the Christian faith in a welcoming, relevant and challenging way.
Our mission is to help men develop their spiritual potential.
A Bit of Background
Normally (ie in the absence of lockdowns) we meet on Saturday mornings - usually the last in the month - from September to November, and January to April. (We sometimes change the week to avoid clashes with school holidays.) We arrive at our chosen venue* for 8.30am, for a good breakfast. We enjoy informal conversation and then listen to an interesting speaker, with opportunity for questions. We finish before 10am.
We want to build friendships between men from varying church backgrounds - and none - from across Tynedale. We want to share faith, ideas and life experiences; to be mutually encouraging and enable all to grow spiritually.
Please come along!
*Our venue is currently under review, so check back here for further details before our next season starts.
WHAT WE DO
We enjoy each other's company, make new friends, and listen to a stimulating speaker - someone who has been asked to share t how their faith impacts their life, career or passionate interest. And of course there's always some good food!
When we aren't affected by Covid lockdown, these breakfasts are our core activity. If you would like to come to any meeting (check the links above left for future dates) send an email to Jonathan Fawdry using our Contact page, letting him know whether you would like a full English breakfast (£10) or a Continental breakfast (£8). Pay when you arrive.
OCCASIONAL DINNERS WHEN WIVES, PARTNERS AND FRIENDS ARE ALL WELCOME
We like to arrange an occasional evening dinner, once a year if possible. In past years these have been held at Matfen Hall, Langley Castle, and the Vallum Farm restaurant. We aim to invite a nationally significant speaker and in the past have welcomed - amongst others - Tim Farron MP (former leader of the LibDems) and Jonathan Ruffer, the philanthropist behind several regeneration projects in Bishop Auckland, including the night show Kynren.
These dinners are open to all, by which we mean women as well as men! With the pandemic disruption in 2020 and 2021, we don't currently have a dinner scheduled.
(NB This is a stock photo, so you won't recognise any of us!)
In the months before Covid we started making audio recordings of our speakers, so people could easily catch up if they missed a meeting. These are available in our YouTube channel. Later in 2020 we posted a couple of specially commissioned illustrated talks.
In early 2021 we started hosting occasional meetings on Zoom, and these talks are also available on YouTube.
When we return to meeting together face-to-face, we are investigating streaming or recording meetings for those who can't attend.