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Goodbye Trevor King, Hello Beth Roberts

At the 2020 AGM, held virtually on 14th November 2020, Trevor King wished us all a font farewell as he stepped down as President after 3 and a half years in post. In an unusual turn of events, Trevor's role was extended by another 6 months following the delay to the AGM meeting, originally scheduled for May 2020. During a closing short speech received a card and present from the BACC Officers and all Cursillos across the country. Following the meeting, Trevor sent this card to the whole Cursillo community:

During the same meeting the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, joined the meeting from his official residence and commissioned President-elect Beth Roberts to her position as President of the British Anglican Cursillo Council. In her first letter to Cursillistas afterwards, Beth described the short ceremony as "very moving". Beth is introducing herself to the whole community via an article in the next edition of BACC Pages.


New date for Conference #8

The coronavirus pandemic appears to be with us for the winter and potentially through to spring. The BACC Offices have thus taken the decision to defer (in effect cancel) the 2020 Conference, due in November, and rebook it for May 2022, the date when the next conference would be due in the normal course of events.

This decision was taken after careful consideration of several issues:

Alternative dates in October or November 2021 were considered but turned out to be unavailable at Hayes.


BACC AGM goes virtual for 2020

In a departure from the past, BACC has elected to run the 2020 AGM as a virtual meeting. In keeping with current and expected Covid-19 restrictions, it was felt at meeting in person was no longer advisable.

In his letter to BAC Council members, BACC President Trevor King stated:
"The Annual General Meeting and Full Council Meeting scheduled for 14th November will still go ahead, but will be conducted virtually via zoom. This will allow us to approve accounts, receive reports and elect new committee members. We will write to you in a few weeks to explain how we will conduct the virtual AGM.

We are trying to ensure that the business of BACC continues in these strange circumstances and that we can bounce back when restrictions are lifted. If you have any queries about any of these matters please don’t hesitate to contact me."

This follows the postponement of UK Conference #8 to the second half of 2021, where the AGM had been scheduled to take place.


UK Conference #8 Postponed

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic creates more disruption for BACC, this time leading to UK Coference #8 being pushed back to the second half of 2021. BACC had received very few bookings for this event meaning possible heavy losses if it were to run. In support of this action, the Hayes Centre has allowed BACC to defer at no extra cost. All those who have already booked will receiving a refund.

It is hoped that we will be more or less back to normal and be able to meet in the second half of 2021.

This action was announced in a letter to BAC Council Members.


BACC AGM moved to UK Conference #8

In light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the BACC Officers, in consultation with Standing Committee, have decided to further postpone the BACC AGM until November. It will now place as part of the Conference proceedings.

Trevor King, BACC President, said in his letter to diocesan Secretariats:
"You will recall that the 2020 AGM had been scheduled for 9th May but had been postponed until the UK Ultreya. As [the UK Ultreya] will now not take place we have had to further reschedule it. It will now take place on Saturday 14th November as part of our UK Conference at Swanwick. In the meantime I will continue as President and the Area Reps on the Standing Committee who have come to the end of their terms of office are also staying on until November."


UK Ultreya 2020 Cancelled

Following much deliberation by BACC's Standing Committee, and upon the recommendation of the UK Ultreya 2020 committee, it has been decided to cancel this year's British gathering, due to take place in London, in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

Trevor King, BACC President, said in his letter to diocesan Secretariats:
"[It is] with great sadness this has been cancelled. London & Southwark dioceses have been able to book the same venue, Southwark Cathedral, for Saturday 3rd September 2022. Norwich dioceses will host the UK Ultreya next year as planned on Sat 4th September 2021 and Canterbury will now be holding it in 2023."


BACC AGM moved to 4th September 2020

In light of the continuing viral pandemic, the BACC Officers have decided to postpone the BACC AGM until September.

The meeting scheduled for 9th May in Newark will therefore not now go ahead.

The AGM will take place on the evening of Friday 4th September (i.e. the day before the UK Ultreya on the 5th) at St Paul's Church Hall, Marylebone. The address is 5 Rossmore Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 6NJ.

UPDATE - 8 Apil 2020:
This will be reviewed at the end of May when a definite 'go /no go' decision will be made. If the UK Ultreya is cancelled then the AGM will be held in conjunction with the Conference in November.


Rev Stephen Bowring speaks on COVID-19

Our National Spiritual Director, Rev'd Stephen Bowring explores the theological challenges thrown up by COVID-19 and our response to it.

Read Stephen's full letter to understand how "Christ is counting on you"


Weekends postponed due to COVID-19

Following the guideance from the UK Government and in accordance with the 'lockdown' restrictions we are now under, many diocesan Cursillos have cancelled their pilgrim weekends.

As of 31 March, all weekends to the end of June have been cancelled or postponed.

Please check out the Forthcoming Weekends up-to-date information as we get it.


UK ULTREYA 2019

The inspiring setting of Chester Cathedral rang with joyful sounds of Eucharist on Sat August 31 as it hosted this year’s UK gathering of British Anglican Cursillo. During the day Richard Stephens, Chair of Kairos UK, gave a challenging talk on the work of Cursillo in prisons, bringing hope and God’s love to prisoners under the name of Kairos. The colourful congregation caused a stir by parading the embroidered banners from each Cursillo Diocese through the streets led by City of Chester Brass Band.

Bishop Peter spoke of the renewal and enthusiasm felt by Christians on the three day course which is ‘Cursillo’ and how it continues into the ‘fourth day’; the rest of their lives. The Service certainly reflected that joy and visitors to the Cathedral on the Saturday afternoon were encouraged to join in the celebration. One visitor on a day trip from Hull was so inspired she hurried away to search online for a local Weekend. For the Christians of the Chester Diocese it’s easy- the answer is Foxhill House and Woodlands, Frodsham from Thursday October 24 to Sunday October 27 or Wistaston Hall, Crewe, 28-31 May, 2020. See you there?

www.chestercursillo.org.uk

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