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ALL OUR 2023 EVENTS
Grieving What Isn't
With Dr Jenny Brown
Thursday, 6 July 2023
SYDNEY (Christ Church, St Ives) & ONLINE
Mourning the loss of someone or even something we love from our lives can be a deeply painful experience. But many of us also endure another type of painful loss. It's the loss of certain relationships that haven't eventuated. The loss of good and wonderful things we haven't had a chance to experience. It's the loss of what isn't.. and what may never be.
Such "disenfranchised grief" is something that many singles are intimately familiar with. And yet, at the same time is a grief that they often don't feel entitled to experience, let alone able to speak about with others. As a result, they usually endure the grief of a spouse who hasn't appeared, of children who haven't been born, in both silence and isolation. This is a silent and lonely grief, rarely recognised in important relationships. It is also a grief that parents may experience as they face the loss of hoped-for grandchildren and feel helpless in supporting their adult child.
Join us for this important event as we seek to better understand and reckon with the disenfranchised grief of singleness.
How might single Christians genuinely mourn the unrealised potential of marriage (or remarriage) and children, while holding firm to the promises of God in Christ?
How might married Christians walk alongside those singles who are grieving, all while pointing them to the certainty we have in Him?
How do we grieve what isn't and what may never be in light of the glorious future which we know will certainly be?
Jenny Brown has worked in child and family mental health and family therapy since the 1980s. She has consulted and trained professionals in the field for over three decades. She is a speaker on family systems, and author of the best-selling book: ‘Growing Yourself Up: How to bring your best to all of life’s relationships?'. Jenny founded the Family Systems Institute Sydney, Australia, in 2004 and in 2018 received the ANJFT award for distinguished contribution to family therapy in Australia. She is actively involved in her church and is committed to a Biblical lens in all her professional work.
With Gemma Cardew
Wednesday, 11 October 2023
BRISBANE (Ann St Presbyterian) & ONLINE
Over and over again God's says his people are to be known by their generous hospitality to saint and stranger alike (1 Peter 4:9, Heb 13:2). We are called to welcome one another as Christ has welcomed us (Rom 15:7).
Hospitality isn't just a Christian cliche. It's part of the very essence of being Christ's people in this world. But how can those of us who are single practice hospitality?
How might someone without a home of their own be hospitable to others?
How might someone without children of their own open their lives to other people's children?
How might a busy single parent or a widowed Christian be genuinely welcoming of others in midst of life's complexities and sadnesses?
Join us for this special Single Minded event as we consider how being single opens up exciting, unique and unexpected opportunities to faithfully welcome others as we have been welcomed by Christ.
Gemma is single, hails from NSW (though she has been living in QLD for the last 13 years) and has worked in both teaching and Christian ministry. In recent years Gemma has started exercising her love of both hospitality and children in a very important and wonderfully unique way -as a single foster mother to vulnerable children . She is passionate about helping both married and single Christians see the need and opportunities to hospitably welcome these precious ones into our lives. Gemma loves coffee and driving her dad's historic car on the race track (though hopefully not both at the same time!).
Year in Review + Q&A Night
With Guest Panellists
Thursday, 14 December 2023
Join us for this end of year online event. Tickets are FREE for anyone who purchased a ticket to any of our other events this year!
We'll look back at the year that has been, including some of our highlights and favourite moments. Then we'll have a live interactive Q&A session with our special guest panellists.
Finish up the year with the Single Minded community as we reflect on all the things we have to be thankful to God for over the year and spend time answering your questions about singleness and other related topics.
If you've purchased a ticket to another event this year, you will have received a discount code via email to apply at checkout.
Our guest panellists for this event will be announced at a later date.