Bible, Prayer & Chaplaincy Summer School

Our two August 2019 Summer Schools offer a variety of teaching streams to choose from, covering the three different streams of Bible, Prayer & Chaplaincy in week 1 (29th July – 2nd August) and four streams within Worship: Leading and Preaching in week 2 (5th-9th August).

Summer School testimonies: ‘Deepened my faith and my understanding of God’, ‘Renewing, refreshing and re-orientation!’, ‘The short few days have had a potentially life-long impact on my Christian journey – something I simply was not expecting – but God has worked powerfully through Cliff’, ‘I have met some wonderful people, all with the light of God in them’, ‘I have been inspired, enthused and encouraged by the whole experience. The lectures and the fellowship were wonderful’, ‘Huge inspiration’, ‘Engaging with other students made the learning experience communal and fun’, ‘My calling has been re-affirmed and I have been supported every step of the way’.

Find out more about our Bible, Prayer & Chaplaincy Summer School streams under Course Details.

Course Details

As well as the dynamic teaching, participants share in social times, meals, devotions, evening worship and reflection. Off site, there are opportunities to visit the national attraction Chatsworth House, just around the corner, go into Bakewell, just 7 miles away, whilst Curbar and Froggatt Edge are just a short walk away for those wanting to put on their boots.

You might be contemplating a full or part-time course here at Cliff – then Summer School is a great way to get to know  us, and see if Cliff College is right for you.  Maybe you are a small group leader and want a refresher course to further biblical knowledge, or a church member and want to better read and understand the Bible. You might be looking for new ways to pray, or seeking some direction in terms of ministry. You might just want to come to beautiful Derbyshire to reflect on your understanding of God. If any of this appeals to you, then why not join us here at Cliff on our popular Summer School programme? Open to all aged 18 years+.

  • Explorations in the Word; Romans – Led by Cliff College Faculty member Dr Ben Pugh, this course digs into Paul’s letter to the Romans. Exploring the historical context, Paul’s knowledge of the church in Rome, and the key themes of this important letter, you will come away informed, encouraged, and refreshed.  It is an excellent study course, and is ideal for those wanting to ‘go deeper’ into the Bible, and and those preparing to embark on a study course at Cliff.
  • Walking with God – Praying with and through the Bible – Led by Tony Moodie, Cliff College associate lecturer, and a team from the Learning Network of the Methodist Church including Ed Mackenzie (also a Cliff associate lecturer) and Fiona Fidgin, this course explores prayer through the resources of scripture. What does it mean to walk with God in prayer? A really great course for those wanting to deepen their prayer life, explore practical ways of praying, and better use scripture to deepen their prayer life.
  • Exploring Chaplaincy – An opportunity to learn about contemporary chaplaincy principles and practices, while exploring a vocation for this vital ministry. This popular course will look at a variety of contexts for chaplaincy, including new ways of working, as well as identifying the central themes which can make this ministry so significant for churches seeking mission beyond its walls. Led by Matthew Reed from the Discipleship & Ministries Learning Network of the Methodist Church, together with guest speakers from a range of contexts, the course will introduce some of the theory and theology behind chaplaincy, while offering practical tools for use in practice. Sessions will also include a focus on helping to explore a vocation for this work, whether as an individual or as a church considering a new project. The course is ideal for anyone, lay or ordained, thinking of getting involved in chaplaincy at any level, as well as those who are already active and maybe wanting to refresh their thinking. It is also suitable for those working in a related field, and who want to explore techniques that could enhance their practice.

The teaching streams will be delivered by Cliff College Faculty and Methodist Learning Network staff, all drawn together by Ian White, Cliff College Senior Tutor, who acts as the Cliff College Schools Co-ordinator, and looks forward to welcoming you on site.


Costs will be £425.00 for all teaching & materials, meals and refreshments, and £290.00 for all teaching & materials, meals, refreshments and accommodation in single study en-suite accommodation. There is a slight reduction for couples sharing a double room. Students already signed onto one of our validated courses are entitled to a subsidy on the teaching aspect of the overall cost.

A non refundable deposit of £75.00 secures your place. The balance of fees should be paid on arrival.

Why not book now?! Return the booking form on this page by email to or by post to Summer School Administrator, Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley S32 3XG. Please contact the college on 01246 584203 if you have any further administrative questions.

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