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Breakout Gathering 2018

CPL is involved in the annual Breakout Pioneer Gathering. Each year pioneers from around the UK and beyond gather at either The Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick or High Leigh in Hertforshire. This is a great place for inspiration, encouragement, challenge and conversation. Catch up with old friends or make new ones!

This year we are meeting at Swanwick 26 - 28 September 2018 and the programme promises to be both inspiring and challenging. We are really looking forward to Roy Searle coming to share the time with us. Booking has opened and places will fill up quickly so if you are interested in joining us, don't delay!

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Community retreat

There are a couple of spaces that have just become free on this year's Community Retreat in May

Venue: The Stable House, North Kilworth, LE17 6JE

Cost: £300 (fully residential including all meals and refreshments)

Dates: Monday 14th May (arrive from 3pm) - Thursday 17th May (depart 2pm)

Michael Mitton will be leading us for the week, exploring faith through the elements. Michael is a deeply experienced and creative freelance writer, speaker and spiritual accompanier, who until recently worked for the Diocese of Derby, working alongside pioneers and fresh expressions of church. To find out more, check out

If you fancy grabbing one of these places  or to find out more, please contact Nicky  asap

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Pioneer School, Leicester

We are delighted that Pioneer School is back in Leicester this coming year!

Venue: The Stable House, Kilworth House, North Kilworth LE 17 6JE

Cost: £245 for all resources and drinks, please bring your own lunch

Dates:18th Nov 2017

          20th Jan 2018

          17th March 2018

          5th May 2018

          16th Jun 2018

          7th Jul 2018

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This week

This week I had a conversation with someone who asked me the question 'If you could do one small thing to move this situation forward, what would it be?' This made me realise that sometimes taking action, no matter how small the action seems, is the catalyst for change. In otherwords, sometimes you just have to start!

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Happy New Year!

I love celebrating the new year! It brings with it endless possiblities and opportunities, just waiting to emerge.

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I have always loved sunflowers. I have a favourite mug with Van Gogh's Sunflower painting on, I have sunflower coasters and countless other sunflower 'stuff' that makes me smile. 

I often wonder why I love these flower so much. The bright yellow colour is a good start and the way they seem to nod their heads in agreement with my every idea and plan. The image of fields of sunflowers brings back memories of a cherished holiday, which in turn reminds me of family and warmth and a well earned rest.

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Pioneer School, Cambridge 2016/17

Pioneer School is back in Cambridge and the dates are out for 2016/17. If you are working in a pioneering context and are looking for inspiration and support, this is the place for you. 

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Pioneer Retreat 2016

Join us for our Pioneer Community Retreat, led by Rev Adrian Chatfield 

9 - 12 May 2016, at Launde Abbey - limited places!

We frequently have busy, demanding lives. Sometimes it is only by pausing that we allow enough space for God to renew our spirits. We love the fact that this can be enhanced by gathering alongside others. CPL retreats seek to allow the dynamics of community to minister to each of those present, whilst providing plenty of space for those who prefer personal reflection.


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Pioneer School, Leicester 2015

Exciting new venue for Pioneer School in 2015, in collaboration with Leicester Diocese

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CPL vision

CPL exists to send out, resource and support a generation of pioneers who will transform lives, shape their wider communities and help to renew the Church

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