10:00am – 4:00pm

Ascension Church – Malwood Road – Balham – London SW12 8EN

Rev Sharon Townsend and Dorothy Dwyer hosted the Living Loss Seminar Saturday 7 February 2015. Guest Speakers Catrina Scott, Programme Director at Mercy Ministries UK and Kay Lawrence, Counseller and Psychotherapist, joined them.
The aim of the seminar was to highlight and bring awareness of the grief we may be carrying in the natural course of life. With this realisation, we can seek help, even self-help, and be empowered to help others.
The key speakers throughout the day were experienced in the area of living loss, within their respective ministries. There was also others sharing who had experienced bereavement and living loss.
Tips for self-help were also shared and information given about help and support available within the church and the community.

Seminar Hosts and Guest Speakers

REV SHARON MARCIA TOWNSEND is the Senior Pastor at Junction Community Church NTA She is a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor, registered with ACC & BACP providing individual and group counselling
Rev Townsend provides spiritual and pastoral care/counselling and encouragement to patients as a Mental health Chaplin. Rev Townsend is passionate about community work especially in the area of mental health and currently facilitates a well-received ‘loss & bereavement’ group every fortnight.

DOROTHY DWYER is a member of Junction Community Church. For the past 3 years, she has worked closely with Pastor Sharon Townsend, facilitating the Loss and Bereavement support groups around London. Her work in training and Life Coaching has brought a complementary aspect to Pastor Sharon’s counselling skills. One of her personal ‘words to live by’ is Life Unlimited! John 10:10! (NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

CATRINA SCOTT oversees the curriculum on which the Mercy Ministries UK programme is run. She loves the fact that she is living her dream of helping restore hope of a future to others, and is completely inspired by the people who keep going against all odds, whoever and wherever they may be. Her favourite verse is:
Jeremiah 29:11. (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
For more information about Mercy Ministries click Here

KAY LAWRENCE is an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). Kay runs a private practice in Harley St, where she specialises in working with Toxic Shame and adult survivors of childhood trauma.
As a Clinical Supervisor, Kay provides organisational consultancy for charities that work with those disenfranchised in society.  She is on the Board of Trustees for Mercy Ministries UK.
Kay has set up and rolled-out voluntary counselling programmes in London for people who do not have access to private services.  She is a public speaker both nationally and internationally, and lectures on accredited training programmes.