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Sydenham International Conference (SYD1)

Sydenham 1 conference 2022:


Run by CMF in London, England
  • In 2022, from 30 January to 6 February including the annual student conference (4-6 February)
  • For medical students/young doctors, nursing or midwifery students and young nurses/midwives from all over the world (Covid restrictions permitting)
  • To equip them for Christian leadership among healthcare students
  • Cost is £150
  • Deadline for applications is 1 October 2021 (see timeline below)
  • Links to application and reference forms are below

The conference includes attendance at CMF's Student Conference at Yarnfield, Staffordshire.

Note: Attending this conference is subject to COVID-19 related regulations in force in the UK at the time. We do not currently know what, if any, restrictions these will place on running such a conference, or travel to the UK for participants. We are continuing to plan and run the application process on the basis of 'business as usual', but feel it only fair to be clear to applicants that we may have to cancel the conference, possibly at short notice, if the situation regarding COVID-19 in the UK were to be worse than we currently expect it to be in January 2022.

Enquiries: Please contact Dr Rachel Owusu-Ankomah, conference organiser via sydenham@cmf.org.uk, or the CMF London Office +44 20 7234 9660.

Aims

2018 delegates

Sydenham International Conference (SYD) aims to equip and enthuse delegates for leadership in student ministry through Bible teaching, seminars and fellowship. The purpose is to encourage delegates to live faithfully as Christians in medicine.

SYD1 is intended for students and junior doctors/young nurses and midwives who are actively involved in student ministry, and includes attendance at CMF's National Student Conference.

Please note, the conference will be conducted in English, and there will not be any formal translation. Therefore all delegates must have sufficient conversational English to attend talks and enter into discussions in English without a translator.


This is what some students from previous conferences had to say...

"I would greatly encourage you to go to Sydenham conference! It is a great opportunity where God can do mighty things through the people you meet, conversations you have and preaching you listen to."

2018 delegates

"Don't miss this opportunity! It will change your life and the way you're thinking. It will open your eyes. It will encourage and inspire you more than you could ever imagine. You'll learn to trust God and his guidance, and you'll find yourself diving in to his Word with enthusiasm. You'll also see how important a position he has placed you in as a Christian medic. After this conference you won't be the same person anymore and your family has grown with these loving and kind sisters and brothers from all over the world."

"Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to come. It was such a gift from God :) Thank you for all the work and effort put into this both before and during the conference. Both Sydenham and the national conference were amazing. I think I have books and seminar notes to digest and reflect upon for a year to come. And a lot of ideas and practical tips for the work in our countries as well. Thank you so much. God bless you!"



2018 delegates

Cost

The cost of the conference is £150. This cost covers all accommodation, food and transport after arrival at the conference venue. The actual cost to CMF is over £250 per delegate, and donations from delegates or their national organisations to cover these costs would be very gratefully received.

Delegates are responsible for organising and funding their return travel to and from the UK and visa applications (if applicable).

There is a limited amount of financial assistance available to cover the costs of your travel, visa and/or the conference fee itself. If you need financial assistance, please fill in and submit the Bursaries application form. No financial assistance will be given without submitting this form, which must be submitted by the application deadline: 1 October 2021. Bursary applications will be considered after this date. Bursaries are limited and applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that payment is only required after you have been formally invited.

Time and Application Process


Sydenham 2022 timeline


To apply for attendance at SYD1 2022, please complete the following and submit to sydenham@cmf.org.uk before midnight UK time on 1 October 2021:

Places are limited, therefore attendance at the conference is not guaranteed. Covid restrictions may prevent applicants from certain countries entering the UK. Preference will be given to applicants with the most involvement in student ministry, as assessed both by their application form and references. There are no reserved places for any particular country. We accept delegates from all over the world (Covid restrictions permitting), but we will not usually invite more than 1-2 delegates from a particular country.

Once we have your forms, you will receive an email confirming this. If you do not receive confirmation, do let us know, in case your application form was trapped by our spam filter! All applications and references will then be reviewed individually. You will then be contacted by email within two weeks of the deadline to confirm whether you have been offered a place.

References

Please supply contact details for TWO referees:

1. One should be a church leader, eg, your Pastor

2. The other should be from a leader in your national Christian medical movement (or ICMDA Area Student Representative/Regional Representative)

Your referee should not be a family member or friend. If this is unavoidable, please clarify on your application form the exact relationship of the person to you and why they were chosen as a referee (for example, your father is the sole leader of your church). Please ask your referee to fill in the structured reference form, and e-mail it to: sydenham@cmf.org.uk

References must be received by the application deadline of 1 October 2021.

Enquiries

Please contact Dr Rachel Owusu-Ankomah, conference organiser, via sydenham@cmf.org.uk or the CMF London office at +44 20 7234 9660.
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