18th May 2024, 10.00–16.30

St Mary's Church Maidenhead

Why Haggai?

We have chosen to study the book of Haggai as it is such a word in season to the post Covid /post Christian UK church. Like the post exilic people of God we live in a day of apparently small things. So if you have drifted into spiritual apathy or you feel like giving up serving Jesus because the fruit is so lacking – Haggai is both a wake up call and a massive encouragement to get back on board with God’s eternal building project – because He’s worth it.

About the speaker

Lizzy Smallwood spends her time being a Pastor’s wife, mum, & part time SEN Art teacher. She loves teaching the Bible to women at events home and abroad.

She is married to Simon. They have three children Sam [26], Ailie [23] and Beatrice [14] . For 23 years they were doing Gospel ministry in a church in Dagenham, Essex. But in the summer of 2019 that changed as Simon became the Pastor of a tiny Church fellowship in Bodmin, Cornwall.  Simon & Lizzy hope to be part of a small network of evangelical churches looking, by God’s grace, to bring the Gospel back to Cornwall.

At present her favorite way to relax is with a good book and a cup of tea. She is slowly coming to appreciate the benefits of owning a Springer Spaniel called Basil.


  1. Work and Priorities Lindsey Reisser-Weston
    Do you ever feel overwhelmed with so many responsibilities, holding it all together at work, home, and elsewhere?  The book of Haggai encourages us all to take stock.  What else does the Bible say that can help us manage competing priorities and find balance in our busy lives?
  2. Will it be worth it? Living in the Light of Eternity Rachel Meynell
    Christians live in this world-often sacrificially- with their eyes fixed on the next. Will it be worth it? What is so good about the world to come anyway? We will look at what the Bible says about Heaven and see how that impacts our lives day by day.
  3. Understanding the OT Prophets Caroline West
    The Old Testament prophets spoke into many different circumstances and over hundreds of years.  How do we tackle different styles and situations, plain speaking and prophetic visions and understand what God said to Israel and the other nations then, and what he’s saying to us in the 21st century? In this seminar we will try to think through some helpful tools to understand what the Lord is saying to us today through the Old Testament prophets because he IS speaking to us so we may know Him and be encouraged and persevere through his word.
  4. Transgender – Supporting and Witnessing to Family and Friends Julie Maxwell
    A chance to gain a greater understanding of questions around gender in our society and to think about how as Christians we can love and support those who may be struggling themselves or who have family members who are struggling. What does it look like to genuinely love those who identify as transgender?
  5. Resilience Kirsty Birkett
    Resilience is a quality that is much researched in psychology, but not as much talked about in biblical terms. Here we look at how the new psychology of resilience was actually in the Bible all along!
  6. Parenting – Children are a Gift from God and for God – Kate Wheatley
    In this seminar we will look at how we can help our children to learn about God? How we can model and pass on our beliefs to them? We will also discuss whether we are responsible for our child’s faith or lack of it and try to dispel much of the guilt that many of us have as parents..
  7. The Joy of our Salvation Frankie Knight
    Sometimes the Christian life can feel dull and difficult. Even though the Bible encourages us to rejoice, we don’t find that easy to do.  Come and consider how the wonderful realities of our salvation can sink deeper into our hearts so that joy is the outworking in our lives.
  8. Come to Me All who are Weary and Heavy-Laden Annabel Heywood
    This session is an opportunity to spend time in prayer. There will be a few prompts to help focus our thoughts, while giving space and time for personal prayer. E.g. reflecting on what we have heard, laying open our hearts before the Lord in a place that is free from the usual distractions of everyday life.


10.00 | Welcome, singing and Bible reading

10.15-10.45 | Talk 1: Haggai 1 v1-15 

10.45-10.50 | 5 minute stretch

10.50-11.20 | Talk 2: Haggai 2 v1-9

11.20-12.00 | Morning break

12.00-12.45 | Talk 3: Haggai 2 v10-19

12.45-13.45 | Lunch

13.45-14.45 | Seminars              

14.45-15.20 | Tea

15.20-16.30 | Talk 4: Haggai 2 v20-23 with discussion

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