Even as I write, a couple of dozen good folk are exploring what ministry in the Church of England might mean for them: everything from local eldership to being the next archbishop (well maybe eventually). You don’t have to wait for a Fair. Drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch with someone who can help…
The Diocesan Vision for Growth
Following our three prayer afternoons and after much consultation I am pleased to commend to you the report ‘Growing in God’ which has been accepted at the recent Diocesan Synod. Thank you to all who have contributed to this.
What can we do now?
I would like to invite you most warmly to read the report and then join in one of our Growing in God Introductory Roadshows this autumn. I believe that our four priorities of growing in depth, number, influence and younger offer a powerful and practical framework within which each of us can discover God’s good future for our own parish or place. The roadshows are a great opportunity to continue praying and start planning your response.
3.00pm Sun 28th September at All Saints Church Newmarket.
7.30pm Mon 29th September at St John’s Church Ipswich.
- 3.00pm Sun 19th September at St Luke’s Church Beccles.
- 3.00pm Sun 26th October at St Peter and St Mary’s Church Stowmarket.
- 7.30pm Thu 6th November at St John’s Church Saxmundham.
- 7.30pm Tue 18th November at St Peter’s Sudbury.
You will gain most from these roadshows by coming with others from your benefice and your deanery but you are welcome to attend whichever is most convenient for you.
Resources for you to download
The final report ‘Growing in God’
The interim report ‘PowerPoint presentation’
A Flyer for the Introductory Roadshows
I do hope you can join us on one of these occasions as we continue to seek God’s vision for growth in our diocese
I feel I would be fairly safe wearing my blue and white scarf tonight if I was at the match, but I’d better not say more than that!
Val White (right) joined me at the morning Eucharist at the Bishop’s Chapel today, along with her vicar Caroline Allen and her husband David, to be licensed as Assistant Priest for Walton and Trimley, with a special care for Trimley. As you can see, it was a very happy occasion, and the team looks set to lead their churches into an excellent future.
We were at St John’s Ipswich for roadshow #2 tonight with a great turnout of around 80 people to hear about our diocesan vision for growth and how we can inhabit it locally. Numbers are building, just s they did with the prayer afternoons! A highlight for me was in the summary by Josh, our new young school lah chaplain, if the challenge if growing younger: there are great things happening in our churches, but how do we connect them with our schools; there are great things happening in our schools, but how do we connect them with our churches? Food for thought.
About sixty people from churches in the Newmarket area gathered this afternoon for the first of our six Growing in God roadshows. It was vicar Max Osborne’s 50th birthday – what a saint to host a diocesan event in a say like that – so we had masses of cake, as well praying, hearing the diocesan vision presented, and having two rounds of workshops on growing in number, depth, influence and younger. All the workshops recorded their outputs on posters which will be looked at carefully by our Growth Group, but the real fruit will be the discussions we’ve started that will go back into Benefice life.
Anthony Isaacs examines the part faith groups play in local community work.
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