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Diocesan Communications Updates Click here for the Southwell & Nottingham news pages http://southwell.anglican.org/category/news/
This weekend sees the Petertide Ordinations in Southwell Minster. Deacons will be ordained by the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham on Sunday at 11am and Priests on Saturday at 4pm.
Watch videos of two of the candidates, Becky Hancock and Mike Forsyth here as they prepare for the big day and listen to deacon candidate George White talk about his musical roots and ordination on Radio Nottingham.
Priest candidate Becky Hancock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uT3WPIAx2w&feature=youtu.be
Deacon candidate Mike Forsyth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cziuP90Sozg&feature=youtu.be
Deacon candidate George White talks to Radio Nottingham about his musical connections and forthcoming ordination. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p068mm7r Listen at 7.48am
Go to: http://southwell.anglican.org/keeping-it-in-the-family-mother-and-son-to-be-ordained-at-minster/ for full ordination details.
Say thank you to volunteers
Ecclesiastical has launched a competition – Our Little Deeds, Big Difference – which gives churches a chance to say thank you to the volunteers who roll up their sleeves and do so much to support the work of the church.
“Their impact often makes a big difference to the lives of others and this competition is your church’s chance to say thank you to those members of the church who are always there …. the people at the very heart of your community,” said Ecclesiastical.
Every church can nominate a volunteer or a group of volunteers who have made a big difference to people’s lives. There is a prize pot of £10,000 for the volunteers picked out by a panel of judges.
Find out more here
Services marks anniversary of Chilwell Explosion
Mass graves which contain the remains of more than 100 workers killed in the Chilwell explosion will be rededicated this weekend on the 100th anniversary of the disaster.
The graves, which have been renovated, are in the grounds of St Mary’s Church, Attenborough.
A Commemoration service at St Mary’s takes place on Sunday – 100 years to the day since the explosion. The service will be attended by Bishop Paul Williams and civic and military dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace. It will start with a parade led by the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers.
Many other events to mark the disaster at the shell filling factory are taking place. Find out more here
Prayer resources to mark First World War centenary
The Church of England has launched new worship and prayer resources to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. A variety of ideas for worship, prayer, and remembrance are available to help communities to remember those who were lost, and to pray for peace.
These resources include a prayer for families to say while visiting a war grave or memorial, an Act of Commitment to work together for peace, a Vigil Service to mark the centenary, and a monologue interspersed with suggested words and music, entitled Steps towards Reconciliation. There are also resources for schools.
Click here for more information and resources.
»Open Churches Weekends 2018«
How can we turn visitors to our church buildings into pilgrims? Once again, the Diocese would like to encourage and support parishes to open their churches over two weekends in July. This is a great opportunity to open up new ways for visitors to encounter God and explore the Christian faith. We hope parishes will have innovative ideas that will connect with our vision of growing disciples, younger, wider and deeper – perhaps by having literature available or dvd’s playing and people on hand to talk to. Further resources will be made available to those taking part in the two weekends.
The weekends for opening:
7th/8th July 2018: Bassetlaw & Bawtry and Newark & Southwell Deaneries
21st/22nd July 2018 for: Mansfield, Newstead, Gedling, Nottingham North, Nottingham South, and East & West Bingham Deaneries.
For further information and a registration form please contact Kate Hurst email: email@example.com or Tel: 01636 817211. Completed registration forms must be received by Friday 26th January 2018.
St Mark’s win national gardening accolade A community gardening project which began in 2011 in a wild meadow at St Mark’s Church in Mansfield has culminated in an ‘outstanding’ award from the Royal Horticultural Society.
The Green and Wild Group were presented with the award in the East Midlands in Bloom ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ competition for the fourth time. See picture
**Safeguarding training dates**
New dates have been added for Safeguarding training for next term. Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. Click here for more information.
**Link to Safeguarding downloads and Safeguarding guidance** For more information on Church of England safeguarding policies and practice guidance please follow this link , clicking firstly on ‘Policy and Practice Guidance’ and then on ‘Access Policy and Guidance’. There is also a leaflet which provides advice and signposting for victims and survivors by listing local support services that are available. To download a copy of the latest version, click on one of the following links: nottinghamcity Nottsgov
Ambassadors’ ‘faith shone out’
Five ambassadors from the Diocese of Jerusalem – a priest, a film producer, a dentist, a nutritionist and an advisor to the Palestinian Prime Minister – spent ten days travelling across Southwell & Nottingham to give an insight into the challenges facing Christians in Israel, Palestine and Jordan.
David Lane, Holy Lands Partnership Officer, who organized the visit, said: “What shone out was the centrality of their faith lived out in the most difficult of circumstances and the contribution that faith made to their sense of identity.”
Full story and pictures here
Ambassadors highlighting challenges to Christians
Five ambassadors from the Diocese of Jerusalem – a priest, a film producer, a dentist, a nutritionist and an advisor to the Palestinian Prime Minister – are in Southwell & Nottingham on a ten-day visit. They are travelling across the diocese giving an insight into the challenges facing Christians living in Israel, Palestine and Jordan.
The ambassadors have already visited several of our churches, taken part in the Diocesan Conference, visited the Minster school, Southwell, and given a lecture at the University of Nottingham. Full story and pictures
Challenges facing Christians
Five ambassadors from the Diocese of Jerusalem – a priest, a film producer, a dentist, a nutritionist and an advisor to the Palestinian Prime Minister – are visiting Southwell & Nottingham in October.
They will be travelling across the county to give an insight into the challenges facing Christians living in Israel, Palestine and Jordan. The will meet MPs, conduct a workshop, give a lecture at the University of Nottingham, and speak in churches. Click here for details of times and venues.
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