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Diocesan Nifty Notes
Diocesan Communications Updates Click here http://southwell.anglican.org/category/news/ for the Southwell & Nottingham news pages
Easter services to be broadcast live
Two Easter Day services are to be broadcast live from Southwell Minster on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Radio 4 will broadcast Easter Sunday Worship at 8.10am, while Radio 3 will broadcast Choral Evensong at 3pm on the same day. Bishop Paul is preaching at the 8.10am service; the Dean is presiding, with the cathedral choir singing.
The Big Church Survey – opportunity to get involved in exciting new survey
The Big Church Survey is a Renewal & Reform funded survey led by the Research & Statistics Team at Church House. Many churches have asked for ideas to help reflect on how their individual church is helping people grow in faith, discipleship and in mission, so we’re piloting a survey which has been developed to see if this helps your church.
Late last year the Research & Statistics Team worked with a small number of churches to develop this survey, and we are now expanding on this work with a larger pilot in spring this year. The aim of this pilot is to firstly, to test the questions being asked, and secondly, to test the data collection tools that have been devised.
The survey is easy to use, available in a number of accessible formats and will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.
For information on how to take part, click here https://southwell.anglican.org/the-big-church-survey-opportunity-to-get-involved-in-an-exciting-new-survey/
Start planning for TKC
The prayer movement Thy Kingdom Come, which starts on Ascension Day (30th May) and runs for 10 days until Pentecost on 9th June, will see people around the world praying for others to hear and respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
For 2019, there are new resources, including prayer maps and journals, and a TKC app with daily prayers and reflections.
To help inspire, support and resource churches in their planning for TKC 2019, two inspiration evenings are being held:
Thursday 4th April ‘Church Growth through Invitation. What holds us back?’ led by Michael Harvey, Director of the National Weekend of Invitation; 7.30-9.30pm, Big Barn Lane Methodist Church, Mansfield NG18 3LJ.
Thursday 11th April ‘Equipped to Pray’ led by the National TKC team with sample resources available to take away: 7.30-9.30pm St. Martin’s church, Trevose Gardens, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 3FU.
To book your free place email Amanda Lees on email@example.com before 31st March 2019
Lent Appeal: Addressing Loneliness
We all know someone who is lonely, and many of us will have felt the same way ourselves at some point in our lives. Loneliness has been described as the most prevalent social issue of our times and it can affect everyone, young and old. .
Loneliness is detrimental for both mental and physical health. Research undertaken by Age UK concluded that about a million older people in our country are profoundly alone, with around half spending every day of the week on their own.
Churches across the diocese, in our towns, cities and remote rural areas, are already helping people affected by loneliness, and this year’s Lent Appeal – The Bishop’s Community Fund for Addressing Loneliness – will raise money to support that work and to encourage new projects.
Click here to find out more and to download a Lent Appeal Leaflet.
Bishop Paul addresses Synod
Bishop Paul gave a speech at General Synod on Encouraging Youth Evangelism. Click here.
Lent, Easter resources launched
LentPilgrim and EasterPilgrim are the Church of England’s new resources for Lent and Easter.
LentPilgrim, 40 daily reflections based on the Beatitudes, runs from Ash Wednesday until Palm Sunday. It is available as a booklet, an App, an email sign-up and daily audio content for smart speakers.
EasterPilgrim contains weekly content that runs from Easter Day until Ascension based on the Lord’s Prayer, making it a great way to prepare for Thy Kingdom Come.
The reflections have been written by Bishop Steven Croft, co-author of the Pilgrim Course. Click here to find out more
Shrinking the Footprint
Eight tonnes of plastic are dumped in the sea every minute.
Plastics have reached every part of the world’s oceans with the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ thought to be six times the size of the UK.
Through reducing our own use of plastic we can take action, following the fifth mark of mission ‘to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain the life of the earth’.
Click here to discover five easy ways of cutting down on your use of plastic.
Click here to find out more about taking on the popular Plastic-less Lent challenge.
The YoungLIFE initiative to celebrate and revitalise children’s ministry across the diocese was recently launched by Bishop Paul at the Diocesan Conference. Churches and benefices are invited to apply as soon as possible to become one of 21 churches committed to making step changes in their ministry with children and to be part of a learning community. There is more information and an on-line application process at: www.growingdisciples.co.uk/younglife
Time Travelling 2019
Bookings are now being taken for Time Travelling 2019 RE days at Southwell Minster in March and June. All primary schools are welcome to join in the fun!! Meet your own personal guide and enjoy interactive, fun activities to help children learn about the incredible building and Christianity. Booking form for Key Stage 2 here: https://bit.ly/2If0mhW and for Key Stage 1 here: https://bit.ly/2xPLLVw
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.
Churches are being urged to be vigilant, especially in the Bassetlaw area of the diocese where a gang of lead thieves is thought to be at work. They have struck in Retford, Hayton, Bawtry and Misterton. For advice on this issue contact DAC Secretary Jonathan Pickett.
Bishop meets team who kept county’s roads open
Bishop Tony Porter visited Nottinghamshire County Council’s highways maintenance team to thank them for keeping the roads open during the winter and for the thousands of repairs carried out to roads damaged by the severe weather.
He met the gritting teams who helped keep the county moving during the cold snap and the highway maintenance crews and inspectors who have been busy repairing potholes and road surfaces. Click here for more.
What Churches need to know about Pokémon Go http://southwell.anglican.org/churches-need-know-pokemon-go/