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Diocesan Communications Updates Click here for the Southwell & Nottingham news pages http://southwell.anglican.org/category/news/
»»»Refresh in Lent 2018 with Bishop Paul«««
“I am increasingly aware that sustaining momentum in ‘Growing Disciples wider, younger and deeper’ is dependent on the spiritual vitality of those who serve and lead across our churches,” writes Bishop Paul. “Some have borne the heat through intense and uncertain seasons of ministry, others have carried the burden of leadership in some area of church life or in their day to day working world. That is why I am going to be hosting a series called Refresh in Lent, open to all but especially for anyone who exercises some aspect of leadership in their church, workplace, or wider community.
“Refresh will take place over two consecutive weeks in six locations around the diocese. I will be joined by some of the younger leaders we are nurturing who will contribute in different ways to the evenings, all you need to do is come along open to receive and be refreshed.
Further publicity will be going out to parishes, though it may help to have the dates now if you would like to integrate these evenings into other plans during Lent.” »«St Swithun’s Retford Monday 26 February and Monday 5 March; St John’s Mansfield Tuesday 27th February and Tuesday 6th March; St Mark’s Woodthorpe Thursday 1st March and Thursday 8th March; St Mary’s Newark Monday 12th March and Monday 19th March; St Giles’ West Bridgford Tuesday 13th March and Tuesday 20th March; St Margaret’s Aspley Thursday 15th March and Thursday 22nd March. »« **Each evening will start at 7.30pm with refreshments and finish by 9.30pm, doors open from 7.15pm. This is a mini-series so it is hoped that people attend both weeks, though it would be possible to attend a ‘second’ evening in another venue.**
#LiveLent 2018 – Let your light Shine
The Church of England has launched its 2018 Lent campaign and resources for churches.
#LiveLent – Let your light Shine is a Lent journey through the Gospel of John, offering a short daily reading, a pause for reflection and prayer and a challenge to act.
It is written in simple and accessible language by John Kiddle, Archdeacon of Wandsworth, and includes an introduction from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, who say: “These Lent reflections take you on a journey through the Gospel of John and give you an opportunity to explore what the gift of Jesus and the challenge of Jesus mean for you, in the context of your daily life.”
A weekly five-session Lent course that can be run in conjunction, or separately to, the daily Let your light Shine material will also be available as part a range of downloadable materials to support churches.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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** Safeguarding Training dates – Spring term 2018
**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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