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11th November 2018 – Remembrance Service in recognition of the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War followed by a short memorial at the Cenotaph. The service has been written by Father James Curry and personal memorabilia from the war will be on display in the Church. 9.30am St. Mark’s Church, Mansfield.
Bishop supporting Games of Remembrance
Bishop Tony Porter is encouraging parishes to support the Games of Remembrance taking place in Nottingham, which will see the British Army play the German Armed Forces at football to commemorate the end of the First World War.
The Games are an opportunity for the people of Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands to mark the end of the conflict and to honour the millions who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Games take place on Thursday 8 November: women from both armies will be playing each other at Notts County’s ground, Meadow Lane, at noon, while the men will play at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground at 7pm. Click here for more.
USPG has produced an Advent prayer card for parishes, chaplaincies and individuals to use while lighting their Advent candles. It is hoped they will encourage people to join USPG in praying for mothers and babies around the world, many of whom struggle with ill health and have little access to health services.
There are also a number of Advent resources on the USPG website, including a prayer meditation film and a sermon with accompanying PowerPoint. Click here to access resources and to order free copies of the prayer cards.
Bishops sign petition calling for action on Universal Credit
Bishop Paul and Bishop Tony have signed a national petition calling for action to be taken to provide more support for people applying for Universal Credit amid reports of a surge in demand at food banks in areas where the benefit has been introduced.
The petition has been launched by the End Hunger UK campaign which is calling for the Government to make changes to Universal Credit, including providing more help and a more flexible system for claimants applying and for those already receiving the benefit.
To read the full story, and to sign the petition online, click here
Newcomers welcomed to Synod
Diocesan Synod was held on Saturday morning (Oct 20th) in the newly-opened upstairs worship space at Trinity Church Nottingham where refurbishment work has transformed the once derelict auction house in Mansfield Road.
After opening worship, the Revd Jonny Hughes, who leads Trinity Church, prayed for God’s blessing on the work of Synod and the mission of the church across the diocese.
The Bishop welcomed all those newly elected to Synod, expressing particular thanks for the increased number serving on Diocesan Synod for the first time.
Read the full story and Bishop Paul’s address here.
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
#FollowTheStar this Christmas
The Church of England has launched its campaign for Christmas 2018 – #FollowTheStar.
A wide range of resources for churches, families and schools have been provided to help people celebrate the season and to share the good news of Jesus’ birth. For further information and a wide range of resources click here
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.
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
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.
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. They 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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