23 June 2017
The July/August 2017 issue of Crosslincs has just been published, and copies are currently being distributed to readers around the diocese.
The cover feature of the latest issue offers a report on the 2017 Faith and the Environment Conference in Lincoln, and this is accompanied by a ‘guest editorial’ from a group at the conference from the Diocese of Leicester. The Environment Group from St Catherine’s Church in Burbage kindly accepted our invitation to outline some of their many activities in this area, which have achieved national recognition in the form of an A Rocha UK Gold EcoChurch Award.
Over the page, we have the story of Bear the ‘Prayer Dog’, an Airedale Terrier (pictured above), and an increasingly popular figure in Stamford, where ministers from Christ Church are setting out to walk, pray and cover their local area in a ‘blanket of prayer’.
The regular ‘nature and nurture’ feature considers bats in our churches and churchyards, and seeks to offer some practical information and advice in this area, while the facing page explains why the people at Holy Trinity Collegiate Church in Tattershall have recently added to their resident bat population with the introduction of ‘Tatty Bat’.
As we were preparing to go to press, we gathered in Lincoln Cathedral for our Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Event (pictured below). A really enjoyable time of worship and prayer, we look back at this special occasion and just some of the many events and activities that took place around the diocese as part of a ‘global wave of prayer’ (further details were previously published here).
In addition to the ever-popular prize crossword and details of appointments among our diocesan clergy, our reviews section takes a look at a new work on preaching, and we hear more about the Parish Giving Scheme and Parish Buying, and how each might later come to assist us in ministry and mission.
Fran Bell, Church Development Officer, takes a look at the offer of welcome extended through our church buildings, and our regular Developing Discipleship Programme (DDP) feature offers two stories of how the DDP process is helping parishes to extend and deepen their links with the communities that they seek to serve.
The issue is rounded off with the regular calendar section, which includes details of events up to and including October, and we are already looking ahead to our September/October 2017 issue.
With this in mind, if you have a story to share from your parish and community, please do get in touch. Perhaps you might also be willing to serve as a local correspondent, helping us to keep developing and improving the magazine as we seek to ensure that Crosslincs reflects its title and covers as much of the life and ministry of our diocese as is possible.
For editorial and distribution matters, please contact the Revd Adrian Smith (Communications Officer). Full contact details are available here (Crosslincs is also available as a talking newspaper – please contact Adrian for further details.)
The expanded, and now monthly, diocesan prayer diary is available here
We hope that you enjoy the July/August 2017 issue of Crosslincs.
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