23 February 2017
The March/April 2017 issue of Crosslincs is now on its way to readers around the diocese.
The cover feature of the latest issue looks ahead to the new parish of St Peter in Carlton in Lincoln. Set to launch at a special service on Sunday, 23rd April (9.45am), the Revd Edward Bowes-Smith (vicar) and the Revd James Radcliffe (associate vicar) offer their thoughts on this latest phase in local mission in the area.
The diocesan discipleship officer, Simon Dean, offers encouragement, suggestions and some key dates for local churches and individuals as we look forward together to Thy Kingdom Come 2017, which will take place from 25th May – 4th June. We are looking forward to seeing a great wave of prayer in our diocese and across the nation.
Elsewhere in the March/April issue, we join with some of our diocesan clergy in celebrating their ministry to date. We hear their stories of faith, as they look back, look forwards and also reflect on their valuable contribution to the life and ministry of our diocese.
We hear of an important forthcoming conference – Faith and the Environment: Act Local, Think Global (13th May 2017) – and we drop in on the beautiful church of St John the Divine, Southrey (pictured, above), where there has been a great increase in visitor numbers in recent times.
Alongside the ever-popular prize crossword and details of appointments, resignations and retirements among our diocesan clergy, we have a viewpoint article supplied by Jane Weeks, a Reader in the Fen and Hill Group. Jane visited the kindergarten in the Azraq Refugee Camp, which is located near Azraq, Jordan, and she shares her thoughts and observations with us.
Faith is very much to the fore as we hear of a relatively new venture, ‘Spiritual Exercise’ (pictured, above), offered in the Benefice of Welton and Dunholme with Scothern, plus we learn more about Cursillo, and ‘Mini Messy Chuch’, an increasingly popular gathering for young families and which is thriving in Market Rasen.
‘Nature and nurture’ is our theme for articles on cherishing our churchyards and the work of the Church Repair Society, we celebrate 140 years of service and faith in action with the Mothers’ Union, and there is news of a small team’s participation in a local wedding fayre.
Our regular Developing Discipleship Programme (DDP) feature looks at planning and growth, and there is a report on how the DDP has helped to enthuse and inspire the local community in Horncastle, resulting in a dramatic display of angels (pictured, above) and nearly 300 families with young children attending a Nativity Service.
The calendar of forthcoming events details various events to look forward to as begin to think of summer, and there is an early look at what’s in store during the 2017 West Lindsey Churches Festival.
Work is beginning on the May/June 2017 issue, and so 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 diocesan prayer diary is available here
We hope that you enjoy the March/April 2017 issue of Crosslincs.
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