Directory: Churches and People

Introducing the new issue of Crosslincs

21 April 2017


The May/June 2017 issue of Crosslincs is now on its way to readers around the diocese.

The cover feature of the latest issue looks ahead to Thy Kingdom Come 2017, the global wave of prayer’ that is set to take place between Ascension and Pentecost this year. As part of this, plans are now well underway for a special beacon event, which is to be held in Lincoln Cathedral on the evening of Saturday, 3rd June 2017 (tickets for this are now available here)

A further major event to be held in the diocese during May will be the West Lindsey Churches Festival, which in 2017 will be celebrating its 21st year. Angela Montague offers a flavour of what visitors to participating churches might expect, and this is followed with details of further festivals to be held in the deaneries of Horncastle and Holland later in the year.


With the summer months not so very far away, we take a look ahead to early July and the services of ordination for deacons and priests. Sue Rose is an ordinand at Westcott House in Cambridge (pictured above) and she offers her perspective on her training to date, which has included an overseas placement in the United States (for details on a forthcoming diocesan event on vocations please see here).

We celebrate our sense of being a church family with a visit to share in a service with the children and staff from Wootton St Andrews Church of England (VA) Primary School, and we also drop in on the delightful church of St Ediths at Coates by Stow, a beautiful, prayerful setting with close links to farming.


We continue our nature and nurture series courtesy of Helen Gamble (Project Officer, Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service), who considers the flowers of our churchyards and explores some ways to encourage growth, and we also spend some time in the company of Fr Gary Morgan (pictured below), who is a popular figure at Batemans Brewery in Wainfleet in his role as chaplain.


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 the subject of suffering, and some new titles that seek to assist churches in their use of websites and social media.

Our regular Developing Discipleship Programme (DDP) feature offers two stories of how the DDP process is encouraging, guiding and supporting growth in two very different contexts, and a busy events calendar takes up until early July.

Work is beginning on the July/August 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.)

Meanwhile, and in addition to the print copies, a PDF version of the issue is available hereand an Issuu-hosted ‘page-turning’ version is available here

The expanded, and now monthly, diocesan prayer diary is available here

We hope that you enjoy the May/June 2017 issue of Crosslincs.