26 September 2014
The service was a celebration of this new venture by the Diocese and has already been shown great support from across the county.
The Rt Revd Christopher Lowson, the Bishop of Lincoln commissioned the team, after the Archdeacon of Boston, The Venerable Justine Allain Chapman, introduced them to him and the congregation.
Discipleship Officer Simon Dean, said he was, "relieved" to have finally had the team commissioned. He continued, "having been in post since February, it's good to finally have the team in place, all ready to work together. It's a really exciting time." Developing Discipleship Advisor Fran Jeffries, who is already looking to the future, echoed his sentiments; "We are already working through pilot projects, inviting parishes to let us know if they're interested in a Discipleship in their community." She added, "There is a growing enthusiasm as people understand how we are trying to help them grow with God."
That enthusiasm was clear for all to see at St Swithin's, as the large congregation had travelled from far across the Diocese and indeed the country, with people from Coventry and Sheffield making the pilgrimage in support. Elaine Harrison, a local lay minister from Stickney, is excited by the new venture; "We want to be on board and support (the Discipleship team) and find out more. It's the way forward!"
The aim of the Discipleship team is to go out into parishes and local communities and encourage people to grow in their depth of faith, service in the community and in number. Last night has shown that the road to Discipleship is being embraced by the people of Lincolnshire and if you would like to find out more about Discipleship, or are interested in taking on the scheme in your community, then please contact the team at 103 Newport, 01522-504080 or email@example.com.
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