26 October 2017
Copies of the November/December 2017 issue of Crosslincs, our diocesan magazine, will soon be available in churches around the diocese.
The Community of St Hugh is the lead feature in the latest issue. Described as a ‘community called to pray in, with and for the Diocese of Lincoln’, this community of prayer is currently in a pilot stage ahead of a planned full launch at Pentecost next year. Our feature looks back at a recent event held at Stow Minster, and looks ahead to what this community might bring to the lives of people in our diocese.
The new issue also includes an update on the work to establish learning communities in our diocese. Learning communities will look to bring together lay and ordained members of parishes and projects in six character areas of rural, coastal, urban, market towns, suburban villages and housing developments, and there will be an emphasis within these communities on facilitating the sharing of knowledge and experience as, together, we work to transform lives in greater Lincolnshire.
It has been greatly encouraging this year to see the launch of a places of worship festival in the Holland area and also a new churches festival in Horncastle Deanery (pictured above). A key characteristic of the festivals is hospitality and welcome, and as part of our regular ‘Come and see’ feature, Linda Patrick offers an account of the Horncastle event. This is followed by news of help available to churches for Advent and Christmas, which includes poster templates for the advertising of services and a national campaign titled #GodWithUs.
Elsewhere, we take the time to consider and celebrate lay ministry, we hear of events focused on prayer, and there is news of a forthcoming opportunity to travel to the Holy Land with the Bishop of Lincoln.
Following on from Prisons Week, we have a two-page feature on prison ministry that includes prayers from HMP Lincoln, there is a report on a recent event that looked at the engagement between science and faith, and in this issue the developing discipleship focus looks at how churches can acknowledge the past and look forward in a spirit of light and hope.
We hope that you enjoy the November/December 2017 issue of Crosslincs.
The expanded, and now monthly, diocesan prayer diary is available here
Please do get in touch with the Revd Adrian Smith in the Communications Office if you have a story that we might share in a forthcoming issue. We would be very pleased to hear from you.
Crosslincs is available as a talking newspaper – please contact Adrian for further details.