19 April 2017
The new parish of St Peter in Carlton, Lincoln, is set to be ‘launched’ this Sunday (23rd April 2017).
The Bishop of Grimsby, the Rt Revd Dr David Court, will be present at a special service that will be held at 9.45am at Lincoln Carlton Academy (Carlton Boulevard, LN2 4AG).
The congregation is invited to arrive at 9.30am for coffee and croissants, with ‘cake and fizz’ to be offered after the service. For more information please see the parish website, and also the following article, which was published in the March/April 2017 issue of Crosslincs...
St Peter in Carlton is set to become a new parish in April. Following on from the development of the Carlton Estate in the north-east of Lincoln, in recent years members of St Peter in Eastgate have been leading worship in and around the estate, first in the Lincolnshire Poacher public house and, more recently, in Lincoln Carlton Academy.
The new parish will share the same vision and core values as St Peter in Eastgate, and the two will be legally linked as a plurality, sharing the same vicar and staff team. The associate vicar, the Revd James Radcliffe, will take the lead responsibility for St Peter in Carlton, as he and other people from the church serve the community.
The congregation of St Peter in Carlton currently meets at Lincoln Carlton Academy for worship on Sundays (9.45am, with coffee and croissants from 9.30am) and elsewhere throughout the week. For example, the Lincolnshire Poacher provides the setting for Family Hour on Wednesdays (9.45–11.15am), which offers babies, toddlers and their parents and carers a time of free play, crafts and singing, with coffee and chat. Ministry is also offered in local care homes, and there are various groups and activities for all ages.
Speaking ahead of the launch, the Revd Edward Bowes-Smith (vicar) said, “We’re really looking forward to the opportunities that becoming a new parish will provide. The parish system still has a role to play in providing pathways for local residents to come into contact with their nearest Christian community. Our thanks go to the diocese and neighbouring parishes for their support in enabling this all to happen. Pioneer curate the Revd Nick Alexander played a key role in establishing this fresh expression and we are delighted to have in post Nick’s successor, the Revd James Radcliffe, to oversee the next phase of our mission to this growing housing estate on the edge of Lincoln.”
The Revd James Radcliffe said: “The church family and myself are really excited to be part of this new initiative. We’re inviting people across the whole Carlton community to join us on the 23rd of April to mark the launch. Please do pray for us as we spread the word, and that the church would be fruitful and grow.”
The Bishop of Grimsby will be at the service at Lincoln Carlton Academy on Sunday, 23rd April 2017 (9.45am). For more please see www.stpeterineastgate.org.uk