News and events Stories Introducing the September/October 2019 issue of Crosslincs Copies of the September/October 2019 issue of Crosslincs, our diocesan magazine, will soon be available in churches around the diocese. The lead story in the new issue centres on discipleship, with the Revd Cliff Kay offering something of the local experience and opportunities in terms of exploring this area in the Isle of Axholme. As Cliff says, “Covering vacancies has been demanding for the churches and clergy across the Isle, but the past two years have provided us with an opportunity to grow and learn together.” Elsewhere in the magazine, and following on from our offering in previous years, we take the opportunity to offer a special welcome to those who were ordained deacon in June, hearing something of their background, their sense of God’s call and their experience of theological training. Gillian Georgiou, Diocesan Religious Education Adviser, is the subject of our regular ‘This Time on Monday’ series, and there is an update from the Revd Richard Steel on one of our Learning Communities. To mark the beginning of the ‘Season of Creation’ and the launch of the diocesan Environmental policy, Sarah Spencer, our Discipleship in the World Officer, reflects on the theme with the Revd Les Batty, who has served as a professional ecologist, and there are some ideas from the Mission team with regard to approaching Halloween. The Revd Jackie Johnson speaks to us about her new role as diocesan Wellbeing and Continuing Ministerial Development Officer and the importance of self-care, and we have details of the latest dates for safeguarding-related training. We round off this issue with our Prize Crossword, plus we have news of recent clergy announcements and further news items. As well as the printed copies of the magazine, a PDF version of the issue may be found here, and an Issuu-hosted ‘page-turning’ version is available here. The monthly diocesan prayer diary is available here. We hope that you enjoy the September/October 2019 issue of Crosslincs. Please do get in touch with 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 us for further details.