News and events Stories Introducing the January/February 2019 issue of Crosslincs Copies of the January/February 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 the diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The piece offers some reflections provided by both Bishop Christopher and Sarah Ruddock. At 13 years of age, Sarah was the youngest person on the pilgrimage, and we spoke with them together upon their return to our diocese. Elsewhere in the issue we hear of the diocesan launch of the Parish Giving Scheme, we learn of an opportunity to share something of our churches with a wider audience, and there is some timely advice on protecting our church buildings against lead theft. In addition, John Leach offers advance notice of a special Beacon Event planned as part of Thy Kingdom Come 2019, and our regular Children & Youth column includes some key dates for gatherings planned for this year. The latest issue also features the third part of our new regular feature, This Time on Monday, which seeks to introduce us to some of the people in our diocese and the role and impact of their faith in their daily lives, and we hear of the impact made by the diocesan Transformation Fund in one of our parishes. Our series looking at links between faith and sport looks at how a parish engaged with a local road race, and the final offering in the Nature and Nurture series considers ‘a most enigmatic group of species to be found in our churchyards’. Finally, alongside our Fresh Expressions column, the Prize Crossword and news of recent clergy appointments, we also hear of a new book written by the Archdeacon of Boston, there are details on forthcoming training events for incumbents and treasurers, and we hear of how ‘a legacy of love’ is being remembered in printed form. In addition to 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 January/February 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.