News and events Stories Introducing the July/August 2019 issue of Crosslincs Copies of the July/August 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 inaugural Lincolnshire Wolds & Coast Churches Festival, which is set to take place over the weekends of 31st August and 1st September and 7th and 8th September 2019. Churches and chapels will be sharing their rich architecture and heritage with visitors during the festival, and a Church Treasure Hunt book will be available to accompany the event. More details on this great new addition to the calendar are available in the article, and also online here. Elsewhere in the magazine we continue our look ahead to our forthcoming international conference on climate change in conjunction with the University of Lincoln. Moana – Water of Life: Navigating Climate Change For Planetary Health will be held in Lincoln from Friday, 30th August – Sunday, 1st September 2019, and our article looks at some of the speakers, such as Professor Edward Hanna, Archbishop Winston Halapua and the Rt Revd Marc Handley Andrus, and their respective areas of focus. (More details are also available here.) Ahead of Prisons Week 2019, a double-page spread looks at the ministry offered at HMP Lincoln, and a further spread celebrates the opening of a bookshop to serve the people of, and visitors to, Holbeach. Simon Connolly from Boston is the subject of our regular ‘This Time on Monday’ series, and we hear of the local impact being made by Christians Against Poverty through St George’s Church in Stamford. Forty-five years on, we hear some of the memories and reflections of a churchwarden and a vicar on the Flixborough disaster, and we publish an appeal for more people to come forward and serve as Emergency Faith Responders. We also drop in on two groups that are making a valuable contribution to local life in The Walesby Group (pictured below), and we have details of confirmed dates for safeguarding training and news of some forthcoming parish events. In addition to our popular prize crossword, in this issue we pay tribute to ‘Kettlebird’, who served the readership of the magazine with his crosswords across the years, and who died in April of this year. We are grateful to his son, Tim Lidbetter, for his words of tribute. 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 July/August 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. Main image courtesy of Ashley Taylor for ExploreChurches.