On the 6th of October, I wrote to ask you to make time so we could spend a day together. This day was to celebrate the work, prayer and discussion of which we have been part in making such excellent progress with Time to Change Together, and to explore our shared vision for our churches and our ministry. 


Recently I have received several concerns about the TTCT Diocesan Vision Day in Grimsby on the 1st of December. I had not indeed recognised the context of Lincolnshire’s geographical challenges and the need to take a dispersed model of relational engagement seriously. In addition, because of the numbers, a single Vision Day precluded the inclusion of all PTO and ALM ministers.


Therefore, after prayerful reflection and consultation with my colleagues, it has been decided that a TTCT Diocesan Vision day will occur in each Archdeaconry instead of a single Diocesan-wide one. Each Archdeaconry day will unite around the Eucharist, and as we engage our shared universal principles in 'the local', the day will be identical in content and format.


Together we will discover our new collaborative culture. Time to Change Together has had our total commitment as a diocese, and I am an enthusiastic participant and advocate. So I am asking all who hold the Bishop's Licence, PTOs and ALMs in this Diocese to rebook or book a place on their Archdeaconry Day. I would appreciate it if you could let me know if you cannot attend.


Archdeaconry Stow and Lindsey

The 1st of December 2022

Grimsby Minster

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Archdeaconry of Boston

The 19th of January 2023

Boston Stump

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Archdeaconry of Lincoln

1st February

Lincoln Cathedral

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To minimise our costs, we would be grateful if you would provide your own lunch. However, we will provide hot and soft drinks and pastries on arrival, with cake in the afternoon. So we can plan the event effectively, please book a place in your Archdeaconry via Eventbrite as soon as possible.


It is exciting that we are now moving into the full reality of what it will mean to be a church in this Diocese. We will explore what it means to be part of a family of worshipping communities in our Local Mission Partnerships, informed by the great work in your Deanery Partnerships. 


In his warm, positive letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul identified the wide and rich variety of ministerial skills God has given us. As leaders, we are called to work together to equip ourselves and the saints for the work of building up the Body of Christ. The Local Mission Partnerships you serve are to become the dynamic Body of Christ. 


Bishop Nicholas, Bishop David and I are looking forward to spending this time with you, sharing the possibilities and hopes of our new ways of being church and discovering our new ways for all of us to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in our various ministries. 


Yours ever in Christ, 

The Rt Revd Stephen Conway Bishop of Ely

 Acting Bishop of Lincoln 

 

He himself granted that some are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-14 

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