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Friday 1st October 2021 Generosity week
Generosity is at the heart of our faith. We believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. Every day we see generosity in our churches and Christian communities, reflecting the generous God we believe in. It takes time, support and above all prayer to grow a generous culture. This Harvest we are launching Generosity Week to give us the time and space to reflect on God’s Generosity and celebrate God’s generosity within our church’s ministry and mission. We invite you to explore God's generosity through eight days of service and worship materials, as well as stories from our churches of God's generosity in action. By the end of Generosity Week you’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s generosity towards us and how we can live more generously in our daily lives. Find out more via the link below.
Saturday 2nd October 2021 Generosity week
Generosity is at the heart of our faith. We believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. Every day we see generosity in our churches and Christian communities, reflecting the generous God we believe in. It takes time, support and above all prayer to grow a generous culture. This Harvest we are launching Generosity Week to give us the time and space to reflect on God’s Generosity and celebrate God’s generosity within our church’s ministry and mission. We invite you to explore God's generosity through eight days of service and worship materials, as well as stories from our churches of God's generosity in action. By the end of Generosity Week you’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s generosity towards us and how we can live more generously in our daily lives. Find out more via the link below.
Sunday 3rd October 2021 Generosity week
Generosity is at the heart of our faith. We believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. Every day we see generosity in our churches and Christian communities, reflecting the generous God we believe in. It takes time, support and above all prayer to grow a generous culture. This Harvest we are launching Generosity Week to give us the time and space to reflect on God’s Generosity and celebrate God’s generosity within our church’s ministry and mission. We invite you to explore God's generosity through eight days of service and worship materials, as well as stories from our churches of God's generosity in action. By the end of Generosity Week you’ll have a deeper understanding of God’s generosity towards us and how we can live more generously in our daily lives. Find out more via the link below.
Saturday 9th October 2021 Diocesan Synod
 Called Together Service
11am The service will be held at Leicester Cathedral. The preacher will be Mr Robin Bardon, the Director of Innovation at Ridley Hall College in Cambridge. An opportunity for us to gather and celebrate lay ministry. Due to the on-going COVID situation and rebuilding work at the Cathedral we have had to restrict numbers attending in person. Therefore, only those being licensed for the first time and those who were licensed via Zoom in January will be able to be at the Cathedral. Those being relicensed are invited to attend online. The service will be live-streamed on the Cathedral's Facebook and YouTube page (link below)
Thursday 14th October 2021 Breaking County Lines - Train the Trainer
The Breaking County Lines train the trainer course will take place on October 14th, 21st and 28th all sessions run from 14:30-16:30. County lines is fast becoming one of the most prevalent forms of modern slavery in the UK, and is rife across Leicestershire. Drugs gangs make huge profits from exploiting the most vulnerable - usually children and young people - who are targeted, groomed, manipulated and coerced into drug trafficking and distribution. The Clewer Initiative have offered a Breaking County Lines Train the Trainer course for us in Leicestershire, to enable churches and communities to understand and raise awareness of the scale of the problem, spot the signs of its presence, and build resilience in our communities with an emphasis on the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. The Breaking County Lines train the trainer course will take place on October 14th, 21st and 28th all sessions run from 14:30-16:30. It seeks to equip leaders who would like to run their own Breaking County Lines Training within their communities. Participants will be encouraged to adapt the material to their own context and to initiate the formation of an action group to undertake practical initiatives to help raise awareness and build community resilience. The course is free of charge and participants will come away with a resource pack containing all the materials needed to run Breaking County Lines within their communities with young people or those working with youth and the vulnerable. The resource pack will include powerpoint presentations, course outlines and all additional resources used in the course. There are a limited number of places available, but if you are involved in the lives of children or teenagers, either in your church or community (particularly if you are a youth leader, or work/volunteer in a school), or if you are involved in safeguarding in your church or community, or community policing or Neighbourhood Watch, then this could be for you. Sign up using the Eventbrite link below:
Friday 15th October 2021 Church Building Team Surgery
Church Building Team Surgeries 2021 The Church Buildings Team are restarting surgeries. This is an opportunity for clergy and/or parish representatives to discuss any church building related matters with the members of the Church Buildings Team. The surgeries will initially be on Zoom, however we hope to resume face-to-face surgeries in 2022. The surgery comprises 1-hour slots which need to be booked in advance and will be held on Friday 15 October and Tuesday 16 November between 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please email the Church Buildings Team on ChurchBuildings@LeicesterCofE.org if you would like to book a slot.
Monday 18th October 2021 Anti-slavery day
For anyone planning to organise an anti-slavery day service , The Clewer Initiative has produced a new resource pack for churches containing liturgy, prayers, suggested Bible readings, hymns and a bespoke session for house groups. You can find it via the link below:
Monday 25th October 2021 Bishop's Council
Tuesday 26th October 2021 “Saying Yes to Life” – an evening with Dr Ruth Valerio
7.30-9pm, Zoom As the world awaits the outcomes of the COP26 talks in November, this is a wonderful opportunity to hear Ruth speak about our call to care for God’s creation and its most vulnerable people as part of our everyday faith, and to reflect on our own personal actions and response. She will be referring to her book, “Saying Yes to Life” which was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book in 2020 as well as relating to current climate events happening around the world. There will an opportunity to ask questions as well as join in prayer with Christians around the diocese. Spread the news and come ready to be inspired for yourself, for your Eco Church journey and for the world! Click the link below to register via Eventbrite
Saturday 30th October 2021 Study Day for Clergy and Lay Ministers
9.30 – 3.30 (approx.). The aim of these events is 1. To provide an update of the SBGT process so far, the outcome of the October synod, and the Diocesan Framework. 2. To provide an outline of next steps, and an indicative timeline. 3. To hold the process in prayer and theological reflection. Within these broad aims we will be paying attention to ourselves, our vocations and our wellbeing, as well as reflecting on what the future may hold for us and the people we minister amongst. These events are not decision making forums, nor a formal consultation, but a space to be attentive to God’s leading amongst us. With Covid restrictions still uncertain, we are running these as hybrid events. There will be space to meet physically and virtually, and we will endeavour to provide video recordings for those unable to attend on either day. You will need to book in for these events by Wednesday 20th October by emailing MMbookings@leicestercofe.org. For those wishing to attend in person please let us know of any special dietary requirements when booking please. Obviously you are welcome to choose which day, and indeed, method by which you attend. Our ministry categories are broad and cover a lot of nuance and individual roles – but as numbers in St Martins House will be limited we would ask PTO ministers to attend by Zoom if possible. However if you are PTO and would prefer to attend in person, please say so on your reply and we will do our best, given all the constraints we are working within. Further details will be available nearer the time, but in the meantime please continue to hold the SBGT process for the diocese and particularly Bishops Council and Synod in your prayers as they meet in the coming weeks.
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