The benefice of Castle Donington, and Lockington cum Hemington was the destination for the second Big Conversation of this year, and proved to be a great weekend of conversations about life and faith.
- Bishop of Leicester
- Bishop Martyn sermons speeches and writings
- Bishop Martyn Blogs
- Bishop of Loughborough
- Bishop Guli sermons speeches and writings
- Bishop Guli Blogs
- Everyday Faith
- Everyday Action
- Everyday Prayer
- Everyday Witness
- Link Diocese
- DMK and Kiteto
- Tree of Life
- Pioneering and Fresh Expressions
- Launde Abbey
- Resourcing Churches
- Children Families and Young People
- Setting Gods People Free
- Thy Kingdom Come
- Everyday Calling
- Intercultural Communities
- St Philips Centre
- Social Responsibility
- Big Conversations
- Church Buildings
- St Martins Lodge
- Generous Giving
- Eco Communities
- Growing Faith
- Intergenerational Communities
- Reconciling Communities
- Lambeth Conference
News & Stories
Another Christmas interrupted by Covid did little to stop our churches and fresh expressions from sharing the Good News with their communities over the festive period. It never fails to make us smile at the new and innovative ways Christians within our diocese find to engage with one another, no matter the restrictions in place.
We often think about how best to use our church buildings; but how about putting some thought into how we use the outside spaces that surround them? Covid restrictions and trying to be Covid-responsible led to churches in one of our parishes coming up with new and engaging ways to use their outside space for mission in their community. St Nicholas and St Hugh, in the Parish of the Transfiguration, Little Bowden, have made the most of their outside space in some of the most difficult times during the last two years.
Last weekend saw the first Bishop's Big Conversation weekend since 2019. Due to the pandemic planned weekends have been unable to go ahead so it was with a sense of great joy that the postponed weekend at St Christopher's, Saffron Lane was finally able to take place.
Quite a few of our churches across the Diocese of Leicester have been taking advantage of the last days of summer sun to hold services and gatherings outdoors in recent weeks. As a safer approach to getting together once again in bigger groups, the fresh air and clement weather has been quite the tonic for sharing the word of God with church congregations and the wider community. Over in Thurnby, St Luke's Church brought together more than 125 people in an open air Sunday service on Manor Park earlier this month.
The last eighteen months haven't been easy for any of our churches. We've faced new challenges and learnt new skills, and now many of us are far more adept at Zoom or taking church online than we'd ever have thought we would be. Most of us have found that it's been hard enough to sustain what already exists, so imagine what it must be like to try and launch a brand new church during a pandemic. That's what The Beacon in Hinckley have done.
Christians tell us how their faith impacts their work in the NHS
The sun shone upon the people of Syston, as they came together in fellowship and prayer, during an ecumenical Songs of Praise in the Park service, recently. A ukulele band brought an upbeat, gospel flavour to the gathering, which saw more than 70 people sit outside among the flowers in the town's Central Park Sundial Garden.
Our Pioneer Vee Pinto has been confirmed in her calling as an evangelist
It might have seemed a little unorthodox, gathering in the village carpark - surrounded by the sights and sounds of a make-shift building site - but it is was within the reality that God is ever present that set the inaugural Fleckney Walking Church on its way, earlier this month.