News & Stories

Synod explores New Communities strategic priority

As we continue to journey into what it means to be Shaped By God Together, Diocesan Synod is focusing on one of the five diocesan strategic priorities at each of its meetings in 2022 and 2023. At the last meeting it turned to focus on the priority of new worshipping communities.  Jonathan Dowman, who leads our work with fresh expressions of Church, and Barry Hill, who leads our work with Resourcing Churches presented more on the why, what and how of new worshipping communities and pioneering. 


'Explore' fresh expression of Church brings people together in Houghton

Little fires warmed the hands and lit the hearts of members of a fresh expression of Church in Houghton on the Hill recently, as they gathered in the vicarage garden to hear the Good News of Jesus.


Pilgrim Walks in the Upper Wreake

Members of the community across the Upper Wreake Benefice recently enjoyed a prayerful week of pilgrim walks, taking in the beautiful, rural landscape and reflecting on where God was at work in their villages and the wider diocese. The four walks each covered between two and five miles and took place among the parishes of Frisby, Hoby, Rotherby, Ragdale, Kirby Bellars and Brooksby.


Black History Month at Roots IWC

Over 30 people attended a special Black History Month service hosted by the Roots intercultural worshipping community last week. The celebration service was to mark Black History Month, which has been observed in the UK since 1987.


An 850 mile journey without leaving home

Alan Pyke, a retired vicar from Kibworth is walking the 850 mile distance from Lands End to John O'Groats without leaving the sheltered accommodation complex where he lives, to raise money for The Well charity in the village.


Hot cross buns help unite families online to remember Jesus's sacrifice

Village families joined together online to consider the events of the first Easter and to make their own hot cross buns!


Messy Church 'in a bag' and DIY Easter gardens

Church communities in Countesthorpe and Thorpe Arnold have been getting creative


Carol's Everyday Faith

Carol Parker from Framland Deanery shares her experience of setting up a fresh expression Church and how she's seen God at work in her life.


Bishop Martyn hears about community life in rural Avon Swift

Bishop Martyn shared lunch with people from 11 villages to hear about local communities and led an informal Candlemas service in one of our schools


Double Celebrations at VALL Awards

Two of our diocesan fresh expressions of Church, SoundCafe and The Well, scooped first place at the inaugural Voluntary Action Leicester & Leicestershire (VALL) awards ceremony.


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