Spirits were high at the church of St Hugh on Sunday, as members of the five Harborough Anglican Churches came together to launch Limitless, a new youth focused intergenerational worshipping community. It was an evening of celebration, with live music, Bible study, brightly coloured bunting and a spectacular cake.
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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.
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.
Yesterday saw Jon Tearne and Sami Lindsey licensed to St Peter's, Oadby as part of an exciting plan to revitalise the church's mission and ministry there. The vision is to continue to build on St Peter's well established and valued civic role and to become more intentionally mission focussed, with a particular emphasis on engaging with children, young people, families, and young adults.
Here's a great project that Holy Trinity Leicester, one of our diocesan Resourcing Churches, are offering as a resource that can be used by any church in the diocese who would find it helpful. It's a set of short videos they've made, starring children, retelling the nativity story in the context of the events of 2020.
It has been announced on Sunday that St John's, Clarendon Park and St Peters, Oadby will be collaborating in an exciting new partnership. St Johns is one of the diocese's six designated Resourcing Churches and the vision for the partnership is a revitalisation of St. Peter's, with a particular focus on growing mission among children and young families, young people and young adults (including students), and to work towards St. Peter's itself becoming a planting church from which new worshipping communities in Oadby can be established.
A Christmas carol service designed to be accessible to people living with dementia and others who might appreciate a more relaxed approach is now available online.
Last week saw 134 children from 26 churches and 14 with no expressed church connection, participate in His Majesty's Secret Spies Online Holiday Club, a partnership between the Diocese of Leicester and Holy Trinity Church Leicester. The club featured two parts with a live stream, complete with video stories, craft and spy fitness, followed by Zoom groups. It is fair to say that there were moments of unintentional drama behind the scenes but there was also plenty of evidence of God at work and children and leaders having fun and connecting with others.
After several months of listening, discernment and evolving plans in response to what God is doing, the first major review into Resourcing Churches in Leicester Diocese has now been published.
It was a day of celebration as one of our newest churches was officially launched at a service with Bishop Martyn.