St Martin’s House - Work Now Really Gathering Pace Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:47:50 +0000 Refurbishment work is due to complete before Christmas, and St Martin's House will open early in 2011 as the base for a combination of social outreach, new offices and a central meeting place for the Church of England in the Diocese of Leicester. Diocesan Synod meeting Tue, 21 Sep 2010 12:48:20 +0000 Diocesan Synod met in Leicester Cathedral on Wednesday evening . The main item of business was a presentation and discussion on the budget proposals for 2011, but there was also a briefing from the Dean of Leicester, Viv Faull, on the General Synod debate on Women in the Episcopate. There was also a stirring Presidential Address given by Bishop Christopher, in the abscence of Bishop Tim Faith’s Working Together on Good Deed Day Thu, 21 Oct 2010 13:50:04 +0000 With only a month to go until Mitzvah Day 2010, St Philips Centre has teamed up with Leicesters two Jewish communities to launch a local campaign to help women facing domestic violence. Mitzvah Day is an international day where the Jewish community works in partnership with people from other faiths and beliefs to provide support for the vulnerable in society. Mitzvah means a good deed in Hebrew. Big Builds on Reaching Communities Tue, 02 Nov 2010 08:59:04 +0000 The BIG Lottery Fund is investing an additional 75 million specifically for rural and urban community-use buildings through its flagship programme, Reaching Communities. The Big Society is being broken before it starts Tue, 02 Nov 2010 10:14:22 +0000 The Bishop of Leicester declares 'We do not create a fair society - let alone a big society - by placing some of our fellow citizens beyond the reach of social solidarity' The Rt. Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, yesterday spoke forcefully in the House of Lords as the governments Spending Review was debated. Lay Training Awards Mon, 15 Nov 2010 12:01:03 +0000 The annual celebration of Training for Lay Ministry within the Diocese saw a new course addition this year, with the 1st group of students who had completed the Bishop's Youth Certificate receiving their awards Second National Interfaith week Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:18:04 +0000 Leicester Get's Ready. A centre specialising in building stronger and lasting relationships with faith communities is gearing up for one of its most exciting periods of the year. St Philips Centre is putting together the final pieces of an engaging programme which takes place from Sunday 21st November until Saturday 27th November 2010. Bishop Tim speaks in the Lords Sun, 21 Nov 2010 11:42:28 +0000 New vision and resources for Fresh Expressions Sun, 21 Nov 2010 12:03:58 +0000 New vision and resources agreed for Fresh Expressions in Leicester and Leicestershire Energising. Exciting. Challenging. Just three responses to a paper and debate on the future of Fresh Expressions of Church in the county and city, which was the main item of business at this mornings Diocesan Synod (the local parliament for the Church of England in Leicester and Leicestershire). Magnificent Mitzvah Day Mon, 22 Nov 2010 11:22:02 +0000 Volunteers from Leicesters faith communities have expressed their delight following the huge success of the city and countys first ever events to mark Mitzvah Day. After collecting thousands of toiletry items for people living in safe houses as a result of domestic violence, the workers described the generosity of Leicestershire folk as magnificent. The Big Society: Debate at General Synod Wed, 24 Nov 2010 08:36:59 +0000 Yesterday (23rd November) Bishop Tim lead the debate at General Synod on the Big Society. Read on to see the full text of the speech and hear audio of the full debate... Inter Faith Dinner raises £1700 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:51:30 +0000 Local inter faith volunteers have expressed their pleasure following the receipt of 1700 in charitable donations. Members of the Christian Muslim Dialogue Group which is run through St Philips Centre, held their annual charity dinner on Friday 26th November 2010 to raise money for local and international charitable causes. Celebrate ‘God’s big society’ this Advent Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:55:28 +0000 The new Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, has issued an Advent challenge make a difference with Gods big society. Bishop Stephen is one of the authors of Church House Publishings 2010 Advent book Ready Steady Slow, which includes contributions from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Free online resources for Advent © Christmas Tue, 30 Nov 2010 12:56:33 +0000 Christmas Star Appeal Wed, 01 Dec 2010 10:28:52 +0000 The Christmas Star Appeal has been successfully run at a number of churches over previous years and has been well received by congregations and recipients alike. The 22 Projects which will benefit from the Appeal include; the Welcome and Womens Welcome projects for Asylum seekers and Refugees, the Red Cross and Agencies registered with Leicester FareShare. DMU’s Chaplaincy marks World AIDS Day Tue, 07 Dec 2010 16:11:41 +0000 Life on Mars, Eastenders, Hustle meet the Christmas Story! Wed, 08 Dec 2010 07:00:47 +0000 In the week running up to Christmas Day, on BBC1, in the highly sought after 9pm slot, four 30 minute episodes of a new drama on the Nativity will air. Hiding In The Open Wed, 08 Dec 2010 07:53:29 +0000 Action Homeless trustee Revd Tim Blewett spends 4 night sleeping rough The Cathedral needs your baby! Mon, 13 Dec 2010 08:46:58 +0000 For the first time the Cathedral are going to build a life-size nativity crib during their new Christmas Eve Crib Carol service and we need a real baby (boy or girl) or the manger. He’s On His Way Mon, 13 Dec 2010 08:57:12 +0000 Baby scan Jesus posters to hit the streets with high impact message Commuters across the country will be reminded of the real Christmas message when a high impact national advertising campaign rolls out in the next few weeks. Gathering Winter Fuel… Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:35:14 +0000 Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation is one of 56 Community Foundations in the UK all working within county boundaries, independently but sharing technology and best practice. Former Rothley Vicar, new Bishop of Bradford Fri, 17 Dec 2010 09:16:23 +0000 A 'Blogging bishop has been announced today as the next Bishop of Bradford. The Rt Revd Nick Baines (53), who is currently Bishop of Croydon, will be the 10th Bishop of Bradford. The Bishop Gets the Keys Mon, 20 Dec 2010 10:37:13 +0000 As the renovation and refurbishment of the old Grammar School into St Martins House nears completion the building is officially handed over to the Bishop of Leicester, Tim Stevens. Diocesan Secretary and Chief Executive Appointed Tue, 21 Dec 2010 10:09:54 +0000 The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt. Revd Tim Stevens is please to announce the appointment of the new Diocesan Secretary and Chief Executive, Jonathan Kerry. Canon Andrew Wingate OBE Sun, 02 Jan 2011 10:34:29 +0000 Canon Andrew WIngate who retired in 2010 as Director of Interfaith Relations and Director of the St Philip's Centre has received an OBE in the New Years Honours List FareShare hits high five Tue, 04 Jan 2011 08:44:05 +0000 FareShare Leicester, the local arm of the national food redistribution charity, made a major difference to thousands of people in need at its pre-Christmas distribution on 20th December. Almost 5 tonnes of food and one thousand presents were issued to 19 of the member groups. The gifts were collected in parishes throughout the Diocese through the Wish on a Star scheme. Church House on the move Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:01:36 +0000 Church House is closing on Friday 14th of January and we shall take up residence in St Martins House on Monday 17th January. Curates Study Trip to Trichy Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:00:43 +0000 For some time the prospect of a curates study trip to one of our link dioceses has been discussed and after discussion with Bishop Tim and others it was decided to organise such a trip for the last two weeks of January 2011. Lay Chair becomes Deputy Vice-Chancellor Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:51:30 +0000 Professor David Wilson, Lay Chair of Diocesan Synod and currently Dean of Business and Law, has also been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor at De Montfort University. The Universitys new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dominic Shellard from the University of Sheffield, has created a new senior management team and David has been given a pivotal role to play in what is an exciting new era at the University. Find out the latest from Trichy Mon, 24 Jan 2011 13:37:58 +0000 The Curates have been busy blogging from Trichy and you can follow their progress by clicking on the link on the right HRH The Prince of Wales visit: Updated Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:59:51 +0000 Launde Abbey, one the few remaining Diocesan Retreat Houses, re-opened fully to the public this week after a year of complete restoration and refurbishment. Helping the Diocese to acknowledge and celebrate this remarkable achievement, which cost £2.6 million, was His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, known for his interest in conservation and architecture, and for personal undertaking of times of retreat. Christ in the Centre 2011 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:12:14 +0000 Christ in the Centre 2011 will feature a new lead actor – Walt Kissack – in the role of Jesus. James Burke-Dunsmore, who has played the role every year since 2005, will be performing in a similar production in London this year. Common Tenure comes into effect today Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:37:43 +0000 Under the Ecclesiatical Offices (Terms of Service) Legislation a new form of tenure for clergy office holders called “common tenure” comes into effect today, 31st January 2011. The object of this legislation is to put all the clergy onto a common basis which provides equal security for everyone. Bishop Tim in Lords Debate Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:18:39 +0000 The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Tim Stevens, introduced a Question for Short Debate entitled: "To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure the safety of children, especially of children in the care of local authorities, from being groomed for sexual exploitation." The Revd Ken Baker retires Thu, 03 Feb 2011 08:15:42 +0000 Story by Tim Healy reproduced from Leicester Mercury (Feb 2nd) A Prayer for Egypt Thu, 03 Feb 2011 10:10:30 +0000 A prayer for Egypt has been published on the Church of England website Christian Resources are on the Move Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:04:15 +0000 March 1st will see us opening up our new shop in St Martins House next to the Cathedral. This is a move that's been long envisioned, initially by Rev Peter Hebden who managed the shop for some years until his death in November 2009. The Diocese, along with Peter's widow Cynthia, have run with this vision and now it is becoming a reality. General Synod report -updated Fri, 11 Feb 2011 17:28:05 +0000 Report on Day Three at General Synod by The Very Revd Viv Faull. Many members had predicted that the third day would be the most interesting of the synod. For the synodical managers it was potentially the most risky in terms of building up our common life, because the day included debates on potentially divisive issues. The debate on the House of Bishops statement on marriage after divorce and the ordained ministry was the first. Thousands set to Shell Out for ‘Real’ Easter Egg Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:48:38 +0000 The first Easter egg to feature the events of Holy Week on the box will be available at the East of England Christian Resources Exhibition next week (24-26 Feb, EXEC Centre, Peterborough). Biblefresh Gathers Pace Tue, 15 Feb 2011 10:19:10 +0000 In this 400th anniversary of the first mainstream English translation of the Bible, Biblefresh is gathering pace with the publishing of a free Experience pack, together with a wealth of resources for leading services this Lent and Easter. Real Easter Egg becomes a UK top seller Fri, 18 Feb 2011 07:08:20 +0000 A church backed campaign has succeeded in convincing retailers to stock The Real Easter Egg, the UK’s first and only Fairtrade charity egg to mention Jesus on the box. Young People in Trichy Fri, 18 Feb 2011 08:06:20 +0000 Following the Curates visit a group of young people from the Diocese has flown out to Trichy to visit schools and experience the culture of India. Follow the visit using the blog link on the right Diocese part of £5million Near Neighbour scheme Mon, 21 Feb 2011 11:27:07 +0000 The Government has today announced a £5 million grant to help bring people who are near neighbours together. Those living in communities that are diverse are encouraged to get to know each other better, build relationships and collaborate together on initiatives that will improve their local community. St Martins House host ‘Tales of Trichy’ Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:02:23 +0000 St Martins House proved a great venue for over 100 who came together listening, eating and praying all with a somewhat Indian flavour! Why buy Fairtrade bananas? here’s why Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:09:44 +0000 A banana grower from the Caribbean is to visit De Montfort University and explain why shoppers who buy Fairtrade goods benefit thousands of people like him. But Philomen Allen will also highlight the problem of climate change and how the western world’s carbon emissions are a threat to his crops. Fairtrade world record attempt Sat, 12 Mar 2011 12:32:33 +0000 People from all over Leicester and Leicestershire came together at St Martins Square on Saturday March 12th taste samples of yummy Fairtrade goodies, listen to live music from De Montfort University’s fabulous Gospel Choir, see the home made bunting flapping in the breeze showing Leicester’s support for Fairtrade. Mother’s Union submit petition to Government Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:39:33 +0000 The Mother's Union have called for an end to the exposure of children to sexualised marketing and have submitted a petition to David Cameron, calling on the Government to prohibit sexualised media, marketing and products being aimed at, or easily accessed by children under 16 years of age. Street Pastors win Community Award Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:23:24 +0000 Market Harborough Street Pastors have won the Pride in Harborough “Care in the Community” award. Regeneration Youth Summit Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:52:50 +0000 A joint venture by the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust and Church Army, the Regeneration Youth Summit took place in Sheffield on Thursday 3rd March. Along with 149 other young people, 2 archbishops, 40 bishops and around 20 youth workers. A Welcome to Jonathan Kerry Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:36:15 +0000 Our new Chief Executive and Diocesan Secretary, Jonathan Kerry started work at St Martins House last week and has been getting to know the staff of the Diocese, Cathedral and St Martins House. Crossing the Threshold Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:54:50 +0000 We're nearly at the point of being able formally to celebrate two great gifts given to the Diocese. Every person in every church, your families and friends can be part of one or both days. Bishop’s Certificate in Youth Ministry Fri, 25 Mar 2011 09:39:04 +0000 Want to work with Young People? Already working with Young People? Wanting to Understand Young People? Want to be equipped practically, spiritually and emotionally? Not the Big Snooze Mon, 28 Mar 2011 07:19:54 +0000 Team SMH (John Orridge, Mary Lawson, Peter Yates, Paul Wilson, Sheila Yates and Andrew Marshall) set up to spend the night of Friday 25th under the stars at Leicestershire County Cricket Club raising around £1500 for "Not the Big Snooze" in aid of Action Homeless. Street Pastors build links with Police Thu, 31 Mar 2011 07:40:52 +0000 From Leicestershire Police website... Strong links are being forged between Leicestershire Constabulary and the growing number of Street Pastors, a group of Christian volunteers who provide guidance and reassurance for visitors frequenting the many public houses, nightclubs, restaurants and bars, enjoying Leicester’s night time economy. World Premier of new work by Karl Jenkins Fri, 01 Apr 2011 10:59:12 +0000 We are delighted to announce that a new anthem by Karl Jenkins CBE, commissioned (through a generous sponsorship) and composed to commemorate the opening of St Martins House, will be sung by Leicester Cathedral Choir during the Crossing the Threshold service on 10 June. Japan earthquake and tsunami Appeal Thu, 14 Apr 2011 07:23:35 +0000 Like me, you will have been shocked to see the devastation caused in Japan by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11th. The Primate of the Nippon Sei Ko Kai, Archbishop Nathaniel Uematsu, has written of the devastation that has been caused particularly to Tohoku and Kita Kanto dioceses, and urged us to help in whatever way we, through our prayer for those bringing relief to the wounded, homeless and grieving, and through our support of their disaster relief work. Canon Barry Naylor Wins Award Thu, 14 Apr 2011 15:19:16 +0000 At the Leicester city centre street pastors' AGM on 13th April Canon Barry Naylor was presented with a Chief Superintendent's Commendation by Rob Nixon, the City Police Commander, to recognise " his outstanding personal commitment and leadership in establishing a nationally recognised Street Pastors Scheme in the City of Leicester". Holy Week and Easter Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:07:57 +0000 Easter Day is the day when Christians celebrate Jesus’ return to life from death in his resurrection. This is the central day of the Christian faith, and Christians everywhere will have special services of celebration and thanksgiving. Ready… Set… Go! Wed, 11 May 2011 07:20:34 +0000 With the deadline for purchasing tickets having passed and preperations firmly in hand, we are pleased today to launch a new Olympic and Para-Olympic page the Diocesan website. There you’ll find ideas, resources and even a short introductory video as to how you can get involved with one of the biggest mission opportunities in England for years. Visit it at Bishop Tim speaks on Lords Reform Tue, 17 May 2011 18:36:49 +0000 Commenting on the Government’s proposals, Rt Rev Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester and Convenor of the Lords Spiritual said: “Some reform of the Lords is overdue, not least to resolve the problem of its ever-increasing membership. But getting the balance of reform right, so that we retain what is good in our current arrangements, whilst freeing up the House to operate more effectively and efficiently, is crucial. Celebrating Christ the Healer Fri, 20 May 2011 10:37:51 +0000 Does Jesus heal today? Is the Holy Spirit at work in the here and now bringing wholeness to lives, reconciling relationships and building people into the full stature of Christ? Questions such as these were at the heart of a day conference entitled “Celebrating Christ the Healer” held at St Martins House and Leicester Cathedral on Sat 14th May. Curves supports FareShare Mon, 23 May 2011 10:24:22 +0000 Curves Gym at Market Harborough has handed over almost 1,600 lbs of food to FareShare Leicester. The food was collected by the Curves members during April. St Martins House Wins Top Award Tue, 24 May 2011 20:19:56 +0000 St Martins House has won the Chairman's award at the East Midlands Local Authority Building Control Awards. This high profile award is given for the scheme or organisation that made the biggest contribution or statement of all the nominations. Launde Abbey Celebrates! Tue, 31 May 2011 17:43:25 +0000 The Bishop and Assistant Bishop of Leicester, the Bishop of Peterborough, and the Bishop of Trichy, Tanjore, India, led a huge service in a marquee at Launde Abbey on Bank Holiday Monday. The weather may have been wet, VERY wet, but two thousand people joined the Bishops, John Bell from Iona, and BBC Songs of Praise to thank God and the many supporters of the Diocesan Retreat House to celebrate both the past and the future of the restored and renovated building. Many pictures will soon be available. St Martins House opens Mon, 13 Jun 2011 08:32:05 +0000 St Martins House has been officially opened by The Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester. A civic reception was followed by a festival service of thanksgiving at Leicester Cathedral, followed by a party in the grounds of St Martins. There are photogrpahs on our Flickr site and click the pic to read more about the day In Shape Magazine available to download free Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:49:14 +0000 Replacing both News and Views and Shaped by God News, In Shape is the single, new magazine for the Church of England in Leicester and Leicestershire. Published quarterly, it is packed full of stories of what God is doing around the county and city, resources for helping your church grow and serve your community evermore effectively, as well as interviews, book reviews and more. In Shape is based around nine ‘marks of mission’ which are identified in the long term vision for Leicester Diocese, Shaped by God. Enough free copies are being sent to every church in the diocese to give to everyone attending a service (please encourage the supply for any church of which you are part or given our not just sit at the back of the church), but you can now also read your free copy here. Crossing the Threshold video online Tue, 14 Jun 2011 11:47:00 +0000 The video commissioned to open the Crossing the Threshold service is now online... and there are more photos on Flickr too Bridge project feeds the homeless Mon, 20 Jun 2011 08:42:25 +0000 Hot on the heels of the St Martins House grand opening event came another Barbeque – this time for Leicester’s homeless community. Organised by The Bridge project, who work every week with this group, the annual event brought a smile to many faces , and a glow to many stomachs. The smell even wafted up to the second-floor windows of SMH tenants Jigsaw, where staff on their break came down to join in the fun. Olympic evening for churches in Leicester Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:33:59 +0000 Over seventy people from across the county and city, from rural, suburban and urban churches gathered on Wednesday night to consider how churches might respond creatively and missionally to the opportunities of the Olympic and Para-Olympic games. Help Needed with Torch Relay Sat, 02 Jul 2011 08:31:03 +0000 ‘There is nothing like the Torch Relay,’ says Australian Sarah Jane Alley who experienced it during the Sydney Games and now heads up More Than Gold’s Torch Relay Team. ‘People come in their thousands to watch the spectacle and join the party’. More than Gold are looking for people who would like to join a ‘Torch Relay Taskforce’ to help explore the mission possibilities when the torch is in Leicestershire and Leicester next year. Ordinations Retreat by Kim Ford Mon, 04 Jul 2011 08:31:04 +0000 Kim Ford, one of those ordained as a Deacon last week, has written an account of their time in retreat at Launde Abbey. The retreat at Launde Abbey was a time of focus and fellowship. At first it was difficult to leave my family again for four days and the list of jobs that needed to be done, however it became a time to truly treasure... Show the Olympics for FREE! Fri, 08 Jul 2011 06:52:38 +0000 Churches are free to show BBC coverage of London 2012 on big screens with no need for a special licence. That's the assurance from the BBC's Editor of 2012 live sites, Tim Plyming, 'so long as the content is not changed or charged for'. A brave new mission for St Barnabas Mon, 11 Jul 2011 09:09:27 +0000 On Wednesday 6th July a service of pilgrimage took place beginning at St Barnabas Church in the city of Leicester. The service, led by Bishop Christopher, involved children from St Barnabas Primary school joining with members of the congregation in a procession from the church through the playground and into to the school hall to mark the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the congregation and the school. Shoppers fill charity food stocks Mon, 11 Jul 2011 09:56:19 +0000 Generous shoppers at the Sainsbury’s Superstore at Fosse Park, Leicester gave almost 1¾ tonnes of food to FareShare Leicester over last weekend. Customers were invited to buy extra items alongside their regular shop and donate those items. St John the Baptist Summer Fete Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:31:06 +0000 Ted Collins kindly sent us this from St John the Baptist's Summer Fete in Hugglescote. If you've made a video or have a report and some photographs from your event, let us know, so we can share them too ... A year of growth Thu, 14 Jul 2011 08:57:52 +0000 “One of the Church of England’s stated priorities for the next five years is to attend seriously to Church growth. We have been playing our own part in this Diocese”, so writes Bishop Tim in the foreword to a major new piece of research released today. ‘Our Church has room for all’ says Tutu Sun, 17 Jul 2011 08:44:00 +0000 During a flying visit to the University of Leicester Chaplaincy Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke of his hopes for the Anglican Church. 'We should embace all' he said, 'regardless of gender, race, or sexuality'. You can see his comments here when he was questioned by Liz Hudson-Oliff, Director of Communications for the Diocese. Charity Car Wash buys Malaria nets Thu, 21 Jul 2011 09:43:31 +0000 Up 40 young people spent Wednesday at St Martins House washing cars for charity - and raised over £300. The event was organised by the Inter-Faith Youth Hub, as part of a week of community engagement by young people of all faiths for the city. They descended on St Martins house and washed cars for £5 donation. The money raised will buy mosquito nets for families in Ghana - each net will protect a family of 6 from malaria. City Mayor backs Cathedral Square Tue, 26 Jul 2011 08:25:35 +0000 Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor, has stated his strong support for the Diocese of Leicester’s plans to create a new Cathedral Square as the next step in creating a new public space, following the official opening of St Martins House last month. His statement, released today, begins “I strongly support the aim to create a new Cathedral Square for Leicester, and have committed the City Council to doing all it can to help bring it about.” Rt Revd Richard Rutt Fri, 29 Jul 2011 08:13:52 +0000 The Bishop of Leicester has made this announcement: “I was sad to hear today that Richard Rutt, Bishop of Leicester between 1979 and 1991 died in hospital on Wednesday 27 July 2011" Leicester Cathedral Food Fair Mon, 08 Aug 2011 09:53:55 +0000 Cream cakes and sweeties and pastry sensations, burgers and cider and food demonstrations. Your favourite things are all sure to be there at Leicester Cathedral’s fantastic Food Fair! Get involved in Eastwell Wed, 17 Aug 2011 10:07:39 +0000 Dare to put your hand inside the mouth of the fish which swallowed Jonah …… weigh sins against blessings on the scales …… see the presentation of Jesus at the Temple …… and much, much, more! You are invited to visit Eastwell Church in North East Leicestershire and explore the interactive displays which commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James’ version of the Bible (the first major translation into English). Continue reading to discover more... Ride and Stride Mon, 22 Aug 2011 09:47:49 +0000 Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust, Ride and Stride, Churches and Chapels Open Day Saturday 10 September Cycle, walk, horse-ride, run, jog, or use a mobility scooter. Be a sponsored participant or welcomer visiting churches & chapels opening - around 400 - most between 1000 and 1800hrs Castle Park Heritage and Arts Festival Mon, 22 Aug 2011 09:53:52 +0000 Now in it's 22nd year Castle Park Heritage & Arts Festival features a huge range of family-friendly events in the heart of Leicester's 'Old Town'. A month to major Fresh Expressions conference Fri, 26 Aug 2011 12:01:22 +0000 There is just a month to go to a major day conference on new forms of Church is held in Leicester and bookings are coming in thick and fast. The conference, on Saturday 1st October at St Martin’s House, is co-hosted by The Methodist Church, The United Reformed Church and the Church of England in Leicestershire, and aims to resource, encourage and help network those interested or involved in Fresh Expressions of Church. Continue reading to find out more information and how to book a place. Autumn In Shape Out Now Fri, 02 Sep 2011 08:34:36 +0000 This second edition of the new magazine for the Diocese of Leicester is out now and available to read here. It contains exciting news on growth; articles on Young People 4 Life & worshipping outdoors; the story of three Pioneer Ministers; restorative justice hosted a Prison chaplaincy; how children pray; how to host an evangelistic event; working with forced migrants; a mission opportunity in schools; a resource for Halloween; details of course to help deepen faith; a Bible study; noticeboard competition winners; an interview with a Bishop from South India on mission and much more. Synod votes to support Women Bishops Thu, 08 Sep 2011 11:59:46 +0000 The Leicester Diocesan Synod has voted to support proposals which would make it possible for women to become Bishops in the Church of England. Meeting for the first time in the newly-opened St Martins House in Leicester, the Synod on 7th September voted for the move with a total of 92 votes in favour, 12 against and 3 abstentions. 9/11 Remembered Updated Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:12:06 +0000 Leicester Cathedral was the venue for a service of remembrance and commitment for all faiths to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The events of that date have been instrumental in improving relationships between communities in our city, and using prayer, worship and reflections with the lighting of candles and tying ribbons around a fruit tree, 200 people shared a desire for this to continue. The Car Boot Bishop! Sun, 18 Sep 2011 14:06:32 +0000 Bargain hunters at Measham’s Mega Car Boot Sale came away with more than they expected, as the Bishop of Leicester spent the morning personally inviting punters back to church. Bishop Tim Stevens, together with a group of Christians from seven churches in the Measham area, handed out almost a thousand invitations, plus two hundred free goodie bags for children, as part of a regional launch for Back to Church Sunday this coming Sunday (25th September). Four Bishops! Fri, 23 Sep 2011 09:42:12 +0000 On Monday, 19th September, Bishops Tim and Christopher welcomed Bishops Stanley Hotay of the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro and Isaiah Chambala of Kiteto at the Bishop’s Lodge, following Choral Evensong at the Cathedral. Behold God’s Glory Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:26:34 +0000 Behold! That's what the clergy conference was all about this year, and our speakers approached this topic in different ways, asking clergy to consider how God's presence, activity and glory was to be discerned in scriptures, the face of Jesus, the heavens, contemporary culutre and in our own ordained ministries. Isaiah gets down with the Kidz Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:13:00 +0000 As part of their visit to the diocese, Bishop Isaiah of Kiteto in Tanzania, and his wife, Ezereda, visited the ‘Kool Kidz Klub’ run by the Benefice of the Ascension, in Thurnby Lodge. A Pioneering Spirit Sat, 01 Oct 2011 11:10:37 +0000 On 1st October, almost 150 people involved in new forms of Church across Leicestershire gathered for a major day conference at St Martin’s House in Leicester. Organised jointly by the Methodist, Anglican and United Reformed Churches, participants heard from a number of people who are involved in maturing Fresh Expressions of Church, received encouragement from denominational leaders including the Bishop of Leicester, and were stimulated by a keynote address from Dave Male, Head of the Centre for Pioneer Learning. Continue reading to get links for handouts and videos. FareShare sees demand rise Wed, 05 Oct 2011 07:50:39 +0000 New figures released today by UK food charity FareShare show a sharp rise in demand on charities for food as people all over Britain struggle to put dinner on the table. 42% of charities surveyed reported an increase in demand for food in the past year as food prices soar and the recession bites, putting additional strain on families and people on low incomes. Venerable Peter Burrows to be Bishop of Doncaster Thu, 06 Oct 2011 16:11:10 +0000 The Ven Peter Burrows, former Rector of Broughton Astley, Parish Development Officer and Director of Ministry for Leicester diocese, will be consecrated as the Bishop of Doncaster next year. Called Together Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:55:35 +0000 At Leicester Cathedral on Saturday 8th October and whole range of Clergy and Laity came together celebrate Lay Ministry at this years 'Called Together' service. Society of Catholic Priests inaugurated Sun, 16 Oct 2011 19:23:45 +0000 Thursday 13 October 2011 saw the inauguration of the Leicester Diocesan Chapter of SCP through the Rector General of the Society, Canon Andrew Nunn, Acting Dean of Southwark Cathedral. Thirteen priests came together from across the diocese to become new members of the society. They elected Fr Johannes Arens as their chapter rector, Deacon Lisa Temperley-Barnes as secretary and Fr Tom Meyrick as treasurer. Interfaith team puts best foot forward Sun, 16 Oct 2011 19:24:25 +0000 For the second year running, St Philip’s Centre entered an interfaith team in the Leicester Marathon. Director of St Philip’s Centre, John Hall, led the team and managed to complete the full marathon in just over four hours. Five other team members. including John’s wife, Rosie, completed the half-marathon, and a team of four young people from the Leicester Interfaith Youth Hub took part in the Freeth Cartwright Corporate Relay. Germans Win The Cup! Fri, 21 Oct 2011 09:23:38 +0000 In the course of a three nation inter faith conference in Berlin, three cities engaged in their annual football 7 a side tournament under the watchful eye of the Deputy British Ambassador, Andrew Noble. Leicester lost out in the last few minutes. Stamp it out Mon, 24 Oct 2011 11:27:01 +0000 This week the police and local communities are holding a series of events focused around stamp it Out! Challenging verbal abuse bullying and violence. It began on Monday with a short gathering for prayer in the Cathedral attended by faith leaders and representatives from the Police. Both local TV and radio came along to support and publicise the message of the event: