Experiencing Church in Peru
Bishop John is leading a group of eight people from across the diocese leaving for Peru this week to see the work being done by the Anglican Church there.
The trip will be a celebration of our diocesan link with the Diocese of Peru and will also include a review of the partnership.
The link with the Diocese of Peru was set up over 20 years ago and aims to build friendship and solidarity between the two dioceses, reminding Christians that they are part of a worldwide Communion and enabling them to support each other in their Mission to spread the Good News of Jesus. During their visit the group will visit different churches and social projects in Lima and Inca to see what experiences can be shared between the dioceses.
Of the trip, Bishop John said: "We have a very rewarding partnership with the Diocese of Peru, and I hope that by visiting our friends there, we will strengthen our links and encourage each other in our Christian witness."
The trip has been organised by Margaret Rutter, Mission Development Officer for Society and the World. She said: "During our partnership we have enjoyed a number of reciprocal visits with our Peruvian friends, who always manage to inspire us with their love of life and tremendous energy for mission seen in planting new churches across their country and spreading the word of God.
"The partnership review gives us a chance to asses where we are in our relationship, what we have achieved and where we want to go next. Some of the group who are in Peru already have established individual links between schools and communities and have been looking forward to visiting old friends and seeing the work done in mission and ministry."
The group leave for Peru on Tuesday 13 March and the majority will return on Friday 23 March (some are staying in South America to do some other travelling).
The group consists of:
- Dr. John Inge: Bishop of Worcester.
- Robert Higham: Diocesan Secretary and member of St. Peter's Church, Pedmore.
- Revd Phillip Bradford: Curate at St. Martin and St. Peter, Worcester.
- Robina Burford: Licensed Lay Minister at St. George, Kidderminster.
- Ron Bentley, a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Kidderminster
- Susan Phillips: Licensed Lay Minister, St Lawrence, Alvechurch.
- Revd Ann Hadley from St. James, Norton, Worcester
- Margaret Rutter: Diocesan Mission Development Officer Society and World and member of All Saints Church, Worcester.
The Diocese of Worcester is one of 44 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.
From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester
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