Letter from the Bishop of Worcester11 Jun 2019 By Bishop John
A letter from The Bishop of Worcester for July editions of Parish Magazines.
All Together as Kingdom People
Saturday 28 September, Worcester Cathedral
It is now over five years since our Kingdom People Vision was unanimously and enthusiastically adopted by Diocesan Synod in 2013.
The Church is God’s gift to the world, which is called to be an effective sign of God’s Kingdom. God’s mission is to reconcile the whole creation in Jesus and establish the reign of God.Jesus’s first words in his ministry were ‘Repent and believe the good news: the Kingdom of God is at hand’.
As Christians, we are called to be Kingdom people: those who both hear and proclaim that message, becoming agents of the transformation of the world according to God’s loving purposes in Jesus.Churches should be places where people seek to live out their vocation to be Kingdom people and where the Kingdom values of love, compassion, justice and freedom are embodied and proclaimed.
On Saturday 28 September, we will once again come together in Worcester to worship, share resources and be inspired in this vision and our ‘Kingdom People’ journey. You may remember our last such day in 2015: it was a great occasion, with people gathering from right across the Diocese.
Highlights this year include the presence of the Bishop of Liverpool, Paul Bayes, (formerly one of our honorary canons) and a wide range of workshops - from which you’ll come away with new ideas to reinvigorate your worship, connect your faith with life beyond church walls, or help make running your parish easier.There will be sessions suitable for families to attend together as well as practical prayer stations and a chance to be involved in a ‘Kingdom Arts’ project.
The day will also include a ministry of hospitality with breakfast and afternoon tea provided free of charge, courtesy of a gift from a charitable trust. You’ll just need to bring lunch (or take the opportunity to head into Worcester in the break to get something). I’m hoping very many people from across the Diocese will come and join us to worship, learn, share and eat together.
Please do look out for more information on the diocesan mailing and website. To enable us to plan workshops etc, we’d be very grateful if people could book in through the Eventbrite website as early as possible and definitely before Saturday 14 September.
I hope to see you there!