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The Team Vicar Writes... 

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will."

So wrote St Paul to the Romans (12:2). I’ve taken this as the Team Vicar’s Bible verse for March. Asking God to change us and renew us in the image of Jesus Christ is something we need to do regularly - as individuals and churches.

The season of Lent has a particular focus on encouraging us to do things that help us to be more Christlike and to abstain from things that would mould our identity in ways that do not conform to God’s good, pleasing and perfect will for us.

Seeking to be “Shaped by God” so that we work together for the growth of His kingdom is in our Leicester Diocesan DNA.

You may recall that last October I wrote about how Bishop Martyn and Bishop Guli have asked us to engage together in a process of reviewing, with much prayer, how we can best do this. The SBGT process was launched before coronavirus struck, but the ongoing consequences of the pandemic have sharpened the challenges ahead for the Church, as for other bodies nationally and globally.

Back in autumn 2020 it was planned that final decisions would be made at Diocesan Synod in May 2021. But as we entered the new year in lockdown it was agreed that the pace of the process needed to be slowed a little, working towards bringing proposals to Diocesan Synod in autumn 2021, to ensure that the process is done well and that the outcomes will be the best they can be.

At present “Conversations” are taking place via Zoom across the Diocese about the future shape of our ministry, our care for and use of our church buildings, and the principles that guide how we raise and best use our diocesan finance. I know that some of you, like myself, have been joining in these conversations.

Due to popular demand, some additional dates have been added for this month, so, if you’re quick, there’s still time to sign up if you’d like to. There are more details on Diomail and here: www.leicester.anglican.org/about-us/sbgt/shaped-by-god-together-conversations, where it states:

“Nothing has yet been decided and everything in this first round of conversations is for discussions as possible options and not definite models that will necessarily be taken forward.

"These initial conversations are opportunities for you to join us as we work out which options we should take forward for further development. Following this first round of Conversations, there will be a second round later in the year after Diocesan Synod and Bishop's Council have agreed which choices and possibilities to take forward for further exploration.

"In that second round of conversations, everyone in the diocese will have opportunities to hear more about the various models we might adopt for our ministry, church buildings and finance, comment on them, and have their say.  As we go through this process of being Shaped By God Together, we will continue to pursue our vision, the Kingdom of God, through addressing the three Key Questions around our Everyday Faith…”.

Whether or not you’re able to take part in the Conversations, please keep this process in your prayers - asking God that together we might all be better shaped by Him into church communities that are well-equipped to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those around us in the months and years ahead.

Every Blessing,


mary  The Revd Mary Barr.
 

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