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News and Stories For Your Church

Winter 2012 : Issue 7

In Shape ian t s i r h C es c r u o Res tmas Chris ut Pullo

This magazine is the quarterly publication of the Diocese of Leicester (The Church of England in Leicester and Leicestershire). The themes of In Shape are centred on the diocesan vision “Shaped by God” on which the nine Marks of Mission are based. This vision is of flourishing mission in the 300 Anglican churches of the City and the County.

lives and communities transformed worship in a way that renews and inspires self-giving service to the community being rooted in prayer confident and sensitive evangelism lifelong Christian nurture the welcome of newcomers becoming child friendly celebration of people and places

In This Issue


3. Bishop’s Letter

In Shape is edited by: Liz Hudson-Oliff Keith Cousins Mike Harrison Barry Hill Andy Rhoades e-mail:

4. People in Mission 5. Worshipping Today 6. A Sense of Scale 6. Omega Course

The Diocese of Leicester administration and Leicester Cathedral Tel 0116 261 5200

7. Lent Course for Kids 8. Everybody Welcome

The Office of the Bishop of Leicester Tel 0116 270 8985

9. Hope Together 10. Breathe across the Diocese

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11. The emerging ‘2020 Vision’ 12. Change in the air 13. Church Urban Fund

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14. Inter faith week 15. Ground heating at St Catherines 18. 19. 20. The Interview: Ven Dr Tim Stratford 2

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Bishop’s Letter At the end of October, we said goodbye as a Diocese to Vivienne Faull as Dean of Leicester. During the last twelve years our Cathedral has made a significant journey towards becoming a gathering place for the City and the County to celebrate major events. It has also been a focus for our Diocesan life at ordinations and on many other occasions.

We have much to thank Vivienne for and we assure her of our prayers for her new ministry at York Minster. The appointments process for a new Dean will take several months to complete. It is an opportunity for all of us to think and pray about the meaning of our Cathedral and its place in the life of our communities. Of course our parish churches are the principal place of meeting and growing for every local congregation, but the Church of England has always recognised that there needs also to be a gathering place for all the congregations and a

place where the Bishop’s ministry is visibly exercised. Our Cathedral has gradually become such a place and the opportunities in the years ahead are enormous.

The recent discovery of the possible remains of Richard III and the opportunity to create a civic space around the Cathedral – Cathedral Gardens, offer the Cathedral for the first time in its life an opportunity to be a genuine focus for the City and the County. Very few other institutions can bring people together and connect communities in the way that Cathedrals can. When the Queen visited Leicester Cathedral last spring we saw how the Cathedral became a major focus for the whole City and County. And this happens when we celebrate our Armed Forces, when we ordain new clergy, when we honour our civic leaders or when we bring people of different faiths together.

Bring everyone to your door this Christmas

All of this is witness to the Lordship of Christ and to the creating and redeeming work of God. I hope you will pray for our Cathedral and for all who have responsibility for discerning who the next Dean should be.

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celebration of people and places

People in Mission Bishop Tim, his daughter Rachel (media team leader for Christian Aid), Leicester Vicar Richard Worsfold and Jenny Worsfold visited our Tanzanian link Dioceses of Mount Kilimanjaro and Kiteto in August. Richard writes about two of the people they met during the visit.

One World, Two Lives

quadrant. Ombeni himself has a rich, deep bass voice that he will use to good effect in worship at the slightest opportunity!

The vision that has attracted Ombeni to be here is that of the Bishop of this brand new Diocese. Bishop Isaiah is a local man with great charisma and a deep, pragmatic faith who is building a loyal team committed to a tripling of the college’s primary and secondary population. He has halved the school’s fees to make them more affordable to local people in the town of Kibaya, where there is no established government secondary school. He has opened the doors of the school to Christian and Muslim pupils alike and the school should break even again as pupil numbers rise. Not only that but Bishop Isaiah already has long-term plans for a crucially important teacher Ombeni Mbise (pictured above) is the new primary school headteacher at Kiteto training college on land recently gifted to the Diocese. Christian College. He applied for the job because of his love for children and Ombeni is passionate about the needs his excitement at Bishop Isaiah’s vision of his children. He is delighted at the new of affordable education delivered in a Christian context. He’s certainly not doing desks and books gifted by Kirby Muxloe Parish and Market Bosworth Primary it for the money as he knew the school would be struggling this year to meet the School and is hopeful for more support from Leicester Diocese in the coming salaries of its teachers! year. He is particularly determined to improve the dormitory accommodation Like most of the new teaching staff, of the boarding pupils, who at present Ombeni comes from outside Kiteto, often sleep without mattresses, with the which highlights one of the challenges youngest ones sometimes four to a bed. for this very dry, underdeveloped region of Tanzania: The lack of home grown teachers and the difficulty of persuading There is a real sense of other teachers to move here. For Ombeni youthful enthusiasm currently at heart of his being here is part of his calling as a this newborn Diocese. I Christian. was left convinced that it is a crucial time for Ombeni lives in one of the single storey our Diocese to be as school buildings that surround St. Michael’s Cathedral on four sides; he eats supportive as we possibly can be in helping to the daily diet of ugali (maize) and beans nurture its full potential. in communal fashion with the pupils and other staff. Here the life of worship Jacob Mattias (pictured and education is closely interwoven, right) is from Babati right from the early morning when the deanery in the Diocese strains of unaccompanied singing from of Mount Kilimanjaro. He the Cathedral compete with the sounds has recently trained as of children doing star jumps round the


Bob Brown, Luke Stratton – both teachers on the DMK/Kiteto link group – and Janet Ingram – diocesan RE Adviser and cathedral education officer – are preparing a learning pack for schools. Like the 2002 ‘One World, Two lives’ material it will be appropriate for primary and junior secondary schools and church groups. It should be ready early in 2013. The pack will comprise power point presentations on different topics (school life, shopping, Kilimanjaro, assemblies among others), direct pupils to other web sites and videos and use pictures, stories and information taken from the experiences of those who have visited Tanzania. The aim is to bring to life the spirit and voice of Tanzanian people with materials which do justice to the lives of people like Ombeni and Jacob. an evangelist at Munguishi Bible College (which sales of ‘Munguishi Coffee’ in Leicester help to fund), but his daily work is that of tending his maize field and supporting himself through small-scale farming. Jacob has been identified by Bishop Stanley as one of a team of full-time church-planting evangelists. For the first half of 2012 Jacob has been a part-time evangelist, working Monday-Thursday on his field at Endamaghai. Then on Thursday afternoon he has been cycling for 4 hours up into the mountains, to the town of Derrida which has been rapidly expanding due to its location alongside the newly tarmacked main road out of Babati. There he has been working as an evangelist at the newly planted church over the

worship in a way that renews and inspires

Worshipping Today

Philippa-Lee involved in worship with ‘Free Spirit’ from Church Langton at an event in Leicester’ Philippa-Lee Howe writes, “I am a worship leader at St Peters in Church Langton and came across a leaflet in our Church advertising a course named W4T or (Worship for today). The ‘Today’ in this title resonated strongly with me as I was developing a heart for worship which was relevant to our post modern society. It was these other expressions of faith and worship I was keen to explore. I had already completed a Journey in Faith course with the School for Ministry, so knew that standards would be high and I would learn enough for this position. In particular the W4T course has highlighted three main things to hold on to: • Firstly to pray, prepare, and pray again, allowing the Spirit of God to guide us in all we do, prayer is the alpha and the omega for all those leading worship. A disciplined prayer life is critical to the growth of our church, - it has been said that,

weekend before cycling all the way back to start work again on Monday. Now as a full-time evangelist, Jacob is moving up to live in Derrida and for three years he will receive an income from the Diocese. In this way he can devote himself to his work as an evangelist and gradually get himself back into a position where he can start supporting himself through farming in Derrida. It was wonderful to be able to experience at first hand Jacob’s excitement about

‘without prayer, the Church dies’. • Secondly, humility. We are told in the Bible that ‘Those who bow down and humble themselves before God, will be lifted up’ .So as we lead others in worship it is essential to ourselves come before the throne of God with humility. • Thirdly, when planning, we are to recognise that we are all equal parts of the body of Christ - all God’s children, all dearly loved. We honour God when we work in co-operation and in love, we share in the rich diversity of gifts, skills and abilities that God has given us. Our priests, evangelists, musicians and tea makers are equal parts of Christ’s body, therefore I strongly promote close working relationships to improve the worship in any Church. If there is not enough time to meet,

the new work to which he has been called. And it was good to know that the Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro is being supported by Bishop Tim’s Lent Appeal in being able to deploy these new evangelists over the next three years. A short DVD film of Bishop Tim’s visit is being made available to every parish in the Diocese. There will be an opportunity to support Bishop Isaiah’s vision for education through making contributions to the cost of a new dormitory for the children of Kiteto Christian College.


look at your priorities, and make time. ‘Do not stop meeting as some are inclined to do’ (Hebrews, chapter 10, verse 25). I have been blessed to witness the journey of others on W4T, to see how God has lead and spoken to them in ways that are wholly unique to each person. The W4T course has given me lots of ideas for creative worship which with the team, over time, we will implement. To conclude, I would encourage anyone who feels called to a particular role in the Church but lacks wisdom - to pray, then email Stuart Burns at the School for Ministry for guidance. I believe that ongoing training and development is, in part, our search for the living God inside each of us. W4T has made a huge difference to me. Thanks to my tutors, Louise Corke, Simon Stokes and Stuart Burns.”

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A Sense of Scale?

Introducing the Omega Course We can hardly read a newspaper today or look at a TV guide without finding the topic of old age and the implications for society of an ageing population.

At the start of the last century, the British Navy used to have essentially one main design of vessel that was built small, medium or large. Sometimes as churches we operate in the same way, not always recognising the effect size has on how we are made up, how we make decisions, how we worship, welcome new people and reach out in mission. Next Spring, there are two special morning conferences to explore issues of size and scale in church, one For churches under 20 people: Saturday for churches of under twenty people 13th April 2013, including: and one for churches of between one • Keynote speaker Amiel Osmaston, hundred and two hundred. They are Director of Training in Carlisle open to all but especially aimed at clergy, Diocese, will bring her considerable churchwardens, church council members, personal experience supporting administrators, treasurers, those involved smaller congregations. in leading worship, children and young • We will consider the latest research people’s groups. The conferences are free on church size, exploring how but places are limited to 150 people so churches can be the best they can be book soon with for the size they are. or 0116 261 5348. Both start with coffee • Seminars on a range of topics. at 9am, finish at 1pm and are at St Martins Working with children and young House in Leicester. families. Size appropriate worship. Working with very few young people. For churches 100-200 people: Saturday Having difficult conversations and 23rd February 2013, including: creative use of buildings. • Keynote speaker and author Bob • Bishop Christopher will offer some Jackson will help us consider the personal reflections and leading us in possibilities and challenges of being a worship, reflection and prayer. numerically larger church; • We will consider the latest research on church size, exploring some of the organisational factors which have sometimes inhibited churches of 100200 growing much beyond that; “Babe’s Bible” by Karen Young. • Seminars on a range of topics: ‘How “A novel about modern day brokenness, do we lead, organise and decide mirrored against stories of Jesus’ together in order to grow?’ ‘How is healings in the Bible. An excellent our worship and tradition keeping us read and a great alternative the size we are?’ ‘Unity or uniformity’ to “Fifty Shades of Grey”! ‘How do we avoid being merely a Review by Maggie from friendly church and grow instead as a Christian Resources. church easy to make friends in?’ Available at a 10% discount (just • Bishop Tim will offer some personal £9.89) for readers of In Shape from reflections and a structured Christian Resources Leicester opportunity to tell him about what (0116 261 5222, enquiries@ the diocese as whole can do to help you flourish.



The enormous financial implications on medical and social care budgets; the loneliness of many elderly people living alone and the increasing lure of assisted dying for those who feel life no longer has any purpose once useful activity ceases – all these are issues we’re grappling with as a society. Is ageing just a huge problem or can it be a significant opportunity? The idea of the Omega Course was born from a conversation with a retired school teacher in Loughborough, who suggested that the Church needed a course for older people to explore the challenges of growing old and preparing for death – just as there was an Alpha course for those exploring the basics of Christian faith and beginning the journey. Working as a Hospice Chaplain at LOROS, I encounter many people facing the end of life and I have become aware that the depth of faith of some of our Christian patients does not seem to bear the weight of illness and the approach of death. I realize that in many churches the subjects of suffering and dying are rarely spoken about. A theology of a powerful and redeeming God, without the

becoming child friendly

Lent Course for Kids

accompanying perspective of a vulnerable and suffering God, can leave people of faith feeling bereft when faced with a How early in the year we have to start terminal diagnosis. planning these days. But mindful of the adage “If you fail to prepare, then Many people don’t want to think about prepare to fail” this is the moment to be death and dying before they have to and thinking of your next Lent Course. find the subject frightening or depressing. However, nothing can change the fact Lent course for children? The death knell that we are all going to die and none of surely, it’s bad enough attracting adults… us knows when. I believe that it’s as we but kids? face our fears about ageing and dying and discover spiritual resources to sustain Friends and Heroes, the Christian DVD us in the evening of life, that we will find series, were advertising a children’s courage and fresh hope. Lent Course and with Parish Mission Funding we purchased the whole series. This 4 week course is for: Predictably, when we got it we discovered • Anyone who has a pastoral concern that the course related to the last four for the elderly in our Church instalments of a 39 series pack! Ah well…. communities So we ran a three week introductory • Those who are newly retired and want taster to the series in Lent.; Sunday to anticipate and prepare for the evenings at 6pm we had a ‘cosy up’ at challenges of older age home with kids sprawled in sleeping • Those who work with the elderly in bags, and under duvets , on the sofa etc residential and community settings. with their Mums; followed by a supper (baked beans on toast and ice cream, but The Course covers: not together) and prayers before home. • Spirituality and the second half of life I had expected perhaps 6, but we were • Living with Loss and change between 8 and 10 plus mothers who were • Befriending death invaluable as helpers and good company • Keeping meaning and purpose alive too. To watch DVDs cuddled up together on a dark Sunday evening was a lovely For more details on the Omega Course experience – but by the end of Lent the contact or clocks had changed. The light evenings on 0116 261 5317 made it really difficult to keep them inside to watch a DVD. That was a lesson! Helen Newman, Co-ordinating Chaplain at LOROS It was such a success that we rashly ran a holiday club using the Series. Great fun, so the hard work passed unnoticed. This too was a success, attracting 13 until the last day when it suddenly shot up to 18. Buoyed up by this, or perhaps just made foolhardy, we moved on to a special Harvest Festival, using the series amazing - 25children. So now we intend to split into two groups and revert to Sunday evenings, so that next Lent we will be able to run the full Lent course correctly. A year late, but well… The Lent course provided the seeds to start growth, so perhaps in a backwards way forwards we were able to use Lent


correctly. Children are very young and tender in a way we often forget. Huge care is needed in the way the passion narrative is portrayed. On the last day of the Lent course we showed a song and video called “Remember me”, a song of the Last Supper with the story of Christ’s passion from the last supper to the crucifixion in 3D cartoon format. Both the children and their Mums who had got to know the person of Jesus depicted in the cartoon series and just said “ Oh, what a sad story”. Never overestimate the biblical knowledge of participants! I thought they knew the passion story.

Easter Activities 1. Making a crown of thorns: very thought provoking but perhaps for older children 2. Making Easter bonnets; but, while fun, it doesn’t have any bearing on the Easter story. 3. Making an Easter garden: a good activity for younger children but supervision and support is necessary. You can talk the Easter story through while you are making it, in a way that is not too gruesome. 4. Make your own hot cross buns – children love cooking and can participate in that; again with the opportunity to discuss the symbol of the cross and the biblical importance of bread while you do it – as well as eating a few spare raisins along the way. 5. Eggventure Beads provide another way of discussing the Easter story, while making a threaded bracelet. More information about that is available at Barbara Coulson, South Framland Benefice

the welcome of newcomers I wonder if you have shared my experience. You pluck up courage to visit the local Church for the first time, hoping to meet with God and be part of a warm, welcoming Church family. Once you’ve found the service times and the Church location you make your way gingerly across the threshold. What do you find? A warm welcoming smile and helpful guidance on the service sheet, hymns and an introduction to someone you might sit with? OR noone at the door, a pick n mix of service sheets and hymn books to select from, the building seems dark and cold, the congregation seem to be sitting on their own or in pairs in silent contemplation and you couldn’t possibly talk to anyone, so you sit on your own. The service feels like a lonely experience, especially as you have picked up the wrong sheet and you walk out without talking to anyone, as the minister rushes around trying to get people to sign up for the coffee rota! I imagine you never return to that Church. Welcoming newcomers is so important and St Mary’s, Lutterworth have taken this to heart as a vibrant Church in South Leicestershire, they wanted to ensure that their Church was welcoming to everyone. The results have been encouraging. An increased attendance at their main Sunday service, an increase in the electoral roll and the welcome rated as what people liked most about the Church. The list of improvements have been far reaching from new notice boards, a new welcome team and essential signs to the loos; to pastoral follow up for newcomers and making space for historic artefacts that visitors came to see and more improvements are on their way. Barry Hill from the Mission and Ministry team explains that “‘Everybody Welcome’ is a four session course, to help churches look at themselves through the eyes of someone who is new. Through a series of reflections it offers both encouragement and challenge to a worshipping community, as well as practical ideas for improvement”.

Everybody Welcome

It was this course, that Rosemary Lowdon and Dawn Pope from St Mary’s proposed to their PCC and gained agreement to run over four weeks in Lent with coffee and cake! Fifty people were encouraged enough to attend each evening, including the home groups; and sessions were broken down into DVD clips or short discussions in small or large groups about transforming the welcome in the Church. All the good things the Church did were noted along with areas for improvement that are gradually being tackled by the PCC. What I liked about St Mary’s experience was that they recognised how important refreshments are for welcoming newcomers, much of Jesus ministry took place around a meal, and so St Mary’s also purchased a coffee machine to serve excellent coffee!

Is everybody welcome in your Church? Why not try the course? Andrew Rhoades The ‘Everybody Welcome’ material is available from the Diocesan Mission and Ministry team who can advise or facilitate the sessions for clusters of churches (0116 261 5317)

Growing Messy Church, Growing Disciples F ! ! ! ree!!! e e r F With Lucy Moore

This day conference will address three key questions: 1. 2. 3.

How to develop and strengthen Messy Church? How are disciples growing in Messy Church? How can we make the most of the opportunities Messy Church presents for growing disciples?

Come and join the discussion about this important issue; the day offers something for everyone no matter what stage of Messy Church you are at. To book contact email: or contact Claire Stapleton on 0116 261 5317

Saturday 8th December 2012 10am-3.30pm

St Paul’s Church, Hamble Road, Oadby, LE2 4NX

Bring your own lunch and we’ll provide the coffee! 8

confident and sensitive evangelism The biggest Youth Mission ever in forums on 4 separate Leicester and Leicestershire is coming evenings, in together, we wanted to let you know 4 different some details as soon as we could, so that parts of you can plan it into your programme. Leicester and Here’s a few of the high points: Leicestershire. Thursday 26th September 2013: There are more Forums Soul Survivor Celebration planned for 5th, 6th, 30th September-11th October 12th and 13th March 2013: Schools Missions and 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th Saturday 19th October 2013: September 2013 (all Youth Leaders Training Day 7:30pm, sign up to the 23rd-27th October 2013: ncounter bi-monthly e-mail for extra, 5 day youth mission more details . 4th November-15th November 2013: Schools Missions Thursday 21st November: Soul Survivor Celebration

Hope in Leicester and Leicestershire is about Unity, Kingdom and Word and Deed Mission. Building on the dozens of churches who reached out in Hope 08, the special Hope ‘13 in Leicestershire will be ‘Youth Led’, as many revolutions are, and ‘whole Church’ because God made us to be family. • We see 2012 and 2013 as a time of praying, preparing, training, resourcing and equipping, a time to bring Churches together for Mission in their towns, villages and cities. • In the Autumn of 2013 we are going for a big youth mission in schools and communities across the city and county. There will be lots of Imagine all over Leicester and opportunities for young Leicestershire in communities large people to be involved in and small, churches working together, mission where they live bringing Jesus’ story alive through and beyond and to be a word and deed. Imagine lives turned catalyst for their churches upside down and despair turned to do the same. inside out. Imagine lives changed • Beyond 2013 we and communities transformed for also want to leave a legacy the sake of God’s Kingdom here of ongoing word and deed in Leicester and Leicestershire. mission in Leicester and Together, with God’s help, we can Leicestershire. see faith, hope and love come to our beautiful and broken City and County.

On 24th September Hope 13 was commended by the Church leaders of Church Together in Leicester (pictured below), “We were pleased to affirm the work of ‘Hope08’ through our individual Churches and as Church Leaders of Churches Together in Leicester and Leicestershire, committed to sharing in the mission of Jesus Christ. We are delighted to commend the ongoing work of ‘Hope Together in Leicester and Leicestershire’ as a gift to the Churches in this City and County.”

Hope Revolution Mission Academies for Young People

Hope Together Forums

Over the next year we are putting on Hope Together Forums that we would like to invite you to. The aim of the forums is to inform, inspire, equip, connect and pray. The theme of our first Forum in September was “Hope and my church?” To enable as many people as possible to be involved we are repeating the

The Mission Academy is going to help young people learn what a lifestyle of mission could mean for them and will certainly grow them in faith. They can dream, plan and put into practice, relevant ways of sharing hope with others, using words and actions. Leicester East and West Mission Academies are about to get started, get involved!

Get Involved in Hope

For more information on any of the above or to sign up to receive our newsletter Email: matt@ or call: 0116 2623037

Denominational leaders commending Hope 13, left to right: Neville Bailey - New Testament Church of God, Janet Perry - The Society of Friends/Quakers, Michael Hockaday - Congregational Federation, Revd Lynn Fowkes - URC, Lieut-Colonel Mike Caffull - The Salvation Army, Revd John Anderson - Chair of the Enabling Group of Churches Together in Leicestershire, Bishop Paul of Trichy (as a guest), Revd Tim Woolley - Methodist Northampton District, Bishop Tim Anglican Bishop of Leicester, Revd Michael Moore - Roman Catholic Diocese of Nottingham, Ian Jones - All Nations Church.


being rooted in prayer community also benefited as it was able to use Breathe on the days the school was not using it.”

Breathe Across the Diocese

The transforming affect of Breathe on students has been very apparent through their reaction and comments. “One thing I loved about Breathe was being able to relax and think about the people that love me.” “Breathe gave me time to think about what I normally wouldn’t. It made me think about my future and motivated me to change and become a better person.”

working relationships. The parish church in Kibworth has used Breathe successfully with its local high school and is a good example of how Breathe has been used to strengthen rural ministry and connect with the young people in the parish. Revd Ludger Fremmer, the parish priest, reported on Breathe was designed by the organisation the success of the project: dare2engage as a tool to enable young people (14-19 yr olds) to engage with “It made me think about how lucky bigger life questions. It uses a large I am in my life—going to school, parachute style mat with 12 stations and having materialistic things etc. iPods to open up aspects of the Christian It also made me think about the story in a user friendly way. people I love and owe a lot to.” This Autumn saw the beginning of a two year project run by Leicester Cathedral called Breathe Across the Diocese. The aim of the project is to strengthen ministry and engage with the spiritual needs of young people through the use of a resource called Breathe.

“Breathe was good and made us think. We worked alone, it made us feel more independent.” Over the last three years, Breathe has been used extensively throughout Leicestershire with schools and parishes and now with thanks to the Henry Smith Charity, the Cathedral Education Team is able to extend its work to support clergy in schools and parishes across the diocese. This work has already begun with three training sessions undertaken and further opportunities for training are available. There is no financial cost to parishes. We hope this will be a tangible way in which the Cathedral might support the work of ministry in the diocese and help schools and parishes cement their “I enjoyed it because it gave you a chance to relax and think about your beliefs and future.”

“It touched my heart to be honest.” “I enjoyed ‘Breathe’ because it gave me an idea of what Christians believe and think. It made me think about God and how he created everyone.”

Canon Michael Rusk, has said: “As an Area Dean, I would like Breathe to be brought out to every church and school in the deanery. There can be few more effective ways of enabling people to experience God in a contemporary, guided but nondirective way. Breathe taps into the deep spiritual yearnings of people today. It is wonderful medium for beginning the journey of faith. I recommend Breathe unreservedly.”

“My PCC invited the nearby high school to use Breathe in our church and the school found that the pupils had such a positive experience that they asked for a second visit. Since the first installation, links have If you are a parish priest, youth mission strengthened between the church and worker or have a heart for young people “Breathe gives a deep meaning and and would like to participate in the next understanding of life and yourself.” training dates on Friday 12 or Wed 17 April please contact the Breathe administrator, Julie Tyler to reserve a place. 0116 261 5372

the school and the work that the church’s youth worker was doing beforehand was reinforced by Breathe; since its initial use a lunch time club has been established at the school to help children develop their understanding of those life and spiritual issues raised by Breathe. The wider


If you would like to discuss this opportunity further contact Janet Ingram Cathedral Education Officer 0116 261 5355

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We can recommend excellent books for you and your church, we supply books for conferences and bookstalls, sale and return. 80% of Leicestershire Churches already hold an account with us. We can offer 10% Discount and 30 days’ credit, delivery can be arranged within local areas. Nearly all of our stock is available to order online at If you would like to set up an account with us, please ring 0116 2615222.


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The emerging ‘2020 Vision’ When the 2020 Vision process was launched in 2010, people wanted to know if it was just a down-sizing exercise for a cash strapped church. Certainly knowing that a decreasing number of stipendiary clergy could not just keep being stretched more thinly was a major driver. But that alone would never be a sufficient rationale for a vision. The real question was discerning how God was continuing to resource his church and how we pursue mission with those resources. The deaneries have drawn up pastoral plans for the deployment of clergy, but there is much more than that. Beyond such practical decisions lies the challenge of a whole change of culture for the church which needs to be discerned, articulated and owned. At the heart of a new vision is a new responsibility, by which we live out the truth that we are all the church, we are all its ministry and mission, and we are all the change we long to see. We are all the church... 2020 Vision calls for a new understanding of the interdependent roles of diocese, deanery and parish. Historically the local parish has looked to ‘the diocese’ for the deployment of a subsidised clerical ministry. However the 2020 process has involved the deanery as a place where real strategic decisions are discerned and many have spoken of a new quality of conversation that is occurring between churches. This does not replace

episcopal leadership, but it does point to a grown up partnership in strategic oversight. Furthermore ‘Shaped by God’ has already introduced the ‘mission partnership’ as the place where the nine marks of mission might be effectively delivered. Again this does not replace the parish but our mission does not end with the parish boundary because some things will be done better in partnership with others and we are servants of the kingdom of God, not just the local church. Many 2020 plans posit new collaborative structures and they will need time to grow. We are all the church....and for that we need mature interdependence working through clear structures that allow the whole church to take appropriate responsibility at every level, diocesan, deanery and parish. We are all the mission and ministry.... Decreasing numbers of stipendiary clergy give an opportunity not only to re-evaluate the role of clergy but also to realise the ministry of the whole people of God. Some lay people will find themselves in new roles, perhaps as the ‘focal minister’ in a local church where the ordained leader is non resident. They may assume all sorts of ministries in the church and in wider society as we maintain our vision for the common good. For the clergy it may well be less significant in the future whether they

are stipendiary or non stipendiary but whether they exercise essentially a local church ministry or a wider enabling leadership. The key is that everyone is baptised for ministry and within that soil will grow many forms of service, licensed and informal, ordained and lay, church and world focused. Furthermore if we are all the mission and ministry, then we are all to some extent the discernment of those gifts and encouraging vocation becomes everybody’s responsibility. Everyone with a role will also be asking “who is my apprentice who I can equip to succeed me?” Vocational discernment and training will be worked out interdependently at every level of church. Finally we are all the change.. the future of the church is no-one else’s responsibility. This is not a vision that we can evaluate with critical detachment and wait to see how others take it on. This calls us all as participators to be the change we long to see in the church. It calls us to a process rather than a destination and we may not know for some time what shape of church will emerge through this transition. However, it will clearly not be created by those who on hearing God’s call “Whom shall I send? And who will go for me?” return with the answer “Hear am I. Send them.” David Newman. Archdeacon of Loughborough

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Change in the air… Change has been in the air at St Catharine’s in Houghton on the Hill over the last couple of years, during which time it has been the setting for an experimental church growth initiative. We all know, of course, that these are challenging times for the church in the UK—we’re regularly reminded of this in the media (if you believe all that you read, I think the church is due to cease to exist sometime during the next 20 years or so…). But increased emphases on mission and growth in recent years have borne fruit in all kinds of ways. Much of the work on church-planting and fresh expressions, though, has taken place in urban, or at got to know one another, sought to build least suburban, settings. What would relationships and try new things. We’ve happen if we tried it in a village? got some things right; and, inevitably, we’ve also made some mistakes. We’re That was the essential question and idea not kidding ourselves that we’ve done behind an innovative proposal jointly more than take some first steps at this developed between St Luke’s Church in stage. But there have certainly been some Thurnby, which has thrived and grown encouragements, and we are grateful to in recent years; along with the small the Lord for all that he has been doing but enthusiastic congregation of St amongst us. Catharine’s, Houghton, with input and encouragement from the wider diocese. One church member told me recently that the thing she liked best about What if a group of 15 worshippers moved St Catharine’s is “the enjoyment and from St Luke’s to St Catharine’s, to excitement of working alongside likebroaden its age-range and to share the minded Christians in reaching out to a experiences gained having worked as whole new group of people from my own part of a growing church? What if this village.” Another commented that what coincided with the appointment of a was particularly exciting was “seeing St new minister, who, with mission funding, would focus full-time on this single parish, Catharine’s grow into a family friendly village church where the gospel is the and who would have a mandate to lead central message”. the church through a series of changes, in order to develop its effectiveness It should be said that what we are doing in outreach and evangelism in the is, as they say, not rocket-science. All community? of the things we are trying to introduce have been done before elsewhere. So, it’s One year in, and we are beginning to see been about a changed pattern of services some shoots of new life. Just over a year ago, the average Sunday attendance at St with a mix of the traditional and the Catharine’s was under twenty. In addition contemporary; an emphasis on families to gaining a church graft of fifteen people and young people, with a regular Sunday School and new youth group meeting in from St Luke’s, the congregation has, the local primary school (building on the modestly but significantly, increased in strong link with our church primary school size. For all of us involved, the last year has been a key element in the process has been a real learning curve, as we’ve


and has been of benefit to both church and school); it’s been about regular all-age worship, the running of enquirers groups, and an emphasis on getting people to meet together, both socially and to read the Bible and to pray regularly. Perhaps above all, it’s been about a commitment to expository preaching—coming from a conviction that we are to be people of the Word, sharing the gospel in a needy world. We’ve a long way to go—but we are encouraged, as we see the work of the Holy Spirit within our church and in the lives of individuals too. Rob Miles

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self giving service to the community Many people in the poorest parts of England are trapped in cycles of deprivation, affecting all aspects of life, from health and well being to quality of education and the chances of getting a job. Children from deprived backgrounds are nearly a year behind their peers in language skills by the age of five and they are over three times as likely to suffer from mental health problems as those in better-off families.

It is often difficult to understand the extent of poverty in the UK, but the statistics are staggering: 13.2 million people are currently living in poverty* – that’s more than one in five! One in three children in the UK are living below the poverty line. This is one of the highest rates of child poverty in the industrialised world. In the poorest communities there are committed, talented and enthusiastic local people working to tackle poverty. These people feel called by God to do something about the deprivation they see around them, following the example of Jesus to reach out to the poor. Over the past 25 years Church Urban Fund has worked with thousands of inspiring individuals and churches who are responding to the needs of those struggling with the effects of poverty. The projects that they run address issues such as homelessness, youth unemployment, and drug and alcohol dependency; working to meet people’s material, spiritual and emotional needs. Within the Leicester diocese there are many examples of called, dedicated Christians tackling poverty locally. In the past three years, Church Urban Fund has supported nine projects within the

diocese, giving out over £41,000 to help projects get started. Projects such as ‘Fresh Start’ which works with women seeking asylum. A local church used their empty vicarage to house six destitute asylum seekers for a six month period, during which time they received significant legal support and sensitive case work to make a fresh appeal for asylum. In the UK, asylum seekers receive only £35 a week in benefits – just £5 a day. Church Urban Fund helped ’Fresh Start’ by providing the church with a grant that allowed them to furnish and decorate the house to make it a comfortable and cheerful place to live in. Christ the King in Beaumont Leys obtained a 2 year grant for their ‘Tuesday Friends Project’, to lay on a range of activities for elderly people who have found themselves isolated. The project is aimed at providing a sense of inclusion and wellbeing. ‘Breathe’ run by Leicester Cathedral is a set of resources that helps young people to explore faith and values in an interactive and engaging way. Church Urban Fund provided the funding to take ‘Breathe’ on tour to six schools in areas of Leicester suffering deprivation, giving teenagers the opportunity to reflect on life’s big issues using media that was relevant to them. Since 1987, Church Urban Fund has given out over £65million worth of funding to over 6,500 urban and rural projects just like those in Leicester, tackling poverty across the whole country. At the grassroots level, we get alongside local Christians and support them in their work, providing essential funding, training and support. On a national level CUF is providing a voice for poverty in England. Our vision is to see every church


in every community joining with us to tackle poverty through giving time to get involved, money to support workers, action to spread the message, and prayer for transformation. CUF welcome opportunities to speak about poverty and our work to your Church and we value any donations to help with projects. Importantly we welcome prayer for our work and for those living in poverty across our country today. For more information on how to be involved with Church Urban Fund please contact Matthew Page at or on 07738 883 709 and for grant applications contact Barry Naylor at Ceri Rhoades, Church Urban Fund, *Poverty in this country is classed by the government as someone who’s total household income is lower than 60% of national median income per month after tax, adjusted for household size and composition. In real terms, a single person with an income of £665 or less per month after tax is below the poverty line and a couple with two children living on £1389 or less would be just below the poverty line.

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Inter faith week 2012

I can hear you saying it! What kind of liberal politically correct activity is In Shape promoting now? Truth to tell, Inter faith week which falls this year between 18th and 27th November is a very good thing. A government sponsored initiative; this will be the 3rd year it has been observed. It would be wrong to say the week is ‘top down’ government directed, for unlike many other ‘weeks’ that are in the calendar it has no formal badging and it is entirely up to faith communities with other bodies to make of it what they will. Significantly, it gives recognition to the part faiths play in our diverse society and celebrates our commonality and community life, the positives in being ordinary people who live by faith. It is a chance for Christians together with people of other faiths to show off publicly the very best of what they believe. What happens then? Well, people of different faiths organise themselves to hold activities to promote their faith

and showcase activities they might do together for the benefit of all. There has always been an intention that children and young people participate in events during Inter faith Week and that has always been the case in Leicester. And, there is always the opportunity for people to engage in dialogue and learn more. One might call it a week of mission, conducted in an informative, gentle and respectful way. Here in Leicester, the St Philip’s Centre has always celebrated Inter faith week and this year we are holding an Open Day at the Centre when everyone is welcome to visit. On Friday 23rd November the Centre will be open from 10 am to 3pm. Why not come and enjoy our hospitality and see the resources available. We have special events on in a number of schools during the week and there will be special inter faith dialogue events to which everyone is invited. Each year, in the Highcross Shopping mall, the Leicester Council of Faiths hold a faiths stall throughout Inter Faith


week to receive shoppers enquiries. Always popular, the LCF are grateful for volunteers from the churches to come and help meet the public (contact George Ballantyne 01162546868). If doing practical good neighbours type deeds is your thing, then join Mitzvah Day being organised out of St Philip’s Centre on Sunday 18th November. It is a Jewish and St Philip’s joint initiative working with people from all different faiths to provide company for the lonely, in two of Leicester’s residential care homes (contact Riaz Ravat 01162733459) If you would like to know more, or hold an event at your church to mark Inter faith Week do give the St Philip’s Centre a call contact Rev John Hall 01162733459 John Hall Director of the St Philip’s Centre

Ground Source Heating for St Catherine’s St Catherine’s Church, Burbage is a large building. It has been heated by a Victorian system with a domestic gas boiler that has failed to fire each year for the past five years. To heat the building through five cast iron radiators, sufficient heat had to rise to the roof before descending to heat the chilled congregation. The boiler needed to be chugging away for at least 6 hours before anyone could feel comfortably warm, whilst enduring at best a fiery Sunday morning sermon. Quarterly gas bills were coming in at in excess of £400 and were destined to rise considerably. Something had to be done, especially considering a possible cost of £50,000 for a new appropriate boiler, but still linked to Victorian radiators. Quite simply, the system was inefficient, ineffective and very costly.

As a Church that takes environmental and ecological issues very seriously, and which are incorporated into the mission statement, conversations began with our conservation architects, Acanthus Clews of Banbury. A number of systems were examined and considered. Such included solar panels and air to air possibilities. However, it was agreed that the best on offer would be ground source heat, taking heat from the extensive Churchyard. It was also agreed that underfloor would be the best and most efficient system on the basis that if your feet feel warm then the rest glows, whereas if your head, whether protected by hair or otherwise, feels the heat then such does not necessarily translate into overall warmth.

A trial bore hole was dug to ascertain the nature of the ground in the Churchyard, and this was felt to be satisfactory. Discussions took place as to the best location and number of bore holes required. It was agreed that six to the north side of the Church should prove sufficient, each bore hole going to a depth of 133 metres. Sufficient space was required for the pump and related equipment, and the former clergy vestry, again to the north side of the Church, was ideal, although the door needed to be removed to enable access. There were a number of further and related considerations. Because the whole of the existing nave floor needed to removed and dug to a level of 1 metre to install the underfloor pipework, the Church would need to be closed for a period of 14 weeks. This began on 15th August, 2011, although pressure was exerted upon the Diocesan Advisory Committee to agree to this timescale (the Church needed to be functioning for Advent and Christmas!). All of the rather poor quality existing pews needed to be removed and for which there were ready cash purchasers, including the pub opposite the Church (parishioners can thereby still sit in the original pews), and the PCC agreed to install specially made moveable and stackable bench pews based on a design and company seen in the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, Goring-on-Thames. The new floor was to be in York stone. Apart from a lot of mess both in the Church and in the Churchyard, and confusion over the electric supply to the pump, everything went to plan, including the removal of the ancient and defunct gas boiler. The system was ‘fired’ at the beginning of December 2011, and we quickly had to learn how to turn it down as the congregation complained of being too warm.


St Catherine’s now has an eco-friendly heating system, using God-given heat from the ground and with no complaint from the residents of the Churchyard. We also have complete flexibility in the use of the nave, and in June 2012 hosted a dinner for 166 people with a disco and dancing (the north extension to the Church is also licensed!). Finally, we have just received our first payment from Ofgem under the Renewable Heat Initiative scheme, and which will continue for the next 20 years. Although costly to install, much of which related to the floor and the pews (for which members of the parish contributed in excess of £20,000), the Church is more than happy and content with what has been done and achieved. All that remains is to paint the interior of the Church, which suffered as a result of 14 weeks exposure to the elements, and to install a fit-for-purpose new lighting system. We are in the 21st century. David Jennings Rector, Burbage with Aston Flamville

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We are often asked why are less and less young people entering the Priesthood, or youth work, or becoming readers, evangelists, pastoral assistants or taking up other parish based roles. The answer we get from young people is . . . “I may be interested but how do I know what it will be like?” So have you ever thought of having a parish intern but not know how to go about it .. how to ensure they have the experience they deserve, how to support them, how to develop them,

This year, with the blessing of the Bishops’ Staff we are running a trial with an organisation called DNA who have been working with parish and church based internships for over twenty years. We have interns working on their year out programme with a view to developing a partnership with them. Currently interns go to Bromley for two days a month to train, and here at St Martins House we are considering how we could develop that so the training can take place in Leicester and be supported by us. So in September next year you could have a parish based intern, supported by you, by DNA, and by the Diocese .. If you would like to know more contact (Youth Ministry Officer) or 07795 805196. For more information take a look at their web site :



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Coffee Morning with a Christmas theme Saturday 8th December - St Margaret’s Leicester. 10 am - 12 noon. Stalls, tombola, and raffle, Refreshments. Admission free.

Emmanuel Lunchtime Concert Thursday 20th December - Emmanuel Church, LE11 3NW @ 12.45

Jack and the Beanstalk in Hugglescote Wednesday 28th November to Saturday 1st December - St John The Baptist, Hugglescote. 7.30pm and 2.00pm matinee Messy Church Day - FREE event on Saturday. Adults £5.00 & kids £2.50 Saturday 8th December, 10am - 4pm at St Paul’s Church, Oadby. Help develop and A Christian approach to Death and Ageing strengthen Messy Church and how can Four sessions starting on Wednesday we make the most of the opportunities 28th November - A four session pilot Messy Church presents for growing course looking at the distinctive disciples? Come and join the discussion perspective that Christian faith offers to about this important issue; To book: or the subjects of death and ageing. contact Claire Stapleton on 0116 261 5317 Holy Trinity Barrow Christmas Tree Festival Christmas Tree Festival, Tilton on the Hill Thursday 29th November to Sunday 2nd December. Refreshments available all day. Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December - St Peter’s Church, LE7 9LG. 11am - 4pm £2.50 adults and free for children. Christmas Tree Festival, Burton Overy. Christmas market in Village Hall Disabled Friday 30th Nov to Sunday 2nd Dec- St Andrew’s Church, 10-30am to 6-30pm, Sun access. Details til 5-30pm. Adults £2.50, children free. Enderby Brass Band Concert Christmas Tree Festival Mountsorrel Saturday 8th December - St. Mary Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd December Magdalen Church, Knighton, Leicester Christ Church, Rothley Road, Mountsorrel 7.30pm. Adults £8.00, Children £5.00. from 10am to 4pm each day. Refreshments. Tickets in advance Sue Ardley on 0116 2219604 Concert by Shepshed Singers Saturday 1st December - 7.30pm at Coffee Morning with a Christmas theme Loughborough Parish Church. Details at Saturday 8th December - St Margaret’s Leicester. 10 am - 12 noon. Many stalls, raffle, tombola and refreshments. Christmas Fair at St James the Greater Admission free. Oaks in Charnwood Saturday 1st December Christmas Festival Swithland Saturday 8th December - At St Leonard’s Whitwick Christmas Fayre Church 10am till 5pm. Refreshments all Saturday 1st December - Whitwick Parish day Church 4pm - 6.30pm Carol Service Wyfordby The Man Inside Exhibition of creative Sunday 9th December - Parish Church artwork by ex-offenders of St Mary the Virgin, Candle-lit Carol Wednesday 5th to Sat 8th December - at Service at 6.30pm. With refreshments. St. Nicholas Church, St Nicholas Circle Leicester LE1 4LB. Opening times 10amSt Margaret’s Leicester Carols by 2pm (Saturday til 4pm ) Candlelight Sunday 16th December - 6pm followed by light refreshments.


Recital St Margaret’s Leicester Thursday 20th December - 1 pm - 1.30 pm - David Crick - Organ. Admission free. Tea and coffee provided Coffee Morning St Margaret’s Leicester Saturday 5th January - (and 2nd February) Stalls and raffle. Refreshments available. Admission free Sabbatical Planning Morning Wednesday 9th January, 10am - 1pm at St Martins House - For those planning a sabbatical to share and learn with others and to hear from those who have recently undertaken a sabbatical. Recital St Margaret’s Leicester Thursday 10th January - 1 pm - 1.30 pm. John Bence (Harpsichord) and Ben Carr (Recorder). Admission free. Christingle Service St Margaret’s Leicester Sunday 27th January - 11am - Christingle Service. Gender and Leadership - Theological Reflection and Research Group Thursday 21st February, 10am - 3pm Gender affects and influences the way leadership is seen and received. It affects the way we are, and the way we approach others. This day is an opportunity for us to consider some of the emerging issues in Leadership studies, and connect to our practice and organisational cultures. Exercising Senior Christian Leadership in a Multi Faith Society Thursday 21st February - St Philip’s Centre presents a one day course for Christian leaders of all denominations to challenge and inspire fresh thinking across a range of inter faith areas.

The Interview

Ven Dr Tim Stratford Archdeacon of Leicester

The two main areas of interest I brought sad truth about war and poverty; it can happen close at hand when politicking and to both churches were for urban mission and for good worship. I have found that selfishness take over. friends from across the wider church of England have nourished and stretched Faith is energised for me when I know my thinking too through bodies like that I am part of a fellowship of people the General Synod and the Liturgical who are encouraging to one another and who try to walk in the way of Christ. Commission. I have always valued what the wisdom of the national church can We are not called to be Christians alone. Jesus called a group of disciples together, offer to the local, and that lessons learned they were sent out to call others together, in local churches can challenge the wider church. and it seems to me that it is in the space we share together that the Spirit comes. I don’t know what words friends would use to describe me. You should ask My last two posts have been as the Incumbent of outer estate parishes, one them really. I’d like to think that they said ‘open’ and ‘willing to learn’. I’ve just asked a just inside the Liverpool city boundary The last Saturday in September saw friend sat next to me and he said, “You go and one just outside. The first of these the welcome to the diocese of the new straight to the point”. I don’t know if that was Norris Green, where I spent 9 1/2 Archdeacon of Leicester, Tim Stratford. means that I’m sharp or blunt! years. The Church of the Good Shepherd As he settles into Leicester, In Shape sat represented the Gospel beautifully. down to find out more about Tim, his life As Archdeacon of Leicester I am It was a small church of perhaps 40 and faith… hoping that I can play a part in building worshippers but drew together over 100 up a diverse range of worshipping people who volunteered to work in the I was brought up in a non-churchgoing communities, committed to the Church Community Centre each week, family but by parents who wanted the localities and networks that they serve. best for their children. The area we lived and about 900 people a week visited I particularly hope that these can be in was a tough outer estate called Huyton. that place. More than half considered churches that people would like to be themselves to be part of that church. I think my parents decided that the best a part of: attractive, loving, open and way to provide me and my two brothers The church stood for something quite different to the surrounding estate which Godly. And I would add then that this is with a solid moral framework was to was a place where I felt community had something I would hope to model in the send us to church and to a church school. Staff Team, committees and Councils I will At about the age of eleven or twelve I almost completely broken down. There was something attractive about the Good be a part of. rebelled, and my brothers shortly after me. They were both younger. Only a couple Shepherd. Whilst I longed to draw more years later friends drew me back into the into worship, I was delighted to encourage There is a long story of church presence, life of the church and a Scout group. Close the green shoots of growth we could see. ministry and mission here in Leicester, a lot of learning and much wisdom. I need fellowship led on to Confirmation and I have also spent a similar period in Kirkby. to listen to this and would value prayer then on to a firm faith commitment. My for the space and time to do so. Please Whilst the town is an area of severe own story continually reminds me about also pray for the family as we settle here: multiple deprivation, society has not the importance of Christian fellowship, Jen has had to give up her work and Ben is broken down as it had in Norris Green. the outgoing reach of Christian people, travelling to and from School in Liverpool Kirkby is a good place to live. Church and the rite of Confirmation. each weekend. was a bigger setup. We had four church buildings, a Church School, a youth centre One time when I felt particularly close Moving to Leicester provides us with to God was on the day I married Jen. And in which we employed between a dozen and eighteen youth workers, and a good a fantastic new geography to explore. the reason for that seems to be for me staff team. We worked at developing new As a family we love visiting places and that God and love belong together. That I am looking forward to discovering day was all about love. God always seems congregations and sought to provide a to be distant when love is also distant - so range of differently shaped doors through Leicestershire. I enjoy trying to create beautiful images with my camera and the I suppose when I see people treating each which people could find their way into fellowship with God. new landscape is like a painter having a other uncharitably or without respect new canvas. I also enjoy cycling, music, then God seems far away. That can be the good food and conversation. case when my thoughts are filled with the


In Shape Winter 2012  
In Shape Winter 2012  

The quarterly magazine of the Diocese of Leicester