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Dec 09/Jan 10 Material should be sent to: The Editor, News and Views Church House St Martin’s East Leicester LE1 5FX T: 0116 248 7402/3 E:

This Month 3. Praying for Copenhagen 4. Robin Rolls 5. Hannah and Rihanna in Kibaya 6. Shaped by God 7. Diary Dates special pullout 11. Belonging Art Exhibition 12. Archbishop at St Philip’s Centre 13. Following in refugees steps 15. Comings and Goings

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Light a Candle for Copenhagen Summit Leicester Cathedral is holding a candlelit vigil during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen from Monday 7 December – Friday 18 December. Each day at 10.00am a prayer candle be lit and prayers will be offered for conference – the outcomes of which affect us in Leicester but all across world.

will light the candle on the final day of the conference when we all will wait for courageous decisions. The Cathedral is inviting anyone who wishes to offer their thoughts and prayers to come and light a candle or to leave a written prayer or thought.

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The Canon Chancellor, David Monteith says ‘Christmas time celebrates Christ coming into this world because God loved it so much. The Copenhagen Conference taking place this December will ask us collectively ‘how much do we love the world’ and ‘how much are we willing to show that?’ Babies born this Christmas need us to answer these questions with courage and imagination as we hold so much of their futures in our hands’

Representatives from church, other faith communities, civic life and organisations concerned about climate change will light the candle each day. This will include the Lord Mayor of Leicester, the Chairman of the County Council, the Chair of the Council of Faiths. The Bishop of Leicester


Praying for Copenhagen A Message from Bishop Tim This Christmas we shall once again be listening to St John’s familiar words from the beginning of his Gospel – “The Word was with God at the beginning, and through Him all things came to be; no single thing was created without him. All that came to be was alive with His life, and that life was the light of men.”

Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Bahai, Jain and Zoroastrian). They have said: “Faith communities have a crucial role to play in pressing for changes in behaviour at every level of society and in every economic sector. We all have a responsibility to learn how to live and develop sustainably in a world of finite resources.”

I hope we shall hear those words with a particular significance this year. In the days leading up to Christmas, the world will be facing together a huge challenge about our responsibility for protecting and preserving the whole created order. During the first 3 weeks of December, the Copenhagen Climate Summit will bring together representatives of every nation on earth. They will be exploring together how they might reach agreement to reduce carbon emissions with sufficient speed as to offer some chance that the present global warming could gradually be slowed down and reversed.

We cannot celebrate the incarnation without taking our share of responsibility for tackling the causes of global warming. We cannot preach Christ Jesus born as a human child while continuing with behaviour patterns that threaten unborn generations. We cannot share the gifts of Christmas with our friends and families without giving thought to those whose lives are already blighted by drought, flood, fire and famine. Please pray earnestly for the Copenhagen Summit. Please ensure that in our churches there is a special prayer beginning on 7 December when these matters will be considered by the world’s leaders. And please ask God to change our hearts and minds so that we may rise to the greatest challenge facing the human community. May Christ come to us this Christmas, bringing the good news of God’s love for us and turning our hearts away from self-indulgent consumption towards the joy of discovering the vulnerable presence of the Christ child in our midst.

For Christians this is a matter of overwhelming importance. We believe that God is incarnate in His creation. We believe that to find God is to look and His world and see the creatures He has made. We believe that in human life God revealed Himself and continues to reveal himself to us in the lives of others who follow in the way of Jesus. All of this is threatened by human greed and consumption. The very capacity of the earth to sustain life in the long term is called into question by the climate scientists. The Archbishop of Canterbury has signed a joint statement with leaders from every faith community (Christian,


Robin Rolls

Director of Youth Ministry ‘She’s 13’ came the reply. I was shocked, and couldn’t hide it. That’s the age of my eldest daughter.

Last week I found myself at one of our youth venues. I was having a regular supervisory session with one of the 9 YP4L youth workers across the Diocese and we were having a general chat about the work and how it was developing. The youth worker was a little fed up I guess because of some people within the community not really understanding the world of young people and how difficult it could be working with them. We prayed together and spent some time thinking about how well the work had actually been going. Then there was a bang at the window. In fact during our 90 minutes together the window never stopped being banged on - young people calling by on their way back from college, those that for whatever reason weren’t at school or college also dropping by to laugh, point, pull a silly face.....

The youth worker went on to tell me about some of ‘Louises’ history, how the police were involved, what her future held for her, but also told me that she was known to us, on our books and one of our team met with her at least once a week. Right across the Diocese there are countless numbers of ‘Louise’s’, meeting with YP4L youth workers, hearing that they are valued, being able to spend time with a youth worker, which two years ago would not have been possible, being helped, directed, sometimes even prayed with. That’s why we do what we do - responding to the simplest bang on the window can ultimately make such a huge difference. That’s why we continue to believe in young people.....for life.

One of the groups that came by looked a bit more on the edge than all the rest and I asked the youth worker about them. In particular one of the young women, a friendly sort of girl, laughing and joking but very aware of her surroundings and she seemed very street wise. ‘Yes’, the youth worker said ‘that’s Louise - she sleeps rough in Leicester for a few nights most weeks’. My youth worker training kicked in and the normal sort of protection issues ran through my mind, as I tried to gather my composure. ‘How old is she?’ I ventured?


Hannah and Rhianna in Kibaya Assistants, taking children who needed extra help out of their regular English lessons and doing one on one reading with them. We also took regular classes to the newly set up (and much loved) school library. It was very hard to get the children to leave at the end of each library session; they always said ‘Please teacher, I want to read one more book’. In the afternoons and evenings we ran activities like ball games, drawing, painting and the occasional Tom and Jerry video, as the boarding students have very little to do after school. Every evening after dinner the children sing, dance and pray. We were both a source of great amusement for the kids as we often joined in. One of the real highlights of our time in Kibaya was being invited to a big Masai celebration in a nearby village. There were hundreds and hundreds of Masai people there, and the singing and dancing went on for two days. It was a truly magical atmosphere and everyone was so welcoming and eager for us to get involved in the celebrations.

Rhianna and I have recently returned from a two month trip to Kiteto Christian College, in Kibaya, Tanzania. For me, it was a return trip. I had been to the same place just before Christmas last year. As soon as I left I was set on returning, as there was so much I still wanted to help with at the school, and so many people I had met that I missed.

Rhianna and I got so much out of our trip. It was wonderful to experience a culture so unique and different to our own, and to see the children we were working with progress, even in such a short space of time. We would also both like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped with our fund-raising. Your kindness was invaluable and so much appreciated.

On going back to Kibaya, I found many changes had taken place. The school had a new library full of books, a new bishop for the diocese was about to be inaugurated and Neama, a teacher I had met and worked with during my last visit, had had a baby boy called Emmanuel. The purpose of our trip was to help improve the English of the primary school students, so Rhianna and I were acting as Teaching

Hannah Smith and Rhianna Micciche


the diocesan vision for mission

Fresh Expression; a new form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for people who either never have been or are not currently members of any church. Are you involved in leading a Fresh Expression? Are you passionate about reaching beyond the church community in imaginative ways, to impact people’s lives with the message of new life offered by Jesus Christ? If the answer to either of these is ‘yes’, then LIFE may be for you. Meeting four times a year LIFE (Leicestershire Involved in Fresh Expressions) is a support, encouragement and resourcing group for those involved in a wide range of new forms of being church. If you’re not currently involved, and would like to be, contact Barry (details at the bottom of the page). Also, for more information, ideas and handy tips about Fresh Expressions, visit the ‘Share the Guide’ website at Finally by way of Fresh Expressions, an exciting new book has recently been published exploring fresh expressions with a contemplative or sacramental focus. ‘Ancient Faith Future Mission’ is available now from Christian bookshops for £16.99, or less. With a mix of theological discussions and practical ideas (including details of reaching the unchurched through alternative worship and new monasticism), it includes contributions from Rowan Williams, Brian McLaren, Steven Croft, Stephen Cottrell, Richard Giles, Phyllis Tickle, Karen Ward, Ian Mobsby and others. For regular updates on Shaped by God, pertinent courses, resources, thoughts, videos and ideas, see the all new Shaped by God blog:

for more information on Shaped by God visit and click on Shaped by God. Barry can be contacted at Barry.Hill@leccofe .org or 0116 248 7411


Diary Dates Christmas Special Advent Wreath Festival Event Date: Saturday 28th November The Ecumenical Church of the Nativity Cavendish Road/Richmond Road, Aylestone Park 11.00 am – 3.00 pm – Advent Wreath Festival in the Church plus Christmas Fair in the Schoolrooms. Plenty of Festive Stalls and Refreshments. Admission Free.

Send a Cow Coffee Morning Event Date: Saturday 28th November Market Harborough Theatre in the coffee shop from 9.00 a.m. until 12.00 noon. Come and relax after doing your shopping. Buy a drink and a cake, and find out more about www.sendacow. Conact Mrs. Wendy Martin Tel 01455 613348;

Christmas Fayre at Stanton under Bardon Event Date: Saturday 28th November Christmas Fayre at St Mary & All Saints Church, Stanton under Bardon 2.00p.m. – 4p.m. Santa Claus will be visiting during that time. Stalls bric -a brac, crafts, tombola, raffle, cakes, plants, teas and coffees will be served through out the afternoon. We hope to see you there.

Candlelit Concert Event Date: Saturday 28th November 7.30pm. St Denys Church Evington LE5 6FA. A candlit concert givien by the Tudor Choir. Tickets £6.00 including mulled wine & mince pies from tel 2415605 or email Christmas comes to Scalford Event Date: Sunday 29th November Scalford Village Hall, Scalford, just north of Melton Mowbray. 00:01am – 11:59pm 29th November is Christmas Day! Following on from last year’s hugely successful “Christmas Comes to Scalford” event, this year promises to be even better. For all events in Scalford: Contact: or Penny Clemons 01664 444 687

Christmas Tree Festival , Groby Event Date: Saturday 28th November and Sunday 29th St Philip and St James, Groby. Christmas Around the World Theme Saturday 10am – 6pm Sunday 12noon – 6pm Entrance £2, accompanied children free. Christmas Fair Saturday 28th in the Village Hall 10am – 3pm Stalls, light lunches, Children’s games, crafts and activities following Christmas Traditions Around the World. Father Christmas will be with us from 10.30am to 1.30pm

Carols 4 Christmas at Leicester Cathedral Event Date: Tuesday 1st December Performed by members of Leicester’s finest: The Chanterelles & ‘elders! Doors open 7:00 for a 7:30 start at Leicester Cathedral, LE1 5DE. Tickets: £10 per person Group Ticket: £25 for a group of 4 Includes seasonal refreshments Enquiries to:Vista’s events team on 0116 249 8801, e-mail: or visit

Service for World AIDS Day Event Date: Saturday 28th November This year’s service in preparation for World AIDS Day (1st December) will take place at Leicester Cathedral on Saturday 28th November at 12 noon. The service will be followed by lunch and a Q&A with our speaker in the Cathedral Centre, All are welcome, but if you plan to attend lunch and/or the afternoon discussion, it would be helpful if you could please advise or tel 0116 2733377

Melton Mowbray U3A Choir Event Date: Tuesday 1st December – at St Mary the Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold 7:30p.m. We proudly present an evening of music by the Melton Mowbray U3A Choir An evening of beautiful music in our lovely Church; includes festive food and drink. Tickets £7 from Diana tel: 01664 564 411 or John tel: 01664 857 310 Info Contact: Brian Hawken;

Christmas Market Event Date: Saturday 28th November St. Mary Magdalen Church Parish Centre, Brinsmead Road, Knighton. 11:00am to 4:00pm Christmas Market – Variety of Craft Stalls, Tombola, Raffle and Refreshments served all day. All proceeds to church funds. Any queries by email – ; or for tickets and further information contact Sue Ardley on 0116 2219604


Red Riding Hood Event Date: Thursday 3rd December and also Friday 4th December 7.30pm; Saturday 5th December 2.00pm & 7.30pm – at St John the Baptist, Grange Road Hugglescote. Enjoy this traditional Pantomime in the unique setting of St John’s church. Be prepared for lots of audience participation! Tickets are £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for children and can be booked by calling: 01530 458 436 or 01530 458 267. Chris Worman -

Christmas Tree Festival, Mountsorrel Event Date: Friday 4th December to Sunday 6th December – at Christ Church, The Green, Mountsorrel (near Quorn) Friday 4th December from 2.00pm to 6.00pm and Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th December from 12noon to 6.00pm. Entry, by donation, for Rainbows Children’s Hospice. There will be a Carol Praise Service at Christ Church on Sunday 6th at 6.00pm. From: Peter Hodson Churchwarden, and Secretary to PCC, Christ Church Mountsorrel Telephone: 0116 230 3828

‘The Christmas Queen’ Event Date: Friday 4th December The Ecumenical Church of the Nativity Cavendish Road/Richmond Road, Aylestone Park – ‘The Christmas Queen’ Friday 4 December and Saturday 5 December at 7.30pm. A Christmas musical entertainment for all – tea & mince pies included. Tickets £4.00, children £2.00 must be booked in advance from Patricia Ewen 0116 2994732 Email

7th Christmas Tree Festival Event Date: 4th – 8th December 2009 Largest Christmas Tree Festival in the Diocese and perhaps the country with over 300 decorated trees, from 18 feet to just inches! at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray. Opens Friday 4th 9.30am service of dedication public viewing 9.30am to 5.00pm last entry 4.00pm. Buffet and wine evening 7.30pm admission £6 Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm last entry 4.00pm. 5.30pm Family service. 7.30pm Carols around the Trees. Sunday 9.00am, to 5.00pm last entry 4.00pm. 6.30pm Songs of Praise with the Hathern Brass Band. Monday 9.00am to 9.00pm last entry 8.00pm. Late night opening with Mulled wine and mince pies available to purchase. Tuesday 9.00am to 4.00pm last entry 3.00pm. Admission £2 per adult accompanied children free

Christmas Tree Festival Barrow Event Date: Friday 4th December Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-upon-Soar. 9.00am until Sunday 6th December 5.00pm . 80 magical trees and refreshments in beautiful surroundings. Seasonal Concert on the Friday at 7.30pm performed by the Cantamici Chamber Choir with readings by Richard Gill, tickets are priced at £7.50 payable on the night or in advance on 01509 412609 Burton Overy Christmas Tree Festival Event Date: Friday 4th December also Saturday 5th December and Sunday 6th December. St. Andrew’s Church, Burton Overy The tenth Burton Overy Christmas Tree Festival. Adults £2. Accompanied children free. Village Hall -Stalls selling greetings cards, jewellery, clothing, household items, Christmas flower decorations. Refreshments available all day.

Autumn Leaves and Christmas Berries Event Date: Saturday 5th December at 7.30pm. Wyvern Singers present at St. Peter’s Church, Glenfield. With mulled wine and mincepies Tickets £6.50 contact Lucy Hilton 0116 287 1900 Christmas Tree Extravaganza Event Date: Saturday 5th December Sat 5th – Sun 13th December Christ Church, London Road,Coalville. 10am – 4pm daily A warm welcome to a bright and beautiful event, special feature ‘Angels’. Seasonal music, light refreshments available

Christmas Tree Festival, Desford Event Date: Friday 4th December to Monday 7th December: St Martin’s Church, Desford. Theme: “Saints”. Open 10am – 6pm Fri, Sat & Mon; and 12 – 6pm Sun. Refreshments available. Also, the atmospheric Desford Christmas Market on Friday 4th December from 6-9pm. And …… Concert on Saturday 5th at 7.30pm. Enquiries: Pat Crane; 01455 823 537 or

T4Free at Leicester Cathedral Event Date: Saturday December 5th 10am – 4pm. Free tea and coffee (and biscuits), drop in and enjoy a free Advent cuppa. All welcome.


Special Open Advent Weekend Event Date: Saturday 5th December and Sunday 6th December Enderby Parish Church. Special Open Advent Weekend. Saturday 10am-6pm. Sunday 11am -4pm Refreshments available. An opportunity to view local community, church, and international interpretations of the Nativity. Free Admission. Programmes £3.Proceeds shared between The Children’s Society and the Mahalir Aran Trust, a Christian Orphanage in India. Organisers; Christine Commons 0116 2866043 and Kath Gilliver 0116 2865341.

An evening of Carols, Knighton Event Date: Friday 11th December St. Mary’s Parish Church, Brinsmead Road, Knighton, Leicester. 7.00pm. Free admission An evening of Carols and favourite readings, with refreshments. Collection split between St. Mary’s Church and the Rotary Foundation. More details Paul Bonnett Christmas Miscellany Event Date: Friday 11 December 2009 A Christmas Miscellany. An evening of seasonal entertainment and refreshments with The Tudor Choir at St Michael’s Church Stoney Stanton, 7.30pm. In support of PROSTaid, Helping to fight Prostate Cancer in Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. £4 ticket or pay at door. Contacts Rotarian Rob Banner 0116 288818. Rotarian Eddie Bestwick 01455 272091

Christmas Fayre Charnwood Event Date: Saturday 5th December Church of Saint James the Greater Oaksin-Charnwood. Christmas Fayre. 11.30am to 2.30pm. Variety of stalls, Refreshments. Proceeds to church and local charities. Entry: Adults 5op children Free. Free car parking. Bring the family and enjoy!

An evening of carols and readings Event Date: Friday 11th December 2009 St. Mary’s Parish Church, Brinsmead Road, Knighton, Leicester. 7.00pm.Free admission, Refreshments. Collection split between St. Mary’s Church and the Rotary Foundation. More details Paul Bonnett –

Christmas Tree Festival Swepstone Event Date: Saturday 5th December and Sunday 6 December and Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 December. Swepstone Church. 10.15am-5pm each day. Refreshments available. Admission £2 Accompanied children free. All proceeds to the church. Do come along and make this start of your Christmas!

Christmas Crib Festival Swithland Event Date: Saturday 12th December and Sunday 13th, St Leonard’s Church, Swithland. Church open Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 12 noon – 4 pm. Admission £1. Refreshments available.

Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all? Event Date: Sunday 6th December 3pm at St Peter’s, Nottingham NG1 2NW Christian Aid service with music, drama and reflections in preparation for Christmas, at St Peter’s Church in Nottingham city centre. A thought-provoking occasion, challenging us to reflect on the realities of Bethlehem today and Christian Aid’s work with impoverished communities. If you’d like to sing or take a speaking part please contact Mary Anderson on 01530 417522,

Christmas Tree Festival Gilmorton Event Date: Saturday 12th December All Saints Gilmorton Christmas Tree Festival. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th from 10.00am – 5.00pm. £2.50, Accompanied children free. Free refreshments and various musical items through the day. Sunday 6.00pm Advent Celebration and Thanksgiving Service. Bob and Su Marfell 01455 550190

6th Christmas Tree Spectacular Event Date: Friday 11th December Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11th, 12th, and 13th December at Hathern Parish Church. Once again, the whole church will be lit up in spectacular fashion with dozens of trees displaying an amazing variety of decorative ingenuity. Last year it attracted over 2000 visitors from far and wide. With refreshments included, entry is still £2 for adults, children free.

Christmas Tree Festival Foston Event Date: Saturday 12th December and Sunday 13th Decmber 12.00pm-6.00pm both days. at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Foston Nr Countesthorpe. U3A Handbell Ringers and Wigston Band both appearing on Saturday afternoon.


To receive Diary Dates and other news by email subcribe to Diomail by emailing or visit Claremont Strings Event Date: Saturday 12th December Claremont Strings will be giving a concert at St Marys Queniborough at 7-30pm. Come and enjoy their varied programme from Joplin to Handel. Mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets from Brenda Hackett 01162606034 Christmas Tree Festival Wigston Magna Event Date: Saturday 12th December and Sunday 13th. All Saints’ Church, Wigston Magna. Church opening times : Saturday 10am to 5pm (Admission £2, accompanied children free) Light lunches, tea and coffee available in the Churchroom. 7.30pm (Admission £5 payable on the door) Featuring “Carols amongst the Trees” by the ‘Wren Ensemble’ Sunday 11.30am to 3.30pm. 4pm ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ with mulled wine and mince pies Victorian Christmas Event Date: Saturday 12th December A festive mix of songs, carols, music and readings followed by punch and mince pies. Come along in victorian dress if you would like to. Swepstone Church. Admission £5 children free. For further information on either of the above please see www.stpeterspixels or telephone 01530 271565 Candle-lit Carol Service Event Date: Sunday 13th December at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Wyfordby. 6.30pm. Followed by refreshments. David Bambridge, Honorary Treasurer, St Mary’s PCC, Wyfordby. Tel: 01664 566 322 Third Lunchtime Concert of the new Season Event Date: Thursday 17th December Emmanuel Church, Forest Road, Loughborough. Christmas Spectacular – Eleanor Turner (Harp) in concert with ‘THE8’. Light lunches are served from 12:00 noon and the concert will begin at 12:45p.m. Lunchtime concerts are FREE but there will be a collection to cover expenses. ‘Sing Christmas’ Gilmorton Event Date: Friday 18th December All Saints Gilmorton ‘Sing Christmas’ with Stranded in the Sixties and Supporting Act. 7.30pm. Come and be entertained by local group. Adults £5, Children £1 including seasonal refreshments. Bob and Su Marfell 01455 550190


Carols in the Courtyard Event Date: Friday 18th December St. Peter’s Choir sing ‘Carols in the Courtyard’ at the Waterside, Loughborough Road,Mountsorrel (opposite Stonehurst Farm) at 7 pm. Mulled wine is offered! This event is in aid of LOROS. Christmas Concert Event Date: Friday 18th December at 7.30p.m, in St Mary & St Saints Church with Stanton under Bardon Singers and Friends. Refreshments will be served. tickets on the door £4.00. City of Leicester Singers ‘Classic Carols’ Event Date: Saturday 19th December at 7.30pm. Conductor: Richard Archer. Accompanist: Geoffrey Clarke. St James the Greater Church, London Road, Leicester Tickets all £7 (under 16’s free), includes mulled wine and mince pies ‘Sing Christmas’ Nanpantan Event Date: Monday 21st December St Mary in Charnwood Parish Church, Nanpantan, Loughborough. - for sat navs: LE11 3YF. 6.45pm – St Mary in Charnwood congregation once again join with the regulars at The Priory to take part in BBC Radio Leicester’s “SING CHRISTMAS” County and City-wide broadcast. Carols and fun and a hot mince pie! David Knowles D.L. – Loughborough LE11 3NX 01509 268 354, Carols Round the Village Event Date: Monday 21st December Stanton under Bardon at 7.00p.m. starting at the top of the village and ending in the Old Thatched Inn about 9.30pm Collection for MENPHYS. Twelfth Night Concert Event Date: Wednesday 6th January St Simon andSt Jude Church, Earl Shilton 7.00pm. With Leicester City Male Voice Choir. Tickets £6 from Barbara Bowley 01455 845765 or Laura Dimmer 01455 847934 or pay at the door. Refreshments included A sung mass to commemorate Charles 1 Event Date: Saturday 30th January 12 noon-1.00pm. A Sung Mass to commemorate the martyrdom of Charles the first King and Martyr At the parish church of Saint Mary de Castro, Castle Street, Leicester LE1 5WN

‘Belonging’ Art Exhibition – Leicester Cathedral I was recently very privileged to be able to put on a small art exhibition with my fellow artist, Keith Elliott (pictured right) in Leicester Cathedral. The cathedral staff were very welcoming and reported a good flow of interested viewers. The aim of the exhibition was to offer some stimulus to reflection on the theme of Belonging to God, and I have been really blessed by some of the responses which people have shared.

Below are three examples. Firstly, a friend from my village came to see the exhibition and was bowled over by her reaction to the painting ‘Faith’. She explained she had been wanting to talk to me about commissioning a painting for a few weeks, and when she saw ‘Faith’, it was not only the sort of thing she had in mind, but was based on the very bible verse she most loved – Hebrews 11:1 ‘Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.’ The second reaction is from a person unknown to me, who wrote on one of the feedback sheets provided as follows:


“There’s no easy way to start this – so “here goes”. All through my life I have never felt that I belonged. I love my parents and they love me, but I am a constant source of disappointment to them. I am a parent now too, but I am not “allowed” to see my children because I have no job. So I live on the streets. I love the cathedral because I can find peace. I don’t know about God or religion, but someone on the streets told me once – it’s whether God loves you!!” I pray that he or she will keep seeking until they know for sure that they are loved by God. My final wonderful response came from the elderly mechanic who arrived to change my flat tyre as I loaded up the paintings to take them home. Having very efficiently put on the spare, he peered through the bubble wrap as we put the paintings back in the car and said “I like those”. There ensured a car park conversation about painting, God, the Trinity, the prodigal son, and the ‘circle of life’! He instantly came up with a new title for my ‘Faith’ painting (pictured below) – “ It’s the ‘flying spirit’”, he said, without hesitation, before starting up his pick up and driving off. I thank God for car mechanics and such wonderful conversations. Shuna George

Archbishop visits St Philip’s Centre The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, came to Leicester recently in his role as patron of the St Philips Centre. St Philip’s Church is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year, and it was an ideal opportunity for the Archbishop to visit the centre, meet with representatives of many faiths and deliver a talk on Faith in Public Life. In the course of a difficult week, the Archbishop managed to do what he does so well, to listen to and engage with people who may not agree with him but respect him enormously. In a speech described by the media present as ‘inspiring’ he spoke of inter-faith dialogue, that it should not be ‘exotic’ but the norm. To a group of over 150 people, including faith leaders and civic leaders, he said “What kills community relations is mistrust and even the littlest amount of trust is better than none.” He indicated that what we have in common is of more value than what divides us. In a remarkably candid and personal moment he spoke of his parent’s generation, and the way that what was acceptable opinion and language has changed and developed since he was a

More music than ever before! There will be many more popular carols and Christmas songs to sing along with - 50% more than last year. The 12 carols include Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, Mary’s Boy Child, Away in a Manger and O Little Town of Bethlehem. Join in the region’s big singalong on Monday 21 December 7pm to 8pm. So get involved and if not make sure you tune in and SING CHRISTMAS.


child. We can be confident that society does have different standards now, and should build on this fact. There were wide ranging questions from the audience, seeking his advice and opinion, and later led a celebratory Eucharist at the church. The Archbishop said that coming to Leicester was always a pleasure and he very much enjoyed being part of St Philips.

Pictured (left to right): Canon Guy Wilkinson, Archbishop’s Interfaith Advisor; Ven Richard Atkinson, Archdeacon of Leicester; Most Revd Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury; Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester; Canon Alan Race, St Philip’s Church; Canon Andrew Wingate, Director St Philip’s Centre.

Following in Refugees Steps A sponsored walk has traced the route taken by Leicester asylum seekers required to report regularly to an immigration centre 25 miles away.

David with his wife Helen and children Tim, Hannah and Becky. The Venerable David Newman, previously Rector of Emmanuel Church, Loughborough, was installed on Sunday 1st November as Archdeacon of Loughborough by the Bishop of Leicester.

A group of 20 people spent more than seven hours following the steps of asylum seekers from Leicester to the Loughborough centre and back again.

Asked what he thought he expected of the job he said “Known, and yet unknown; familiar yet new; of Loughborough but no longer in Loughborough…. its exciting to be working in the diocese where I have been for twelve years, but now in a completely new role, and I look forward to meeting people and seeing places from a new perspective in the days ahead.”

Organisers from Refugee Action said refugees often have no money for transport and have to borrow or walk. They hope the event on Saturday will raise £3,000 for the charity. It is estimated there are up to 2,000 refugees in the East Midlands.



Aidan Hallett, from the charity, said: “We’re conscious that many asylum seekers in Leicester are destitute, but also have to report every week or month to the reporting centre in Loughborough.

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Comings & Goings The Bishop announces... the appointment of the Revd Dr Tony Edmonds, currently non-stipendiary Curate in the Benefice of Barrow-UponSoar with Walton-Le-Wolds as Team Vicar in the Benefice of Kegworth, Hathern, Long Whatton, Diseworth, Belton and Osgathorpe (Team Ministry) ...the appointment of the Revd Helen Newman as Sessional Chaplain at LOROS. Helen will be licensed by the Archdeacon of Leicester at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 16 December at LOROS.

...the resignation of the Revd Canon Beryl Wood from the post of Deputy Warden at Launde Abbey. We are very sorry to have to report the death of the Revd Peter Hebden, husband of the Revd Cynthia Hebden, and known to many of us as the manager of Christian Resources. He had been unwell for some time and died on Monday 9th November.

Canon Andrew Wingate is retiring as Director of the St Philips Centre in ...the appointment of the Revd Derek the new year.There will be a service at Brown currently Team Vicar of the Benefice Leicester Cathedral at 5.00pm on Sunday of The Presentation of Christ Team Ministry 31st January 2010 to which all are very as Minister of the conventional District of welcome. Please publicise this widely in Darryl Foulk ad 26_3 Final.pdf 26/3/09 09:47:57 St. Barnabas within the Benefice of The your parish. Presentation of Christ Team Ministry.

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Independent financial advice from a company you can trust For straightforward advice on ■ Savings ■ Investments ■ Protection ■ Retirement Contact Darrel Foulk, Independent Financial Adviser for Leicester Diocese and area

01295 256 715 direct tel 07730 672 353 mobile

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