Living the story, telling the story at the heart of all we do

In 2016 we unveiled our new diocesan vision. This year, we’re focused on exploring that vision with parishes and equipping all God’s people in our churches to live and tell the story of Jesus.

The next edition of Manna magazine, out at the end of January, has been designed to help us think about the challenge of living and telling the story and to respond to it. We want to help grow confidence in our Christian witness and in Manna, Bishop Ruth encourages us to be bolder and riskier. It might not be comfortable reading for everyone but we all have something true to say about our relationship with God. As Archbishop Justin Welby admitted in Wells Cathedral, “the hard part is starting it off!”

February heralds the start of a series of Community Conversations across the diocese. Each event is a time of a time of worship, prayer, fellowship, storytelling and discussion. Alongside our bishops you will be able to discover more about what living and telling the story of Jesus might look and feel like for you.

In a video message to parishes, Bishop Peter says: “The hope is that every parish in the diocese will be represented. We are hosting these Community Conversations in order that we can give parishes a much clearer sense of where the future lies and what the opportunites and challenges are. We hope people will return to their parishes with a clear understanding of what God’s call is, what our vision is as a diocese and how we in our parishes, in our different places and different communities, can take forward that good work of living and sharing the good news of Christ.”

Find out more Community Conversations on the website and speak to your PCC about registering.

As part of the new vision and strategy, deaneries have been asked to work on deanery plans that demonstrate how they will live and tell the story to support mission and ministry in their areas. Information about resources to support deaneries in this has been sent to all Rural Deans and Lay Chairs and can be downloaded from the Deanery Mission Planning page on the website.

To reflect this commitment to ensure living and telling the story of Jesus is at the heart of everything we do, we’ve adopted Living the Story. Telling the Story. as our new diocesan strapline. This is to feature as part of a refreshed logo across all diocesan communications, appearing first on our website social media channels and emails from 30 January.

Those of you who use the diocesan logo in your own parish can download the new logo and a style guide with advice on how to apply the branding on the  diocesan visual identity page of the Parish Communications section.

Revd Charlie Peer, Strategic Programme Manager said: “This is an exciting time in the life of our diocese as we move forward together. We are looking forward to hearing what is happening in your parishes as you live and tell the story.”

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