In the annual review for 2017 the bishops’ reflect on conversations around the diocese as we continue to ‘live and tell the story of Jesus’.
Looking back over this past year, we do so with thanksgiving because God’s hand has clearly been with us, among us and upon us. That gives us confidence as we look forward, knowing that as the Spirit leads us there is much for us to engage with.
As the bishops of this diocese, we are committed to creating the support that will equip us to live and tell the story of Jesus and find renewed confidence in our faith and discipleship.
In 2017, we were delighted to launch a series of community conversations with hundreds of people in Somerset and Bath. Prayerful discussion and consultation has confirmed to us the need to be more intentional and missional in the use of all that God has given and entrusted to this diocese. This year we had the pleasure of beginning a round of visits to all 19 deaneries to respond to their plans for the future. It has been hugely rewarding to see the creativity and commitment of each deanery leadership team and to hear stories of Christian witness that are making a real difference to communities.
Together, through our shared conversations, discussions, prayers and reflections, we have discerned and agreed the priorities for action. These priorities are to be at the centre of diocesan life to help each and every person to ‘live and tell the story of Jesus’. We commend this annual review and the stories within it and trust that, like us, you feel inspired to want to engage more fully with this exciting new chapter for the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Come and be part of the story.
The Right Reverend Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells
The Right Reverend Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton