Manna feature: Celebrating our links

31st May 2023

Churches across Bath and Wells and in Zambia are invited to celebrate the links between the dioceses on Sunday, 2 July on the renamed ‘Zambia - Bath and Wells Sunday’. Launched in 2021 as Zambia Sunday, the day has been renamed to reflect the desire for the link not just to be celebrated in churches in Bath and Wells, but also in churches in Zambia.

Martin Canning Chair of the diocesan World Mission Group, explains, “Zambia - Bath Wells Sunday is an opportunity for every parish across our six partner dioceses to pray and learn more about each other, and to consider our place as part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

“It is also an opportunity to give thanks for the nearly 45 years we have celebrated life and faith together through our companionship link. Even if a parish doesn’t currently actively have a link, we hope they will join with us in prayer on the day.”

As well as celebrating the link, with all the joys that it brings people are also asked to reflect on the challenges we are all facing, including climate change which affects some areas of the world more than others. Sara Emmett, diocesan Climate Justice and Environment Adviser says, “Growing our relationship with our brothers and sisters in Zambia offers many benefits, but certainly gives us a greater insight into not only the impact of climate change, but also the inequity of climate change.”

Visit the ‘Zambia – Bath and Wells Sunday’ web page for prayers and other liturgical resources, along with lots of stories of how the link works in different parishes across Bath and Wells.

This news item was features in the  June edition of the Manna mailing.

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