The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, declared 2018 as “A Year of Prayer” across his Diocese earlier this month. The year begins this coming Sunday ( Advent Sunday, 3 December) with a significant programme covering the whole year.
Dr Warner outlined a detailed set of initiatives at a recent meeting of the Diocesan Synod to encourage individuals and churches across his Diocese to respond.
After a year of Mercy (2016) and a year of the Bible (2017), the Bishop said that 2018 will be known as the Year of Prayer. It is part of a five-year strategy aimed at renewing ministry for mission for the Church of England across Sussex.
“This is a Diocesan initiative to help us to develop and deepen the life of prayer and spirituality within the diocese with a particular emphasis on building bridges between our personal and corporate prayer, thus enabling us better to pray our worship, “explained the Bishop.
A full list of all that has been organised for the year is listedhere along with more background.
Amongst the highlights will be a series of prayer pilgrimages to Chichester Cathedral and more teaching on prayer. Included in this category is a specially designed 6 week Lent Course “Inspiring Vision” with guest contributors including the Archbishop of Canterbury and Dame Patricia Routledge.
There will also be practical material on the Diocesan website about how to make a Rule of Life which could, according to Dr Warner,“make this Year of Prayer life changing and life enhancing for many local Christians.”