The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, will announce plans to mark 2019 as a Year of Vocation across the Diocese of Chichester at the autumn meeting of his Diocesan Synod in November.
Parishes in East and West Sussex will be provided with a range of materials and encouraged to celebrate God’s calling in different ways to people of all ages.
A highlight of the year will be the launch of a new initiative to award lay people’s long standing service to their church. The ‘Order of St Richard’ will be presentedto nominated lay people at a special ceremony in the New Year.
But baptism, confirmation and ordination will play a key part in next year’s celebrations as the Diocese encourages everyone to reflect on God’s unique calling to them and what it means in their everyday lives.
A dedicated Lent course will be available examining how people in different walks of life express their faith and Church Schools will also have resources made available.
Activities start at the beginning of Advent with Bishop Martin’s new resource materials for A Way of Life. These Rules of Life will be available for parishes and individuals to use from Advent Sunday on December 2 and will be available to download from the diocesan website from next week.Booklets can also be printed to order from the diocesan online store.
Dr Warner said today: “I am greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm I am picking up about the possibilities the Year of Vocation 2019 presents to both communities and individuals.”
Further details will be announced in November when the Diocesan Synod convenes.
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