Diocese of ChichesterDiocese of Chichester

Diocese commended for Setting God's People Free

Diocese commended for Setting God's People Free

 The Diocese of Chichester has been commended by the Church of England for its work in Setting God's People Free - a national Church of England initiative enabling the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus.

Archdeacon Fiona who heads up the SGPF diocesan planning group said: “We are delighted to get this commendation. It’s really encouraging and marks a new chapter in our work with parishes and schools.

“We’ve had a tremendous response from a recent campaign and now have 40 SGPF champions from across Sussex and 10 supporting parishes to help promote lay ministry and discipleship and act as an advocate for lay people.

“We are putting the final touches to our first ever lay ministry conference, Everyday Disciple, which is open to all of God’s people and I am thrilled to announce, alongside a very strong programme of workshops, Nick Shepherd as our Keynote speaker. Nick is the National Director of the SGPF initiative for the Church of England.”

The conference, Everyday Disciple, is led by lay people for lay people. It takes place on Saturday 16 March at Sussex University and is now open for registration

Find out more and please register your attendance here

Planned Workshops are as follows:

SGPF for Readers – Nick Shepherd

Talking about God at work – Tim Worley

Telling our faith story – Archdeacon Fiona

Helping young people speak about their faith – Dan Jenkins

SGPF in the parish – Rob Dillingham

Spirituality for Every Day Discipleship – Terry Biddington

The Diocesan SGPF Team are:

Fiona Windsor, Archdeacon of Horsham

Jayne Prestwood, Diocesan Officer for Lay Vocation and Ministry

Catherine Butcher, Director of Communications for Hope and Reader in St John's Meads, Eastbourne

Andy Angel, Vicar of St Andrew's Burgess Hill