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