In what will be the first time the event has been held, 37 people from across Sussex will be commissioned at a special service in Chichester Cathedral tomorrow (Sunday, January 13). According to the Diocese of Chichester, the individuals from its Anglican churches will form the largest group ever to be recognised for the completion of their studies - the culmination of skills-based training for Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM), which shares in the public ministry of the local church as they serve their local parishes. Reverend Jayne Prestwood, officer for Lay Vocation and Ministry, who runs the lay ministry training programme said: “It is wonderful to mark the start of our Diocesan Year of Vocation by commissioning the first of our Authorised Lay Ministers.“Authorised Lay Ministry is now recognised across the Church of England as a vibrant and growing expression of lay ministry. “I am delighted that we will be expanding our ALM training … [Read more...] about Church commissions lay ministers for the first time in Sussex
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BARRON, WIS. — Two Catholic parishes at the center of Jayme Closs' life celebrated her homecoming Sunday morning, with many calling her return a testament to the power of faith. At St. Joseph Church in Barron and at St. Peter Church in nearby Cameron, dozens of people gathered in the same spaces where they had prayed for 88 days that the 13-year old girl would come home. "We are overjoyed and we couldn't be happier. It's a miracle and it's wonderful," said Mary Haas, who attends St. Joseph. "We prayed and prayed and prayed." At St. Peter, Larry Leff said the teen's return was evidence of the power of God. "It's a great day up in our area. God answered all our prayers," he said, adding that he was "tingly" walking into church. Both churches offered prayers for Jayme, her family and friends, and those who searched for her until Thursday, when she escaped from the man authorities believe killed her parents and abducted her from the family's home Oct. 15. Authorities say Jake T. … [Read more...] about At Sunday church services in and near Barron, Jayme Closs’ return called a miracle
Gallery PUBLISHED: 09:39 07 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:47 07 November 2018 The Queen leaves a Christmas morning service at Sandringham's St Mary Magdalene church. Picture: Paul John Bayfield PAUL JOHN BAYFIELD They have been places of worship and community for centuries, and now East Anglia’s historic churches have been recognised as some of country’s most fascinating places to visit. A study by the National Churches Trust rated more than 2,000 British churches, picking out the best tourist drawcards factoring in their interiors, stained-glass windows, churchyards, atmosphere, wildlife, monuments and social history. Norfolk’s churches were found to have the highest percentage (96pc) of stunning interiors, meaning virtually all of them boast highlights like embroidered altar cloths, sculptures, wood and stone carvings as well as ancient and modern wall and ceiling paintings. Nelson’s County was also lauded as the place with the most churches … [Read more...] about Visitor hotspots: How many of these 12 fascinating East Anglian churches have you been to?
PUBLISHED: 12:29 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:29 30 May 2018 Jason Noble Local Democracy Reporter Former Odeon Cinema on St Margaret's Street, Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN The former Odeon cinema in Ipswich which has laid empty for 13 years will finally get a new lease of life as planners this morning approved its conversion to a church. Liz Harsant spoke on behalf of Hope Church, stating that it was a part of Ipswich flourishing Picture: PAUL GEATER Hope Church, currently based in Fore Hamlet, has an average of 360 people attend its Sunday services, meaning its current premises were now too small. An application for a change of use of the former cinema to a place of worship was lodged by pastor Tom Scrivens, who had negotiated to buy the building from the current owner, which also owns the Empire Cinemas chain. Ipswich Borough Council’s planning committee met this morning where the bid was approved. Liz Harsant, Holywells ward councillor who spoke on behalf of the … [Read more...] about Approval granted for Hope Church to adopt former Odeon cinema in Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 17:29 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:29 23 May 2018 Paul Geater Former Odeon Cinema on St Margaret's Street, Ipswich. Picture: GREGG BROWN Proposals to turn the former Odeon cinema on Major’s Corner in Ipswich into a new centre for the Hope Church look set to take a big step forward next week. The proposal is due to be discussed by members of the borough council’s planning and development committee – and officials are recommending that it is approved with certain conditions. The plans include having church auditoria on the ground and second floors of the former cinema – in two of what were the largest cinema screens – and using other screens as meeting rooms, children’s areas and other space associated with church activities. When the plans were formally lodged with the borough last month, Hope Church Elder Tom Scrivens said they hoped to complete the work by the summer of next year. There would be no change to the outside of the … [Read more...] about Odeon set for a new life as new headquarters for Ipswich’s Hope Church