Called to speak? ~ Local Ministry Development News


Local Ministry DevelopmentThere was a full house for the Local Ministry Development quiet day at Shepherds Dene on Saturday January 24th.

Our reflections were led by the Revd Catherine Askew of the Northumbria Community and Curate at Bothal and Pegswood with Longhirst.

Using the story of Caedmon, Moses’ call at the burning bush in Exodus 3 and the 2010 film ‘The King’s Speech’ we reflected together on the calling on each of us to speak God’s story as it has been given to us however inadequate or unqualified we may feel.

Scene from 'The King's Speech'We also looked at the role the people around us have to call us into speech, as Lionel Logue did for King George VI, St Hild for Caedmon and Aaron for Moses.

An opportunity to listen and reflect with one another in groups in the afternoon was another highlight as was the chance to enjoy the house, gardens (and food!) of Shepherds Dene in beautiful winter sunshine. Next year’s day has already been booked for Saturday January 23rd 2016.

Deanery gatherings of Local Ministry Development parishes took place in February at Alnwick, Fawdon and Corbridge. The weather conditions were not kind but hardy LMDT members came together and shared stories of projects in the areas of pastoral visiting, communications, church welcome and access and outreach amongst older people as well as reflections on the Pilgrim Course and the setting up of fellowship groups.

A thought-provoking General Synod paper on discipleship as well as current diocesan discussions about ministry were discussed and groups were encouraged to gather their activities into an online LMD ‘Resource Bank’ so that LMDTs across the diocese might find out what’s going on in each other’s parishes and share learning directly with one another.






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