|Libby Lane is now Bishop of Stockport
Libby Lane has been consecrated as the Church of Englandís first woman bishop in a service at York Minster today (Monday 26 January 2015).
|Meet our new Young Vocations Advisors Ö
The Revds Helena Mayles and Calum Piper (pictured with our Diocesan Director of Ordinands, the Revd Magdalen Smith) have recently started in their new roles as Young Vocations Advisors with the Diocesan Committee for Ministry.
|New organ for Wincle
On a snowy morning recently Archdeacon Ian Bishop blessed a new organ for Wincle parish church. The four manual digital organ was given to the church by Mrs Sylvia Richards (pictured). It had belonged to her husband who sadly passed away last year and she wanted it to go to a good home.
|Ten Times As Bad
Ten Times As Bad, the life story of Mark Bowden, was published last week by Lulworth Cove. Mark was born in Sandbach, Cheshire, in the mid 1970s. Despite the prosperity of the area, Mark missed out on the opportunities that many children have and set off down a path which eventually led to several prison sentences for theft and drug dealing and eventually for a longer stretch for attempted murder. When Mark was a violent drug addict, he had a tendency towards extremes. ďIf itís worth living for, itís worth dying forĒ.
|Time to Talk Day Ė get involved!
Sometimes the isolation and stigma around a mental health issue can feel worse than the issue itself. Thatís why we all need to talk. Jane Knight (pictured), our Diocesan Head of Counselling, is encouraging all parishes to get involved in Time to Talk Day coming up on Thursday 5 February.
Cycle of Prayer (Download booklet)
Cycle of Prayer - 01/02/2015
Marriage Week (7Ė14 February)
A recent study in USA found that those who spent less on the cost of their wedding day, were more likely to stay married for longer. The researchers presented the results from a survey of over 3000 adults but didnít suggest any reasons why this might be the case. Perhaps we can look to the wisdom of the Beatles for one answer 'Money canít buy you love!' Good relationships take time to grow. Communication, commitment and respect are all important ingredients in nurturing a loving marriage. There also has to be an active commitment in both partners to love each other. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul sets out the standard which we should all aspire to: 'Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. As churches across the diocese prepare for spring weddings, we pray that all couples will begin to discover the power of this kind of love within their relationships.
Bishop Evans Kisekka, Luwero (Uganda)
A podcast from Church House Westminster which includes interviews from the consecration of Bishop Libby Lane.
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