It’s a delight to have a large group of bishops and friends from our companion dioceses in SE Asia with us for a week to share experiences and teaching on discipleship in the 21st Century.
Their programme includes a day in each episcopal area (11th in Lichfield & Wolverhampton, 12th Shrewsbury and 13th July Stoke), seeing projects run by parishes, schools, fresh expressions and chaplaincies sharing worship and teaching with congregations across the diocese and signing new partnership agreements together.
A year in the planning, the goal is to enable as many people in Lichfield Diocese as possible to have the chance to attend to meet and hear members of the group which includes the archbishop of SE Asia, Rt Revd Moon Hing. This will be primarily through a series of evening and Sunday services to which all are welcome.
During the weekdays, the group will visit projects and meet leaders in the three episcopal areas to see how churches and groups in the diocese are living out our core goals of discipleship, vocation and evangelism.
On Saturday 14 July, Archbishop Moon Hing will lead a day seminar at Shallowford House on 'Advanced Intentional Discipleship' to which lay and ordained leaders will be invited. And there will be a service celebrating the renewal of the partnership between this and the Malaysian dioceses at 5pm in Eccleshall Parish Church.
On Sunday morning, the visitors will scatter to the four corners of the diocese to take part in services in parishes with existing or new links.