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Date of next Deanery Synod and Southwark e-bulletin Nov 2014

posted 19 Nov 2014, 06:01 by Camberwell Deanery   [ updated 19 Nov 2014, 06:22 ]
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Here is your monthly copy of the Southwark Diocesan E-Bulletin and your opportunity to catch up with the latest news and events taking place around the Diocese.

In addition, I'm pleased to announce that the next Camberwell Deanery Synod will be held at Christ Church on Thursday 22nd January 2015 @ 7.30pm.  The full address is as follows:

Christ Church
676-680 Old Kent Road
London SE15 1JF

Kind regards,

Cleo Soanes
Camberwell Deanery Lay Chair

Diocesan Day of Prayer for all victims of the Ebola Virus in West Africa

(Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia) - Saturday 29 November

The Day will take place at St John's Church, Larcom Street, Walworth, London SE17 1NQ and will begin with Low Mass at 9am. Following the service, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 11.45am and a Sung Mass at midday (celebrated by Bishop Michael). Following the Sung Mass, Exposition will continue until Benediction at 5.45pm (Bishop Christopher). Memorials will be kept on the hour with the saying of the Lord's Prayer throughout the day.

The church will be open for the full nine hours - keeping the Novena - but it is not necessary for people to commit themselves to the whole day. There will be prayer boards for people to write their own prayer intentions and candles to light. Silence will kept between the services.

Tea and coffee will be available in the school hall throughout the day and intending to stay for much of the day should bring a packed lunch.

There will also be an opportunity to contribute to relief funds for the countries affected.


The Archbishop of Canterbury's Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings has launched #TOYOURCREDIT, a new website to highlight the work of the Task Group and the many other church-based initiatives to promote responsible community finance, debt and money advice and financial education.

Resources, stories, blogs and more provide inspiration and reflect the breadth of opportunities to serve local communities. It is hoped that #TOYOURCREDIT will become a banner that will be used by churches, dioceses and other church organisations when talking about money and debt issues.

Diocesan Safeguarding Reference Group - new members required

We wish to extend the membership of the Safeguarding Reference Group (SRG) which oversees the effectiveness of our diocesan safeguarding policies, procedures and practice. We are seeking to recruit people from a wide range of roles (including clergy - especially those newly in post, Readers, SPAs and Parish Safeguarding Officers) who are interested in safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults who are involved in Church activities.

The SRG is independently chaired and current membership includes senior staff, clergy and SPAs as well as representatives from statutory authorities. It meets three times a year at Trinity House and members are also occasionally asked to take on additional tasks, including risk assessment panels. We are keen to involve those who may bring experience of working with children, young people and vulnerable adults from both the Church and other settings. If you or someone in your parish is interested in finding out more and getting involved in this important area of work, please contact Kate Singleton (Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser) for a further discussion on 020 7939 9423 or kate.singleton@southwark.anglican.org

The Mariposa Trust

We have been contacted by the Mariposa Trust, a support charity that works predominantly with people who have suffered the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. The charity holds national remembrance services across the UK called ‘Saying Goodbye’, which have seen thousands across the country remember and acknowledge their lost children.

The London service takes place on Sunday 30 November at the Methodist Central Hall, Westminster at 3.30pm. The Trust are aware that parish clergy and ministry teams may know people within their congregations and local communities who have lost a child, whether it be an early miscarriage, still birth or a loss in the early years of life and they hope that details of the service can be made available to them.

More details can be found on the Saying Goodbye website: http://www.sayinggoodbye.org/

Inheritance - Riding Lights Passion Play for 2015

Riding Lights Theatre Company is touring its acclaimed Passion Play Inheritance for Lent 2015, following a highly successful 2014 tour. The play is now available for churches and cathedrals to book a performance for Lent 2015.

The narrative at the heart of Inheritance was commissioned by Margaret Sentamu and Jane Williams for performance at the 2008 Lambeth Conference, where it opened the plenary session for bishops and their spouses. The play wove together a number of stories from the gospels, exploring in particular some of Jesus’ encounters with women. It was extremely well received and clearly moved and challenged many in this particularly cross-cultural audience.

For more information or to book a performance of Inheritance for your church or cathedral, please contact Amanda Mackey at amanda@rltc.org or via the office line on 01904 655317.
Visit www.ridinglights.org/inheritance 

The Open Forum - St Barnabas, Dulwich

In the run-up to the General Election in 2015 The Open Forum at St Barnabas, Dulwich will be addressing the themes of economic and social justice. It offers an opportunity for us to engage with some of the key political and economic questions of our time. The first session is on Thursday 20 November.

Thu 20 Nov at 8pm - Economic Growth with Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
Tue 13 Jan at 8pm - Intergenerational Fairness with Angus Hanton, The Inter-generational Foundation and Mrs Moneypenny, The Financial Times

For more information please contact the Parish Office at St Barnabas:parishoffice@stbarnabasdulwich.org, tel: 020 8693 1528.


Acts 435 invites you this Christmas to consider giving #anothergift alongside those for your family and friends and help those in poverty in the UK in a practical way. This Christmas all some people want is the basic essentials: fresh food, a cooker or a warm coat. A small gift can make a big difference.
Join our Twitter campaign through November and December. We have put together a Sunday school pack to decorate an Acts 435 tree for your church - a fun project to help raise awareness of what we do so that many more people can be helped. Contact Jenny Herrera (07703 453862) for a pack to get started. Also suitable for school classes and Christmas Tree festivals.

SPIDIR - New Course in Spiritual Direction

Second Tuesday in each month – March 2015 to 2017, 10.00 – 15.30
Venue – St. George the Martyr, Borough High Street, SE1 1JA.
Course Leaders: Biddy Taylor, the Revd Tony Lucas and the Revd Cynthia Jackson.

Termly fee £75 + Annual membership (concessions available).

Applications to Biddy Taylor: jmandcb.taylor@gmail.com or Rev’d.Tony Lucas:tonylucas@googlemail.com
Application forms can be downloaded from the SPIDIR website: www.spidir.org.uk
Interviews to be held in the Autumn 2014 and early in the New Year 2015.