Tag: #distinctivedeacon

LOOKING FORWARD TO A THRIVING DIACONATE

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From early 2017 to mid 2018, the diaconate steering group for Deacon Jessica Foster (comprising Paula Gooder [chair]; Martin Stephenson; Richard Sudworth and Jessica Foster*] met together to reflect on Jessica’s vocation as a deacon.  Inevitably the group wanted to do this particular reflection in the light and context of a wider reflection on the nature of the diaconate both historically and in the Church of England today.

This document represents the work of this group.  It begins with a reflection by Jessica on her vocation as a deacon and how this has developed during her time as a curate.  The second (much longer) section consists of the documents written to stimulate the group’s thinking around the diaconate past and present.  The final section sketches out a vision for the future and how diaconal ministry might be supported more widely across the diocese.

We hope that it will stimulate conversation and reflection on the role of the permanent diaconate in CofE Birmingham, as the diocese seeks new patterns of ministry in the months and years ahead.

*Dr Paula Gooder, theologian, Lay Reader and New Testament specialist

Rev Deacon Jessica Foster, curate, St Peter’s Church, Hall Green, Birmingham

Rev Canon Martin Stephenson, vicar of St Peter’s Church, Hall Green and  Jess’s training incumbent

Rev Dr Richard Sudworth, honorary Research Fellow on Christian-Muslim relations at Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham and vicar of Sparkbrook.

May 2018

Deacons and CofE Birmingham Final-1

A reflection on experience, explorations of the diaconate past and present, and a vision for the future

Your editor would be most interested in your responses to this document. Please use the comments, or send an email to deacons@tutanota.com

Thanks!

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JOBS AVAILABLE: DEACONS WELCOME!

Jobs for deacons in the C of E are so few and far between they are like hen’s  teeth. 

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However, there are two part-time vacancies in the Diocese of Exeter available now, which would welcome a deacon.  They are for Mission and Ministry Development Advisors:

http://exeter.anglican.org/vacancies/mission-ministry-development-advisor-2-x-part-time-posts/

The Revd Jon Marlow, Mission and Ministry Development Team Leader, writes:

If you do come across colleagues who might be interested in applying then please do encourage them to have a chat with me. We’re looking for a range of people across the four archdeaconries, so it would be great to have a deacon in the mix.

Best wishes,

Jon.

He also thanks me for my ‘really useful’ course ‘Preparing for Mission’, created with deacons in mind and on this blog:  https://deaconstories.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/4-session-course-for-parishes-preparing-for-mission2.pdf

It would be wonderful to see a deacon in this sort of post.  Might that be you?

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MOTHERING SUNDAY: poem and resources

I love this poem by Malcolm Guite, which especially celebrates single mums and the amazing job so many of them do.  As always, you can hear Malcolm reading his poem if you click on the title.  I’ve also added some links to resources.

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Mothering Sunday 

At last, in spite of all, a recognition,

For those who loved and laboured for so long,

Who brought us, through that labour, to fruition

To flourish in the place where we belong.

A thanks to those who stayed and did the raising,

Who buckled down and did the work of two,

Whom governments have mocked instead of praising,

Who hid their heart-break and still struggled through,

The single mothers forced onto the edge

Whose work the world has overlooked, neglected,

Invisible to wealth and privilege,

But in whose lives the kingdom is reflected.

Now into Christ our mother church we bring them,

Who shares with them the birth-pangs of His Kingdom.

(Malcolm Guite)

RESOURCES FOR MOTHERING SUNDAY

Mother’s Union resources:  http://www.mothersunion.org/MotheringSunday

CofE Going for Growth:  http://www.going4growth.com/growth_through_the_year/mothering_sunday

The Children’s Society:  https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-you-can-do/your-church/pray-worship-reflect/worship/mothering-sunday

Barnabas in Churches:  http://www.barnabasinchurches.org.uk/find/all/ideas/1/mothering+sunday/

All Age Worship Resources:  http://www.allageworshipresources.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/SAAW002-Mothering-Sunday-Honour-your-parents.pdf

And a Godly Play twist on the parable of the prodigal son:  The Prodigal Daughter, with thanks to John Griffiths:

The Prodigal Daughter