Diocesan Day of Prayer - Sunday 7th June
On Sunday 7 June, churches across East London and Essex will take part in a Diocesan Day of Prayer. We’ll be praying for discernment for everyone involved in the process to identify who God is calling to be the next Bishop of Chelmsford.
Prayer is at the heart of this process. The Very Reverend Nicholas Henshall, the Dean of Chelmsford has written a prayer for discernment which we encourage you to say as we embark on this important period for our diocese.
God of provision and care,
discernment and knowledge:
lead us in your love,
empower us by your Spirit,
and equip us with your gifts;
give us hearts full of love for all people,
minds open to the signs of the times,
and wisdom to know how to respond
to the voice of your calling.
We ask this through him who’s coming is certain,
whose day draws near, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
As part of the discernment process, a diocese wide consultation is now open.
Submissions are welcome from churches, groups and individuals until 4 July. A group discussion will be organised in our parish soon, so that we can give the views of our church community. Look out for more details shortly! The discussion will inform a submission to the consultation on behalf of our church.
Submissions are also welcome from Individuals.
The consultation will help to inform the Diocesan Statement of Needs. The Statement of Needs is an important document that will help the Diocese tell a story about who we are and what our priorities are for the future. It will be read by candidates and those who make decisions during the process.