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Hearts on Fire with a Vision for growth


for the Diocese of Southwark





Adventuring - Four Advent Reflections

Reflections and prayers for Advent produced by Chris Chapman for SAGE - the Southwark Spirituality and Age Group. They are designed use by groups or individuals in the second half of life.

The words Advent and Adventure come from the same root. Both look towards what will be with a sense of expectation. Adventure carries with it a sense of risk; the future cannot be known in its entirety. If we consent to step into it then our life will be stirred in some way. An adventure is not safe, and we are likely to feel fear or discomfort as we move into it, but it is life-giving.

The Advent season is also a time to allow ourselves to be disturbed and thereby renewed. God is moving into our world; how can we ever be the same? God is in our world and now is the time to wake to this presence. God is bringing all that is to its completion; our consent is needed if the Kingdom is to come in and through us.

These 4 reflections look back at biblical figures who took up the adventure of responding to the work of God in their lives. All were well on in years. Perhaps they thought that the time for new beginnings had passed them by. The reality was that their greatest adventures lay ahead of them. These Advent reflections are intended to help us see afresh the challenge of our later years as we are led deeper into God through the ways of Faith, Hope and Love.

Report from the National Deaneries Conference 2016 “More for Less – Deaneries in Renewal and reform”

Click here to read the report from the Southwark delegates who attended the 2016 National Deaneries Conference on 8-10 October.

Deepening Discipleship

Deepening Discipleship is a publication draws together resources, training and events that support the discipleship and ministry of the whole people of God. The call to be a disciple is a lifelong journey that draws us into deep patterns of worship and prayer, and service of the Kingdom of Heaven. Deepening Discipleship is a Diocesan wide programme designed to support this journey and has been designed to support the ongoing activities within our parishes, Fresh Expressions and chaplaincies.

Ministry Matters 

Whilst mainly directed at Clergy, Readers and SPAs, some of these courses on a range of subjects to resource Christian life and ministry are open to all.

Faith & Community Address

Archdeacons' Visitation News

An annual newsletter from the Archdeacons for Churchwardens and parish officers

Responding to the Refugee Crisis

As one of the few institutions at the heart of many communities, the role of churches in alleviating the suffering of those affected by the recent refugee crisis has been pivotal.
This booklet sheds light on the crisis, and celebrates the work of churches in the Diocese, as they seek to serve the common good and build God’s Kingdom.

Parish Support Fund resources

Our resources and information are available on the Parish Support Fund section of the website, available below

Public Policy presentation to Diocesan Synod

The linked PowerPoint presentation was first shown at the March 2016 Diocesan Synod meeting by the Revd Canon Dr Rosemarie Mallett, Diocesan Public Policy Adviser.

Capital Projects Manual

This is intended as a guide to help parishes who hope to develop Capital projects as part of their Mission Action Plan. Parishes are asked to use this process to access Diocesan advice and resources.

The manual will help parishes to:

  • Decide and own the process in PCC meetings
  • Develop precise and detailed plans from your idea
  • Identify and contact Diocesan advisors
  • Consult with the congregation and local community
  • Prepare the Statement of Need for the Diocesan Advisory Committee
  • Foresee difficulties and tackle them
  • Manage the design stages
  • Secure permissions including Faculty and planning
  • Manage capital expenditure
  • Celebrate your success

Holy Land Pilgrimage Blog

Read the Pilgrimage Blog written daily on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Fit for Purpose

The Fit for Purpose Report is the result of a process which is designed to reshape the governance of the Diocese to make it more appropriate for the 21st century.

A motion for the acceptance of the proposals contained within the report was passed with no objections at the July 2015 Diocesan Synod meeting.

'The World in a Diocese'

'The World in a Diocese' is the report of an independent review of the Diocesan Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns Committee. Download 'The World in a Diocese'.

Everyday People

The National Church has published 'Everyday People - God's Gift to the Church of England' - a booklet on Minority Ethnic Vocations. Download 'Everyday People'.

A Framework for the use of parish buildings by independent churches

There is a wide variety of practice across churches in the arrangements for the use of Church of England buildings by independent congregations and also a diversity in the nature of the relationships between the local parish church and those who use its premises.  There is however a wide recognition on all sides that greater consistency is needed across the Diocese. 

This guidance, written by John Richardson (Diocesan Ecumenical Adviser) sets out some possibilities and first attempts to clarify some underlying issues.

Diocesan Clergy Conference 2014 
'Hearts on Fire'

Scripts from the speakers at the Diocesan Clergy Conference will be added here as and when they are received.

Report from the Diocesan Review into 
Non-Stipendiary Ministry

The Report, which was launched as part of a celebration of Non-Stipendiary Ministry in Southwark Cathedral on 25 September 2014, can be downloaded here.

Second Report of the Root & Branch Working Group

Approved by the Bishop’s Council on 17 July 2014 and passed by Diocesan Synod at their meeting on 7 September 2014. 
The report can be downloaded here.

Diocesan Theological Conversations Group

The Diocesan Theological Conversations Group meets three times a year to consider the big issues facing the Church, such as the theology of pluralism, the doctrine of mission and salvation, divine action, environmental theology and climate change, genetics and human development, justice and poverty issues.  

More information is available here.

Strategy for Ministry

At its meeting of November 2012, the Southwark Diocesan Synod approved the Strategy for Ministry report - a major piece of work outlining the way forward for Southwark Diocese over the next five years. Visit the Strategy for Ministry section containing details of the process as well as reports, resources and contacts.

Parish Statistics

Click here for new resources from the Church of England Research and Statistics Department and Church Urban Fund to help parishes understand more about their parishes and their place in the local community. This is based on information from the 2011 Census.

Diocesan Environmental Resources

Download the Diocesan Environmental Policy 'Taking Care of God's Creation' here and details of the Diocesan Environmental Group here.

Visit the Diocesan Environmental Group page

General Synod Resources

How to find out more about General Synod

Southwark - Zimbabwe Links

Croydon Area - linked with the Diocese of Central Zimbabwe

Contact - Rosemary Kempsell - rosemary@kempsell.freeserve.co.uk
Len Abrams - 07941 095086

Croydon - Central Zimbabwe Link website

Kingston Area - Linked with the Diocese of Matabeleland

Contact - The Revd Richard Sewell - 020 8288 7690

Woolwich Area - linked with the Diocese of Manicaland

Contact - The Venerable Alastair Cutting - 020 7939 9400

Woolwich - Manicaland Link website

Southwark Cathedral - linked with the Diocese of Masvingo

Contact - The Revd Canon Wendy Robins - 020 7939 9400

Southwark Cathedral - Masvingo Link

Diocesan Handbook & Resources Guide

An electronic version (PDF format) of the Handbook & Resources Guide is available to download here. It is sub-divided into three parts:

Part One contains three sections of background information about the way the Diocese of Southwark is organised and run, together with some historical and biographical material

Part Two contains the Pastoral Regulations

Part Three consists of a series of substantial articles (called Guidance Notes) on aspects of Diocesan policy and practice.