Members of the Chalice group and WATCH have been busy in the last months working hard on various matters. I send brief news about these, and also tell you of two events, the CHALICE LUNCH on April 3rd and a DAY CONFERENCE on May 15th.
As last year, we shall hold a CHALICE LUNCH after the service of Blessing of the Oils at the Cathedral –
TUESDAY APRIL 3rd from 12.30 (or after the Service) in the VICARS’ HALL next to the Cathedral. Book by email to email@example.com , by phone on 01243 789985, or by post to 22 Westgate, CHICHESTER PO19 3EU – in any case give a phone number please. Cost £11 each, payable at the door.
This proved an excellent opportunity to meet and talk to people and offer support as necessary.
As before, there will be soup, sandwiches, a flapjack and a glass of wine or a soft drink. However you book please include a phone number or email address for acknowledgement, and if after booking you can’t come, please let me know, as we have to pay for all booked meals after the previous week. Book early as Vicars’ Hall only holds 100 people. . .
CHALICE DAY CONFERENCE.
Again as last year, Alastair has invited us to meet at Henfield church for another day conference, on
TUESDAY MAY 15th at Henfield Parish Church, 10.00 – 3.00; Lunch will be provided, and there will be speakers and discussion groups – final details to follow.
Do book your conference place as soon as you like, but you may want to wait until more details are available – watch this space. This event was another successful and valuable event and we look forward to seeing many of you there.
We look forward to seeing many of you at these events.
In other news: the Chalice Steering group met last week to discuss important issues: to update you all:
1 New Bishop: Several Chalice Group members on General Synod sat on the Vacancy in See Committee (John Ashwin, Justin Brett, Alastair Cutting, Stephen France), and Alastair is one of the six elected by the committee to join the Crown Nominations Commission to discuss and select a new Bishop. He will be in our prayers during those meeting in the next few weeks, and we shall also be praying that the person appointed will be sympathetic to the group’s views. Many of us were part of the large gathering in Brighton in November to meet the Appointments Secretaries, where a good spread of views was heard, representing different positions; many asked for a bishop who shares our aim, to ‘support women and men in the orders of deacon, priest and bishop’. We wait for news, probably in May.
2 Women Bishops: General Synod has just met for discussion on some issues around the legislation on women bishops, in advance of the final decision in July. It is encouraging to hear that the amendment suggesting the central appointment of bishops for ‘traditionalists’ was defeated; but the majority was small and the draft legislation could still be amended by the House of Bishops.
3 WATCH members will know of the event on Monday, when 200 or so women priests and supporters spent a most encouraging day in Westminster, hearing and questioning a discussion on Women Bishops from a distinguished panel including two women bishops from the US and Canada, and then, after a service of prayer and dedication, walking in procession to hold a silent vigil at Church House where General Synod members were gathering for their first session. Chichester diocese was well-represented and it was good to be in such stimulating company. Thanks to everyone who could come.
Church House Westminster WATCH Vigil before Synod
Love and prayers to you all,