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See I am doing a New Thing

Tuesday, 20th April @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


A series of three morning sessions to explore how people have seen and found hope in these troubled times, and how this hope may resource ourselves and our communities.  Come and share in the Good News stories from Church, NHS and parish communities, and see how we are being called to be part of a ‘new thing’.

Each session will be a two hour Zoom meeting, from 10 am to 12 noon, consisting of corporate worship, a talk and some time in breakout rooms to reflect and discuss in smaller groups. Each will be with a different set of guest speakers.

Session 3: Stories from an Area Dean

Speakers: Martin Court (Area Dean, Barking) and Wendy Pagden (Pioneer Minister, Stanway)

Martin: I have been the vicar of St. Chad’s Church in Chadwell Heath for over 12 years and have been Area Dean for the Barking and Dagenham Deanery for 4 years. I’ve always equated my leadership with that of Moses: ‘Here I am send someone else’.  Although Moses was a reluctant leader he was a faithful leader and I share two of his traits with him; a deep love of God and tenacity. Beyond those two facets of who I am God provides gifts and resources to my role as he wills and in line with his purposes. In terms of my personal journey with God, that’s been much more about understanding how much he loves me for who I am and his desire to enable me to flourish, not only as a leader, but also as a child of God. That’s what drew me to these sessions; God is always wanting to open us up to know more of his love for us. I think he wants us to know who we are and whose we are before we are defined by any role.

Wendy: I am the Pioneer and Community Priest in Stanway, Colchester. I am called to this shape of ministry in this particular place. My calling is as a wife, a mother of two almost-adult daughters and the carer of two lazy locked-down cats. In pioneering, the prophetic word that comes through Isaiah – ‘See I am doing a new thing’ – really resonates with me, because everything is new. My role is new, our house is new, the housing developments are new and the people living in them are new. But God has been here all along. I work together with the ministry team of St Albright’s, the 800 year-old Parish Church in Stanway, of Liberal Catholic tradition. Our prayer is to ‘see what God is doing and join in’. I was licenced in October 2019; five months after appointment, Covid hit. How do you pioneer in Lockdown? For us, the model is organic. Growth requires preparing the soil, sowing, watering, waiting and watching, before harvest: ‘trust in the slow work of God’ by his Spirit, noticing the surprising encounters. Listening in love, growing relationships and faithfulness in prayer are our core pioneering values. How exciting it is when green shoots start to appear: Aslan is on the move in Stanway! 

To book: email retreathouse@chelmsford.anglican.org


Tuesday, 20th April
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Revd Ann Coleman