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Year of Prayer 2018 begins on Advent Sunday (posted 29 November 2017)

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Year of Prayer 2018
Year of Prayer 2018

This year Advent Sunday, 3rd December 2017, will mark the beginning of the ‘Year of Prayer’, which is a Diocesan initiative that will help to develop and deepen the life of prayer and spirituality within the Diocese.
 
The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, declared 2018 as “A Year of Prayer” across the Diocese earlier this month with a significant programme that will cover the whole year. Dr Warner outlined a detailed set of initiatives at a recent meeting of the Diocesan Synod to encourage individuals and churches across his Diocese to respond. After a Year of Mercy (2016) and a Year of the Bible (2017), the Bishop said that 2018 will be known as the Year of Prayer. It is part of a five year strategy aimed at renewing ministry for mission for the Church of England across Sussex.
 
“This is a Diocesan initiative to help us to develop and deepen the life of prayer and spirituality within the Diocese with a particular emphasis on building bridges between our personal and corporate prayer, thus enabling us better to pray our worship" explained the Bishop.
 
A full list of all that has been organised for the year is listed here along with more background. There are also links for downloading information to get an early look at the planned activities which include Prayer cards, Clergy Study Days, Schools and Youth flyers, giving a flavour of what's to come. Amongst the highlights will be a series of prayer pilgrimages to Chichester Cathedral and more teaching on prayer. Also included in this category is a specially designed six week Lent Course “Inspiring Vision” with guest contributors including the Archbishop of Canterbury and Dame Patricia Routledge.
 
There will also be practical material on the Diocesan website about how to make a Rule of Life which could, according to Dr Warner “make this Year of Prayer life changing and life enhancing for many local Christians”.

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