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A&B Diocese

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Diocesan run events

Grandparents’ Annual Formation Day – Wednesday 14 September 11am – 3.30pm

There are still places available for the annual day of formation for grandparents which will be held at the St Philip Howard Centre in Crawley. This is always a wonderful meeting point and an opportunity for discussion. We are privileged to have Susan Longridge from the Sycamore course coming to share her findings on what encourages a return to faith. Refreshments will be available but please bring your own lunch. In order to manage numbers please book via the website or contact E: [email protected] for further information.

A Call to Holiness – A Series of Talks for Young Adults (18-35)

Join our Diocesan Young Adults community for a series of online talks from a variety of excellent guest speakers, who will be helping us to explore God’s call on our lives. The first of these takes place on 19 September at 7.30pm where we will be joined by Dr Pia Matthews who will be speaking on the topic of Human Flourishing. To receive the joining instructions for the online meeting E: [email protected]

Confirmation - Sacramental Preparation – Saturday 24 September 11am – 2.30pm

Are you involved in preparing young people for Confirmation? Would you like to be? Come along to an event hosted by our Diocesan Youth Adviser who will be presenting the latest research on evangelising and catechising young people, as well as delivering guidance on how we might adapt our current practice to help ensure that the young people we work with stay connected with Christ and our communities. The event will be held at the St Philip Howard Centre, with access online for those unable to join us in person. E: [email protected] to book your place.

Marriage Anniversaries mass – Saturday 8 October 11.30am

There are still places available for those who wish to join us for our annual Mass celebrating marriage. The event this year is going to be held at Arundel Cathedral and Bishop Richard will be presiding. If this year’s anniversary is of particular significance for you please do book on the events section of the website or contact Katherine, our Marriage and Family Life Adviser E: [email protected] for further information.

We can abolish slavery in our lifetime! Monday 17 October 11am – 12.30pm

If you learn about modern slavery and how you can make a difference you can engage in the fight against this modern day scourge. Do join the Abolition Initiative’s Kick Off Event for Antislavery Week at the Ropetackle Centre, Shoreham. For more details on this and other anti-slavery events please contact Tessa Ricketts, Social Action Adviser E: [email protected]

Externally run events

March for Life – Saturday 3 September

Since the 1967 Abortion Act 10 million unborn babies have been lost in the UK. We cannot remain silent. We are called to give public witness to the infinite dignity of human life and the imperative to protect, care for and love both lives.

We can do so at the annual March for Life held this Saturday, 3 September. There will be pro-life, family-friendly ‘LifeFest’ from 10.30-1.30pm at the Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street and Bishop Sherrington will celebrate Mass at 11am at St. George's Cathedral, Southwark. The March itself starts at the Emmanuel Centre at 2pm, proceeding to Parliament Square, where there will be testimony and speeches, concluding at 4.30pm.

More information can be found at Your public witness is vital. Please come.

Diocesan Inclusion

The diocesan Inclusion Adviser Margaret Fraher is available to advise about access to all diocesan, deanery or parish, liturgies, events, and groups and can be contacted by individuals or parishes regarding specific needs and how best to meet them. 

 E: [email protected] or M: 07508459315. When signing up for an event on the diocesan website please remember to specify if you have a particular need or challenge, so that Margaret can get in touch with you.

Young Children and the Bible

Very young children enjoy investigating the world around them and can be very visual. The God Who Speaks team have created another 'Top 10' list exploring animals in the Bible, with the under five age group very much in mind. Visit their website to find out more.