LLM Licensing (Nov. 2019)
It was with great joy that Abingdon Deanery's current
Lay Chair, Dr. Shirley Northover, was licensed as a
Lay Minister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford on
Saturday 2nd November 2019. Congratulations!
(for more pictures and reporting on this event see: https://www.oxford.anglican.org/meet-our-new-licensed-lay-ministers/)
Dr. Shirley Northover with Revd. Jon Williams (left) and Revd. Craig Philbrick (right)
Prayer and Party Open Synod Evening (May 2019)
On 2nd May 2019, Abingdon Deanery held it's first
'Prayer and Party' Open Synod evening at St. Blaise Church,
Milton. Prayer stations focussed on the Deanery's five
Mission Action priorities and the people of the deanery:
developing our work with children & young people
engaging with people in new housing developments
offering new ways for communities to experience church
developing our work with elderly people & vulnerable adults
deepening our life with God
Prayers were followed by a time of socialising and getting
to know one another over drinks and snacks. The evening
was well received and a similar evening may be planned
annually going forward.
At a previous Deanery Synod at St Laurence's Appleton,
we were led in creative prayers by Rev Katie Windle,
then Chaplain to St Helen & St Katharine School, Abingdon.
In the prayers, we were asked to consider Jesus' upside-down
understanding of greatness. She then asked us the question:
'What would success look like for us as a group of churches?’
We were asked to write down a word in response to this
question on a piece of paper in the shape of a leaf and
put it on a tree at the front.
The picture below is of all the words that people wrote down
on the leaves.....