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The Diocese of Chelmsford's website has been updated with a range of resources to support worship during Advent and Christmas. Included are:

  • Links to the national Comfort and Joy campaign with resources for churches
  • Resources to support at home worship
  • Resources for families and young people
  • Community engagement ideas
  • Music and videos
  • Links to live streamed services
  • Resources for leaders of adult worship and activity

Click here to view the resources
The resources will continue to be developed over the coming weeks. Look out for Comfort and Joy pots the Church of England and Diocese of Chelmsford socil media pages which you can share through your own social channels.

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Generous God, Generous Disciples is the Diocese of Chelmsford’s stewardship initiative that will run from Advent until Easter. We will use this time to reflect and equip ourselves as a diocesan family to put giving at the heart of our Christian discipleship for the future. Then throughout 2021, we will continue to support stewardship in our parishes, particularly through the work of our Mission and Stewardship Advisers.

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The Church of England has recently published the Living in Love and Faith resources to support a new process of discernment and decision making on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

You can read more about Living in Love and Faith here.

The three bishops in Chelmsford Diocese: the Bishop of Barking, the Bishop of Bradwell and the Bishop of Colchester have issued the following statement in response to the publication of the resources:

"The launch of the Living in Love and Faith materials has given us all in the Church of England the opportunity to come together; to listen and learn from each other and from scripture, as we seek to discern a way forward on questions of identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage, which have been the cause of painful divisions in recent years.

We look forward to using the LLF materials across our diocese of Chelmsford as we engage prayerfully in open, honest and gracious discussion in the months ahead. As we do so it will be important that we all follow the six pastoral principles it advocates: to address ignorance, acknowledge prejudice, admit hypocrisy, cast out fear, speak into silence and to pay attention to power.

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We have recently launched a new set of Caring for the Environment web pages to provide parishes and individuals with tools for reflection, information, inspiration and action. These pages will continue to develop over the weeks and months ahead.

Please highlight these resources through your church communictaions channels. We also want to share stories about the fantastic work that is taking place in parishes across the diocese to care for God’s Creation. If you have a story to tell, please get in touch with us.