Bishop ‘encouraged’ by parishes’ work across Sussex

Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson

Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson

The Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson, has said that he is “really encouraged” by “the sense of engagement” he has witnessed in the parishes following the launch of the Diocese of Chichester’s five year strategy 18 months ago.

In a video interview on the diocesan You Tube channel, Bishop Jackson reveals that parishes across Sussex are responding extremely well to the challenge and “thinking strategically, working together and re-engaging with our communities.”

The parishes have been asked to come up with “one thing” that they can focus their efforts on to embrace the strategy: “Nearly all of the benefices in the Diocese have submitted something and I am impressed with the range of things they are doing.”

Bishop Jackson added: “They are significant things. Foundation stones for the future. Certainly, the catchline adopted by the strategy To Know, Love, Follow Jesus is encouraging people to go deeper in faith.”

In the interview the Bishop points to ways in which the parishes responded to an archbishops’ initiative earlier in the year and also reveals how many parishes have gone on pilgrimages to a holy place and to a surprising place.

“The one surprising place which stood out was the parish that went to a betting shop. Leaving their comfort zones to meet people out there,” added the Bishop.

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, developed the strategy with his senior team following his major Visitation to every parish in the Diocese.

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