A consultative conference called 'Time to Talk - mapping the territory' was held on 25 April 2015 at the Brentwood Centre. More than 700 people from across Chelmsford Diocese took part in the discussions and celebrations. They were joined by ecumenical representatives and a party from Karlstad, our linked diocese in Sweden, led by Biskop Esbjörn. The facilitator was Nicky McGinty.
Watch the videos of the Time to Talk conference..
The theme of the conference was mission planning in line with the strategic priorities for the diocese set out in our publication, 'Transforming Presence.' Stephen Cottrell, the Bishop of Chelmsford, said the challenge was "transforming the Church for the transformation of the world."
The next steps will be further learning and planning events held in the Deaneries. Participants spent the day engaging with scripture, in prayer and in discussion around tables. In a lighter moments Deanery teams envisaged the future of their deaneries by creating models in plasticine. An album of pictures the day is under construction on Flickr.
The next steps are likely to be further learning and planning events held locally.
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