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Leicester

The blessing of the ‘mobile monastery’

IMG_0158The ‘mobile monastery’ was blessed by  the bishop of Leicester, the Right Revd Tim Stevens on Monday 22ndJune in Bushy Park, opposite St Matthew’s house in Leicester. Sisters joined Beverley and Chris James, from Birmingham, London and Metheringham, friends from Leicester and further afield also attended.

The rain began to pour ten minutes before the service so about 15 of us squashed into the ‘van’ while others gathered around the entrance. After the service the sun came out and we stood outside the van and had tea and chocolate cake! Children from the local primary school and their mothers came into the park and some of the children came up to the ‘van’ thinking we were selling ice cream! The balloons were given to the Mothers later for the children to take home.

The vision for this project has now come to fruition through a Trust Fund giving funding for a 3 year WP_20150622_15_15_58_Properiod.

The idea  for the project is for Anglican Religious to be more mobile and visible, to attend Summer festivals, visit schools, encourage people in their faith journey, to visit theological colleges, clergy conferences, and other events within dioceses.

As well as Franciscan sisters and brothers taking part in this project, other members of Religious Communities will be asked to help out too.

Beverley CSF

 

The Order of Service for the Blessing may be downloaded as a Word document here.

A short video of the Blessing may be found here.

Centre Scoops Diamond Jubilee Award

The St Philips centre in Leicester, where one of our sisters Chris James works, has been chosen to receive the Lord Lieutenant’s Diamond Jubilee Award. The honour is in recognition of the Centre’s work to promote good inter-faith relations and bringing to prominence the concept of ‘service’ through its work with faith communities.

 

 

Leicester Parks Day – 2012

 

St Matthew’s Local Community Parks Day, Leicester Sisters Beverley, Chris James and Jenny Tee serving tea and scones and providing a quiet space to relax at Parks Day.  The weather was kind and the day was a great local success, with something for everyone.  We were sorely tempted by the inflatable climbing wall and the suomo wrestling, but stayed focused on the tea and scones!

 

New video for CSF Leicester house

Sr Christine James CSF gives us a ‘virtual tour’ on her bicycle around the Leicester house area click here to see it.