On a bright day early in November one hundred and forty Ministers of the Word from across our diocese had the pleasure of attending the excellent Inspirational Day with Nigel Bavidge, a married Deacon and well-known writer and speaker from the Leeds Diocese at Askham Bryan near York.

photo of Ministers of the Word with Bishop Terry

Sessions of scriptural readings and prayers were interspersed with reflections, both collective and private. The day repeatedly emphasised both God’s call to each of us through our individual circumstances and experiences, and our opportunities to respond to His call.

A lively discussion during the middle of the day was followed by a thoughful and moving Liturgy of the Word. The beautiful music for the day was provided once again by Val Goldsack, a member of the Bishop’s Council for Liturgy, and friends.