Germany link guests enjoy a busy week in the diocese

20th October 2014

Hattingen Witten guests 2014Last week, the Diocese hosted 27 guests from Hattingen Witten in Germany as part of the ongoing link between our churches.

The theme of the week, "The Church and Politics" was explored through a busy programme of talks, visits, worship and discussion.

In Sheffield Town Hall the group enjoyed a civic reception with the Lord Mayor, and Councillor Isobel Bowler gave an insight into her work as a Christian engaged in the politics of local government.  A visit to the Palace of Westminster was a highlight, where Bishop Steven outlined the role of the Bishops in the House of Lords, and there was a chance to view the Lords' question time.

Visits to Rotherham's Shiloh Project and to Christchurch Pitsmoor gave an insight into local initiatives with homeless people and asylum seekers. The week ended with a session in the Cathedral with Canon Sarah Hills from Coventry, who helped the group focus on the theology and practice of reconciliation.  There was a great welcome from the parishes of Holy Trinity Thorpe Hesley and St. Peter and St. Paul Todwick who hosted the service of welcome and farewell service respectively, and laid on celebration meals for all the hosts and guests to share.

The group expressed their gratitude to the hosts from all over the Diocese who  shared their homes and lives with them for a week, and have invited us for a return visit next October on the same theme.

If you or your parish would like to take part in the Hattingen Witten link, please contact the link secretary, Mrs. Jayne Spaven on 07852 312363 or Revd Frances Eccleston, Chair, on 0114 230 2531.


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