Hundreds Train at Cathedral

by Michael Ford last modified 24 Apr, 2012 09:27 AM

Over five hundred Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPAs) will gather at Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday 28 April for a day of worship, learning and celebration. The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, will give a keynote address.

Hundreds Train at Cathedral

The Archdeacon of Sarum, Alan Jeans, with LPAs in Enford

The day will include 28 workshops on topics such as ‘Developing Effective Pastoral Care’, ‘Ministering to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’, ‘Working with Young Families’, ‘Islam and Christianity’ and even ‘Dreams’. It will end with a service of celebration and recommissioning.

LPAs work in teams alongside ordained and lay ministers. They share in the church’s ministry of pastoral care towards children, the elderly, the sick and the bereaved as well as those preparing for a baptism or wedding.

The Revd Canon Jane Charman, Director of Learning for Discipleship and Ministry, said: “Our LPAs seek to express the love of God in practical ways through acts of service. We are fortunate to have such a large number of able and dedicated lay Christians involved in this vital ministry."

She added, "Saturday’s event is an opportunity to celebrate their gifts and commitment and to ask God’s blessing on all that they do.”

ENDS

Links
LPAs page
Bishop of Salisbury 
Salisbury Cathedral

Further information contact
Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator
01722 438651, 07500 836989, michael.ford@salisbury.anglican.org

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