With the personal encounter with Christ, Bishop Patrick would like to encourage each of us to hear and respond to his invitation to be his DISCIPLES, to follow him more closely, and to seek to serve him generously in our daily lives.
With a greater recognition of, and openness to, the help, guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we can all become MISSIONARY DISCIPLES; faith-filled, joyful and outward-looking Christians who are growing in confidence to speak humbly of the difference that knowing Christ makes to our lives, and who bear witness to His love in our service of our brothers and sisters, especially those most in need.The service to which Christ calls us is always the action of the Holy Spirit working in us.
Each year, we will try to deepen our understanding of, and our response to, these core spiritual themes. Bishop Patrick is keen to emphasise that this is not just another diocesan plan. These themes remind us of what Jesus asks of his disciples, “Go, make disciples of all nations; they remind us that the Church is called to be missionary.
The theme of ‘Encounter’ will be explored during Advent and Christmas, ‘Discipleship’ during Lent Term, and ‘Missionary Discipleship’ from Easter to Pentecost.
Our Religious Education lessons are linked to these themes and children are given the opportunity to reflect on the themes in an end of unit spiritual reflection.