Last year representatives of diocesan schools gathered in St John’s Cathedral to hear of a wonderful new initiative for The Year of the Word – The God Who Speaks. They received a beautiful brochure about the project, which came alive in schools and parishes. Before the new world of lockdown arrived, Fleur Dorrell from the Bible Society led a well-attended session on the Bible in Ipswich.
Several people have wrongly assumed the project has now died. However, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has announced that it will continue to 2022, and all sorts of resources are being produced. The website www.godwhospeaks.uk is now very user friendly and full of resources for anyone to use.
Many schools in the diocese have already requested the lovely free Jesse tree resource. Others, or parishes able to run a children’s liturgy, can order it by writing to email@example.com. Featuring the ancestors of Jesus, starting with Jesse, the father of King David, the resource has daily activities from Advent Sunday to Christmas. Many posters, videos and much else, are there too: explore them!
In Ipswich Fr Paul Spellman and I are planning socially distanced Saturday morning studies on Mark, starting in Advent. Meanwhile, you can download Fishing with Mark and the Whistlestop tour from the website. Mgr Tony Rogers from Aldeburgh is already broadcasting Youtube Lectio Divina sessions on the following Sunday’s gospel each Wednesday at 6.00pm.
Finally, our neighbouring Northampton diocese is happy to share this recording below of Fleur speaking about activities and resources for The God who Speaks from all over the country. Click the link and scroll down to the webinar on October 19:
Pictured above is Fleur Dorrell speaking in Ipswich