The Deanery has a successful record of organising a wide range of formation and training events for catechists working in the Lewisham Deanery.
The rolling programme covers the following areas:
· Sacramental Preparation for Baptism;
· Eucharist and Reconciliation;
· Support for catechists working with Children's Liturgy; and
· Support for catechists involved in RCIA.
In addition training and support are offered for the following Ministries:
· Youth ministry,
· Special Ministers,
· those visiting the housebound; and
Day of Recollection for Special Ministers Downham 21st October 2017
Fr Doug Bull, the Dean of Lewisham Deanery, welcomed over 80 Special Ministers from parishes across Lewisham Deanery to the Day of Recollection at Good Shepherd Parish Downham on Saturday 21st October. Fr Doug introduced Deacon Amgad Gerges who was recently ordained for Forest Hill Parish.
82 Special Ministers enjoyed a very informative and practical session led by Deacon Amgad, his own professional knowledge and experience in the field of Hematology gave his presentation added impact. The final part of the day was spent in prayer. Deacon Amgad gave Benediction to those present accompanied by some vibrant singing.
Once again we are grateful to Canon John Kavanagh and the parishioners of Good Shepherd Downham for hosting the day and also for their hospitality and welcome.
Deacon Amgad has kindly agreed to share his presentation
There were 2 items of Business
The following programme was agreed for the Readers Day
10.55 Tea /Coffee
11.10 Welcome + Opening Prayer
11.15 Session 1 Practicalities
11.35 Session 2 Spiritual Input
11.55 Questions and answers
12.15 Closing Liturgy Service of Commitment and blessing of Readers
It is proposed to establish a Day for Readers in the Deanery each year with a blessing and Re-commitment Liturgy. The suggested time of year for this would be 2nd Sunday Advent Bible Sunday. It might be good to keep the venue the same each year.
This event has been booked and will be facilitated by the Sisters of St Andrew.
Numbers limited to 25 max. Cost will be £20 per head. Bookings on a first come basis to St William of York, Forest Hill ,4 Brockley Park ,SE23 1PS tel: 020 8690 4549 email: [email protected]
8th October 2016 Day of Recollection for Special Ministers Good Shepherd Parish Downham 10am-12.30pm
Over 80 Special Ministers attended this Day of Recollection for Special Ministers, hosted by Downham Parish.Fr Tom Creagh-Fuller introduced Deacon Javier Elderfield who led the day and encouraged the special Ministers to reflect on "Cultivating a Eucharistic Spirituality" by means of a talk, group discussions, and feed back.The session concluded with Eucharistic adoration and Benediction in the Church. The Day was a great success and Special Ministers greatly appreciated the excellent presentation from Deacon Javier. The Deanery is grateful to Canon John Cavanagh and the Parishioners of Downham for hosting this event once again.
3rd December Day for Readers St
William of York Parish Forest Hill 10am-12.30pm