Bishop Guli visiting Woodfield Team

On Thursday March 12th, Bishop Guli, Bishop of Loughborough, came to the Woodfield Team area. She is undertaking more than 30 visits and a charity ‘sleep out’ as part of a Lent Pilgrimage in the Diocese of Leicester. Washing up, packing foodbank parcels, making tea and sleeping on the street to raise money to help people who are homeless are all part of Bishop Guli’s plans to roll her sleeves up alongside volunteers. The ‘Salt of the Earth’ Lent Pilgrimage will see her spending a day or two each week throughout Lent in different locations across Leicestershire.

Bishop Guli will be learning about, and joining in with, community social action that local Christians take part in as an expression of their Everyday Faith in partnership with community and charity groups. She will also pray with, and for, all the local communities she visits and will undertake some short walks with members of the local communities. 

We had a great day.  We started at Measham Cof E primary school where the Open the Book team re-enacted the Last Supper. Then Bishop Guli faced some searching questions from a group of year six pupils. Then it was on to Oakthorpe Priamry School for an assembly led by Ceriann Kelly, our children’s worker, about our favourite poems, where Bishop Guli read out her favourite poem. Over lunch Bishop Guli had a chance to meet those from across the Team engaged in social action: These included Community Lunch, Lunch Light for the bereaved, coffeeandchat, soup lunches and afternoon teas, Packington ladies group, hospital visiting team, mother’s union and more. She also chatted to other community social action groups including the walking and gardening groups and spoke to local GP Dr Swaebe about social prescribing. This was followed by a walk from Measham to Donisthorpe along the old railway line, where she visited Donisthorpe church and heard about plans for it’s interior. The day was rounded off by a chance to join a local community choir, the Woodfied singers at rehersal in Swepstone. All in all a great day with lots of examples of loving service and cross community engagement from so many people.

Here are some photos of the day:


                        Open the book team                                                                                                                                  



The lunch time meeting



      The gardening team



                        Tea with the Woodfield Singers