“I long for the local church
to be the good news in its community”
- Roy Crowne,
Director of ‘Hope Together’
- introducing the day on Mission and Outreach shared last Saturday.
It was a day both rewarding and challenging. Rewarding to recognise that we ‘tick’ several of the boxes Roy identified in our mission within our communities, but challenging to realise that there is more to be done if we are to be effective - and indeed ‘Good News’.
Roy highlighted a number of ideas - developing the church’s engagement with the community and building trust; the importance of personal invitations; the need to pray; the need to research, to know what is required and respond to need; the importance of personal preparation, education and understanding in ‘telling our story well’ as he put it, to communicate our faith as individuals and as the church.
As we reflect on this and on the ‘Mission Action Planning’ that the Diocese is now calling from us, we will need to engage with the challenges and accept the level of commitment that this will call upon each of us to make. As church communities we are only limited in what we can achieve by the grace of God and our own corporate output and giving. And this we need to share - from the small day to day routine tasks to the more major responsibilities of planning and leadership; there are opportunities for all at every level.
From the beginning of this month we are once again conducting a ‘Time and Skills’ survey - asking us all to reflect on what we can do and how we can contribute -perhaps giving a little bit more than we do now - ultimately to our mission. Please consider this prayerfully and respond by the closing date - 23rd March. In this way, and with everyone’s help, we really can make a difference!
Again, as we come into Lent and our time of preparation for Easter, there are opportunities for personal reflection and enquiry - the Study Groups, Sunday Evening Services of Reflection at Wychcroft, Stations of the Cross on Saturdays (as detailed in the Lent & Easter Information leaflet.)
Many of us - I hope all - find ‘church’ a place of comfort, security and fellowship, but it is more than that for church imbues its members with responsibility not only for worship but also, in the words of Archbishop Justin, “for generous sharing (with others)the Good News of Christ in word and deed.”
John Buck. March 2014.From the Reader’s Desk.
- St Mary the Virgin
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