August 2018

 

1st 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

2nd 2.00pm Longmeadow Service

5th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

8th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

12th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

15th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

19th 8.00am Holy Communion (1662)

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Service

21st 2.00pm Valley Lodge Service

22nd 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

11.00am Lilybank Service

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

26th 8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Prayer Time (Lady Chapel)

10.45am Family Communion

6.30pm Evensong

29th 9.30am Holy Communion (1662) (Tansley)

1.00pm Wednesday at One (Lady Chapel)

 

Baptisms

24.6.2018 Florence Scantlebury

14.7.2017 Jake Vallance

 

Weddings

16.6.2018 Daniel & Samantha Broatch

 

Funerals

 

2.7.2018 Keith Bunting (65)

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

Recently we welcomed the Diocesan Missioner, the Revd. Jason Kennedy, to facilitate a morning to look at what we’ve been doing over the last few years as a church with our Mission Action Plan (MAP) and then to begin the process of looking forward. In the second half of the morning, after reviewing the previous MAP (Celebrating what had gone well & identifying where things hadn’t gone according to plan), Jason went on to introduce the new format for Mission Action Planning which focusses far more on the purpose of the church. Who is God calling us to be & then on to what to do. How can the church flourish? A healthy church is a flourishing church, so we need to focus on removing the barriers that prevent the church from flourishing and to provide the right environment for health. How can we be increasingly faithful & healthy?

 

Our mission shapes us. Our understanding of why we’re here impacts our priorities, our character & our relationships. Church called to display the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). The fruits are spiritual characteristics which come from God. They are intentional (We want to grow them); they are transformative (When people display these fruits we notice the change in them) & they are universal (We need to display them all).

 

So how can we increasingly show the characteristics that God desires to have in our Church?

 

Vision without action is a daydream.

Action without vision is a nightmare.”

 

Repurposed MAP looks at the whole common life of the Church – a tool for the health & flourishing of our Church. What is God’s mission for the Church here? How do we respond to the characteristics of a healthy church?

 

  • Christ centred in life & worship

  • Focussed on mission & purpose

  • Loving, servant-hearted & generous

  • Welcoming, open & inclusive

  • Willing to adapt for God’s purposes

  • Encouraging in Christian vocation & service

  • Christ-like in leadership

  • Valuing & engaging with children, young people & families

 

Next Stage – This is an ongoing process in which as a church we reflect on the characteristics & discern where to focus our energies. Input from all members is welcomed & the PCC will be continuing to reflect before drawing up the next MAP. Please pray for our church, its flourishing and for growth.

 

Every blessing

Richard