Vision and Mission – Flourishing By Grace

We wish to see everyone flourish by the grace made known to us by God through Jesus Christ.

As a Diocese this will be expressed within our ethos and in this way

  • Focussing our resolve
  • Being committed to healthy ministry
  • Being a safe church
  • Encouraging inclusion
  • Using our resources well
  • Engaging in 21st Century mission
  • 2020 PLANS - GOOD NEWS TO PROCLAIM (Part of being committed to a healthy ministry)

    Lets make plans for 2020

    Bishop Peter said recently, “I wonder if in 2020 we can become story tellers of our faith who are excited about inviting other people into Jesus’ way of love. Jesus transformed the cosmos and invites all people to abundant life. We are the best people to speak of God’s love because we have experienced it! It would be wonderful if every parish was helping people share their faith in 2020.”

    Step One:

    Plan the year –

    26 February to 12 April – Lenten Study groups
    19 April to 31 May – Study groups from Easter to Pentecost focused on telling our faith stories
    31 May – Commissioning God’s people as story tellers of their faith on Pentecost Sunday
    3 study groups where new people could join from Pentecost to Christmas which will be run to encourage regular church members and newcomers.

    Step Two:

    Revitalise our faith by joining in the 2020 Diocesan Lenten Study – Flourishing By Grace: Lessons from the Life of the Early Church

    The Diocesan Ministry Council has been coordinating writers from across the Diocese to present a ‘homegrown’ Lenten Study for 2020.

    This study will enable people across the Diocese to reflect on their faith drawing on the riches of the New Testament and the experience of the first Christians. It is suitable for individual and group study.

    The PDF resource will be available to download for free at the beginning of February 2020.

    Step Three:

    Be refreshed in the ministry of telling the story of your faith

    From Easter to Pentecost it would be wonderful if parishes held study groups using the Church Army Resource called Faith Pictures.

    Faith pictures is a short course designed to help Christians talk naturally to friends, neighbours and colleagues about what they believe.

    The heart of the course is about helping people to identify a single picture or image that embodies something of their faith. This is because the kinds of communication which best stick in the mind are concrete and rooted in story. The course is light-hearted, without jargon or inflexible methods. It affirms the importance of honesty and listening.

    The course is available for free but leaders must register to access the resources.

    Step Four:

    Pentecost Sunday 31 May

    At every service on Pentecost Sunday let’s affirm the story of our faith – celebrating the good news of all that God has done for people through the ages, in our communities and for us. Let’s commission the people of of God to be storytellers of their faith.

    Step Five:

    Run study groups, growth groups, cell groups or encouragement groups

    If these are new for you imagine running 3 six weeks groups between Pentecost and Easter.

    Each group should make time for some refreshments. Hospitality is a great blessing.

    Each group should access a resource to study such as the Pilgrim Course.

    If someone has responded to you telling the story of your faith, invite them to join you at a group.

    Step Six:

    Review 2020 and plan for 2021 in a similar way

  • 2020 PLANS - ENGAGE IN RECONCILIATION (Part of encouraging inclusion)

    The Synod adopted the Statement from the Heart and encouraged parishes to reflect on it.

    The Anglican Board of Mission has created a useful study resource.

    The Diocese is developing a set of resources to help parishes engage in reconciliation.

    Step One:

    Introduce an acknowledgement of country and arrange for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags to be flown in parish churches.

    Step Two:

    Plan some to engage with your local aboriginal nation.

    Listen deeply and carefully.

    Step Three:

    Reflect on some significant moments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Sunday services

    Sunday 10 May – Remember Magistrate Denny Day and talk about the Myall Creek Massacre

    Sunday 5 July – Join in NAIDOC week events (today and during the following week)

    Sunday 22 November – Remember James and Angelina Noble

    Step Four:

    Review 2020 and plan for 2021 in a similar way


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