Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage
Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage

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Under the Diocesan Strategy of ‘Living God’s Love’, the Flourishing Churches Team (Church Growth Officers) work to assist and encourage churches in their numerical and spiritual growth, and in service of their communities.

2021 Thursday Zoom Cafes & Webinars – open to all and,  ‘No question is a silly question! No need to book, just join us here.

  • May 6th  11 am-12:15. Zoom Cafe – Creative Ascension and Pentecost.
    Do join us for an informal conversation about making the most of this season. How to celebrate and mark the feasts within the guidelines and for all ages – come with your questions, comments and your own cuppa and cake! No need to book – join us here.
  • June 17th 7pm-8:15pm. Hybrid Church Online/Onsite
    Do join us and a panel of local practitioners from a variety of contexts as we discuss how to navigate this dilemma. From low tech to high tech, from rural to urban, from big budgets and shoe string options. Do join us and come with your questions and a coffee to hand! No need to book – join us here.
  • May 18th 7pm – 8.15pm. Holiday Clubs and Summer Provision.
    After a year like no other, what do children, young people, and families need this summer, and how can we help provide it? Join Margaret (Children’s Mission Enabler) and Christian (Youth Missioner) to think about how we can show God’s love in our communities. No need to book, just join us here.
  • May 20th 11am – 12.15pm. Making the most of Baptisms.
    How can you make the most out of your baptism contacts? What can help parents, godparents, and guests to connect with God and want to know more? Come share experiences and ideas, and hear more about the 2016 “Baptism Matters” research, looking at preparation, the service itself, and opportunities for follow-up. No need to book, just join us here.
  • May 27th 12pm – 1.30pm. Young People & Mental Wellbeing.
    How can we continue to support the wellbeing of young people within our congregations and wider community? Join us to share questions and hear some practical ideas to accompany young people through their daily challenges. No need to book, just join us here.
  • June 16th 10am  – 3pm. Growing Generous Giving.
    This day, focusses on the key areas of generous giving, including the theology of money; our preaching, to encourage and nurture generous disciples and the PCC member/chair whose role is to encourage and fundraise for mission and ministry. Join us on zoom. Book here
  • June 24th 2pm – 3.15pm. Additional Needs.
    Instead of just “going back to normal,” join us and special guest Kay Morgan-Gurr, from the Additional Needs Alliance to think about how to return in a way that’s more inclusive. How can our churches – both in the building and online – be places where children and adults with additional needs and disabilities can be welcomed, empowered, and fully included in the church’s life and work? No need to book, just join us here.
  • July 1st  11am – 12.15pm. Youth Ministry as Choirs and Music Groups.
    Choirs and music groups are a key way many churches connect with young people. Join us as we consider how to rebuild or start new music projects for young people and how it can help them grow in faith. No need to book, just join us here.
  • July 3rd 9.30am – 12 noon. Mission Action Planning Refresh.
    A guide to the Mission Action Planning process using a new tool. Guiding you through the Mission Action Planning process, using a practical new tool. As always with planning, this works best if you bring a team – so please join us with PCC members and anyone interested from your parish. Book your place here. NB Zoom details will be on your confirmation email.
  • July 15th 7pm – 8pm. Thinking of Coming to LYCIG?
    Seven steps to lead your church into growth as we emerge from lockdown.
    If you’re thinking of coming to the Diocesan Leading your Church into Growth conference but want to know a little more about what LyCiG is all about, this is a great chance to meet some of the LyCiG team have an introduction to LyCiG principles. If you have been to LyCiG before and want a bit of a refresher for you and members of your PCC, this is for you.
    If lockdown has been a whirlwind of confusion and you would like an informative hour where you remember, reflect on and are encouraged in what it means to be church, then come along. Book your place here
  • November 20th 9.30am – 12 noon. Mission Action Planning Refresh.
    A guide to the Mission Action Planning process using a new tool. Guiding you through the Mission Action Planning process, using a practical new tool. As always with planning, this works best if you bring a team – so please join us with PCC members and anyone interested from your parish. Book your place here. NB Zoom details will be on your confirmation email.

The Church Growth Officers work primarily with inherited and established forms of church and focus on church growth through Mission Action Planning. For further details please see the Mission Tree.

Experience shows us that our work is most effective when parishes engage our services for a longer time frame – usually a year or so. In this way, we seek to build relationships and be more focused in our work.  We find that single ‘one-off’ parish visits have a limited benefit.

Our work can involve a range of working practices; mentoring, networking, practical resources e.g. assistance with a Giving campaign. We also offer to facilitate MAP sessions with PCCs or Ministry teams.

Our work within parishes is discerned with the local Ministry team and we tailor our approach to each context.

Please do be in touch to discuss your parish’s needs. The church Growth team is led by the Rev’d Kate Peacock, email Kate

It is our prayer to grow the Church of God in number, in spiritual depth and with energy and vitality.

 

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