We focus on one area at a time and work on it until we get to a good point to move on. We held a Lent course on the theme of Prayer.
was started, and some members were trained to accompany others in prayer.
One of our churches, Holy Trinity, Low Row, linked up with the http://www.smallpilgrimplaces.org/ - and has been developed as a place of prayer and hospitality.
Each church has developedin Sunday services. The PCC was introduced toas another way into a personal prayer life.
A group of people in the parish planned and led twoWe held a series of Lent Meetingsonthe theme
Holy Trinity Church in Ripongave us a generous gift of pew bibles for all the churches
We held workshops on How to read the Bible in ChurchThe prayer group learned to do Lectio Divina and shared that with othersAs a basis for this we used the themes of The Radical Disciple by John Stott. Our work on this included:
, thinking about the gifts and talents that we have to offer, as well as our money and other resources. This was done as a Lent project, with themed sermons and a booklet of information and spiritual resources.
– Encouraging people to think in a Christian way about dying and issues around the end of life, and the practicalities of planning one’s funeral. A Planning your Funeral booklet was distributed through the churches and the doctor’s waiting room, and we printed hundreds!
A Lent Course encouraged us to think about Christian responsibility for God’s world.
We heard from A Rocha, a Christian environmental organisation that works around the world.
The Conservation group at Grinton Church came through this work and later participation in a Mission Shaped Introduction course
Our old Communion booklets were replaced with Common Worship booklets for each church.2013 saw the introduction of a new hymn book across the parish – Hymns Ancient and Modern, Hymns for Refreshing Worship
With the new book, we started Come and Sing sessions every 3-4 months, teaching newer and unfamiliar hymns and encouraging people to sing confidently.
A group is planning some Taize style services in the parish.
A met monthly for six months and revised all our parish communications. All booklets, newsletters and orders of service now have a common logo, typestyle, paper quality, layout and large print versions
This is not a list that we have ticked off and ‘done’…many of these things have become incorporated into the ongoing life of the parish. There is plenty more to work on, and this is how far we have got