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Swaledale with Arkengarthdale
Parish Vision Process
During 2008, we started a Parish Vision Process, looking at how we could move forward in our parish and grow in faith for the future.
We have identified six areas of our Christian life, and have begun, through the PCC, to work on those. They are:
Learning more about the Bible
Growing our Christian Discipleship
Mission & Outreach
The first focus was Prayer.
These have been the areas of growth:
Prayer Groups and Prayer Accompaniment
Small Pilgrim Places (Holy Trinity, Low Row is a member of this national network)
Lay led intercessions in Services
Keld Resource Centre
Learning more about the Bible was our next focus and we worked on the following areas:
Workshops on “Reading the Bible in Church”
Lent Meetings on the theme of “Learning more about the Bible”
Looking forward -
We are now working on the theme of Growing our Christian Discipleship, which will lead us into a broad range of activities in the parish.
As a basis for this we are using “The Radical Disciple” by John Stott.
We are working on:
A Stewardship Project, thinking about the gifts and talents that we have to offer, as well as our money and other resources.
Living Well and Dying Well – helping us and others to think in a Christian way about dying and issues around the end of life, and the practicalities of planning one’s funeral.
Our Lent Course in 2011 was based on the book, Paint the Church Green, encouraging us to think about Christian responsibility for God’s world.
At our Annual Church Meeting we heard from A Rocha, a Christian environmental organisation that works around the world.
Grinton Church is working on a project to conserve and celebrate their resident bat population.
Our church committees are thinking about how their churchyards could be used as conservation areas.