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Dear Friends,


You may be aware that we have recently formed an ‘Over Wyre Mission Team’, made up of two people from each of our parishes.


We met with Dave Banbury (Diocesan Mission Support) in September. I don’t think any of us knew what to expect; following our summer of activities at all our galas, garden parties and coffee feasts, I think we were looking for more ideas for mission and outreach across our parishes.


As you all know, at present we are five separate worshipping communities, each with our own important identity, and each trying to find ways to enhance our worship and reach out into our own local community in ways that show the love of God to all people.  But Dave asked us to get together and think of everything which is undertaken in and through all our churches and out into our communities. Once we started I think we were surprised by how much we were all doing across the parishes and the diversity and richness of outreach and mission which we are all engaged in.


Dave was very encouraging, and like us was amazed at how much was going on across our parishes.  We spoke about future needs and possible plans and various ways to move forward in mission. We also talked about how successful our 5th Sunday worship times together have been, and discussed other ways we could share resources and continue to grow and develop our Christian fellowship with each other.


Dave used Acts 17 as an example to show us how St Paul effectively engaged with the community and people around him.  He suggested we are already doing plenty of PRAYER (none of our mission would be bearing fruit without it!) and had a really good PRESENCE in all our communities. Perhaps the next steps could be engaging more fully with those outside our worshipping communities (PROCLAMATION), in ways that will more effectively and pro-actively share our faith and the Good News of Jesus.  This would lead to PERSUASION and inviting people into fellowship within the church.


The diocesan team is working on a new course which aims to equip us as disciples of Jesus Christ to better and more confidently share our faith with others. I think this has to be one of the next steps for us, not only as a Mission Team, but also as the people of God. We are not confident in talking about our faith with each other, let alone with someone who doesn’t come to church or share our faith in Jesus! I will circulate more details of this course as soon as I hear more.


So for your encouragement please look through the list of mission and outreach activites (below) which we undertake across our parishes. Some you will be familiar with and others will be new to you.  Please keep these and all our parishes, churches and leaders in your prayers; these are challenging but also exciting times for all of us, God is very much at work. We go forward in faith and trust, knowing that  God has to be at the centre of all we do in his name, otherwise we are just doing ‘good works’.


Here is the Diocesan prayer for Vision 2026 which you may like to use as a basis for your prayers,


Heavenly Father,

we embrace your call for us to make disciples,

to be witnesses and to grow leaders.

Give us the eyes to see your vision,

ears to hear the prompting of your Spirit

and courage to follow in the footsteps of your Son,

our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. AMEN

 

Thank you all and

God bless,


Judith


 

START – Alpha – Bible Study/House Groups

Pilgrim Course - Men’s Group

Prayer Group

Meditation and Reflection

Prayer vigils – Thy Kingdom Come/Peace

Joint services 5th Sundays + planning more

Prayer at the Pottery – outreach to Churchtown

SOUP (Social Outreach Unites People)/

lunches/ coffee shop/Lunch Club inc. ecumenical

Messy Church

Sunday Groups

All - Age Services

LEAP – laugh eat and play

Holiday Club

CREW (chat relax eat worship)

Mums & Babies

Young people confirmation (youth Alpha)/adult confirmation (Alpha)

Crib Services

Pasada (travelling Nativity)

Baptism Prep –Lay involvement – follow up

Vocational focus on growing Lay leaders/groups led/exploring new ways of prayer/worship

Food Bank (ecumenical)

Charities committee

Stepping Stones (bereavement support)

Starlight (mental health awareness)

Lyrics & Lunch (dementia support)

 

 

 

 

Supporting:

Faith in Action

Nigerian girl

Mission Partners in South East Asia

Christian Aid

Water Aid

Vincent House

Fylde Women’s Refuge

Samaritan’s Purse

Children’s Society

Blackpool Street Angels

etc.

 

 

Door to door – mission outreach

Pastoral Visitors – Home Communions – Lay involvement

Christmas tree lighting – community involvement

Maundy Thursday Agape meal in Village Hall

All Souls – contact with bereaved

Pet Service

Easter Morning Lane Ends - ecumenical

Churches presence at all galas/garden parties

Street Pastor

Links with schools

Lay Reader in training

Spiritual Directors

Websites/parish news/Facebook

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