"Jesus said: Go and tell... what you hear about me." Matthew 11.4
Mission Strategy 2021: Celebrate
We want to share what God is doing among us, making good practice and resources supporting growth more widely known. We want to celebrate and learn together, whilst strengthening our sense of common purpose and unity in Christ.
November 2017 update from the Celebrate stream:
During the past six months the Workstream has met three times and we have focussed on:
Tim Rogers, the Digital Communications Officer for the Diocese, is producing short films highlighting stories of parishes engaging in mission. The first of these was shown at Diocesan Synod in March 2017 and celebrated the work of a group of parishes in Norwich who are working with people who have resettled in Norfolk and are seeking friendship and the opportunity to learn English. Tim’s aim is to produce a new video about every two months, so if you have a project to celebrate please get in touch with him on 01603 882376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This visual display is available for parishes to borrow and it highlights stories of imaginative activities going on all over the diocese, reminding us of how diverse mission can be, ranging from Pub Church, to Science Festivals to Dementia Clubs.
Our Diocese responded very positively to the call from the Archbishops for a wave of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost. Beacon services were held in the Cathedral and the two Minsters at which special candles were given out to every parish in the diocese encouraging daily prayer. All three services were well attended with 800+ at the Cathedral, and 200+ at each Minster ~ these reminded us that all of our mission endeavours need to be grounded in prayer and they were also a wonderful opportunity to join together in worship and celebrate our faith.
PCC News is a fantastic example of “Celebrate and Share” – so do make sure you share your expertise, good ideas and experience through this publication and we in our Workstream would also love to hear from you if you have news of what you’ve been doing which you think might help other people.
About the Celebrate stream
The stream is led by the The Dean, assisted by the Archdeacon of Lynn and other designated officers. The aims are to:
- strengthen Rural Deans' skills to ensure deaneries are places of encouragement
- share best practice of growing churches and individuals through our regular communications and short films
- develop a database (or 'knowledge bank') of local expertise and experience such as funding ideas, community projects and new forms of Fresh Expressions
- hold annual Bishop's Mission Days, gathering for prayer and worship, training, encouragement and celebration.