Grow

Grow

We aim to better live out the Great Commission, share the Good News, and see more people find faith

Here is what has been achieved so far.

Growth

Three sessions were held in Tonbridge in the early summer, open to all and led by Revd Canon Mark Brown.

Forty-plus people attended with some bringing teams from their parish. A session was held in Medway in November with 50 people attending.

The sessions focused on setting a culture of evangelism that everyone can be a part of. Feedback has been good and there was excellent contribution from the floor.

The Bishops Leadership Team has asked the working group to consider digital and modern forms of evangelism.

Discipleship

The working group have developed the idea of a Rhythm of Life – which has been shaped, and is currently piloting with 12+ groups, including local parishes, dispersed groups (Diocesan Youth Council, and LLM students) and thematic groups (Formation and Ministry Team). Initial feedback is positive, and certainly interest in the developing ideas was strong.

The frame for the Rhythm is based around obeying and abiding; small groups form and agree how together they will love God, love their neighbour, and love themselves. This intentionally pulls together learning with activity which puts that into practice.

The group on the national discipleship learning community for Setting Gods People Free have found the discussions about lay ministry and discipleship encouraging, especially as in this diocese we have already embraced and embedded many forms of licensed lay ministry.

We have consciously decided to carry out activities under the Called Together framework rather than badging things as Setting Gods People Free. Our current aims include the pilot of the rhythm of life, and signposting resources that encourage whole life learning for disciples.

The Jesus Shaped People programme is being used in a small number of churches and initial feedback is very positive.

An event in 2019 to ‘taste and see’ discipleship resources is in the early planning stages.

Prayer

During Thy Kingdom Come prayer stations at the cathedral represented almost every Deanery and created a giant visual prayer for the Diocese. The prayer diary collated events across the Diocese (over 300), so people could pray for each other and get involved in activities beyond their own church.

It revealed activity across the Diocese and across the church traditions. We also featured in films for the national campaign. A Beacon Event is in the early planning stages for 8 June 2019 and we want to encourage churches to open for prayer for Thy Kingdom Come 2019.

The Prayer Festival at the Cathedral on 22 September attracted over 150 people, many of them lay people not in authorised or licensed ministry. It gave an opportunity to experience different workshops and spend time in prayer.

The Diocesan cycle of prayer is now available on the PrayerMate app.

Children and Young People

The Children & Young People team have increased the number of training and events held this year, and engagement with local churches through PCCs, Deaneries, Parish Visits and enquiries. They have also increased collaboration with National & Local Networks.

The Children and Young People (CYP) Fund has been launched with a primary aim to enable small projects and ministry to start and be built upon. The CYP Fund has supported 16 new projects with a further four in the pipeline for approval with amendments. Overall funding of CYP Projects – £42,326.77. The awaiting 4 total approx. £18,000. 




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