PARISH of WIGMORE ABBEY
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INPUT TO PCC MTG WITH ARCHDEACON CHEDZYEY on 27/9/21 Where are we as a Parish after Mike’s years of ministry? In a position to explore what a “new normal” might look like, in terms of our use of resources and a focus on the needs of the community we serve. The Brampton Bryan project and Leintwardine Arts Hub vision both envisage the use of our buildings in new ways, while still providing for regular worship. Adforton has developed new ways of linking with talent in their community (the recent Art Festival), as well as reviving the Forest Walk. These examples suggest that God is giving us ways to connect, share the gospel and meet the needs of those who are willing to respond to our initiatives. With a continuing steady decline in numbers attending services, and the associated financial constraints, we are more ready to face the challenge of looking outward and finding new ways of being church – God’s family in our neighbourhoods. There is, also, a distinct sense of weariness at the jobs to be done and “succession planning” e.g. “Who could do this if I can’t?” New members of the clock-winding team and church-key team have been a refreshing exception. The three most encouraging events in the past year (Harvest Festival, Carol Service and Palm Sunday Procession) all took place outside the church. The Frost Fair has, over recent years, been much enjoyed – (taking place inside and outside the church). The Loose Goose Michaelmas Festival was another example of community involvement, and the Caring for God’s Acre Churchyard day this year was fully booked by families and children. There is a felt need for getting together, which we have a unique opportunity to provide for, while building what could be the beginnings of fruitful relationships. What has changed (in the Parish and the Diocese) in this time? It would be good to report a greater cohesion between our 9 communities, and stronger links with our deanery and the Hereford office staff. But apart from Mandy MacPhee and the Diocesan Safeguarding team, this has not been the case. In particular, the status of the Parish with its one PCC and 9 church committees, is often misunderstood in Hereford! We look forward to hearing from the Archdeacon some answers to this question……. and give our apologies for not being present. Culain and Merry Morris. 16/9/21.
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PARISH of WIGMORE ABBEY
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Pages will be added as the process developes
INPUT TO PCC MTG WITH ARCHDEACON CHEDZYEY on 27/9/21 Where are we as a Parish after Mike’s years of ministry? In a position to explore what a “new normal” might look like, in terms of our use of resources and a focus on the needs of the community we serve. The Brampton Bryan project and Leintwardine Arts Hub vision both envisage the use of our buildings in new ways, while still providing for regular worship. Adforton has developed new ways of linking with talent in their community (the recent Art Festival), as well as reviving the Forest Walk. These examples suggest that God is giving us ways to connect, share the gospel and meet the needs of those who are willing to respond to our initiatives. With a continuing steady decline in numbers attending services, and the associated financial constraints, we are more ready to face the challenge of looking outward and finding new ways of being church – God’s family in our neighbourhoods. There is, also, a distinct sense of weariness at the jobs to be done and “succession planning” e.g. “Who could do this if I can’t?” New members of the clock-winding team and church- key team have been a refreshing exception. The three most encouraging events in the past year (Harvest Festival, Carol Service and Palm Sunday Procession) all took place outside the church. The Frost Fair has, over recent years, been much enjoyed – (taking place inside and outside the church). The Loose Goose Michaelmas Festival was another example of community involvement, and the Caring for God’s Acre Churchyard day this year was fully booked by families and children. There is a felt need for getting together, which we have a unique opportunity to provide for, while building what could be the beginnings of fruitful relationships. What has changed (in the Parish and the Diocese) in this time? It would be good to report a greater cohesion between our 9 communities, and stronger links with our deanery and the Hereford office staff. But apart from Mandy MacPhee and the Diocesan Safeguarding team, this has not been the case. In particular, the status of the Parish with its one PCC and 9 church committees, is often misunderstood in Hereford! We look forward to hearing from the Archdeacon some answers to this question……. and give our apologies for not being present. Culain and Merry Morris. 16/9/21.
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