Monday, 21 September 2015

Doing Church Differently

Top Down or Top Up ?

Doing Church Differently

Under the guidance of Canon Dave Elkington the vision of St Mabyn Church is to grow from the ground up.
This was very apparent at the PCC meeting held on Saturday 12/9/15
The time when a Village Church had It's own full time Vicar has gone and it is now the responsibility of all of the congregation to play a greater role in worship and pastoral care.
This is now happening with people within the Church accepting this challenge to grow and not expecting the Vicar to do everything.
This can be seen in a number of actions:

The music group now plays an integral part in prayer and worship at each service.

Recently 6 people have been trained to lead different aspects of worship.

In the near future there will be similar training for a Pastoral Care team

New links with the School-- joint services, teaching-- the very successful Labyrinth project on spirituality and Open the Book

Maintenance team looking after the Church grounds and Cemetery

Home groups for Bible study and discussion led by Church members

Prayer for the Village

Walks of pilgrimage across the County

Wider use of Church for variety of concerts including Special Concert for next Christmas

Being accommodating and meeting  the needs of families at Christenings, Weddings and Funerals

Planning internal changes to make the Church more relevant to the needs of the village in 2016

St Mabyn Church is on the move -- why not come in and play a part in it's future growth ?

Future dates:
Harvest Festival with the School -- Sunday 4/10/15October at 10 am followed by lunch at Stone Farm

St Mabyn Feast ie Patronal Festival 11am 15/11/15 followed by lunch. Canon Angela Butler

'New ways to pray ' led by Steve Williams. Every third Friday in the month starting at 'Whispers' Bodrigan on 16/10/15

'Christmas Present'- music , sketches etc 4/12/ 15 at 7.15 pm

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