In January 2013 we launched RENEWAL 2013 and during Lent members of the congregation were invited to attend the ‘Bit of a Do’ gatherings at the Vicarage. We looked at the strengths and weaknesses of our church and also asked for ideas of changes that would benefit the church. After Easter we gave everyone an audit form so that they could list the jobs and activities they are involved in and those that they would like to be involved in. We also included a pledge form and details of the different ways that people are able to contribute financially to the work of the church. These forms were returned on Pentecost Sunday – our Promises Sunday.
RENEWAL 2013 will not come to an end – this is just the beginning.
This is what we intend to do following our Promises Sunday
v Evensong or special evening service on 1st Sunday of the month for a 12 month trial. This began in August.
v A Book club started in Sept
v We aim to start a Men’s Fellowship Group ASAP
v A Ladies social group is to be set up
v The Friends of Whalley Church is in the planning
v The Children’s/Resource area is being discussed by the PCC
v Social Evenings to be held in venues other than the school
v A new Home Group is to start in October
ST MARY AND ALL SAINTS
PLEASE PRAY FOR
v A growth in faith
v An openness to new ideas
v A willingness for people to use their personal talents and time for the church and community.
v Our loyal congregation
v New ways to engage with people who come to church for weddings, baptisms and funerals.
v Opportunities to reach out to the visitors to our church.
v An increase in committed giving
v A continuation of the spirit of Renewal 2013
The following was a milestone in the life of our Church.
This page has been retained on the website as a reminder
of how improvement was initiated.