But first, news of recent developments across each of the focus areas that we think God is currently calling us to pay attention to.
Making a bigger difference
In January, we launched a major climate change initiative under the leadership of Bishop Olivia. An intensive programme of work is underway to identify all that we can do at a national, diocesan, parish and individual level to address the climate emergency.
Catechesis and discipleship
A new approach to increasing confidence in people’s everyday faith is making a huge difference. Over 300 people are trained to accompany individuals on a Personal Discipleship journey. Our prayer is that the programme is available to every parish by June.
Growing new congregations
Our work to grow up to 750 new congregations has begun in earnest. Parishes, benefices and deaneries can now bid for grants from the development fund to support new congregations. We hope to invest at least £4m in this focus area over the next five years.
Serving our schools, children and young people
A major report in June will set out how to achieve a culture shift in the way that churches engage with schools, children and young people. Search ‘Contemplative Toolkit’ on the website to see a pilot of one of the tools that will accompany the report.
Celebrate and bless Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes is a rapidly growing large town reaching a significant turning point. The Church has an excellent opportunity to reach 300,000 people living there. A prayer coordinator has started work and local churches are working to discern what happens next.