In this first year the steering team has being trying to learn about ourselves as a church and our community. The steering team is Jenny Hempstead, Ruth Holbrook, Yvonne Gimson and David Hanks. They’ve been supported by our Vicar, Mark as well as Hils Revill and Darren Howie (both St John’s students). The process of looking and listening has produced lots of information that has now been made available to PCC members. None of it is secret or confidential, but one of the things we’re still trying to work out is how to keep the whole church informed without overwhelming you all with reams of paper. We haven’t got an answer to that yet but if you’d like to know more, do ask Darren Howie for an information pack and he’ll get one to you.
The next stage begins with our ‘away day’ on Sunday 15th February, 2015. (It’s in quote marks because we’re not going that far away and it’s not a whole day!) Members of the PCC and others are meeting to try to discern together what we think God is calling All Hallows’ to become. That’s so that we can participate more fully in what God is already doing in Lady Bay. It’s what’s called a ‘missional challenge’. It won’t be something we’re already doing. It will be a need we identify in the community, as well as the people outside the church we can partner with, so that together we can try out some ways to meet that need.
What can you do?
- The first thing you can do is pray. Pray especially this week as PCC members digest the information from the first year, and, as we meet on Sunday afternoon, pray that God will guide us.
- Secondly, you could participate in the discernment. If you have thoughts and ideas about what the main challenge for our community might be, speak to one of the people named above.