Some of you will remember and perhaps have got fed up of me talking about the Mission Action Plan (MAP) for the parish. As part of the plan we put together in 2014, we recognised that we did not have the resources to all the things we wanted to do or we thought God might want us to do in the parish. We have been praying for additional help since 2014 and towards the end of last year some of you may have met Revd Liz Strafford at some of our service.
I am very grateful for the warm welcome that has been given to Revd Liz Strafford as she has begun working with us in the anglican churches in Wadworth, Loversall and Balby. Liz arrives as an answer to prayer at an exciting time after we have completed the facilities improvements in Wadworth church, and we start to plan for the next stages of parish life. Myself, Liz, and our lay ministers Jane and Russell met and we have identified a number of additional services we can introduce that are inline with our Mission Action Plan:
- Every Monday at 8:30am we have already started meeting at Wadworth church for morning prayer, this is a time of extend prayer for the parishes and the wider world
- One Sunday a month I will not be rushing off from Wadworth to do the 11am service at Balby so I can be available at Wadworth for longer to chat to people.
- From 22nd March we will be introducing a a weekly service for Healing and Wholeness after the coffee shop on a Tuesday at St John the Evangelist, Balby around 12:15. This will be a service that gives us time and space to reflect about ourselves, seek prayer, receive anointing, prayer for healing and wholeness in our local communities.
- After Easter, from Wednesday 6th April we will restarted the mid-week Holy Communion service at St Katherine’s Loversall but in the afternoon at 2pm. Again this service will have a focus on praying for the persecuted church. This service will run weekly until harvest when we will assess whether it is feasible to run during the winter months.
Another part of the MAP was to form a Mission Partnership with other churches to share resources and to work together on children and youth work. As a parish we have been exploring working with St James, Doncaster; St Francis, Bessacarr and of course St John the Evangelist, Balby. We hope to call ourselves the Crossways Mission Partnership and we are fully supported by the Sheffield Diocese. We have been successful in applying to the Diocese for a youth worker who will be partly funded by the diocese for three years.
Initially this person will get to understand the existing youth work at St Francis (Franky’s) and then to develop a similar set up first with St James and St Johns in Balby (JJ’s) and then in Wadworth. We hope to be able to take our young people to St Francis in the first instance to see how their youth club and service works. Perhaps you may be able to help with transportation? We also need to raise money to pay for our part of the funding of the youth worker. More details of this will follow, but wouldn’t it be great if we can set up something for you people hear in Wadworth and Balby? I always hear people say there is nothing for young people to do, well this a chance to get behind a project that is deliberately setting out to provide something for young people.
And finally a great big thank you for all of you who supported the Lent Project so generously again this year. It is greatly appreciated.