Communication and Outreach Group
Although the Communications and Outreach Group has not met formally since March 2015 work by the group has continued and is now embedded in outreach including:
Welcoming newcomers to the village. The small team visit with a copy of the Parish News, a Welcome Leaflet, and lavender plant (with growing instructions!). Parishioners are encouraged to notify John Diggle of any changes of occupancy to house near them so that a visit can be arranged. (john.diggle@talk21.com)
The Twitter account & St. Philip’s website continue to be reviewed and updated by Chris Spray (chrisspray@me.com) The St. Philip’s website www.kelsallparishchurch.org.uk has a brand new look and is in the process of being updated. If you lead a group in church (e.g. a growth group) please could you make sure Chris has the latest information and any photographs are very welcome (please send these to Chris). Input from everyone will make sure it looks its best and is up-to-date!!
The SPACE (St Philip’s Alternative Church Experience) events have continued. Themes this year have included ‘Cool Creatures’ –looking at the wonders of God’s creation with the help of live animals courtesy of ‘Zoo to You’ on 25th June 2017, Harvest Sunday on September 24th 2017- with an autumn pudding competition and games theme, along with a visit from the Archbishop of Melanesia, and Christingle on December 3rd – although we were without the choir of Kelsall Primary School this year it was the best attended event of 2017, during which we made Christingle oranges and celebrated with a short service and
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lighting of the Christingles in church. The new year on 28th January 2018 saw us celebrating the start of St. Philip’s 150th Anniversary year and 18th March 2018 looked at journeys, particularly Christ’s journey to the cross. SPACE events have been targeted at those on the fringe of church, especially families and is aimed to provide a time when families can join together, whilst those on their own can come along and be included. The format is an informal café style, starting at 4 pm with coffee and tea, followed by time to consider the theme for the event, then a shared meal follows at 5 pm, concluding at approximately 6 pm. There are crafts and activities for children and adults alike to join in with, if they wish. Grateful thanks are due to all who organise and help with the events. Parishioners are encouraged to invite friends and family along to the next event on May 6th (a barbecue on Kelsall Green). Pick up a leaflet from church for the full list in 2018!
Further ways to draw more people into the like of the church are under consideration and have been the focus for a PCC this year, with a review of St.Philip’s activities undertaken, based upon the nature of the events – i.e. presence events – just letting people know we are here, proclamation events – like SPACE and the special services, persuasion events – like “Christianity Explored”. There is more work to do here and a clearer picture of what form(s) this will take still have to emerge.
Kath Roberts and Andy Wisbey
Kath Roberts and Andy Wisbey