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Vision Events – New programme now out!

August 28, 2015

The new season of Vision Events begins on September 5th at St. David’s Church Hall, Penllergaer, Swansea with a day about the difference that small groups can make to churches.
Committed to nurturing new and existing Christians Two thirds of churches which said they offered encouragement and support through specific discipleship courses or courses “preparing members to be a Christian witness in their daily lives” showed growth. In those which reported none or “some emphasis through preaching”, less than half were growing. From Anecdote to Evidence www.churchgrowthresearch.org.uk
This programme, like last year’s, aims to encourage, help and inspire congregational groups so that the roots of our Diocesan Vision can go deeper. Each Event follows a similar pattern – we start and end the day with worship, we listen to a guest speaker and try new things out together. We love it when people book in advance – for all the obvious reasons, like how much cake to bake, or how to make the best use of space, or sometimes, how many workshops to run. So you will find it is cheaper to book ahead. There is also a discount for groups of four or more. This year you can also pay by bank transfer when you book, instead of having to find your cheque book. We make a charge for the day for two main reasons: • To fund the programme as a whole. • Because the days are very good. (Details are on the booking form). So what’s coming up this year? There are days on how your church can start up (or improve) small groups, or engage more with your local community. Days about living life in the footsteps of Jesus and, crucially, a day about coming to terms with the changes we experience in our churches. Our speakers include ReSource’s Alison Morgan, author of ‘The Wild Gospel’, and John Pritchard, the former bishop of Oxford. We start in September with a day about groups. Recent research shows us that the churches that are growing most successfully are intentional about nurturing new and existing Christians; most have small groups as part of their ministry. Starting up a culture of small groups won’t guarantee that we grow in number straight away but it will deepen our relationships and develop our faith. The Revd. Ian Rees will be the keynote speaker and, in the afternoon, there will be opportunities to learn more about setting up new groups. See what’s on the programme here, and download a booking form here.

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