From ministry areas to community cafes, changes happening in churches across Wales can be seen in a short film now available online.
The 2020 Vision film highlights stories from each of the six dioceses in Wales which show how they are responding to the Church in Wales’ strategy for growth.
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All the stories were chosen by the dioceses and show ways in which they are trying to remodel the Church to become a more outward, community-facing organisation. Some stories are about major structural projects which have long-term objectives, such as the move from parishes to ministry areas. Others show projects churches are running in the local community which have a significant impact, such as a cafe. While the film is not a comprehensive guide to all the work underway in the Church, it does give an impression of the change in culture happening.
Stories featured include: ‘ministry area conversations’ in Neath; a leadership course in Newport; ministry at the Gower Show; a community café in Sandycroft, Flintshire; a children’s club in Llangaffo, Anglesey; and church work in Carmarthen.
The film was show to members of the Church’s Governing Body in September and was introduced by Helen Biggin, chair of the 2020 Vision Implementation Group. Mrs Biggin said, “One of the powerful messages of the film – encapsulated in the parable of the sower which runs through it – is that we have been entrusted with an amazing gift by God which we have a duty to find new ways to share. Some of what we try to do may not be successful, but we must take that risk so that we have a chance of achieving great rewards.”
The 2020 Vision strategy came out of a wide-scale review of the Church in Wales in 2012. Its aim is to help the Church grow and better serve the needs of Wales as it approaches its centenary in 2020.
Mrs Biggin added, “The review has inspired and helped support some truly visionary work across the Church, the results of which will only be seen in years to come. However, the activity which supports these projects is already helping to reinvigorate church life. As demonstrated in the film, we are thinking seriously about how we might engage more effectively with the communities we seek to serve and are putting time, money and other resources into achieving the vision of the Church becoming truly the ‘prayerful heart of the community’ .”
The film was made by Pontypool-based company 2V Studios Ltd.