From ministry areas to youth forums, new ways in which churches are reaching out to serve their communities will be celebrated next weekend.
This year, Trinity Sunday (June 11) is being set aside as 2020 Vision Sunday to focus on the many changes underway to re-energise ministry ahead of the Church in Wales centenary in 2020. Special prayers and intercessions have been provided for congregations to use. (English and Welsh links below)
2020 Vision is the name of the Church’s strategy for growth. Some of the changes have been radical, such as the creation of “Ministry Areas”. This has involved the redrawing of traditional parish boundaries to make much larger areas which are served by a team of people, both lay and ordained. Ministry training has been overhauled and a new, all-Wales training institute set up, called St Padarn’s. Specialists are being trained to encourage young people, for example, and to serve those who have been marginalised or have no connection with the church. Stronger links with other Christian churches and faith groups are also being forged in joint projects, such as foodbanks, food with friends and holiday lunch clubs, to serve the wider communities.
2020 Vision Sunday comes ahead of a symposium on ministry areas at the end of June. People from each diocese who have been involved in setting up ministry areas, including all the bishops, are meeting to share ideas, views and honest experiences about their work to date. The symposium will be held in Cardiff on June 30-July 1.
The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Davies, the Church in Wales’ Senior Bishop, said, “Many exciting changes are now well underway as people have responded so positively and enthusiastically to the challenges facing us. There is still much to be done but 2020 Vision Sunday is a chance for all of us to take stock, reflect on what we are achieving and to dedicate and refresh all our hopes and efforts, as well as the symposium in prayer to God. I hope all our congregations will join in and mark the day as best they can.”
You can watch a film about the projects we do with other Christian organisations here