OneLIFE mission 2019
More than 15 Bishops have so far signed up for the One Life mission taking place in Southwell & Nottingham.
Every church is invited to take part in the mission, which will be a catalyst for a whole range of activities and events designed to share the Good News of Jesus with communities across the diocese.
Led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and working with Bishops Paul and Tony, the visitors will support activities planned by local churches – and it is expected that there will be a lot of them.
Examples of events that have proved successful in the past include quiz nights, walks, open mic nights, photographic exhibitions, sporting competitions, pet services, slot car racing, beetle drives, and many occasions involving food, from men’s breakfasts to afternoon teas and pie suppers.
Bishop Tony, who has been on previous missions with the Archbishop, taking teams to Sheffield, Durham, Blackburn, Carlisle and Newcastle, said: “It is a marvellous opportunity for churches to look at new ways of reaching out to people on the fringes.
“It doesn’t have to be a major event, something simple, well thought out and sustainable is often the best option.”
In the spring there will be training evenings for those wanting to run an enquirers’ course as part of the follow-up to the mission. Each PCC is encouraged to nominate two people from each church to attend so that churches are ready to help people on their spiritual journey, some of which might start during the mission.
The mission takes place from Thursday 12th September to Sunday 15th September.
Watch this space as we will soon be adding details of free resources and training events designed to help parishes publicise events and services in their communities.
A prayer for OneLIFE
We pray for the One LIFE Mission with the Archbishop of York and all the northern Bishops. Father God, help us to reach out in faith and love and witness to all. By your Spirit help us grow in unity, grow as followers of Jesus Christ, and grow your Kingdom in Southwell & Nottingham. Amen