Parishes launch ‘A Church for All’
THE CHURCH of Ireland parishes of Wicklow and Killiskey have mapped out their vision for their two communities.
Wicklow and Killiskey's Church 21 Programme has been launched with the publication of the two parishes' brochure 'A Church for All'
Members of both congregations have been working on their Church 21 Programme for the past 18 months with the aim of encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the life of the parishes and feel they are part of communities of purpose.
The Church 21 Programme is a parish development strategy for the Church of Ireland designed to help parishes formulate a vision, devise an action plan and then put it into practice. The steering committee for Wicklow and Killiskey, under the chairmanship of Canon Peter Norton (supported by Canon Paul Hoey of the Church of Ireland's Programme of Parish Development), has presented what it believes to be a shared vision of what the parishes want to be as a church in the 21st Century.
The plan aims to build on a past which involves two parishes with long histories, built on generations of faithful service. Looking to the future, 'A Church for All' sets out an action plan for the parishes.
This involves developing the parishes' witness in the community by mobilising volunteers and building on the parishes' activities in The Hub in Ashford as well as looking at the possibility of developing a similar project in Wicklow. The plan also highlights the need to create a place of warmth and welcome in the church communities to give people a sense of belonging. It envisages a number of faith building activities as well as developing pastoral contact and outreach and involving everyone in worship.
Suggested priorities include making worship engaging for people of all ages, offering support for those who offer their gifts in worship and establishing a worship planning group.
Launching ' A Church for All' in Wicklow Parish Church, Canon Peter Norton said that the Ireland . of today had changed so much and that the local Church 21 Committee had been trying to learn what God wanted them to do and how He wanted them to work in their communities. He presented a copy of the Church 21 brochure to the Mayor of Wicklow, Cllr Mervyn Morrison.
The rector of Wicklow and Killiskey, Canon John Clarke, thanked Canon Norton for his leadership of the Church 21 Committee and praised the entire committee for sticking ‘ manfully and womanfully’ with it to the end.