Parishes launch ‘A Church for All’

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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.

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