My wife, Pam, and I have been in North Yorkshire for around two years. It’s a challenge being priest-in-charge of nine churches; the joy has been the depth of welcome we have received not just from the churches but the community, and particularly the pubs! Two in particular have been outstanding in their welcome, grace and generosity towards us; I won’t name them, as there is a little bit of rivalry between them, and customers are loyal to the particular pub in their village!
In August 2018 I was appointed as the Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy’s first chaplain to young farmers. Coming from a farming family and married to a farmer’s son I’ve seen first-hand the day-to-day challenges faced by the farming community.
Over the last three years the benefice churches of St Marys Long Sutton, St Nicholas Lutton and Christ Church Dawsmere in the Diocese of Lincoln have worked with the Baptist church of Long Sutton in a co-ordinated way to focus on spreading the Christian faith through mission and evangelism.
How can a handful of people from a little ‘shabby chic’ chapel in a small village on the edge of the Cotswolds Way even think of mission? Well I suppose the answer is… we don’t! Call it mission that is. What we do is try to make connections; connections with each other, our communities and with God.
An idea for a nativity that involves the whole community as an evangelistic tool.
Christmas prayers and responses that could be used in a variety of services.
A Christmas play for children that could be used during a christingle or crib service, either in school or church. Could also be used within the community as a tool for evangelism.
A Christmas activity for children that could be used as part of an all-age service in church or a school.
A simple travelling crib service that involves the passing of Mary and Joseph between members of the community. This represents the journey Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem.
A traditional crib service that could be used in a variety of settings