I can do that…
…was the expected cry as conference delegates watched a specially produced film showcasing inspirational stories of unlocking our potential from across the diocese.
Made by Martyn Walsh and introduced by the Archdeadon of St Asaph, the Ven. John Lomas, the film tells six stories illustrating the varied and different ways in which churches can engage with the needs of their community. You can watch the film again here.
In Gwersyllt, Holy Trinity Church offers a breakfast club to children and donates money regularly to the local school to help staff parents and children in need. Teacher, Kerry Mathews tells their story.
St Bartholomew’s in Sealand run regular heritage days, plants sales, model railway exhibitions, art displays and scalextric workshops to engage with the local community. 96% of people who responded to their door to door survey said they would be concerned if St Bartholomew’s closed. Chris Hinds, Jennifer Watson and the Revd Danny Evans explain what they’re doing.
St Mark’s in Caia Park, Wrexham provided food over the summer holidays for those attending three play centres. Staffed by volunteers, more than 135 lunches were made and delivered every day. The diocesan engagement officer, Sarah Wheat, provides the detail for their story.
In Garden City, Shotton, St Andrew’s offered its church building as a community hub. Peter Houghton, the project leader on the PCC talks through how the idea for a community hub came about and the sorts of activities which run regularly in the building now.
Various parishes across the diocese have links with the diocese of South West Tanganyika in Africa. Dr Adrian Murray, a reader from Bala explains how he and his wife, Hilary, have collected and donated money and equipment to support communities in that southern African diocese.
In the sixth story, The Revd Brian Harvey and Luke Pickering-Jones from Flintshire Social Services describe how the Monday Mix run by the church in Flint is providing a much needed drop-in for people with dementia and their carers.
Conference delegates left with a USB drive containing a copy of the film which can be shown to encourage and inspire their own parishes, deanery conferences, mission area conferences or any other group which may be interested.
The version on the USB has a specially recorded ending and you can watch this version of the film here.
If you want to do something similar to the stories told in the film and would like any help or support, please contact the diocesan office on 01745 582245.