Dear Friends

I hope this finds you well and able to enjoy something of the summer, which it seems has finally arrived (albeit with big dips in temperatures at times!).

Today, representatives of St.Mary’s and St.James’ are travelling to Swanwick for the ‘Leading Your Church Into Growth’ conference (click here for further information). The conference kick starts a 2 year programme of supported learning for parishes in order that they may be enabled to help their churches to grow. As I am sure you are aware, as a diocese we are committed to seeing ‘a bigger church make a bigger difference’, namely more people coming to know Jesus and more justice in the world. This ties in with the Diocesan Fit for Mission programme, a 6 year programme that is being rolled out across the diocese which has four aims, namely, introducing people to Jesus, deepening discipleship, developing Christian leaders, and working for justice. I’ll share more about Fit for Mission in another letter and how this might impact upon us here in West Warrington but if you are interested to know more at this stage, please click here.

This coming weekend, Rebecca Lloyd, who is an ordinand at St.James’ Church is due to be being ordained by Bishop Bev in the Cathedral (Sunday 26 June at 10.30a.m.). Please pray for Rebecca, her husband Dan, and their two children, Theo and Jonathan, as they anticipate this very significant moment in Rebecca’s life and their life as a family. Please pray especially for Theo who is currently unwell in hospital, having had his chest drained of fluid last week and possibly awaiting further surgery.

Finally, if you can help with the Churches Together stall at the Penketh Carnival on Saturday 9 July, please sign up on the sheet available in your churches or contact me revjeremytear@gmail.com. We are looking for people who can give an hour of their time, be involved with nail painting or other craft activities, and give out information about local churches and special Jubilee edition bibles to those attending. Set up will need to take place around 9am on the morning, the stall will need staffing between 12 noon-4pm, and then taking down after 4 pm.

With my prayers and best wishes.

Jeremy Tear, Pioneer Team Rector

P.S. Unfortunately, the Christian Aid event planned at the Cathedral for tomorrow night (21 June) has had to be postponed due to the speaker, William Bell, being unable to attend due to the rail strike. A new date will be set for the autumn.