Nearly 700 people from across the diocese came together to think about Everyday Faith at sessions held in our three archdeaconries on the 9 and 11 February.
The sessions gave those attending the chance to hear from a national speaker about the challenges of connecting what we do in church to how we live out our faith day by day. Attendees also had the opportunity to discuss together what that may mean for their churches and what small changes they might make to what happens in church to equip people better for their daily lives. The Revd Dr Mandy Ford from the Church of England’s Ministry Division spoke at St James’, Taunton on Saturday, 9 February and Dr Nick Shepherd, one of the authors of Setting God’s People Free, spoke at St Luke’s, Bath and Holy Trinity, Frome on Monday, 11 February.
The Ven Anne Gell, Archdeacon of Wells, who leads the diocesan Setting God’s People Free group, said, “It was great to see so many people at all the events. There was a wonderful buzz of anticipation as the churches filled with individuals and groups from across the diocese. It was clear that some fruitful discussions were being had throughout the sessions and we are delighted to hear that many churches have already tried some of the things that were discussed.
“I know both Mandy and Nick were delighted to see such a turn out from Bath and Wells and pleased to see how the national research and thinking has been translated to the local level.”
In addition to hearing from the key speakers, attendees took part in a Bible study led by Head of Ministry for Mission, the Revd Jane Chamberlain, and learnt more about small shifts they can make to help people in their everyday faith from Discipleship Team Leader, Julia Hill. James Fox-Robinson, Prayer and Spirituality Enabler, led a reflective session based on the Examen and said that it was an amazing experience to be in room of over 200 people silently reflecting.