Last week the Go Team took their latest Inspire Evenings to three locations around the Diocese connecting with around 60 people involved in work with children and young people. The three evenings hosted by churches in Bath, Glastonbury and Taunton were themed around the Growing Faith paper published by the Church of England. Growing Faith promotes a partnership between church, school and household to enable discovery, exploration and growth of faith for all, and this was reflected at the events with a ‘market place’ of resources and ideas that overlap into all three spheres.
The evenings featured a series of short talks which introduced Growing Faith and then focused on the three spheres of household, church and school. Gareth Hillier from Care for the Family’s Kitchen Table Project spoke about the huge part parents can play in faith formation at home and our School Effectiveness Advisers shared Understanding Christianity an RE resource for teaching Christianity in schools. At St Philips in Bath and St John’s Glastonbury those gathered heard about the Nest Project that supports families preparing to have a baby, and at St James Taunton, Kristi Carrington spoke about the MakeLunch initiative tackling holiday hunger – both projects having come out of local churches seeking to connect with their communities in practical ways.
Go Team Adviser Andy Levett commented
Turnout was somewhat hampered by the unfolding Coronavirus situation but there was a real positive vibe at all three events with good conversations and connections being made, which we pray will inspire the work that’s happening in communities all around the Diocese.
As part of their commitment to the Growing Faith Adventure, the Go Team have bought an apple tree which they plan to plant in the grounds of Flourish House, the new Diocesan office in Wells. The team are encouraging households, churches and schools to consider doing something similar to represent their part in Growing Faith and would love to receive any stories and pictures as the adventure unfolds.
The next Inspire Evenings are planned for October 13th, 14th and 15th. Venues will be confirmed in due course but if you would like to host one in your parish or deanery do get in touch with the Go Team.