We will be setting up a Dying and Bereavement Hub as part of a Diocesan initiative to consider how we approach our ministry to the dying and bereaved in a way that reflects 21st century culture and attitudes towards life and death. Our first event will be in 2020 and open up a conversation that asks questions such as:
- What do folk in our parishes believe about life and death?
- How can we meet them where they are at and share something of the Christian message of hope in a way that is appropriate and effective?
- How can we re-imagine funeral ministry for 21st century in such a way that we offer a quality service that opens doors for the Holy Spirit to do transformative work in people who attend?
- What sort of liturgies are appropriate for funerals?
- What does good pastoral care of the bereaved look like?
- What might a Fresh Expression of church look like if it emerged from a group of people in a bereavement group?
There will be many more questions and if you’re interested in helping us explore them – there are no ‘right answers’ at this point! – then please do contact Emma Bartlett, Pioneer Project Administrator, who will add you to our mailing list and keep you posted of events.