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Dear Friends                                                                             7 November 2018
 
Further to my presentation at the Open Forum, this is the handout that was given out at the end of the evening.  It is a summary outline of how the consultation has progressed.
 
Warmly
 
Richard Jones
Rector
 

Background

  • Last service review in 1980s 
  • Services to be understood within our overall ministry strategy
  • Began intentional prayerful discernment process with staff, PCC & others 18 months ago
  • Initial proposal drawn up and considered by the PCC in May/June
 
The proposals reflect the fact that St. Giles’ and St. George’s:
  1. Is “one church” to minister to the whole parish of Ashtead and to be His kingdom within the wider church
  2. Anglican
  3. Committed to fulfil our Mission Statement (“Transforming communities through knowing Christ and making Him known”) through the strategy of pathways so that we are “oaks of righteousness” in and for Christ
  4. uphold our Core Values
  5. Build on our heritage of faith, resources and seek to minister in our context for ‘such a time as this’ (i.e. next 5-8 years)
  6. Look to be a blessing to the wider church (deanery; diocese; denomination and wider)
 
Implicit within the proposals are:
  1. the commitment to equip and release more people to share in ministry and assume responsibility as the Lord deepens and grows His church in Ashtead
  2. welcome and build Christian community within and across the congregations through hospitality and fellowship. This will be supported by our church wide programme
  3. grow – spiritually and numerically
 
Building on our heritage and context, the proposals offer an integrated and differentiated menu of worship services – all equally valued. Each service has a clear focus & style within our ministry strategy
 
  • June PCC approved: 

            Stage 1 for implementation: Sunday evening services in Sep & Messy Church in Nov
 
                        St.Giles’           Sunday                          6pm         ChoralVI
                        Dell                  Monthly on Thursday   4.15pm     Messy Church
                        St. George’s   Sunday                          6pm          The Six followed by youth ministry
 
            Consultation on Stage 2 (morning and mid-week) 

  
Original Proposal
 

St. Giles’          Sunday           8am     Holy Communion (spoken)    
                                                10am   All Age Worship with groups for children & youth
                        Thursday         11am   Holy Communion (spoken)
 
St. George’s   Sunday           9am     All Age Worship with groups for children & youth
                                                11am   Parish Communion with creche & group(s) for children
                        Wednesday   11.30    Espresso Church

 
 
Revised Proposal       Following consultation
 

St. Giles’          Sunday           9am     All Age Worship with groups for children and youth
                                                11am   Parish Communion with bells; creche & group(s) for children
                        Thursday         11am   Holy Communion (spoken)
 
St. George’s   Sunday           8am     Holy Communion (spoken)
                                                10am    All Age Worship with groups for children and youth
                        Wednesday   11.30     Espresso Church

 
 
Refined Proposal       Following consultation & seeking more feedback
 

St. Giles’          Sunday             9.15/9.30am   All Age Worship with groups for children & youth   
                                                  11.15am          Parish Communion with bells; creche & group(s) for children
                        Thursday           11am               Holy Communion (spoken)
 
St. George’s   Sunday             8am                 Holy Communion (spoken)
                                                  10.30am          All Age Worship with groups for children & youth
                        Wednesday     11.30                Espresso Church

NOTE:  Although there is a direction of travel, no final decisions have yet been made

  

Next Steps…..

 
Prayerfully consider
Discuss. Speak with member of the PCC.
Write/Email:   Richard.jones@ashteadparish.org by Sunday 18th November
 
The intention is to submit a proposal for formal consideration by the PCC (29th Nov)
 

 

 
 


Trevor Hood, 08/07/2018