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Over the last couple of years our meetings have covered a lot of ground. We spent 2018 looking at the Diocesan priorities: Making New Disciples (with the help of the Reaching New People team), Working with Children (with the Diocesan Children’s Mission Enabler) and Improving the Quality of our Worship (with the Diocesan Liturgical Committee). It had been our intention to work together as a whole Deanery towards one of these Diocesan priorities, however, it was not easy to find consensus, with even the three parishes of one benefice each selecting a different preferred option!
Through 2019 we considered our responsibilities towards the environment (with the help of the Christian Environmental charity a Rocha), how we might best minister to and with “the elderly”, and the Diocesan Director of Ministry enthused us about Lay Ministry and related training.
Our diary for 2020 included a presentation on stewardship and raising funds for major projects (Christ Church, Ware, have just completed a major reordering of their building) and we had plans for speaker to raise our awareness of the tragic reality of modern slavery (and help us to combat it). Sadly, COVID19 affected everything, though we did hold a virtual meeting in November with Revd Harry Steele from the Flourishing Churches team.
2021 so far has seen virtual meetings considering Clergy Wellbeing, “next steps following Covid” and a presentation on Youth Ministry. The next meeting is in September. Do check the calendar for up to date details of all the meetings.