How does the Church goes about its mission in the 21st century? How can we share the good news of the gospel in a largely secular society?
These are pressing issues facing the Church of England and the Diocese of Worcester today.
As a Diocese we are committed to mission in every aspect, seeking to bring the good news of God's love in Jesus to all who live in our cities, towns and villages, and to make the gospel relevant to their everyday lives. In putting mission first we are currently focusing on three areas of mission:
- The deepening of our prayer
- The renewal of our public worship
- The equipping of people to share their faith
By so doing, we hope and pray that our churches will display the hallmarks of healthy churches which we have identified as:
- Worshipping God
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- Working to rid the world of poverty
- Sharing the gospel
- Building inclusive communities
- Helping people to faith
- Caring for the earth
When they are healthy our churches will be enabled by God's grace to play their part in enabling all the people whom they seek to serve to flourish. This is what we believe God yearns to see as he carries forward his great plan to reconcile the whole creation to himself in Christ.
The Bishop of Worcester's Lent Message can be viewed @ http://www.vimeo.com/13084847
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The Book of Common Prayer - the full text of The Book of Common Prayer is at http://www.churchofengland.org/worship/liturgy/bcp.
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