Living and Telling The Story
in Bruton and Cary Deanery
Planning for Mission
Very truly I tell you that if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.
Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
John 16: 23-24
Our vision is to support and encourage our churches in this deanery in their discernment of, and engagement with, what God is calling them to be. Some of this plan is already a reality in some parishes; some is aspiration. Our aim is to provide help with both, and to undertake new supporting initiatives across the Deanery. A more detailed plan is the document Supporting the Deanery Mission Plan, which has been sent to all PCCs. The Deanery Mission Plan Update gives details of progress with the Plan a year after it was presented to Synod.
We will help people to discern what God is calling them to do by:
Committing to pray for and worship with each other
Recognising and developing potential leaders in our church communities, both personally and through available courses
Exploring and supporting lay ministry
Supporting those who are being called to ordained ministry.
We will seek every opportunity to
live and tell the story of Jesus by:
Reaching out to young families through services, events and Messy church
Being welcoming to all
Finding new ways to share our faith
Using our buildings as a resource to illuminate our faith
We will support discipleship by:
Reaching out to young families through services, events and Messy Church
Working with schools
Supporting families through preparation and follow-up of baptisms, weddings (including attending Wedding Fairs) and funerals
Enabling and supporting prayer, study and discussion groups
Preaching and teaching the word of God in a clear and explicit way
We will serve our communities by:
Valuing people in their professional lives and helping them serve God in the workplace
Seeking out opportunities to be of service to the needy and the vulnerable in the wider community
Increasing the use of church buildings by and for the wider community
Promoting and nurturing our existing links with Zambia
We will engage with each other and with the local and wider communities by:
Recognising and strengthening links between the benefices of the Deanery
Learning from and sharing good practice with other churches
Using parish magazines and other community publications effectively
Using online media well: up-to-date websites (including entries on achurchnearyou.com) and active Facebook pages
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about any thing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 4-7
Download the Deanery Mission Plan
Click on the icon to the right to download a printable leaflet containing the Deanery Mission Plan. Copies of this leaflet have been distributed to all the churches in the Deanery.
Supporting the Deanery Mission Plan
Click on the icon to the right to download the supplementary document Supporting the Deanery Mission Plan. This document gives details of how the Mission Plan will be supported at Deanery level. Copies of this document have been sent to every Parochial Church Council (PCC) in the Deanery.
Deanery Mission Plan Update - July 2018
Click on the icon to the right to download an update on progress made during the first year of the Deanery Mission. This update was presented to the July 2018 Deanery Synod.