Six months into her role here’s an update from Tracy Brennan our Church Development Worker.
As Christmas fast approaches we sometimes need to take time out and reflect on what we do and why we do it. It’s important for me in this role as development worker to have seen what the church already does and to identify ways in which it can develop. As we move forward we need to look at ways we can work together prayerfully as the body of Christ to spread the message of love, joy, peace and hope.
Coffee and Chat. We have started coffee mornings on the third Wednesday each month and I would encourage you to come and bring your neighbours and friends. This is an important outreach-opportunity to get to know people, share faith stories and invite them to other events.
WLTFO. We continue to meet monthly with variable attendance. We need to think prayerfully about how this group continues and develops.
WLTDO. We have made some changes to how we run this monthly event. We’ve changed the way the dads come in, using the front door rather than the back. We’ve introduced a story-time which everyone seems to be enjoying. We had a look at what Harvest means to the church and some dads brought food for the Foodbank. Raj has made some suggestions about how we can show what we are doing as a church, so look out for changes!
Playtime@church. This group continues to attract lots of parents, grandparents, childminders and under 5’s to come and play with carefully chosen activities. We really need help as one of the leaders has said she wants to stop coming after Christmas. Again, this is a fantastic way to show a Christian presence in the community.
Worship Leader Training. I have now begun the new course which I’m sure I will find interesting, exciting and challenging.
Start Course. Sadly the Start course didn’t really get off the ground. Start is an excellent resource that can be used in small groups but I need your help for this course to work. People you know - friends, neighbours or family - need to be invited personally, we share together in the task of growing our church family.
Schools. Myself and Jill from Heaton Churches Schools Partnership have visited both Mersey Vale and Didsbury Road Primary School. I worked alongside Jill for an Anti-Bullying assembly and I was also able to visit some classes as they were working. I am part of a project with Mersey Vale School to take Christmas Hampers to Russell Gardens Sheltered Housing.
Finally…Christmas. We are very much looking forward to the Pop Up Nativity! Grab a costume and join in the fun! We are also planning on doing some Carol Singing around the local streets on the evening of Tuesday 12th December followed by curry at Church. Please sign up for food!
I started my post on Monday 5th June; I thought I would give you an update on what I’ve been doing in my first month. One of the first things I have done was to attend Playtime@church which is a lovely friendly group of parents and pre-school children. I will continue to run this alongside a group of volunteers on a weekly basis.
I’ve spent some time looking at ways we can develop our monthly midweek worship and have enjoyed visiting some people who usually attend to find out their views. Watch out for further developments in this area. If you have any thoughts about this please speak to me.
I have been finding ways we can engage with some of the older children who come along to café worship. I have made a pack which contains a study book, notebooks and pens-please ask if you wish to use it or want to have a look.
We have now purchased a ‘Start’ course DVD and materials and I will be running a course in the autumn. If you would like more information about the course or know of anyone who would be interested, again please speak or email me.
I am beginning to make contact with the local school, Didsbury Primary, to find ways in which we can connect with them. I’ve also been looking at ways to improve communication within church, with the circuit and with the wider community.
And finally….I would just like to thank you all for your welcome, your prayers and your support. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us.
What are the key aims of our Church Development Worker?
To build relations with the community of the Heatons, especially Heaton Mersey.
To enhance the church’s profile as a Christian presence in the community.
To support the minister and church family in developing the church’s mission.
To enable people from the community to grow in faith and be part of the church family.