GROWING our churches and deepening our faith will be the subject for the latest C5 celebration held in Wakefield Cathedral on Nov 1 when the Bishop of Wakefield will use the feast day to launch The Community of All Saints.
C5 has seen a series of celebrations across the diocese led by the Bishop's Adviser on Church Growth, Revd Robin Gamble, to mark growth – large and small – in all our churches.
At the C5 event on Nov 1, the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson is inviting every parish to bring their people to the Cathedral for All Saints Day when he will launch and commission the first members of The Community of All Saints.
It starts at 7.30pm in Wakefield Cathedral on Tues Nov 1.
The Community of All Saints is his latest in a series of initiatives to encourage and help people to grow in faith and in numbers. It saw over 300 people gather for aPentecost picnic and procession in May and his Follow Me teaching series is now on its third run with speakers this time including Bishop Nick Baines.
Said Bishop Tony: “There is an appetite for growth here, I know it.
“I want us to become a Community of All Saints; to more closely follow the teachings of Jesus by making a simple rule of life centred on the three core principles of Pray; Grow and Act.
“Resources will be made available to help us in this new community to grow in our faith and commitment. It will only grow if we all continue to encourage and support each other. We are in this together,’ he said.
This is the fourth Celebrate 5 event - they are designed to celebrate all that we are and all that we do here in the Diocese of Leeds. The Revd Robin Gamble has hosted each of the events in each of the Episcopal Areas alongside a local presenter with local testimony, examples of local church growth and a lively local worship band.
Said Robin: “All we ever hear are depressing headlines about declining churches, but that is not the whole story.
“Celebrate 5 will be both a ‘coming together’ for each episcopal area and will help build an emerging culture of growth in every church.”
All Saints Day: Tuesday 1st November: 7.30pm
The C5 event for the Huddersfield Area will take place in the New Year