Inspirational mission projects from across the Diocese have benefitted from a cash boost of more than £18,000 thanks to the Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2016.
During a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style bidding event, 10 projects pitched their initiatives which all involved making fresh connections between the local community and the church.
From Messy Church to lunch clubs and The Big House to The Big Saturday Breakfast – the ideas were all so good, everyone went away with the funding they had asked for.
Bishop Richard Pain, who sat on the judging panel, said: “This event showcased the imaginative projects going on in our Diocese.
“The presentations were very good and demonstrated the enthusiasm and strategic thinking of the participants who were hoping to receive funding from the Bishop’s mission fund.
“Everyone was a winner and I was very happy to meet the funding requests along with some money drawn from the Ministry Area Development Fund.
“I would like to extend a big thank you to all those who entered into the spirit of the occasion – it was great fun!”
The ‘Time for Mission’ appeal was launched this time last year and raised £18,500.
The aim of the fund was to support new initiatives and projects which listened to the local community; responded to need; built meaningful relationships with those outside of the church; explored faith and discipleship in relevant and innovative ways and developed new and appropriate forms of church.
The event was a celebration of all the good work that is happening across the diocese and gave Ministry Areas the chance to present their missional projects and plans for the future as well as sharing ideas and, of course, allocating funding.
Representatives from the Seedbed funding group and the Cinnamon Trust who sat on the ‘judging’ panel said they felt ‘inspired’ and ‘blessed’ by all that they had heard and offered further advice, support and resources.
All those involved offered their prayers for the projects and initiatives, attaching them to balloons which were released during ‘al fresco’ worship.
The projects which benefitted were:
- Messy Church and lunch club for parents to explore life issues and faith (Newport North Ministry Area)
- Engaging service of Ty Sign LAB hub in a more formal way (Lower Islwyn)
- Purchase of laptop for café church and suitable software and funds to run a holiday club (Cyncoed Ministry Area)
- ‘Flicks in the Sticks’ film project working with local primary school (Machen)
- Partnership with Trinity to employ a pioneer youth worker (Bassaleg)
- Work with Eden Gate on preventative work with young people to avoid substance misuse and homelessness (Newport North Ministry Area)
- Big Breakfast Saturday (Raglan and Usk deanery)
- Developing The Big House – a family based group of services exploring and developing spirituality (The LAB, Alway)
- Youth group and Messy Church resources (Usk Ministry Area)