Prayer evenings mark new vision for church

Vision evening at St Paul's Scotforth.
Vision evening at St Paul's Scotforth.

Events are being held to mark the formal beginning of the Church of England in Lancashire’s new vision for growth.

Prayer evenings are taking place in churches across the region over the next two weeks to mark the launch of Vision 2026: Healthy Churches Transforming Communities.

The first event was held at Scotforth St Paul’s this week, and was attended by people of all ages from across the diocese, parishes and schools.

The events aim to both outline the new vision and call the diocese to prayer, using different styles of prayer, worship and audio-visual; including a short new video featuring people talking about the vision.

Each event begins at 7.30pm and will end at 9pm. Many people will go to their nearest venue, but everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the evenings.

There will be live tweeting at many of the evenings on @cofelancs using the hashtag #OurVision2026

Diocesan Bishop Rev Julian Henderson said: “We have developed a vision that is confident about our future as God’s people in Lancashire and invites us to make disciples, be witnesses and grow leaders for Jesus Christ.

“Prayer should always be central to our Christian life, but these special evenings are important events at which people can engage with the purpose of the vision; pray for its success and share in fellowship together.

“I encourage everyone to make time to attend at least one of them.”

Once the prayer evenings are over, and until May 2016, there will then be a time for parishes to reflect and pray further about the vision.

Each parish is being encouraged to appoint a ‘Vision Champion’ to ensure the Vision remains a top priority locally.

From September 8-11 2016 a major four day mission weekend to support Vision 2026 will take place across Lancashire involving Bishops from across the north of England and led by the Archbishop of York, the Most Rev and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu.