Photos of the Parish Away Day
held at Clare Priory on March 5, 2016 (Photos: Larry
Below is the note of
invitation about the day
PARISH OF EXNING
‘AWAY DAY’ AT CLARE PRIORY SATURDAY 5TH MARCH 2016
This time together at Clare Priory will be entitled ‘Growing in
God Together’ and will be based on the booklet produced by the
Diocese ‘Growing in God’. Everyone attending will receive a copy
of the booklet to look at beforehand.
It will be an opportunity for us, as a church family, to spend
some time together, to reflect on the life of the parish, and
think about how we would like it to develop in the future. Like
most parishes we face the challenge of maintaining a
flourishing, vibrant church as the Body of Christ in our
community, when there are so many distractions and other
activities going on around us. To ensure a bright future for our
churches, we need to consider ways in which we can encourage one
another in our journey of faith, to actively witness to our
faith in the community, and at the same time attract others to
We are very fortunate that The Revd Canon Dr John Parr (Diocesan
Director of Ministry, Education & Training) has agreed to
facilitate our discussions.
We will be sharing this day with our friends in our neighbouring
parish of St Mary’s & St Agnes’. Over the last year or two, we
have been moving towards closer cooperation with them, and
although we have some differing traditions, I am sure that there
will be some areas of potential growth where we can work
together for the mutual benefit of both parish communities.
This day is not just for members of the PCC (although I hope
they will all come) – it is open to all members of our
congregations, and it would be lovely to have a broad spread of
opinions and viewpoints. Please take this opportunity to be part
of the future planning and growth of our parishes, and come
along and have your say.
I shall shortly be putting a ‘Sign-Up List’ at the back of both
St Philip’s and St Martin’s. There is some limitation on
numbers, so please sign up early to avoid disappointment!
The cost of this day is largely being covered by the Diocese,
including a basic ‘Soup & Roll’ lunch. Depending on numbers, it
may be necessary to ask for a small contribution from those
attending, to avoid a shortfall.
If you haven’t been to Clare Priory before, it is a beautiful
historic house in extensive grounds, home to a small religious
community, and with an adjoining church which has recently been
substantially refurbished. More details on the website –
Do please come and join us on 5th March.
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