We ran an event on Saturday called ‘Mend the Gap’ for ANYONE from churches across the Diocese looking at how they might better connect (or re-connect) with children, young people and families. It turned out to be a really encouraging event; the hundred and twenty who gathered engaged wonderfully with the programme, with the assembled speakers, and with each other.
The focus of the day was to outline the assumptions that as churches we easily fall into … and then build from. We then looked at different models, ideas and questions that emerged from re-visiting ecclesiology, culture and theology, hearing from people who were working in different and creative ways.
I tried to de-jargon the SCRAP model. Looking instead at how these ‘foundations’ un-examined could lead to a ‘building’ that was very wobbly indeed. (The metaphor worked better with the pictures on the Powerpoint *laughing*)
If you’d like to know more … My colleague and I are happy to bring Mend the Gap to your deanery!