Interim ministry update

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It’s hard to believe that the 3rd anniversary of my licensing as interim minister of the parishes of Kildwick and Cononley with Bradley is fast approaching. On 13th November, my 3-year term will come to an end. A lot has happened since November 2017. There have been many changes, some of which have been difficult for people. Amongst the most significant changes have been:

  • The formation of a new single parish, that of Kildwick, Cononley and Bradley, with a PCC including representation across all 3 churches
  • Changes to service times and patterns
  • The growth of new lay-led morning services at Kildwick and Cononley, and a monthly Messy Church service at Kildwick
  • The developing (and in the case of Kildwick, continuation) of stronger relationships between the local primary schools and the churches
  • The introduction of Flapjack Friday at Kildwick
  • The realisation of the long-planned building reordering at Cononley
  • Furthering public consultation with the community about the challenges of St Andrew’s church building

To remind you, these were the 5 objectives for this period of interim ministry:

  1. Establishing a coherent, attractive and workable pattern of worship across the three villages.
  2. Developing, agreeing and implementing a pastoral scheme for the future of the two parishes.
  3. Developing and starting to implement a sustainable strategy for new ministry and styles of worship to reach out to children, young people and families.
  4. Evaluating the needs, opportunities and challenges of the three church buildings in furthering the churches’ mission in the parishes.
  5. Helping the parishes develop and articulate their identity in a new and developing relationship with each other.

You can see that much has been done to forward these objectives. Elsewhere in this edition, you will find items to do with particularly objectives 1, 2 and 5. Of course the pandemic has slowed down progress, but I am working with the PCC to do what we can in the current circumstances to continue that progress in the remaining time. The PCC has started to think about what will happen after 13th November, and I hope that we will be able to provide an update next month. Please pray for us all as we do the best that we can in these challenging circumstances.

Revd. Julie Bacon

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