Revd Canon Kate Wharton, vicar of St George’s, Everton, and newly elected to General Synod in November 2015, gave her maiden speech in the debate on the Archbishops' Evangelism Task Group.
She spoke of how evangelism is "so close to my heart as the vicar of an inner city church, ranked 12,631 out of 12,660 parishes nationally in the most recent Church Urban Fund statistics, making it the 30th poorest parish in England."
She commended the report for its particular focus on urban ministry, and welcomed a planned day conference on this mission at Bishopsthorpe. She added: "There are very specific challenges when we come to share our faith in our most deprived urban communities, of course there are, but there are also very specific opportunities, and these must be taken. Some of our urban churches are seeing great growth and great fruit – there is life, and there is hope, but we need to ask some questions, learn some lessons, and look to the future. I’m pleased that this report encourages us to do this, and helps us to begin to imagine what it might look like. I hope we’ll continue to share ideas and dream dreams, but most of all that we’ll act and do and speak and share of our faith."
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