200 Church wardens from across the diocese attended a Church Wardens Morning with Bishop Paul and Archdeacon Peter at Goodison Park, home of Everton FC.
The event, which took place last Saturday 28th February, was an opportunity for Church Wardens to come together in worship, listen to reflections from fellow Wardens and to discuss being ‘fit for mission’ with a talk followed by a question and answer session with the Bishop.
Bishop Paul said “As they are Bishop’s Officers it was vitally important to me that I met with my – our – churchwardens. I wanted to share with them some of my thoughts around the direction our diocese is travelling and hear from those who have one of the key front-line ministries about what life is like in the real world. I had a fantastic morning and am so grateful to all who freely gave their time to be with us. As we approach our church’s annual parish meetings it was good to be reminded of the scope of service and dedication of these brothers and sisters in Christ. I hope that all will join me in praying for strength and wisdom for all those who serve as churchwarden, and for those who may feel called to this role in the future”.
The morning liturgy led by Archdeacon Peter and prayers for Archdeacon Ricky who has been in hospital, was followed by Warden Reflections, in which Susan Swailes, Ormskirk Deanery, John Winder, West Derby Deanery, Ruth Cartlidge, Wigan Deanery and Peter Woods, Liverpool North Deanery gave insight into their thoughts and experiences of being a Church Warden.
Bishop Paul then led a session on ‘fit for mission’ which focussed on The Bishop’s Growth Agenda, taking stock of current issues and frustrations and offering practical suggestions to help lighten the load.