TellServeGive has been a resounding success as parishes, schools and community groups from across the Diocese welcomed visiting Bishops with enthusiasm and in great numbers.
#TellServeGive got off to a great start with Archbishop Sentamu, Bishop Paul and Bishop Bev delivering #AshesToGo on the streets of Liverpool City Centre. This was engaged with well particularly on Twitter and led into showcasing the variety of events that were happening in the Diocese over the following four days.
Bishops in Mission was the opportunity to unite together, as deaneries and as a diocese in locally organised mission, outreach and evangelism. ‘TellServeGive’ became the focus to activities, telling the good news of Jesus and inviting others to join on a journey of discipleship. The wide ranging events focused on community fun activities with The Archbishop and Bishops supporting events that took place from Southport to Wigan and Liverpool to Warrington.
Highlights from the Archbishop’s programme included visits to schools and colleges, messy church, young people’s event, walking football match, bubble praise party, a garden centre, beach clean-up and starting the St Helens 10k run.
The visiting Bishops attended many other events during the Tell Serve Give mission. Far too many to mention but included: celebrating International Woman’s Day, talking about ‘period poverty’, Lego café fun, a Jazz night, a visit to support the work of AppleCast NW, A prosecco and pizza night, music nights – Jazz, brass band, ‘Desert Island Discs’, acoustic night, Greatest Showman sing a long, Laser-Quest, Park Run, ‘Grill a Bishop’, healing on the streets, Cinnamon Brow bake-off, Message Bus and a women’s breakfast.
Linda Jones, Diocesan Director of Mission said “Chris Neilson and I have been overwhelmed by the take up from parishes and schools in engaging with Tell Serve Give. We estimate that over 350 events took place over the 4 days. There was a wide range of community events and the visiting teams all commented on this alongside engagement with schools. Our hope and prayer is that we will continue to reach out into our neighbourhood in mission telling, serving and giving in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – making it the daily activity of our mission and ministry.”