St. David’s Church, Broom Leys
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Within its broad range of ministry to the local community, St. David’s has an active Mission team. Our focus is generally beyond the church building, “going out” into the Parish.
Currently we are part way through a visiting project, aiming to visit each of the 3,500 households in the Parish, asking questions about community needs, how we might help and inviting people to get to know more about the Christian faith.
We have strong links with our friends at Greenhill Community Baptist Church and Hall Lane Methodist Church and meet regularly to share information and plan joint activities. Each year we produce and deliver Easter and Christmas cards to every resident in our community and we worship together at least 3 times a year.
The Mission team is represented on a local community group, hosted by Castle Rock High School, a very effective networking opportunity that has provided valuable links with the school and other agencies. We are a member of the Living Stones Mission Partnership Steering Group and we are active within the Coalville and District Churches Together organisation.
Occasional mission activities take place throughout the year and include a “Sing Christmas” event in a local pub and an annual golf day.
Mission Team Leader -
See Overseas Mission page for news about St. David’s involvement with mission overseas (DMK Kiteto, Tanzania, etc.)
St. David’s Mission Team
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The following activities have been undertaken in 2016:
10 of us carried out the latest Parish visits along Oakham Drive where we asked residents to participate in an informal “Parish Survey” with questions about the local community, how the church might help and an invitation to know more about the Christian faith. We had a number of good conversations and were given opportunities to talk about our faith. There were referrals for prayer support and to our older person’s ministry.
“Living Stones” Mission Partnership:
Living Stones Mission Partnership was established in December 2013 by a Council of Reference comprising clergy and churchwardens of the Parishes of St. David’s Broom Leys, St. John the Baptist Whitwick, St. Andrew’s Thringstone and St. George’s Swannington (known as the Cluster churches). It was formally launched in June 2014 with the aims of:
“Promoting mission in all the churches for young families, young people, schools work and the elderly, to share training opportunities and to communicate activities within the partnership effectively to the churches in the cluster.”
Since its inception regular meetings have been held and “Living Stones” is the prime funder of After School Church and contributes to the funding of a number of activities involving young people and ministry to the elderly. It has also been the catalyst for joint lent courses and associated worship.
In January 2017 the Council of Reference met to review progress of the Mission Partnership, concluding that it was meeting its aims and objectives.
Local Churches Group (St. David’s, Hall Lane Methodist Church, Greenhill Community Church):
A group continues to meet every 8 weeks or so to share information, plan activities, pray together and arrange joint worship events of which there are 3 per year. We also enjoyed our first social event together when a Barn Dance was held at Hall Lane in November 2016. We again collaborated on the production and delivery of Easter and Christmas cards to the 4,000 homes in the local community. The 2016 Christmas card cover was designed by Sylvia Leaver of the St. David’s Art group and received many good comments. Once again students from Castle Rock’s Skills Academy assisted with delivery along Castle Rock Drive. The 2017 Easter card cover was designed by John Jacobs, St. David’s church member and co-
Greenhill Community Church is currently without a minister following the resignation of Pastor Ian Burbage. The process to recruit a new minister is underway. We were very pleased to welcome the new minister at Hall Lane, the Reverend Janet Tanner who arrived in September 2016.
Coalville Churches Together:
St. David’s remains an active member of Coalville Churches Together, with representation on the organising committee, supporting events and attending prayer meetings.
Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG):
We continue to be active within the Neighbourhood Action Group a local community meeting. This group undertakes various community activities and has links with schools, churches, residents, Police, NWLDC and East Midlands Housing Association.
In June 2016 we again collaborated with Castle Rock High School’s Skills Academy students and NWLDC, in running a community environmental initiative, awarded prizes to the winners and presented them at a special assembly led by Neil and Martin.
Mission and Charitable Giving:
St. David’s PCC is committed to financially supporting its link dioceses of Mount Kilimanjaro and Kiteto in Tanzania and Trichy-
This was allocated as follows:
Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro and Kiteto -
Diocese of Trichy-
Christian Aid -
Local initiatives -
BBC Radio Leicester “Sing Christmas”:
Once again we joined with friends from our local churches and pub regulars at the Lady Jane, Hall Lane Whitwick to take part in the annual interactive Radio Leicester carol service with a record number of 80 people crammed into the pub. This was an excellent opportunity to share the Christmas story with our local community. Many thanks to Licensee Mandy Ball for hosting the event.
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