Seeing God transform lives

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This Sunday at St Kea we will be meeting as One Church (our four congregations gathering together) to launch the new academic year. In our service we will be hearing news about the development plans for the year, launching our new series in John’s gospel, praying for one another and sharing together at the Lord’s table.

Over the last few months our Leadership Teams and PCC have been working on a plan for how we see each of our congregations developing over the next years. It is a plan to see each of our congregations grow and to see our lives transformed as God works amongst us. These plans were developed in partnership with the Diocese and in June and July Archdeacon Bill and our Bishops committed themselves to supporting us as we move forward in this direction.

Each of our four congregations has its own distinctive style, feel and unique outreach opportunities. Each of our four congregations also shares that unique St Kea DNA. Here are some highlights from the plan…

At St Kea Truro alongside our Sunday gatherings and Life Groups, we are beginning to look for the right permanent venue to enable outreach ministries to take place through the week, including working with other churches to develop a Youth Hub.

At St Kea All Hallows, as well as continuing to reach out to our parish though activities like Community Lunch and Kea Stay and Play, we are seeking to launch a number of new small groups and run a new Parenting Course. More substantially we are also looking at ways to extend the capacity of our church building to accommodate our growing numbers.

At Old Kea we are seeking to extend the use of this church building so individuals and groups can more comfortably pray, reflect and hold small away meetings there. Disabled access and a toilet will enable this.

At CAP Lanterns we want to consolidate on the growing number of people who are part of this special congregation. We want to increase our capacity to help more people in debt (a sadly growing need) and we also plan to run a second Release Group this term (to help people in addiction). We are also delighted to be working in partnership with Grace Church who are starting a CAP Job Club.

To enable all this we need to rebuild our staff team following the changes over the past few months. The PCC has decided to appoint a part time worker to help facilitate these developments and a full time Youth Worker to refocus on young people at All Hallows and develop the Youth Hub. Also with James entering the fourth and final year of his curacy we are working with our Bishop to seek a suitable new Curate for next Summer.

Do pray for our PCC as they continue their work tomorrow evening and for each of our Leadership Teams. Do share your thoughts and questions with them and do pray for our church as we step into this new academic year together.

As Always

Marc Baker