Hands + Feet
Diocesan Mission Conference 2020
May 9 at the Synod Offices and St. John’s, Shaughnessy
1410 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, V6H 2E2
8am registration for a 9am start.
Teresa of Avila famously said:
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.”
We are delighted to be welcoming Bishop Stephen Cottrell as our keynote speaker. At the time of writing he’s the Bishop of Chelmsford, which includes Essex and East London in England, and he is to become the next Archbishop of York later this year. Bishop Stephen has written many books, and was on the writing team for the Pilgrim course, which has been a popular resource in many parishes of our diocese.
Mission is one of those words we like to use in the church that can be interpreted in many ways. Historically it’s been Missionaries who are sent to “other” countries to do the work of the great commission in Matthew 28. As Anglicans through history we have had a difficult relationship with mission. We have much work still to do around reconciliation because of this. As a result, this can lead to us not getting involved in mission work at all. Sometimes we are happy to send people to far-off places “on mission”, and are at danger of missing the people who live and work in the neighbourhood around us as a result. The evangelist J. John says, “A missionary is not someone who crosses the sea, a missionary is someone who sees the cross.” It is all of us who call ourselves Christians, or Followers of Jesus, who are called to do the work of missionaries. Yes, even Anglicans like me and you are called and sent to do the work of kingdom building, disciple making and good-news sharing.
This conference will explore the practical ways that we can share our faith using the gifts that God has given to us. We’ll learn from each other and leave more equipped to be the hands and feet of Christ.
The conference location this time is at the Synod Offices and St John’s, Shaugnessy.
The shape of the day will look something like this:
- Registration will be open from 8am ready for a 9am
- Start in the church for a welcome, opening worship and the keynote speaker
- There will be dedicated programming for Children and Youth through the day on site.
- There will be a selection of workshops and breakout groups offering practical ideas and inspiration so that we are equipped for the task of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:12 is the aim of the day).
- We’ll enjoy a catered lunch followed by another plenary session and round of workshops before a final moment of worship and prayer to send us on our way.
So make a date for May 9, round up your parish and let’s make this third Mission Conference a day when we can be equipped afresh to be the hands and feet of Christ in our homes, our parishes and our lives.
Spaces are limited (and yes we mean that!)
The full details about the workshops and seminars with links to register will be located on these web pages as soon as they are available in mid to late February 2020.
- The Reverend David Edgerton, Chair, Mission and Ministry Development Committee of the Diocese of New Westminster
Photo: Bishop Stephen Cottrell in action, September 2018 Courtesy of Anglican Link