The Keynote speaker on the day will be Roy Crowne of HOPE: a national organisation encouraging and resourcing churches in Christian mission.
The programme includes a variety of workshops designed to “resource and inspire” parishes. There are also networking opportunities built into the programme to help identify people present who have useful experience to share from around the Diocese.
The free event is planned to offer something of value to rural, suburban and urban churches.
The Derby Diocesan Community Action Officer Stella Collishaw, said today: “This event will bring together people from across the Diocese to learn and share stories of local community engagement. It’s not going to be giving simple answers to complicated questions, rather it’s an opportunity to hear ideas and reflect with others on what we do in our churches and why.”
She added: “The day will include input from people from our Diocese who have agreed to share from their experience. I hope and pray that the people who participate will leave encouraged and more able to be imaginative about their own church or churches mission and ministry.”
“We are working with a national mission resourcing organisation called HOPE and will offer each parish a free copy of their resource ‘HOPE-The Heartbeat of Mission’. Many of our churches are significant in the services they offer to members of the local community and we want to support and celebrate this mission and ministry during the day.”
Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby said:
"I am inviting people from all our parishes take the time to come and think about mission and to discuss their engagement with the wider community. The range of people participating make it a unique opportunity to learn from each other in this Diocese. We will celebrate what our parishes do to engage the community, and I pray it will fuel our thinking about how it could develop for us in the future. I am so keen to encourage you to come along the Diocese will meet the cost making it free to participants."